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I have started this blog, Southwest Florida Forks, as I want to share my dining and food experiences with you both textually and pictorially.
I love food and photography and it is my hope that through my dining/food/traveling combined with photos I can bring to you an accurate log of my experiences.
A fork can be an eating implement used to pick things up, as well as being a point where something disperses, perfect for a blog.
You can choose to use these postings as a guide, and if not, perhaps just see life through my lens.



Friday, April 11, 2014

BBQ, Bands and Brew


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is the official designated arts organization in Lee County, FL. It's mission is to "facilitate and nurture the arts in Lee County".  One of the many things they do is sponsor charity events. BBQ, Bands and Brew was a charity event to benefit Builders Care. This group provides home repair and renovation services to those in need.  Builders care is an organization founded by The Lee Building Industry Association (Lee BIA). Lee BIA is a group that not only promotes the views of the building industry, but also provides technical and educational assistance.

A number of barbeque vendors were there.


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 had some nice looking Brisket, pulled pork and ribs.

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 all provided barbecue for the event as did


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Blue Crawfish Catering Company   served cajun-inspired food

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while Ben and Jerry's helped cool off the crowd.

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Taking about keeping cool, what would BBQ, bands and brew be without the brew.


The attendees really seemed to enjoy the food

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while both big and little kids enjoyed some recreation.

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After all that food, the crowd settled in

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to listen to some music.

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All in all, not a bad event. Another day of food and music and another review on Forks.

Alliance for the Arts
10091 McGregor Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33919
(239)939-2787








Sunday, April 6, 2014

Lunch at Bleu Provence


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is a restaurant located near downtown Naples, FL in Crayton Cove. Bleu Provence has been a blog topic in a previous Post. This was a wine tasting and these events are well worth attending. In the summer months, they are sometimes at no cost to the participants.

This day my dining companion (DC) and I were there for lunch.

You can choose to dine indoors



or outside, which is what DC and I decided to do.

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Bread, butter and a very nice olive Tapenade were brought to the table before our order was taken.

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DC ordered an Arugala salad with lobster, red onion, tomato, Fava Beans, citrus slices, Ruby Red chard Microgreens and a citrus Vinaigrette.

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It looked very good, and DC confirmed it.

I love Nicoise salad and that's what i ordered. Tuna, anchovies, potato, market vegetables, lemon rind and a citrus vinaigrette.

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It was very good.

The service and food were excellent. The wait staff were also very knowledgeable about what was being served. This was a very pleasant dining experience and I would come back without hesitation.

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That's that for another review on Forks.

Bleu Provence
1234 8th St S.
Naples, FL 34102
(239)261-8239


BLEU Provence on Urbanspoon


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Happy Hour at The Real Seafood Co.


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is a restaurant in North Naples, FL and is located in The Shoppes at Vanderbilt.

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Their Happy Hour Menu is served daily from 4 to 7 P.M. in either their patio area

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or in their Raw Bar.

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My dining companion (DC) and I shared a number of items off the happy hour menu. The first was the house salad.

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This was mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, pecans, Julienned cucumbers and a shallot Vinaigrette. Very nice.

Point Judith Calamari were also ordered, lightly fried and served with Saffron Aioli  and lemon wedge.

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I also ordered the smoked salmon with lump crab tower.

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This was Lox, or fillet of brined salmon topped with a pineapple, mango and avocado salsa and finished with lump crab meat. It was good but the blue corn chips served with them were stale. Not to worry, I don't eat these anyway.

Finally we ordered salt and pepper tuna.

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This was seared tuna, served with Wasabi and Ponsu Sauce, a sort of citrus-soy sauce. Sushi rice and pinapple with mango salsa were also served with this.

Having seen this maniacal person taking pictures of the food at the raw bar, an adjacent diner asked me what I was doing. After I told him he generously offered up his order to be photographed. Littleneck Clams and Blue Hill, ME mussels were cooked in white wine, garlic, butter, sweet peppers and Chorizo sausage.

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I think you will agree, it looked delicious.

The happy hour at The Real Seafood Co. was very good, a great value and I would return without hesitation. It's a wrap for another review on Forks.

The Real Seafood Co.
8960 Fontana Del Sol Way
Naples, FL 34109
(239)591-3232

Real Seafood Co. on Urbanspoon

Sunday, March 30, 2014

GirlTalkTV 2014 Fashion Trunk Show

GirlTalkTV is an online magazine from Southwest Florida that addresses interests and concerns of women. The TV portion comes from video links the site provides. That evening they were sponsoring a Fashion and Trunk show at The Hilton Naples.

The event was held to benefit The Garden of Hope and Courage. The garden's purpose is to be a therapeutic retreat for those with illness.  Its construction was inspired by the long-term malady of one of its originators wives who eventually passed away because of it.

The event was nicely catered by the hotel. Mini Beef Wellington with Bernaise sauce, steamed Pot Stickers with a ginger-soy sauce and assorted cheeses and fruits were provided as nibbles to the guests.

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There was also a cash bar as well as champagne for those with VIP tickets.

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Always having liked the high-contrast black and white fashion Photos of yesteryear, here was my golden opportunity.

As the models were getting their makeup and hair done courtesy of The Paul Mitchell School in Fort Myers, FL

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and choosing their clothes

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DJ Andrea was setting up outside to provide music for the event.

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The show was held by the hotel's pool, and attendees started to gather for the event.

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To start off the show, Sultan's Dreams treated the crowd to a Mediterranean dance routine.

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The show began and featured clothes from local shops and Boutiques. Though not in order of presentation, Femme Couture Style Studio, Helen Jon designer swimwear,

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MeganRose  and Lux boutique,

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 in addition to Source Clothing Company and True Fashionistas Designer Resale provided the fashions for the evening.

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 As the champagne flowed

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the crowd  really enjoyed the show and music.

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After the models finished up

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the owner of GirlTalkTV, Sherry Bryant and the director of The Garden of Hope and Courage addressed the audience and thanked them for their participation

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and attendees were then treated to the trunk show.

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A very pleasant evening of music, food and fashion and another review on Forks.


The Hilton Naples
5111 Tamiami Trail N.
Naples, FL 34103
(239)430-4900