There's no reason to be subjected to tourist traps when there is so much quality food all over the state with influences from the South, Caribbean and Latin America.
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(Vocus) December 3, 2010
The founder of the The Florida guide to the best eating spots, Gina Melton loves to eat. A lot. She also can't stop talking and writing about all things relating to Florida restaurants and food. Her insider's guide helps Florida Tourists answer that inevitable question, "What should we do for dinner?"
Every year, thousands of travelers flock to Florida to relax, rejuvenate and recharge. For most, part of a vacation experience includes exploring the authentic cuisine of the region. Regardless of the budget, Gina Girardot Melton, Tampa Bay's food blogger and Florida Foodie Insider, has the insider tips on where to eat on your next Florida vacation.
Her blog, Zest: The Florida Foodie Insider's Guide, gives travelers easy access to delicious food that's a little bit off the beaten path and miles away from the many chains and tourist traps that proliferate Florida's landscape.
Gina Girardot Melton, a leading expert in Florida food and travel, says, "the beauty of travelling to Florida is that there is something for everyone. From family-friendly Orlando to chic Miami Beach to low-key Islamorada, there are hundreds of amazing places to eat. There's no reason to be subjected to tourist traps when there is so much quality food all over the state with influences from the South, Caribbean and Latin America. I want to share my restaurant adventures with to you."
One of Gina's favorite spots is in the Florida Keys, the Florida Keys restaurants have an amazing flair and get a lot of attention.
Gina's Zest's Best Destination Guide gives readers city-specific dining suggestions for Tampa, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, the Florida Keys, and Jacksonville -- so readers can easily find the best conch fritter stand in Key West or the best blueberry pancakes in Fort Pierce, Florida.
Gina also shares "Best of Florida" lists that point readers toward standout establishments like the best steakhouses or breakfast joints or the best grilled cheese sandwiches in Florida. "For me, food has never been just a hobby, it's been a passion that I want to share with whomever will listen. If you ask my friends, they will tell you that they can only take so much of me chattering on about chefs and restaurants before they tune me out. So now, I chatter on my blog."
People are taking notice and chatting back. Jeff Houck, the food writer for the Tampa Tribune said, "he just can't get enough of Zest." (via Twitter) And Nina Stanley, the Publisher for Tampa Bay's Panache Vue' Magazine says that, "Gina is extremely passionate in everything she does, a perfectionist and very charismatic! I am honored to have her as my exclusive Food Writer, she has already brought so much attention to my new publication, Panache Vue' Magazine with her food column. I look forward to allowing her to do what she does best."
To Become a Florida Foodie Insider grab the Gina's insider tips on planning your next Florida vacation, or deciding "what are we doing for dinner?" http://www.zestfloridafoodie.com
Gina Girardot Melton has spent the better part of her life obsessed with food. Born into a boisterous Italian family where cooking and eating were ingrained in her DNA like white on arborio rice -- Gina is never at a loss for conversation about cooking, restaurants and everything associated with those endeavors. Based in Tampa by way of Miami, her blog, Zest: The Florida Foodie Insider's Guide (http://www.zestfloridafoodie.com) documents her gastronomic adventures across Florida. Gina is the food columnist for Panache Vue magazine and has written for various publications, including Restaurant Hospitality magazine.