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About Toni DePass

Toni DePass was born and raised in Miami and she currently resides in the panhandle of beautiful Florida. She attended the Florida State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, specializing in Double Bass. Toni is a professional musician, and maintains an active teaching and performing schedule. She holds contracts with two symphony orchestras and is active in the local music scene, being featured on albums with several different bands. Toni also teaches guitar and string instruments to all ages, something she enjoys immensely. In addition to music and teaching, Toni has a love for cooking and all things food and drink, as she takes pleasure in trying any and all new beers, wines, and cocktails whenever the opportunity presents itself. Often using locally-grown and organic ingredients to create intricate recipes, she is an avid supporter of shopping local, and strongly believes that building a stronger local economy starts with supporting local businesses.Follow her on twitter! @stonistones

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My Southeastern Adventure: A Quest for Good Food and Great Beer

My Southeastern Adventure: A Quest for Good Food and Great Beer

Beginning my quest with a pleasant drive northeast up to Charleston, SC, we quickly settled in and our party of twelve crowded into the local Charleston Crab House, a family-owned business founded in 1991. My boyfriend and I consumed a dozen local raw oysters each and split 1.5 pounds of Alaskan snow crab legs, devouring […]

LADY BUSINESS: Sweet Pea Café, Tallahassee

LADY BUSINESS: Sweet Pea Café, Tallahassee

Photos courtesy of Whitney Borkowski Ironically located next to a meat market, the quirky and quaint Sweet Pea Café is a local Tallahassee, FL favorite for mouth-watering vegan and vegetarian dining. Located on the edge of midtown, the café is frequently crowded with familiar faces and loyal regulars. Rachel Kaufmann, co-owner of and chef at Sweet […]

Recipe: Hot Mulled Wine with Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

Recipe: Hot Mulled Wine with Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

With spring right around the corner, I’m taking advantage of the last “wintery” activities I can. But when I want to spice it up and go one notch farther than sipping on a hot cocoa, I spend an evening making a huge batch of sweet and spicy mulled wine. Parallel to the classic hot toddy, […]

Off To a Good Start: New Music in 2014

Off To a Good Start: New Music in 2014

Even though February isn’t even halfway over yet, the year 2014 has already been packed with new album releases that appeal to diverse music lovers and crowds. Beginning with albums released in January, here are a few cool picks: Pixies, EP2 (Jan. 3) Genre: Alternative/Indie Rock The second in a series of EPs released by […]

RECIPE: Classic Cocktails

RECIPE: Classic Cocktails

Whether you are visiting with a few friends or entertaining a crowd of people, it’s cool to have a handful of classic cocktail recipes in your repertoire. With each of the following concoctions consisting of less than five ingredients and a few garnishes for presentation, these simple recipes are almost effortless to make and add […]

RECIPE: Ultimate Butternut Squash Mac-n-Cheese

RECIPE: Ultimate Butternut Squash Mac-n-Cheese

PHOTO: Scott Clark, Creative Commons This year, we are feeling the bitter winter blues more than any year in recent history. Many of us are finding ourselves eating at home rather than going out, simply because it’s too darn cold outside to even THINK about leaving to get something to eat – and I live […]

Top Ten Albums of 2013

Top Ten Albums of 2013

As 2013 winds to a close, we reflect on another fantastic year of music that has graced our ears and left aural imprints on our souls. Here, in no particular order, are my picks for the top ten albums of 2013: 1) Red Ember: Wakes in Shadow, Lies by Fire Genre: Modern Bluegrass, folk The […]

The Anti-Everything Super Soup

The Anti-Everything Super Soup

One of my favorite winter solstice meals incorporates the nutty and subtle flavors of butternut squash, and the sweet and crisp flavors of red and/or green apples. Tied together with seasonal spices such as cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom, this soup is sure to tickle the fancy of anyone who tries it. In addition to tasting […]

This is Your Brain on Chocolate

This is Your Brain on Chocolate

Choc-o-late. Simply uttering those three syllables gives your taste buds a sense of anticipation. A feeling of pure satisfaction ensues once you indulge in it, and the experience concludes with an endorphin-induced relaxation of your being. Breathe in, savor in it, and breathe out… Chocolate! The spectrum of hues and shades that the delicate, ground […]

Not Your Typical Winery: Schnebly Redland’s Winery

Not Your Typical Winery: Schnebly Redland’s Winery

Typically when someone envisions a winery, they picture those located in California’s Sonoma or Napa Valleys, meandering between acres of luscious green hills and overlooking acres of Chardonnay or Pino Noir grape vines. Or, perhaps they might imagine sunshine-filled climates with cool temperatures, with perfect levels of humidity in the air forming misty water droplets […]