Archive for December, 2013

Island Travelers: Here’s What You Loved in 2013

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The editors, writers and photographers of Islands magazine make it their mission to give you our impressions of the best travel adventures available around the world. What did you enjoy the most? Well, now we can tell you.

Here are the top 5 online destinations on Islands.com for 2013:

1. Top 20 Best Islands to Live On: Find out what ranked No. 1. and check out our latest Best Islands to Live On coverage.

2. Best All-Inclusive Island Resorts Ever: From Key West to … you’ll have to click through to see our fave. Find more all-inclusive goodness in our Best of the Caribbean guide.

3. World’s Best Islands for Snorkeling: We know you love snorkeling (who doesn’t?) because our diving and snorkeling guides always rise to the top.

4. Editors’ Picks of Best All-Inclusive Caribbean Resorts: These are our favorites for easy getaways and last-minute fun.

5. 8 Best All-Inclusive Nude Beach Resorts: We’re shocked … SHOCKED! … that you’re reading our many guides to nude travel.

Tags: all inclusive resorts | best caribbean islands

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Fun and rainy weekend in Destin

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This has been a fun and crazy weekend in Destin. With me being off, I am able to get out and about a little more. It started Thursday afternoon. First thing I did was meet Sunshine Cindy for lunch at Friday’s. We saw Sharon and Larry there. They were having lunch too. Sunshine Cindy had to go back to work and I went down to the harbor and made a stop at Crab Island Cantina. Mike and Greg were working. Carlos stopped by to say hello. There were a lot of people on the harbor. The tourist were in town for Christmas.

I walked down to Fishheads. Melissa had opened for the day. A couple that just got engaged stopped by. Kenny and Kathleen made a nice couple. I hung around there talking to Melissa for good while. They have big plans for the coming season. Their location is perfect and I know they will do a good business there. By now the sun was going down and it was getting chilly as the wind was blowing. I decided to stop in at The Crust Pizzeria. I have met the owner Charlie down on the docks and he mentioned he might want to advertise on Crab Island Mambo.

While I was at the Crust, I texted Sunshine Cindy and told her to come join me. She did and we enjoyed their happy hour. Domestic beers are 2 for 1 with an already low price of $3. So you can have a beer for just $1.50 each. What a great deal. I had a personal pizza and Sunshine Cindy had a brownie dessert. The pizza was New York style and it was delicious. Of course Sunshine Cindy loved the Brownie! We got to talk to Charlie for a while and he is going to advertise with us so it was a good stop. With a big deck out the back and plans for live music all summer, The Crust Pizzeria will be a fun place. We will be back soon.

Friday I only made one stop. I went to Landshark Pizza thinking I would only be there for a little while. Well, as the place filled up and friends came in I ended up being there for hours. Capt. Todd, Tommy, Dougie Love and B came in and Paige, Jason and Becca were all working. I also got to meet Sue’s son Jeremy and his girlfriend Morgan. He was in town for the holiday’s. They were great people. As the evening wore on, the place got packed and I finally decided to call it a night and head back home.

On Saturday, Sunshine Cindy and I met up with some friends of ours from Chicago. Cyndie and Brian were passing through town and got in touch with us. They had their 7 year old daughter Emily with them. We met up at The Boathouse. The weather was terrible. A line of thunderstorms were blowing through the area. Lightning, thunder and monsoon rains kept most people home. There were not too many folks at the Boathouse but it made it nice as we were able to sit and catch up with them. We were able to introduce Cyndie and Brian to the delicacy of boiled peanuts. They had never heard of them before but they loved them. We have another convert. LOL

The Boathouse was getting ready to close and Cyndie and Brian were heading to their hotel as they were driving to Cape Coral Sunday. Sunshine Cindy and I made a stop at the Rotten Apple. A couple of drunk guys from the Boathouse were there. Rose was working. We had not seen Rose in quite a while. They had a good crowd coming and going the entire time we were there. It is a real locals place with the younger crowd stopping in on their way to Nighttown. They have turned the place into a good business. We called it a night and headed home.

