Alex Press

Locals bring grape-based vodka to Keys

CoorangBong and Bombora are smooth and sophisticated CoorangBong and Bombora vodkas are spirits made by distilling grapes grown in Australia — one of the globe’s best travel and vineyard destinations according to company owner Dave Freyder of Bay Point, at MM 15. “I fell in love with the Australia,” said Dave....

The Key West tacothon

Taco-lovers visit notable spots, report findings “An argument can be made that there is no definition of what a taco is,” said photographer and tacoholic Nick Doll. Tacos can be hard or soft shelled, feature beef or fish or chicken or pork, and can be topped with anything from pineapples to...

Exclusive interview with Donavon Frankenreiter

Pro surfer/musician excited for upcoming show Tickets are now available for the Donavon Frankenreiter concert, which is taking place on Sunday, Aug. 30 at historic Fort East Martello on South Roosevelt. Frankenreiter is a pro surfer-turned musician and has an upbeat, acoustic style. He has toured with Jack Johnson and...

Indulge in the flavor of Turquoise

Fine dining restaurant serves lunch Aug. 21 “I get excited when people enjoy the food. That’s what makes me get up in the morning,” said chef and owner of Turquoise Mike Hines. Hines’ has done every job in the restaurant biz. That includes consultancy work for failing restaurants, similar to Gordon...

Maggie Ruley paints in tropical tones

Local artist of 30 years now teaches classes Maggie Ruley’s skill at combining color in her tropical artwork is such that the paintings are powerful enough to set the tone in any room, private or commercial; a bright and cheery tone. “It is a Key West tropical pallete,” said Ruley about...

Artist’s work has micro focus

Cuban artist’s latest exhibition features plankton “Without plankton, life on this planet could not exist. They all are unique and beautiful,” said Reynerio Tomayo Fonseca in Spanish. Tomayo, a Cuban artist, said work focuses on issues he feels are of importance to modern society. While browsing National Geographic one day, he...

Cruisin’ under the blue moon

All are welcome at Blue Moon Bike Ride to benefit Samuel’s House Samuel’s House is holding an event dedicated to Key West’s youth and families because. The non-profit’s event coordinator Tanya Leto said there are too few in town. “Everybody is out of school and there are not many events in...

Let the race begin

Candidates confirm they’re running and finances Mike Mongo officially announced his candidacy for the District 5 Key West City Commission seat. He said, “I take the responsibilities of public service very seriously. As a devoted advocate for all of Key West, and with the support of my wife Leonie, my...

Delicious meals at Goldman’s – More to offer than award winning breakfast

Goldman’s Deli is in its 17th year for a good reason. The homemade soups, bagels, wraps and sandwiches loaded with flavor and fresh ingredients are very popular amongst locals. “People know us for our sandwiches, but we have great wraps, soups and salads too,” owner Mark Bailey said who runs...

Getting the facts straight

Historian completes Hemingway chronology All Hemingway biographies are flawed, according to historian and author Brewster Chamberlain who recently published “The Hemingway Log: A Chronology of His Life and the Times.” Chamberlin has devoted his life to researching and writing about countries and people after retiring as director of archives from the...

BVMP teachers head to Berklee

Donation heads off trip-stopping theft Last Friday, two Keys musicians left for Berklee College of Music in Boston for six weeks —  a trip of a lifetime for two Bahama Village Music Program teachers and high school students who seldom leave the island. Tenor saxophone and piano player Dustin Eamilao, 17,...

Kelly’s Caribbean embraces locals, tradition

Bar and grill does food and drink right In the former headquarters of Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) is the nostalgic and laid-back establishment, Kelly’s Caribbean Bar Grill and Eatery. It’s named after the previous owner and star of “Top Gun,” “Witness” and “The Accused” — Kelly McGillis. “She lives...