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Destination Dining Arrives in Hilton Head Island at the Sonesta Resort.

There’s been some major revamping and refreshing going on in Hilton Head Island and recently I was invited to check out the truly vibrant transformation at the Sonesta Resort, specifically it’s dining. About $30 million has been invested in this property within the past couple of years and it shows. I am happy to report that this investment has resulted in this formerly well-worn (and well-loved!) property now shining like a new penny, resplendent in the perfectly modern lift that its oceanfront locale deserves.

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It’s an Italian Renaissance of Great Dining in Hilton Head Island!

Hilton Head Island is seeing its own share of this foodie phenomenon and recently it has taken a literal turn toward a true Italian Renaissance. Red sauce is the new black, with several new restaurants and eateries opening specializing in Italian cuisine – from the Parmigiano Reggiano and prosciutto di Parma found in Emilia-Romagna and rich olive oil and wines of Tuscany to the Napolese pizza and fresh seafood preparations of the Mediterranean coast – there is a genuine abbondanza of Italian deliciousness to be enjoyed in the Island.

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Food Finds and Good Times in Hilton Head Island

If you are in any way familiar with Hilton Head Island, you already realize that restaurants here are so good; they provide reason alone to visit our fair Lowcountry isle. The Island is now squarely in the middle of a renaissance of sorts, with many fun, fresh eateries shooting to the front of the class in both style and substance.

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Fork Free Fun: Wingfest 2014

So when I was asked to write this post about “fork free” eating and weave it into the upcoming Wingfest event, I thought, ‘Well, this will be a breeze.’ And then I thought, “No, this might be a snooze.” By this, I refer to the fact that I have written about this mid-March celebration of all things ‘wing’ many times. And while food fads and restaurants come and go, there’s only so much cleverness and originality to be said about the wings of a chicken. Or is there?

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Fall in Love with Hilton Head Island’s Romantic Restaurants

Nothing quickens the heart quite like an intimate setting, the warm glow of candlelight and sumptuous cuisine. For those pining for the perfect fusion of flavor and ambiance on Hilton Head Island, I’ve taken it to the streets – or at least social media – to get the down low from Island visitors and locals on their fan favorites, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

No matter if your foodie flight of fancy runs toward a cozy spot tucked away from everyone but you and your date, or you prefer bold surroundings with a see and be seen “scene”, look no further than Hilton Head Island eateries to stir your passion and your palate!

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One Island. Eight Days. Over Three Dozen Delicious Deals During Restaurant Week.

January 25 through February 1, Hilton Head Island and Bluffton restaurants partner with the Hilton Head Island Bluffton Chamber of Commerce for the 6th annual Chamber Restaurant Week. Even though the holidays are just a memory, for Foodies like me, our Restaurant Week is akin to the excited anticipation felt by any wide-eyed youngster during the 8-day Festival of Lights or on the morning of December 25th. I’m like a kid in a candy store – a candy store full of delicious food, that is!

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Hand Over that Ladle & Let the Holiday Magic of Hilton Head Island Handle the Rest!

The late Fall always inspires me to get into the kitchen and experiment with some new recipes, ingredients and cooking methods. With the crush of holiday commitments and expectations looming, I enjoy some relaxing ‘me time’ perusing the pages of neglected magazines piling up on the bedside table. Like the clackety clack of an old timey steam engine, my brain starts to rumble and my creative juices flow with inspiration for the holiday table.

Like many foodies who love to cook and bake, I probably optimistically envision more plans than I have cookie sheets and muffins tins (I have a lot of those!). Once that third batch of made-from-scratch butter cookies are finally meticulously decorated and packaged for gift giving, the romantic novelty of holiday baking has honestly, well, worn thin.

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Let’s Get Festive at Taste of the Season!

‘Tis the Season for Taste of the Season….a festive sampling of local food, wine and seasonal beverages plus wonderful music and a silent auction chocked with an eye-popping selection of getaways, golf packages, work of art and more. This annual event, hosted by the Hilton Head Island Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, will be held in the ballroom of the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa on Friday, Nov. 22 starting at 6 pm.

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Is it Palate or Palette at the 9th Annual Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival?

ristotle said that we have five senses: sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing. In this blog we are primarily preoccupied with taste, of course; but the other four senses also come into play here in Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, and often in rather unexpected ways. With the 9th Annual Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival right around the corner, I present my case for ‘palate or palette’, what’s your pleasure?

Touch is not just the province of bread bakers and pastrymakers, or even the fisherman who swiftly fillets a just-caught May River sea trout or flounder. Think of how the downy soft skin on a fresh peach feels, or the coolness of your favorite, foamy artisan brew in your throat whilst strolling through historic Old Town Bluffton.

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Get Shuckin’ at the Hilton Head Island Oyster Festival!

One of the best times of year for being on Hilton Head is practically upon us. Brisk mornings warmed by sunshiny blue skies and low humidity make it great weather for driving with the windows rolled down, taking a leisurely bike ride and devising fabulous ways to prepare our fabulously briny South Carolina oysters!

There is just so much going on at this time of year – time for football, festivals, southern barbeque and of course, the opening of the Hilton Head Island oyster season along the coast. I’m talking bi-valve utopia here, people! So let’s crack on, shall we?

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