On Sunday we got together with our friends at Sago Sports Bar to watch some football. We ended up with Julie, Suzanne, Loujean and Jan. We had a blast watching the Bears/Packers plus some of the other games. Jen took good care of us. She is pregnant and is due in only a couple of weeks. But that didn’t slow her down as she was all over the place.

A table next to us had some die hard Packer and Bears fans sitting together. One of the girls there was also pregnant. Every time the Bears scored, she would lift up her shirt to show a Bears logo painted on her belly as she ran around the bar. She was having a good time for sure.

We actually stayed to watch most of the night game too. By then it was time to head to the house to end another fun weekend in Destin.

Everyone have a safe New Year’s celebration. See ya on Thursday as we welcome 2014!

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A Note from The Trop Rock Junkies

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The Trop Rock Junkies would like to thank all of our friends around the country for helping make 2013 the best yet.  We look forward to your continued support in 2014 and hope to see you at one of these upcoming events, especially  Music On The Bay, Tampa, FL Feb. 28th, Stars Fell On Alabama, Orange Beach, Alabama March 22nd and the Sarasota Bay Parrot Head Club Birthday June 6th and many more to be announced.

We need your help. After being nominated for 4 Trop Rock Music Awards in 2012 and again in 2013 by the Trop Rock Music Association, we think it’s time for the nice folks in charge of Meeting of the Minds to consider the Trop Rock Junkies in there line up for the 2014 Meeting of the Minds in Key West, especially for the Street Fair.  If you know anyone on the MOTM committee let them know you would like to see the Trop Rock Junkies at the 2014 MOTM. You could also drop MOTM director Andrew Talbert an email atandrew.talbert@gmail.com and let him know you hope they consider TRJ for the 2014 MOTM.  From the Southeast to the Midwest they have performed at the Atlanta Jimmy Buffett Concert tailgate party, Music On The Bayin Tampa, Phins Gumbo Festival (2011), in Jacksonville, FL, Fin Fest in Columbia, SC, the Trop Rockin’ 4th of July in Anderson, IN, where they headlined a show to over 10,000 concert goers (see video at left) and most recently Charlotte Harbor Parrot Head Club’s annual “One Particular Harbor” Birthday Bash, Atlanta and Tampa Bay Parrot Head Clubs Christmas Parties. They are already booked in 2014 for Stars Fell On Alabama  another 3 day music festival where they are the headline act on Saturday Night, Music On The Bay and Sarasota Bay PHC Birthday Bash. The band is followed by thousands of trop rock fans across the country and they have a large following throughout Florida and the Southeast. Their blend of original high energy tropical themed rock with a mix of Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band, will be sure to please MOTM attendees. I have included the band’s bio, photos and videos so check us out and let everyone know this is the year for the Trop Rock Junkies at Meeting of the Minds.

Steve Tolliver
Island Man

Blue Residences Aruba

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Destin Holiday

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Well, another Christmas has come and gone. Sunshine Cindy and I hope everyone was able to celebrate the holiday and that you didn’t forget to say a prayer for our troops who are keeping us safe so we can celebrate!

We spent both Christmas Eve and then Christmas Day with Sunshine Cindy’s parents. It was a good time of food, drinks, family and memories. Precious even came along with us. You can’t leave the dog out of the fun. The weather was cool but nice. It beats the freezing weather many others are having around the country.

Monday you could see the town filling up as tourist came into town. It seemed like everyone was out at the shopping centers doing some last minute shopping as the roads were crowded. Then once again on Tuesday it was the same way. It sure looked like a lot of folks waited till the last minute to get their gifts.

Friday’s in Destin has been known over the years as the place for people to go who don’t have family or anywhere else to go for holidays. They open for the wayward souls who are alone on holidays. On Christmas Eve there was a good size crowd there judging by how full the parking lot was. Even at 11 pm when we were heading home there were still folks there. Then on Christmas Day when we passed the place about 1 pm in the afternoon another good sized crowd was there. But the biggest crowd was noticed that evening about 8 pm as the parking lot was full. They take volunteers to work so no one who doesn’t want to work has to. It is nice people have a place to go if they have no one here.

