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…

FOOD, FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

A meal is so much more than food on a plate, and eating socially with others actually has a lot of benefits. It’s more than nutrition – think mental health. Dinner is a moment to catch up and talk with loved ones, expose yourself to new ideas and experiences, and grow as an individual while you build a bond of community. You just feel better – physically and emotionally – when you regularly eat with others.…

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…