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Gina Birch

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Gina Birch is perhaps best known to Southwest Floridians for the nearly two decades she spent entertaining and informing listeners on the former 96.9 WINK FM, as part of the morning shows of Alexander & Bennett, then Bennett and Birch. With a degree in broadcast journalism, she has always loved sharing stories, whether over the airways or in print. Not only does she share as a contributor for Grandeur, Gina is the local editor for 10Best, an online travel and tourism division of USA Today. You may also see her on stage as emcee of various community events. Her passions include travel, food, wine and shoes.

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Jon Austria

Roy’s Restaurant in Bonita Springs brings its popular Hawaiian fusion flavor to the bar. Read more

Food & Drink

Harvest & Wisdom at Shangri-La Springs specializes in fresh organic and local cuisine. Read more

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Wines that go with the wide variety of flavors you might find at Thanksgiving dinner. Read more

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Chris Tilley

Some of the most successful local kitchens are run by dynamic duos with a combination of talent, vision and respect for tradition. Read more

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Chris Tilley

It’s not a typical Southwest Florida bar and restaurant. Ember Korean Steakhouse in south Fort Myers is modern, offering a big-city feel. Read more

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While the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort as a whole is family-friendly, the new tower caters to those 21 and older. It is chic, dripping with extra touches, and Tesoro is one of them. Read more

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This month’s selection guides you effortlessly from summer to fall. Read more

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A look at the best rosés of the season Read more

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Alex Driehaus

With indoor and outdoor bars and cocktails that taste like summer, Cavo Lounge is the perfect spot to spend an evening. Read more

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Samantha Nunez brought Gigi’s Playhouse achievement center to Southwest Florida. Read more

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The Pearl Steak & Seafood Restaurant rises from the Oyster House. Read more

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M Waterfront Grille embodies fine dining on the water. Read more

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Alex Driehaus

The cocktail experts at The Continental explain how the quality of this frozen wonder elevates your drink. Read more

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Spring has sprung and as nature awakens and unfolds in all its glory, it makes perfect sense that Earth Day is recognized in April. Read more

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Andrew West

If you have fond memories of vacations in the Caribbean, you’re bound to enjoy settling in for a cocktail at Bimini Bait Shack, the last watering hole before crossing the causeway from Fort Myers to Sanibel. Read more

SWFL Restaurants

Wine director Sukie Honeycutt lends her expertise for this month’s case. Read more

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Traditions on the Beach is the most northerly restaurant on Sanibel Island’s West Gulf Drive, and a drive here reaps savory rewards. Read more

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Andi Diamond Photography

Photographer Megan DiPiero makes her mark through lens and craft, taking care to make her subjects comfortable in front of the camera. Read more

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Restaurateur Mike McGuigan brings the Caribbean to Southwest Florida with Bimini Bait Shack. Read more

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Peter Rizzo of Natural Wines Naples specializes in vintages made the old way. Read more

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