New Smyrna Beach Local Eateries

I will begin by prefacing this post, as I do in conversation, that not only am I a foodie, I am also classically trained. I can cook most things myself, so when I go out to eat, I want to be WOWed. I am a self-declared picky b***h when it comes to eating out and that’s good for my guests (when I’m working at the B&B).   I know if a restaurant can make me happy, they will almost certainly make my guests happy.  As an innkeeper and working in the hospitality industry, my main goal is for my guests have the most amazing vacation ever.  If a particular restaurant is not listed here, it doesn’t necessarily mean that is bad — it just means that either the food or service can sometimes be hit or miss (or I haven’t yet been there), and I don’t feel comfortable recommending it to my guests.  So if you are a foodie, please take note.  If you are not, then there are plenty of other restaurants in town that will probably suit you just fine.   There are lots of new restaurants opening up in the area, but I just haven’t had a chance to check them out yet.  Will update as I find new great local spots!!! Continue reading

Pet Friendly New Smyrna Beach

Below is a post that was originally written for guests staying at the Night Swan.  I’ve left most of the information regarding the Night Swan pet policies, but there is a lot of other information on pet friendly New Smyrna.

If the idea of leaving your pet behind while you are out and about enjoying your vacation just doesn’t sit right with you, know that New Smyrna Beach is a great place for you and your pet!  There are a number of pet friendly restaurants, shops, parks, and beaches in the area, and of course, pet friendly accommodations at the Night Swan Bed and Breakfast.

Pet Friendly Outdoor Activities

Smyrna Beach Dunes Park — Doggie Beach!!

This beach is my favorite, whether or not I bring my dog with me.  This beach is at the north end of the inlet on the Intracoastal side of the waterway, which means only small waves from wakes of boats hit the shore.  There is about a mile and a half boardwalk that goes around the park, but please note that doggies are only allowed on the boardwalk before 10am and for just the hour prior to sunset — there are plenty of sandy paths to get down to the water.  The park is beautiful with lots of activity — dolphins, manatee, turtles, birds — you can see it all here.  And the best part — this beach is much less traveled that the main strip by Flagler Avenue.

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Slow Roasted Tomato Bruschetta

IMG_2569This is a take on the traditional tomato basil bruschetta that I have done a number of times for the High Tea and for a few catering events.  It takes some time, but it’s super easy and oh, so flavorful.  The intense flavor comes from slow roasting the tomatoes about three hours, allowing the flavor to condense. Covering them in a variety of herbs, a little garlic, olive oil, and salt and pepper is all it takes.  The slow roasted tomatoes are great just to have in the house, and add a burst of flavor to any dish.  I like them on sandwiches, with eggs in pasta, with veggies, as a side to steak or chicken, or cut up like this on a crostini covered in a slight layer of flavored ricotta cheese or whipped feta.

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