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A Romantic Weekend Getaway

A Romantic Weekend Getaway

by Trish Utter For a minute I thought I was in . . . Paris! But I was at the Park Plaza Hotel in Winter Park, which is close to downtown Orlando. More »

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2019

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2019

by Trish Utter This is the automotive equivalent of the Super Bowl. Anyone that knows me would tell you that this is THE event of the year that I have been waiting More »

Protecting Your Family

Protecting Your Family

by Trish Utter Over a year ago I was getting off the highway, and came to a stop at the traffic light when I was hit from behind. It didn’t seem like More »

The Excitement of…MIAMI!

The Excitement of…MIAMI!

by Trish Utter The chill of winter is here, but it’s 78 degrees in Miami! Don’t you just love living in Florida? There are so many places we can drive to for More »

Do Your New Year’s Resolutions Need Help?

Do Your New Year’s Resolutions Need Help?

by Danielle D’Silva With the New Year come all the same old resolutions lose weight, get healthier, get in shape… you name it. We start with high hopes thinking, “maybe this year More »

Local Celebrity Spotlight – Meet Hugh Cain

Local Celebrity Spotlight – Meet Hugh Cain

Meet Hugh Cain, he has been in the Alachua area for some time and is well known for his insurance business as an Allstate agent. Where are you from and why did More »

 

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by Trish Utter, Publisher & Chief Bottle Washer

I went to see the movie Bohemian Rhapsody. A true store about Freddie Mercury from Queen. I sat in the theatre waiting for the movie to start and struck up a conversation with the two guys sitting next to me. They asked me what I did for a living and I told them I published Good Life. Their reaction and comments were something that I will never forget. They both said they grew up reading Good Life Community Magazine. They said they had read it as kids and still read it today. One of them said, “Wow, that magazine has been around for years”. It wasn’t until he said that, that I realized just how long we have been bringing you Good Life. I felt so good to hear how these two young men had enjoyed Good Life since childhood, and that we are part of this wonderful community.

A Romantic Weekend Getaway

by Trish Utter

For a minute I thought I was in . . . Paris! But I was at the Park Plaza Hotel in Winter Park, which is close to downtown Orlando. Built in 1922 this charming vintage, boutique hotel is nestled between unique stores and cafes. Step inside this little jewel box and you are transported to a bygone era. The quaint dark wood and Tiffany lit entrance is very reminiscent of Europe, and even has an adorable 1920’s style elevator. Upon arrival guests are handed a beautiful brass room key. A grand staircase guides you up to the 28 rooms that are on the first floor. And yes, that is it, just 28 rooms so the personal service you get is incredible. Every room is oversized and the beds have luxurious, crisp white linens. Everything is historically preserved. The bathrooms have the original fixtures and tile, so you could say you are staying in a working museum that is an amazing treasure, and makes for a memorable experience. The guest rooms that overlook Park Avenue lead out to a large wrap around balcony where a continental breakfast tray, with fresh flowers, is brought up to you each morning. This is included in the cost of your room. Sitting on the balcony, over-looking the trendy street below is a lot like being in New Orleans, with its iron laced railings and lush palms, and the energy of Park Avenue below. I sat there enjoying my fresh brewed coffee and hot croissants and listened to the distant train that stops in Winter Park. What a time capsule of a place this is, very romantic and absolutely charming.

Black Bean Burger

By: Michael Johnigean

  • 1 can of organic black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup of whole oatmeal
  • lightly cooked left firm
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive

Serves 6:
Put beans in a large bowl and mash well with a fork. Add egg whites, red onion, oatmeal, carrots, oregano, cumin, basil, fresh garlic, sea salt, chili powder, pepper, and hot sauce. Mix well to combine then shape into 6 patties.

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2019

by Trish Utter

This is the automotive equivalent of the Super Bowl. Anyone that knows me would tell you that this is THE event of the year that I have been waiting for! Amelia Island, which is just a few minutes north of Jacksonville, will have over 50,000 visitors for all the car events and over 300 vehicles of all types on display. Many of the visitors are international and fly in just for this event in hopes of buying a rare car. If you haven’t already booked your hotel you need to NOW!

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is set next to the Atlantic Ocean and rolling sand dunes. Cars are parked on the beautifully manicured golf greens at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Amelia Island. Million dollar vehicles glisten in the sunlight, the clinking of champagne flutes and wafts of the ocean air set the stage for the most exquisite auto event.

