Think Like Hemingway and Win a Bimini Getaway Courtesy of Papa's Pilar Rum

Laine Doss
Bimini. Just the way Hemingway left it.
Ernest Hemingway was so much more than one of America's most talented storytellers. In a world where the words "living legend" have lost all meaning, Hemingway truly embodied the term.

Not only was he a writer but the man, who hailed from a middle-class Chicago suburb, was a war hero, a newsman, a fisherman, a big-game hunter, a womanizer, a romantic, a fighter, and a drinker. Sure, not all of those traits are great, but together they make one hell of a character worthy of any Hemingway-penned novel!

Papa's spirit lives on in many of the places he loved and Hemingway and South Florida have always had strong ties. A trip to Key West isn't complete without hoisting a few at Sloppy Joe's or Captain Tony's or visiting the Hemingway House, where descendents of the author's multi-toes cats roam the halls and grounds like furry royalty.

See also: Papa's Pilar Rum at Tales of the Cocktail: A Spirited Dinner Hemingway Would Have Loved

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Magical, Tasty New Foods for Harry Potter Fans at Universal's Diagon Alley

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Courtesy of Universal Orlando
There are so many wonderful aspects within the Harry Potter universe -- duh, there's magic! -- but one of the most satisfying things is the food.

Throughout the novels, author J.K. Rowling fabricates her fair share of magical creatures as well as delectable, wizardy food. Though we can't naturally bring about any fantastic beasts, with a little imagination and some flour, sparks can fly in the kitchen.

When planning the latest expansion to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Orlando, Senior Vice President of Revenue Operations at Universal Orlando Ric Florell and Executive Chef Jayson worked closely together to conjure dishes that were both authentic to wizards and delicious for muggles.

See also: Sneak Peek of Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando's The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Ratatouille Gets His Own Restaurant at Disneyland Paris

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Ratatouille gets his own restaurant
Remember Ratatouille, the Disney movie that features a little rat named Rémy who longed to be a chef? The movie not only featured an adorable little rodent, but was deemed "the best food movie ever made" by Anthony Bourdain, according to a blog post by Michael Ruhlman. Bourdain was also a consultant during the film's development phase and received a "thank you" in the credits.

See also: Disney's EPCOT Has Croissant-Donuts Hybrid Fried Pastries

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Nefertari's: An Unexpected Egyptian-Inspired Eatery in Tallahassee

All photos by Hannah Sentenac

You can't miss Nefertari's. At least, not once you're inside.

While the locale on Tallahassee's Macomb Street can be tricky to track down (GPS steered me wrong), once you make your way through the front door of this Egyptian-inspired eatery you're greeted by a cornucopia of color, pattern and glitz. The opulent decor is fitting for the eatery's tagline: "A royal experience."

Think of it as a pharaoh's palace in downtown Tallahassee. And those pharaoh's knew how to eat.

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Universal Studios Holidays: The Grinch, Butterbeer, and Cold Duff

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All photos by Laine Doss
A giant red elf welcomes you so you know Christmas is here!
While some people the world over are celebrating Christmas, we prefer a "greener" holiday celebration.

And by green, we obviously mean Grinchmas. Dr. Seuss's mean-yet-loveable Grinch character with a most peculiar heart condition (first it's too small, then it's really big), is the star of Universal Studio's Grinchmas, now going on through early January. Along with the Grinch, there's also a fully-realized recreation of the Macy's Day Parade, complete with floats and marching bands.

But, of course, we're in it for the food. And, happily, there's a bunch of goodies to be had, thanks in part to Universal's Springfield and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Sure there's the usual popcorn, burgers, and sodas, but why not eat like your favorite characters and enjoy a refreshing Duff beer or a sweet Butterbeer with your Green Eggs and Ham or your Lard Lad D'oughnut.

We made our annual holiday trip to watch the snow fall (yes! real snow!), meet the Grinch (he's quite cheeky), and eat our way through our favorite attractions.

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Martorano's Italian-American Kitchen at the Paris Las Vegas: DJ Booth Included

Laine Doss
Martorano's: Philly goes to Paris via Vegas by way of Fort Lauderdale.

Steve Martorano is expanding his restaurant empire in Las Vegas. The celebrity cook already has one successful restaurant in Sin City at the Rio, but this is the entrepreneur's first foray directly on the strip.

When we first learned of the new Martorano's at the Paris Hotel, there was little information except for the fact that it would be serving Martorano's signature meatball salad (duh) and that there would be a DJ booth (double duh).

Now we have more information -- including a rendering of the space.

See also: Steve Martorano Planning Second Vegas Location, Another in Atlantic City

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Rochester NY: Fried Comfort Food and Friendly Folks Galore

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All photos by Zachary Fagenson
The Rubbish Plate: An indisposable winter survival tool.
We all dream about hopping on planes destined for the world's greatest food cities. Yet the fact is flying often comes out of necessity and destinations aren't always the most popular among food bloggers.

When I recently booked a flight for the hills of western New York and Pennsylvania -- not the most sought after destination in mid winter 0- I was determined to make the most of it. I also made it into a mission to eat all of the hometown comfort foods I'd long heard my fiancée talk about, but never myself tried.

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Disney's Be Our Guest Restaurant: Beastly Dining Fit For a Princess (Pictures,Video)

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Be Our Guest: magical castle at Magic Kingdom.
Confession: Every single time I watch Beauty and the Beast -- be it the movie, theatrical production, or the live mini-musical at Disney World, I bawl my eyes out. Maybe it's got something to do with the fact that my dog, Harry, looks exactly like Beast. could just have something to do with that fact that I'm just a tiny bit of a sucker for Disney (though I loathe to admit it).

Read Also: Magic Kingdom Serves Booze For The First Time at Be Our Guest

So, it's a little exciting that the new Fantasyland area of Magic Kingdom was offering a Beauty and the Beast-themed restaurant.

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RHONJ Teresa Giudice's Fabulicious Cruise Sails From Fort Lauderdale

Think of what fun the Captain's dinner will be.
If you're a fan of Bravo's Real Housewives of New Jersey, break out the sequined bikini, the hairspray, and the pasta sauce because you won't want to miss Teresa Giudice's Fabulicious cruise on Holland America's Zuiderdam.

The eight day cruise sets sail from Port Everglades on December 28, visiting Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico, and St. Thomas. Along the way, cruisers will be treated to some exciting events, cooking classes and wine tastings by the Jersey diva herself, including:

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Eating Through Emeril's Empire in The Big Easy

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Laine Doss
Chicken and waffles at Emeril's
​There are few people in the world who are so famous that they don't need a last name - Cher, Madonna, Gaga and.....Emeril!  Known as much for his catch phrases "Bam" and "Kick it up a notch" as his food, Emeril is a television celebrity and a personality, but deep down, he's really a chef (and a great one at that).

Though Emeril and New Orleans are sometimes considered one and the same, Emeril Lagasse was born in Massachusetts and attended Johnson & Wales University in Providence.  1982 was when Emeril really took over New Orleans, when he replaced Chef Paul Prudhomme as Executive Chef of Commander's Palace.

On a recent trip to New Orleans, Clean Plate Charlie was invited to take a culinary tour of Emeril's world, visiting two of three of Emeril's New Orleans restaurants, as well as Commander's Palace, where the magic started.

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