Have I Got a Scoop for You: Thomas Tackle and Seafood in Surf City

by Donna Byrd   I was walking around a popular local grocery store in the Surf City area the other day, trying to think of a seafood dish I could fix for dinner. While in the produce department, I saw the display of oranges and remembered a fantastic grilled grouper recipe I had prepared the month before. It was filleted… Read More “Have I Got a Scoop for You: Thomas Tackle and Seafood in Surf City”

Surf City’s Fancy Sushi Asian Fusion: “Cooking” Seafood the Old Fashioned Way…not!

by Donna Byrd For all of you sushi lovers out there who have just moved or are visiting the Topsail Island area, you may be wondering where a person has to go to get good sushi.  I know that many of us have become quite fond of the little rolls of rice, raw fish and delicate vegetables and when the… Read More “Surf City’s Fancy Sushi Asian Fusion: “Cooking” Seafood the Old Fashioned Way…not!”

Island Delights, Surf City – It Lives up to Its Name!

by Donna Byrd   I suppose that I have been by the Surf City ‘50’s style restaurant, “Island Delights,” more times than I can count since I moved to Sneads Ferry about five years ago. Each time I drove by, except during the winter months when it’s closed for the season,  I’d look over at the happy, bright yellow building… Read More “Island Delights, Surf City – It Lives up to Its Name!”

Decided You Want to Go Out for Thanksgiving? These Topsail Island Restaurants Are Open for Your Convenience

by Donna Byrd   With Thanksgiving less than a week away, I’m sure most of you are making plans for that one, special meal that usually is remembered throughout the year. I know I am! My husband, Bill and I plan to make the long trip out to Nashville, Tennessee and spend our Thanksgiving holiday with our six children, their… Read More “Decided You Want to Go Out for Thanksgiving? These Topsail Island Restaurants Are Open for Your Convenience”

Surf City Fishing Pier – It’s that time of year!

by Donna Byrd “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that is not fish they are after.” Henry David  Thoreau “There ain’t but one time to go fishin’, and that’s whenever you can.”     Diron Talbert Fall is the season for fishing here in Sneads Ferry and Topsail Island. And with that in mind, on a warm and… Read More “Surf City Fishing Pier – It’s that time of year!”

Surf City’s Hunga Bunga Java Coffee Bar – Where Coffee and Community Come Together

by Donna Byrd   “Coffee and friends are the perfect blend.”   Something a wise person once said.   While driving down the beach road on Topsail Island this morning I had a brilliant idea. I spotted a cheerful little patio tucked away in a small shopping area and saw that it belonged to Hunga Bunga Java Coffee Bar. I remember my cousin… Read More “Surf City’s Hunga Bunga Java Coffee Bar – Where Coffee and Community Come Together”

Solving Topsail Island’s Hungry Vacationer Problem

by Donna Byrd   There’s one equation that will never change:  Ocean + Salty air = Hungry.  Yes, folks. I’ve never been very good at math but this is one calculation I can answer.  There is something about the beach water and air, that when combined, makes us hungry!   I remember when I was a young kid vacationing with my… Read More “Solving Topsail Island’s Hungry Vacationer Problem”