MEET LYMARIE, OUR PASTRY AFICIONADO

Our new pastry chef has traveled and cooked across the U.S. and in France. She’s owned her own cake shop and is writing a sci-fi novel in her free time. Plus, Chef Lymarie Jimenez has a quirky blend of wit and mirth that colors her concoctions in the kitchen. Chef Lymarie recently transplanted from Minnesota, but she’s been a regular visitor to Southwest Florida. She and her husband, Darren, have had a vacation home in the…

IS IT FILET or FILLET?

Food words have their own strange and delicious connotations, and we’re curious about these two in particular. Technically, they are variations of the same word, so BOTH words mean a boneless cut of meat. However, filet is often reserved for French cuisine (think filet mignon), and fillet is the more general and widely-used term of the two… at least outside of the U.S. To make matters more confusing, over the years some editors at publications across…

THE SKINNY ON CRAFT BEER CULTURE

Whether you guzzle, swig or sip your craft beer, just know you’re supporting a beer revolution. The craft beer movement truly was a revolution at a time when the beer industry was becoming extremely homogenized. In the late 1970s, the nation was losing the beer traditions and styles immigrants had brought to the U.S. from their home countries, and light lager beers were quickly becoming the only option. Imported beer wasn’t a big player in the…

PARADISE REEF

If you don’t get much opportunity to go boating or fishing, you probably don’t know that up until recently our local reefs had been in dire shape, ramshackle. They’ve aged significantly, but thanks to an epic multi-million dollar project called The Artificial Reef Project, very very soon many of us can go deep water fishing and diving to our hearts content. It means the opportunity to see and catch all sorts of cool fish and other…

MORE BUZZ FOR YOUR BUCK!

Now you can get more buzz for your buck at all Culinary Concepts' restaurant bars! THE DEAL: For the month of August, at the bar, enjoy 50% off all appetizers and happy hour all night long at Pazzo!, Chops City Grill and Yabba Island Grill on Fifth Avenue South and Blue Water Bistro and Chops City Grill in Bonita Springs. Just as a summer treat, we thought Happy Hour should last ALL. NIGHT. LONG. Yes. It's…