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About chowjudge

Martin Allred is a professional photographer and frequent traveler. His assignments cover most of the U.S. and Canada. Martin is a native of New Orleans and currently resides in the Sarasota/Tampa Bay area of Florida.

U-le-le “Yay” Tampa Airport SW Terminal

Ulele..(pronounced you-lay-lee) celebrates the vibrant fusion of ingredients from Florida waters and land once home to many Native Americans, including the legendary young princess Ulele. Located on the Hillsborough River in Tampa Heights, 400 yards from the Straz Center for … Continue reading

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9 of the 12 Top Beaches in the U.S. …And the Winner is…..

Florida  According to Tripadvisor’s 2017 Traveler’s Choice survey, Florida captures 1st place for the best beaches in the United States, including Hawaii.  Florida now has nine beaches on the top twelve list. That’s really good news for Florida.  Unfortunately, the … Continue reading

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The Not So Friendly Skies “Know Your Airline Passenger Rights”

I travel frequently and know the basic rules the airlines impose when it comes to getting bumped. However, flights are over-sold on a regular basis and airline employees are trained to offer the lowest compensation possible at first to get passengers … Continue reading

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The Botanist Cocktail

The most awesome Gin Cocktail ever!!! 🙂   1.5 oz of The Botanist Islay Gin (yummy) 2.5 oz of Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic Spash of Royal Rose Lavender-Lemon Syrup Stir ingredients in a martini shaker … Garnish: a sprig of fresh … Continue reading

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Wine Road “Russian River” Sonoma County

                Reblog                               (Gary Farrell’s Wine Cellar) Wine has been around for thousands of years, and is closely entwined … Continue reading

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Costa Rica Lower East Coast… Cahuita, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Limon Provinceon

A reblog from April 2, 2013 on Location Tap.. tappity.. tap..tap.. its 4am and for the last three days the sound of the raindrops continues to play a steady drumbeat hitting  the metal rooftop of the adjoining room. The intense … Continue reading

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Sarasota, Florida.. Grouper Paradise!

  Sarasota, Florida (Steve with a nice Red Grouper) We normally hop aboard our boat at Marina Jack on Sarasota Bay. The marina is located in downtown Sarasota only a couple miles from the Gulf of Mexico. Having a boat … Continue reading

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Canon Releases Three New Cameras

Canon Releases a Trio of New Cameras: M6 Mirrorless, T7i, and 77D DSLRs| 10 hours ago Canon has managed to sneak in a last-minute surprise for this Valentine’s Day, with the announcement of a trio of cameras and an 18-55mm … Continue reading

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“Toasted” Best Bagels in Miami, maybe Florida

I’ve been on kinda a personal secret mission while traveling around the state of Florida.  A mission to find a decent bagel. That might sound a little strange coming from a guy that was raised in New Orleans, home to … Continue reading

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Tampa, FL

Photo of Downtown Tampa, Florida. Taken from the W. Platt St. Bridge above The Hillsborough River..Credit: Martin Allred

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