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As the Director of Behavioral Health for Lakeland Regional Health, Alice Nuttall oversees the team of physicians, nurses, and qualified mental health professionals for both the inpatient behavioral health service and the outpatient behavioral health clinic. She is an involved member of the P…

In 1974, Jimmy Minadakis converted a former farmhouse turned bingo hall into what would be his legacy restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland. “He came over from Greece with nothing, started working as a busboy in Washington D.C.,” said his middle son, Nik Minadakis. Jimmy saved up money to move t…

No matter where you’re headed this Summer, this refreshing Cold Brew recipe will be the perfect road companion - it’ll keep you refreshed, energized, and save you from having to drink gas station coffee! (oh no, no, no!)

At the top of Vegetation Plant Food’s website, it reads, “Eat like you love yourself.” This sentiment is at the core of Rima Schillinger’s personal change to a whole food plant-based lifestyle and why she started a service to help others do the same. Last year, Schillinger started her whole …

Bread has been at the center of everything for Honeycomb Bread Bakers founder, Benjamin Vickers. In an interview with LKLD last summer before the opening of his brick and mortar bakery inside of Twenty Seven, Vickers said, “My dream is to serve people, and fill their bellies, and make good b…

The hoax kicked off with a prankster telling a group that they were being talked about by the loose lipped Tom Collins, and then sending them on an angry goose chase to find him.

Delivering exquisite cookies out of a Honda Civic. That’s how DOU Bakehouse owners Diana Cortes Blanquicet and David Hernandez got started. The DOU team has since outgrown that Honda Civic for a spacious commercial kitchen producing ten thousand cookies and pastries every week.

It’s a sweet little gesture – get a box for someone you love today, or get one for yourself, or do both!  Charlie’s mini donuts are mini, so eating an entire dozen is really only like three or four regular donuts.  Right?

A trendy hole-in-the-wall bistro, an upscale dining establishment, your favorite taco truck – these are a few of the places you might expect to get an exceptional bite to eat. But – in a strip mall? In the Barclay Place Shopping Center off Highway 98 in North Lakeland sits an average-looking…

The Florida Brewery, established in the 70s, is the second oldest brewery still in operation in the state. Primarily a manufacturing facility, the brewery opened its doors to the public a year and a half ago introducing their Beer Garden and Taproom at 202 Gandy Road in Auburndale. 

Lakeland’s hometown barbeque spot since 1964, Jimbo’s Pit Bar B-Q maintains a lasting legacy of good food and good service, run by good folks. The restaurant was originally started by Jim Neff, owner of the Foxfire Restaurant and Henry Landworth who owned the Holiday Inn just down the road. …

Chili cook offs and firefighters go hand in hand.  In fact, even the Lakeland Fire Dept. participates in one.  They host the Tigertown Chili Throwdown in April alongside the Flying Tigers. Now, they won’t give me any of their award-winning recipes, but I’m happy to share one of my family’s f…

It’s about thyme Lakeland got a fresh, fast eatery. Soon Lakeland’s hungry will be able to order online or stop by the pick-up window of Good Thyme for a quick, delicious meal. From the minds who brought you Cob & Pen, comes Good Thyme! This will be the second Lakeland restaurant (with a…

Lakeland’s Benjamin Vickers thought he’d go to college for English Lit and become a “bookish academic” type. His hobby for home baking for his friends and family slowly took center stage. He called his parents one day and said, “I’m going to New York for culinary school, guys.”

It’s alive!!! But, in a good way. For Krazy Kombucha owner, Wendy Johnson, producing this fermented beverage for the community she loves is a way of life. Her family goes back 100 years in Lakeland – Wendy is the third generation here. She and her husband have three sons, two of whom are in …

A fixture in Auburndale for over 70 years, Peebles Bar-B-Q has fed generations of Polk County families. If you ask lifelong customers, they’ll tell you it’s more than the bar-b-q that makes Peebles a local tradition.

The past month has been a time of reflection for Born & Bread Bakehouse owner Jenn Smurr. The bakery’s fourth birthday has come and gone, a celebration was had, and the hard-working hands of Jenn and her team are no doubt already preparing for the “organized chaos” that will be next Satu…

Small batch, handmade ice cream sandwich company, A Cow Named MOO, started by Sarah and Patrick Mulcahy is in new hands, but rest assured the same chewy, creamy goodness lives on with its new owners. 

An audacious idea and the will to keep going no matter the challenge is the bit of magic it took Robyn Wilson to start and grow Lakeland’s The Poor Porker into what it is today.

⅓ cup Chambord Raspberry Liqueur½ cup freshly squeezed  lemon juice⅓ cup vodka¼  cup simple syrupLemonade

Sushi was originally invented as a means of preservation, when fermented and salted rice was used to store fish for up to a year. This was known as narezushi.  The rice was thrown away and only the fish consumed. A later variant called namanarezushi invented in the 16th century, introduced t…

“America, a melting cauldron of passionate people of multiple nationalities; passionate about life, friendship, love, their national pride, about food, and in fact, always ready to thankfully enjoy all of God’s blessings.” This is the first line of The Roti Story that owner and physician Dr.…

This month, it’s all about the decorations and parties!  Our cocktail is really just a big bowl of punch ready to serve your guests. Make a lot for a crowd or a little just for you.  It’s simple and easy to modify.  Take your favorite juice, for this we used Blackberry Cranberry.  Add fresh …

To make a drink for two, I used these measurements.  Depending on how much you like the taste of pickle brine, will determine if you use more or less than my recipe.  

Stepping into Federal Bar Lakeland is a little like stepping back in time.  But just for the right reasons.  Designed with Prohibition style, appropriately I might add, because the building was built in 1917.  If these walls could talk, they would tell tales of being used as a Post Office, a…

There’s nothing like a freshly baked beef liver or chicken cookie, am I right? For dogs I mean. Benson’s Canine Cookies has been in the freshly baked holistic dog cookie business for a collective 22 years. 

1 oz light rum1 oz blue curaçao2 oz fresh pineapple juice1 oz cream of coconut2 cups crushed ice

You may remember Swan Brewing in a 10x10 tent at the Downtown Farmers Curb Market in Lakeland. Dan Thumberg, co-owner of Swan Brewing, started selling home brewing supplies to the public and soon met his now partner, Christian Hood. “We sat down and compared our business plans [which] were a…

1 Cup Rum (I used coconut)1 Cup Pineapple Juice1 Cup Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut2 Cups Frozen Pineapple2 Cups Ice

Do you know that feeling you get when your grandma makes you something to eat and you can just taste the love she made it with? Anyone who has dined at Cafe Zuppina does. “Today, one of my customers told me he feels like he’s in his grandmother’s home,” said owner and chef at Cafe Zuppina, B…

Scream’n Tuna Sushi is o-fish-ally my new go-to for Asian cuisine. You could say that their food makes miso happy!

It’s Saturday morning and I am sitting here thinking, the pontoon’s fixed, but it’s going to be too windy and cloudy to take it on the Chain. What can we do that’s fun and productive today?  I immediately texted Jordy saying, “Today is the day!” Last week we came up with this great idea. Sin…

The feeling you get when walking into Red Door Lakeland is that of attending a good friend’s dinner party. A dim, cozy ambiance brought about by tables and booths situated comfortably on the wooden floors that look to be original, paned glass windows of another era, and plush pillows lining …

kosher salt for rim1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice2 tablespoons fresh lime juice2 teaspoons sugar1/2 cup tequila1/2 cup club soda or tonic water (if you like it sweeter)