3 Key West businesses Band Together Offer New Eco-Foodie Experiences

The Stoned Crab, Three Hands Fish, and Key West Legal Rum partner to create “Chef Distilled” and “The Three Hands Experience” packages to be offered beginning in the Fall of 2016. Taking a stand against the increasingly homo­genized American tourist experience, three local Key West businesses are banding together to offer two new ‘eco-foodie’ experiences … Read more

Top 10 Must-Try Foods and Drinks in Key West

Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Key West is blessed with an abundance of fresh seafood. Its proximity to Cuba also introduces a special flair to the cuisine. With a thriving bar and restaurant scene on Duval Street and beyond, Key West is filled with plenty of opportunities for a tasty … Read more

Mangoes As Money Makes The Most Of A Fruity Season

South Floridians are no strangers to mangoes – the time of year when round colorful fruit falls from trees in backyards across the region. One local business is taking advantage, and using the fruit almost as currency. The Whip N’ Dip ice cream shop, 1407 Sunset Dr., Coral Gables,  has a sign in the window that … Read more

We Are Entering Mango Season – Do You Know Mangos

Mango BY NINA LINCOFF Keynoter Publishing It’s mango season in South Florida, which means more mangos in produce bins, on sidewalks and in your back yard than you know what to do with. Mangos have been growing in Florida since the late 1800s. They arrived from Cuba and took root in Miami and Tampa, but the mango … Read more

Key Lime Pie – Graham Cracker Crust – Easy Peasy

In “A Gourmet’s Guide: Food and Drink from A to Z” by John Ayto (Oxford University Press, 1993), Key Lime Pie is described as “An American pie containing a lime-flavored custard topped with meringue.” It takes its name from the Florida Keys. There is a little more to it than that. It is the official … Read more

Herbed Hogfish On The Grill from Islamorada

For fresh taste of the Atlantic, try this recipe for Islamorada’s spear-caught hogfish that let’s its clean flavors shine. When in Islamorada, Florida, be sure to try something that is hard to find anywhere else. For Chef Michael Ledwith, that is the locally spear caught hogfish. Over the years, Chef Michael and his team have … Read more

Blue crab: A beautiful, Savory Swimmer

What’s the first thing you think of when you think of blue crabs? Many of us may think of our favorite foods, everything from soup to crab cakes. Even the scientific name of the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus, translates to “beautiful savory swimmer.” These crabs serve as an important food for humans and animals alike, … Read more

2 Opinions on the State of Our Florida Keys Fisheries

There has been a long ongoing debate about the availability of various seafood populations in all of Florida and the Florida Keys. There are several groups (they now call these groups “stake holders”) that have different opinions on how these populations are doing. Commercial Fishermen rely on plentiful catches and a thriving market with high … Read more

Spiny Lobster Season Starts – Record Harvest Low Prices

The harvest of spiny lobster off the Florida Keys has never been better, but the price fishermen are being paid is down significantly so far because the Asian market has yet to take off this season. The season started earlier this month with trap fishermen catching near record number of lobster, fishermen said. A trap … Read more

Seasonal Finds: Key West Pink Shrimp

Shrimp is a staple on my dinner table in the spring as the weather heats up and my body craves lean proteins.  Wild-caught pink shrimp are local to the Florida Keys and are most abundant during the spring months.  In many cases these shrimp are available at the local market just a day after being … Read more