Collectible vintage cars, exotics, prototypes, motorcycles and almost anything unique that has an engine will be shown or presented at auction. Amelia Island will be covered from top to bottom with cars and there will also be many car clubs there with small shows on the side. The Ritz-Carlton has been home to Concourse for twenty-three years. Here you will also find RM Sotheby’s car auction, car seminars, black tie balls, and galas.

Protecting Your Family

by Trish Utter

Over a year ago I was getting off the highway, and came to a stop at the traffic light when I was hit from behind. It didn’t seem like a hard hit but it was enough to throw me forward. I sat there a bit dazed. My neck hurt but I didn’t want to make a big deal out of it. The police came to make a report. The officer asked if I needed medical attention but I told him I would get it checked out later. I got out of the car to take a look at the damage. The bumper had a small dent and that was about it. I took a few photos and a short video to document what happened.

I was now late for a meeting, but I did manage to make an appointment with my doctor. Like most of us, I have a busy life and this accident had put me behind. Really the last thing I wanted to do was waste time seeing a doctor for a minor pain in my neck but something told me I should have it looked at and now I am glad that I did. I also called the office of Robert A. Rush P.A. to get advice on medical bills. This turned out to be a great decision.

As weeks and months went by the pain in my neck became unbearable. The doctor told me I had several herniated discs in my neck. I was shocked that a minor accident could cause such severe injuries but, just that tap on my bumper had caused my neck to snap back and forth. I am so glad I had the counsel of Robert Rush to give me advice and help me sort everything out. If I had waited longer to see how I was I would have ended up with major unpaid medical bills. I am telling you this so you will not be wishing you had sought legal advice after the two week grace period goes by. Through all of this, I’ve learned that many soft tissue injuries do not surface for months after an accident.

The Excitement of…MIAMI!

by Trish Utter

The chill of winter is here, but it’s 78 degrees in Miami! Don’t you just love living in Florida? There are so many places we can drive to for a weekend. I booked Circa39, a boutique hotel in Miami, for a family trip with my son Colt, and Brooke my daughter. The drive was easy and parking was a breeze with their secured parking lot. I was greeted by the beautiful and bubbly staff.

Driving up to the quaint hotel, you can’t help but imagine that you are back in the 1930s. The architecture is stunning and makes you feel that you are on a movie set. The hotel was built in 1939, and completely updated in 2014. Circa39 is across the street from the wide, sandy beach and around the corner from the Fontainebleau Hotel.

Within a minute we had our room key and followed the terra-cotta path to a lush courtyard, called the WunderGarden, which is a secluded courtyard with comfortable little nooks to relax in. It’s quite a cozy little hideaway.

The corridor to our room was lined with white chiffon that blew in the tropical breeze. Ah, it was so relaxing. The room was spacious and very quiet. It was wonderful to have a large closet, and a fridge in our room was an extra plus. We couldn’t wait to hit the pool which is nestled on a comfortable sundeck with cabanas and loungers.

Do Your New Year’s Resolutions Need Help?

by Danielle D’Silva

With the New Year come all the same old resolutions lose weight, get healthier, get in shape… you name it. We start with high hopes thinking, “maybe this year will be different,” but it always seems like we lose that drive well before the holiday season is even over. However, there may be some hope to finally achieving that healthy body and lifestyle you have been dreaming about.

Set Goals

You need to have a concrete direction. It’s important to write down your goals – short term and long term – in a place that you pass by every day. Ask yourself “what’s most important to you?” Do you want to be healthier, shed some pounds, and wake up every day feeling energized and ready to go? Or have the stamina to go on those exotic vacations you have always been dreaming about? Or maybe you just have the desire to keep up with your high-energy grandkids. Writing down what is most important to you will keep yourself motivated and focused.

Start Somewhere

Keep things simple. You’re not going to drastically change your entire lifestyle in a day. Weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint. Take things one day at a time and slowly start building towards the goals you set for yourself. Rather than jumping straight into an hour-long workout at the gym, start by taking a leisurely walk around your neighborhood. Gradually cut down on the junk food and begin adding in more fruit and vegetables to your diet. By making these small adjustments, you will start to see your new healthy lifestyle take shape over time.