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Culinary Corner

Karen Feldman

 Karen Feldman

Culinary consultant Karen Feldman has been a devoted food lover her whole life, born into a family of foodies before being one was cool. She has spent the past two decades writing about the restaurant scene and reviewing restaurants in the region, first for The News-Press and more recently for Florida Weekly. Her reviews have covered everything from the food served at the Southwest Florida Fair and local ball parks to the toniest of restaurants and everything in between. She grew up in the Philadelphia area, went to college in Lancaster, Pa., then graduate school in New York City and has lived in Lee County most of her adult life and so considers herself a naturalized Floridian.

Editorials by this insider

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I’ve lived in the Fort Myers area for more than four decades.

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Deciding on where to dine out requires considering who is going to be around the table as much as what will be on it. Are there children in the mix?

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Shrimp, grouper, stone crabs and Key lime pie seem to be the four food groups most often associated with The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, but the area’s cuisine is far more worldly than that. Once you get your seafood and sugar quota, it’s t

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There’s nothing like a pleasure cruise along the Caloosahatchee, the Intracoastal, or the Gulf of Mexico to work up an appetite.

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When it comes to enjoying the outdoors in Florida, luxuriant beaches and lush golf courses are likely the first scenes that come to mind. But in Fort Myers, dining outdoors is every bit as popular a pastime as sunbathing and

What better way to unwind under the warmth of the Florida sun than with a cool brew on hand?

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Come on, admit it. We know they are unhealthy – all that fat and sugar, that boatload of carbs and calories – but we simply cannot help ourselves. Doughnuts may be bad for our waistlines and cholesterol levels, but they soothe our souls.

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Sun-drenched days filled with family fun, sand and water are the elements we typically think of when considering what makes time on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel so enjoyable.

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Brunch. It’s a small word but one loaded with meaning. It’s neither breakfast nor lunch, but rather a combination of the two. It’s typically eaten later than the former and earlier than the latter. But not necessarily.

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If it’s been a year or more since you’ve visited Fort Myers, you’ll find some changes here, particularly when it comes to dining.

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Sure, you can find beer on virtually every menu in the region. But for the real aficionado, all beers are not created equal.

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Deciding what to drink used to be the easy part of dining out – beer (draft or bottle), wine (glass or bottle), or a distilled spirit (straight up or with a splash and a wedge of lime). Simple, right? Well, those days are over.

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It wasn’t all that long ago that the Caloosahatchee River seemed to be an impenetrable border when it came time to go out for a meal.

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The Fort Myers is blessed with a bounty of restaurants. There are fancy, special-occasion spots to come-as-you-are-flip-flops-and-all sort of places in between.

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Fort Myers long been considered a great vacation getaway because of their beautiful beaches, lush golf courses and sunny weather.

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Fort Myers has lush expanses of sand and gentle surf that do wonders to soothe the soul, but if it’s something edible you need, then you’re also in luck: There are loads of comfort foods available in the region, however you define comfort.

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There’s no denying it’s somewhat toasty this time of year. But that also means that there’s so much more room to enjoy all that’s wonderful about Fort Myers - especially the restaurants.

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Benjamin Franklin was right about many things, but I take issue with his contention that “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Surely there’s one more certainty: Restaurants come and go with astonishing s

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Meal times roll around with relentless regularity, but that doesn’t always mean we want to cook. And that is particularly true on vacation.

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The region’s Black chefs and cooks are turning out delicious dishes that are as wide-ranging as they are flavorful.

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Under ordinary circumstances, mornings can be brutal. Feeding the pets, getting yourself and the kids ready for work and school can rob you of the time and inclination to linger over a good breakfast.

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When it comes to the farm-to-table movement, you’ll find the few brave souls who make a go of it here are as down-to-earth as the products they use and serve.

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Slather on the sunscreen, wear your hat and shades, but chances are a subtropical summer still will get under your skin intent on melting your soul.

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While much about how America eats has changed over the decades, we still maintain some sacred rituals: hot dogs, beer, peanuts and popcorn.

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If vacation planning has you looking for beach destinations where you can enjoy some fun and sun with your four-legged friend, Fort Myers in Southwest Florida welcomes dogs with open paws! Bon Appétit!  

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“Cheeseburger in paradise. Heaven on earth with an onion slice. Not too particular, not too precise. I'm just a cheeseburger in paradise.”

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Remember when food trucks had one color scheme – silver – and served ho-hum pre-made sandwiches, sodas and bags of chips?

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The farm-to-table movement has swept Fort Myers, enticing food lovers with the intense flavors that result from eating locally sourced, freshly picked produce, seafood that’s never been frozen and animals that have been raised humanely on small fa

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Well, of course you’ll have a hot dog at the ball game. And maybe a beer shake, some popcorn and peanuts, too. But those are just the mandatory snacks one consumes at a spring training game.

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One of the bonuses of living in – or enjoying a visit to the Fort Myers area is that there are some activities for which there is no season. Barbecues. Beaches. Fishing and golf. Ice cream.

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It used to be that new restaurants opened only in the fall – around October so the staff could get up and running in time for the winter tourist season. These days, new restaurants crop up all year long.

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If your sweet pup gets that forlorn, hang-dog look as you depart for a night on the town, consider a change of plans.  

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There was a time – and it wasn’t all that long ago – when those who eschewed meat were limited to two choices when they dined out: salads or pasta with red sauce. Boooring!

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It wasn’t that long ago that the only foods served in bowls were soups, salads and sundaes. Now your whole meal may be contained in one well-packed and nutrient-filled bowl.

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In Fort Myers, there are plenty of cool places at which to raise a glass and be festive whether a holiday or specific occasion warrants it. While craft cocktails used to be something of a rarity in these parts, that’s no longer the case.