Mount Dora: A charming way to spend a day

Arriving in Mount Dora is like walking onto a movie set: sparkling Lake Dora provides the backdrop. Panning out from the lake, front-porched homes, American flags flying, line shady streets, an easy walk from main street shops, parks and even a candy cane-colored lighthouse. In the daytime, visitors - like movie extras - fan out to the lake on scenic boat tours, hikes on lakeside … [Read more...]

La Yuma dishes Cuban cuisine in Lutz

Chef Pepe Diaz keeps a close eye on what goes on in his kitchen. The Cuban dishes that pass from the kitchen to the dining room at La Yuma restaurant are authentic to his native country. But, Diaz also has recipes uniquely his own. His back story in itself is not the typical path to culinary success. As a political prisoner of Fidel Castro, his job in jail was to take scant food … [Read more...]

Retracing her grandfather’s steps

Betty Lowe Phelps finally had the chance to mark an item off her bucket list last fall, when she climbed to the top of the Loggerhead Key Lighthouse in the Dry Tortugas. As she made her way to the top, she was making the same climb as her grandfather — Benjamin Howard Lowe Sr. — did when he was an assistant lighthouse keeper there during the 1930s. The Land O’ Lakes woman now has been … [Read more...]

Ready. Set. Go – Tampa Premium Outlets!

Shopping season is set to open at Tampa Premium Outlets — no license is required. The highly anticipated outdoor mall – in the bull’s eye of Pasco County development – will have its ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 29 at 9:40 a.m. Shop doors open at 10 a.m. Shelves will be stocked with upscale brand names at more than 100 shops, including Saks Off 5th, Calvin Klein, Nike, Coach and … [Read more...]

Tampa Premium Outlets to open in October

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held this morning at the site of the new Tampa Premium Outlets, now under construction on State Road 56 just off Interstate 75 near Wesley Chapel. And after years of delay, Simon — the mall's developer — says it plans to have the 441,000-square-foot mall ready for a grand opening in October. "We are excited to be breaking ground on this long-awaited … [Read more...]

Pinchers Crab Shack opens at The Shops at Wiregrass

Pinchers Crab Shack, a seafood restaurant chain based out of Bonita Springs, has opened its 10th location at The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel. The restaurant, located at 28330 Paseo Drive, Suite 185, is offering dinner service beginning at 4 p.m., and will expand to include lunch beginning July 7 at 11 a.m. It will be managed by Dacie Broshears, who also managed what was the closest … [Read more...]