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Beverly Martinez-Collins - Associate Editor & PublisherBeverly is a writer, photographer and an expert on Florida travel destinations and events. After a successful career as a human resource professional, Ms. Martinez-Collins cofounded PlacesAroundFlorida.com to pursue her travel writing and photography dreams.

Favorite place in Florida: Destin, because I love their fresh seafood. The beaches are soft white sand which is great for laying out, and the water is beautiful.


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National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum and Memorial in Fort Pierce

March 23rd, 2013

UDT Seal Museum

We’ve all heard of the Navy SEALS especially these days after the killing of Osama bin Laden but did you know they were originally called ‘Frogman’ and that Fort Pierce is recognized as their birthplace?

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Carnival Paradise – Tampa Bay to Cozumel Cruise

January 11th, 2013

Iguana

This year over the holidays we had the distinct honor and pleasure of joining our friends for their destination wedding in Cozumel Mexico and as if that wasn’t enough we were to get there via cruise.

Shopping in Cozumel

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Ceviche Tapas Bar – Great Seafood and Wine in Downtown Orlando

November 19th, 2012

Ancus De Rana

In 1997 the original Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant opened in Tampa. This restaurant has five distinctive buildings in five locations that offer very different dining experiences. The restaurant in Orlando is located at Historic Church Street Station in the heart of downtown. It has beautiful cathedral ceilings, a magnificent central tapas bar and a large, yet warm, lounge with live flamenco music.

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Food, Wine and Fun at Epcot

October 21st, 2012

Celebrity Chefs

Every year around this time Disney’s Epcot is filled with the sights and smells of food from around the world. Through November 12 they will be Celebrating Culinary Adventures with the 17th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. It is touted as a food and wine lover’s paradise and I can tell you from experience that when you go you won’t be disappointed.

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Mount Dora Historic Inn – A Comfortable & Delicious Way to Escape the Ordinary

October 3rd, 2012

Mt. Dora Historic Inn

The Mount Dora Historic Inn was originally built in the 1880′s as a downtown merchant’s home, since then it has been restored to reflect the simple grace and grandeur of that era. The Bed & Breakfast inn is located on east 4th Avenue, just a short walk from the Historic Downtown Village.

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Mount Dora – A Different Side of Central Florida

September 3rd, 2012

Blue Heron on the Dora Canal

I’ve known about the quaint little town of Mount Dora for years, it’s one of my parent’s favorite places to visit. Recently, however, some friends of ours, Rori Paul and Brian Young of WhatToDoInMtDora.com, invited us for an overnight visit to really get acquainted with all Mount Dora has to offer. In the coming weeks look for more detailed posts about our trip, but here’s a quick look what we did.

Wine Tasting at Maggie's Attic

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Café Tu Tu Tango – Tapas Food for the Starving Artist in All of Us

August 27th, 2012

Atrist Cafe Tu Tu Tango

If you have a group of friends and you’re looking for something different in the vast choices of places to eat in Orlando there is one that offers a truly unique experience, Café Tu Tu Tango. The whole place is set up like a ‘starving artists’ studio, sometimes they even have an artist there working on an original piece. The walls are covered with art that’s all for sale, even the bar and tables are colorful.

Shrimp and Kielbasa Skewers at Cafe Tu Tu Tango

If you interested in a different taste combination try the savory Shrimp and Kielbasa Skewers. They are marinated in pepper and serve with red beans and rice, a Cajun delight.

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Bahama Breeze Orlando – A Taste of the Tropics

July 10th, 2012

Coconut Shrimp

Recently a friend of ours Rori Paul, of Rori Travels Florida, invited us to a menu sampling at the Bahama Breeze restaurant on Vineland Ave. Their menu is made up of tropical tastes as well as burgers, salads and other classic favorites.

Mojo-Marinated Pulled Pork

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Experience Thrills, Honor and Chivalry at Updated Medieval Times Dinner Show

June 27th, 2012

The Princess welcomes her subjects at Medieval Times

The feast began with a greeting from the King and his princess then came the introduction of the knights, on their horses with all their colors and banners flying; our knight was the green knight and from there the pageantry began.

Kirby Collins and I were there to see the premier of the new show and weren’t disappointed it was an entertaining feast for the eyes not just the stomach.

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