• Creative continental cuisine

    The landmark Old World Restaurant owes its successful tenure to two young chefs who saw its potential after arriving from

    Timisora, Romania, more than three decades ago.


    Since 1981, Olimpia and Danny Mundrean have offered a tantalizing menu of continental specialties at the spacious, comfortable restaurant on U.S. 41, just south of the stoplight in tiny Floral City near the south Citrus County line.

  • Over Easy 6/22/2017: Welcome to wonderful world of air frying

    Because a recent Over Easy column about air frying generated a lot of feedback, here is an update on my own experiences since then, plus a few tips.

    To begin, I am really happy with the results in my air fryer and wouldn’t want to be without one now. It produced a perfectly broiled New York strip steak, tasty roasted baby potatoes and much more so far.

  • The Amish Cook 6/22/2017: Yoders gather with family at reunion

    By Gloria Yoder

    “Julia! Austin! Wake up, we’re ready to leave for Ohio! Remember, we’re going to Grandpa’s today!” I told my sleeping darlings.

    Shrieks of delight sounded as they jumped out of bed. The van driver we had scheduled to pick us up early in the morning soon arrived. Two excited children were delighted to nestle into their car seats and head for Ohio.

  • Cornbread, cracklings and cane syrup

    My dad was a a true, old-school born and reared Southerner, a mostly self-taught renaissance man that remained true to his roots while acquiring skills in cooking, photography, building and business.

    He was known to pour hot coffee from a cup into a saucer to cool it enough to sip. And that coffee was always made in an old-fashioned metal percolator pot. 

  • Got the blues?

    Blue crabs may not look so appetizing fresh out of a baited trap along the Nature Coast, but this Florida seafood is second

    to none in taste and versatility.

    Steamed or sauteed in butter and dumped on a newspaper-covered picnic table outdoors, a mess of blue crab is a savory summer seafood treat. And Citrus County is one of the premier places to enjoy them.

  • Blessing in disguise

    It might seem like nothing to cheer about when your thriving business is displaced by continuous highway work, but Michael

    Anthony’s Pizza owner Michael Liquori describes it as a blessing in disguise.

    Liquori had to move his restaurant a couple of months ago to new quarters in the Homosassa shopping plaza smack between the Publix supermarket and the Sears store, as the Florida Highway Department continues widening the roadway.

  • Food for the soul

    From the refreshing sweet peach iced tea served in mason jars, to the sumptious soul food buffet, diners are hard pressed to go away hungry after visiting one of Dunnellon’s newest cafes, the Southern Palate.

    The little restaurant is right on the town’s main street (U.S. 41), directly across from the city police department, and amply fills a need for authentic deep South cooking.

  • Queen of Cakes

    After 19 years of working for famed chef Wolfgang Puck, the owner of a new bakery in Crystal River is no novice in the world of cooking and baking.

    Just one visit to the Queen of Cakes bakery will convince you that Shaneena Tremblay knows her way around a kitchen, and she has a display case of unique cupcakes, decorated theme cakes, pastries and scones to prove it.


  • South of the border soiree

    A jubilee of homage to south-of-the-border food, fun and music will offer patrons of theRiviera Mexican Cantina and Sports Bar three days of festivities starting with Cinco de Mayo on Friday, May 5, in Crystal River.

    Managers Angel and Kevin Lewis are ready for their annual tribute to all things Mexican and Tex-Mex with a full menu of flavorful appetizers, entrees and desserts, plus jumbo Margaritas and other libations.

  • Slow, savory smokin'

    It’s rustic and unpretentious, but you won’t mind the lack of frills when you taste the slow-smoked barbecue at Bean’s Pillar of Smoke BBQ on U.S. 19 just north of Homosassa.

    You can order carry-out or eat under umbellas at picnic tables in the sun-drenched field, with easy access from the highway and plenty of parking.