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Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Dining with Bruce Collier

Ciao Italia sits on a corner overlooking U.S. 98 East, easily visible from the road. The restaurant is spacious, with plenty of windows, indoor and outdoor seating. The dining room is an elongated rectangle, with a bar/ lounge (and piano) a semi-private dining area, and tables for small and large parties...
Adult Beverages
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Friday, September 15th, 2017

Bruce Collier Reports from Beautiful Crestview, FL

Timber Creek Distillery sits at the end of a dirt road, on 1,400 acres near a stream called Juniper Creek. There’s a grand timber house (Timber Creek Lodge) with a beautifully carved front door, but the distillery action is in another building. I was greeted on the road by co-owner and master distiller Aaron Barnes...
Book Reviews
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Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Reviews by Bruce Collier and Marilu Morgan

After the scandal, the Congressman gets to continue his life just as before, but Aviva’s reputation is ruined—her past is revealed every time a potential employer performs a Google search of her name. Seeing no other options, Aviva...
Music Reviews
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Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Plus Michael J Thomas, The War on Drugs, Peter Bernstein

There seems to be a wonderful thing happening with bands. They are throwing out the rulebooks that are carefully crafted by suits and industry insiders to make genre-bending gems. Pensacola’s Chainsaw Kelly melds bluesy soul, bluegrass charm, and rock sensibilities into a certain kind of southern magic...
Adult Beverages
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Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Bruce Collier Explores "The Water of Life"

Aquavit is distilled from grain or potatoes, and flavored with caraway, anise, orange or lemon peel, angelica and other spices or flavorings. As juniper is with gin, so caraway is with aquavit, the predominant flavor in most versions. There are aquavits for Christmas and other holidays, with special flavorings.
Dining Reviews
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Friday, August 11th, 2017

Dining with Bruce Collier Visits 30A

The restaurant sits just off the road, a yellow-buff structure with plenty of windows and several shaded outside tables. We ate inside, in the main dining area. There’s a smaller dining space in the bar/lounge, complete with a pianist. Table sizes vary. The walls are whitewashed brick, tables are wooden, with sturdy...