Want to know where to eat in Florida? Ask Gina. Gina Melton likes to eat. A lot. She also can’t stop herself from telling you where to eat your next meal by writing about all things relating to Florida restaurants, wine and food. Thirsty Girl after our own heart …
Gina has spent the better part of her life obsessed with food and wine. Born into a boisterous Italian family where cooking and eating were ingrained in her DNA like white on Arborio rice—she’s never at a loss for conversation about eating, drinking cooking, restaurants and anything associated with those endeavors. Based in Tampa by way of Miami, her blog, ZEST: The Florida Foodie Insider’s Guide, (www.zestfloridafoodie.com) documents her gastronomic adventures across Florida. ZEST 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.
ZEST’S Best Destination Guides 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 Fort Pierce a perfect guide for those joining Thirsty Girl LIVE Event in Pensacola, FL. Gina also shares “Best of Florida” lists that point readers to standout establishments like the best wine bars, steakhouses or breakfast joints or where to grab the best grilled cheese sandwiches in the State.
ZEST is a Zagat featured blog and a top blog in each of Florida’s major metropolitan areas on Urbanspoon. Gina is currently producing webisodes on Florida food-related topics that will be distributed on various food channels and on the web.
Gina is the food columnist for Panache Vue magazine, and writes for various publications, including Restaurant Hospitality magazine. She also commits time and energy to several local non-profit groups focused on preventing domestic violence and child abuse and is licensed to practice law.