We don’t have any big plans for the weekend. If you are off enjoy your time. I know I will. See ya Monday!

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Apple Leisure Group appoints new vice president

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A lazy drive through the Florida Keys, Part 1

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December started off with a bit of a twist for me. For quite some time I’ve been dealing with heart disease and now and then it rears it’s head. My issue is cholesterol which causes blockage in the arteries that are in my heart. The good news is that I have a great cardiologist and his team, here in Key West, Dr. Bruce Boros. I drove up to Miami Beach and was in and out of the hospital in less than 24 hours. The solution is having a stent put in, which opens up the artery and the blood flow returns to normal. The weird thing about this is that there is virtually no recovery period! One minute you’re feeling like you’re ready to check out, the next you’re ready to run around the block! Many thanks to Dr. Boros as well as the team in Miami Beach headed by Dr. Berger.

While I was away a great deal of thanks must be expressed to Cindi Hogan, Sheri Pogue, and Paddy Lynch who all took turns walking Cajun and Tooloulou!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   THANK YOU GUYS!!!!!

The great thing here was the fact that it required a drive back through the Keys to get home! I always tell anyone coming to Key West to be sure to take your time driving through the Keys to appreciate them for what they are. In English we have a saying for this that goes “Take time to stop and smell the roses”. I elected to do this as well. Prior to moving to Key West, I lived in the southern area of Miami/Dade County and consequently I’d hop in the car and take a 30 mile drive (49 Km) to Key Largo. What a perfect excuse to head and stop there on my way home! I found myself at one of my favorite haunts which is one of the best bars in the entire world, The Caribbean Club. Some may remember the Caribbean Club from my blog a while back naming the ten best bars in the Florida Keys?


http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-absolute-ten-best-bars-in-keys.html

I arrived about an hour before sunset, which is always impeccable, as the back of the Caribbean Club is on Black Water Sound.

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Caribbean Club Dock.


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The Caribbean Club from the dock


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Boat off of the Caribbean Club at sunset

Pelicans

Caribbean Club Panorama

Boat leaving to parts unknown

I made a rendezvous with my dear friend Nina while I was there and we headed over to another place in Key Largo, Sharkey’s (also see ten best bars in the Keys) where our friend Mike was playing. I’ve known Mike for nearly twenty years, from my days in Miami/Dade! What a great thing it was to go as well! I ended up getting to sit in with his band for a couple of songs. Special thanks to his band mate George for allowing me to play his outstanding Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul! So, here I was, only hours out of the hospital after a heart procedure and I’m sitting for a couple of songs! Thank God for medical science!


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I stayed overnight in Key Largo and continued my trip in the morning after grabbing a breakfast at a restaurant in Key Largo that I often go to, Mrs. Mack’s.


My next stop was in Islamorada, a town south of Key Largo consisting of about five or six islands. For me, my stop there this time was Robbie’s. Robbie’s is really just a shack. It’s a lot like stepping into a time warp actually. What is so unique about Robbie’s is that off their dock, you can feed the tarpon with buckets of fish that you can buy at the shack. A tarpon is a good sized game fish. They are not edible. Here we’re not fishing for them, but rather feeding them! There are also a lot of pelicans hanging out there as well, who are more than happy to compete with the tarpon for the fish!

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Posing pelican with Tarpon behind him


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“The Keys Rabbler” gets me everywhere!


Leaving there, my next stop was just a pedestrian bridge, built on the old traffic bridge. These are all up and down the Keys, this one being at Lower Matacumbe Key. I was amazed at the strength of the current. Bear in mind that this is that the bridges are where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Flor8ida Bay/Gulf of Mexico. Driving south, you’ll have the Atlantic Ocean on your left and the Gulf of Mexico on your right. The tidal currents were amazingly strong here!

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I’ll continue this trip on the next blog!
I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season!


CD is available on iTunes, CD Baby, CD Universe, Rhapsody, and Beachfront Radio.
Search: Key West Chris

Thank you everyone!


Happy New Year!!!!

Article source: http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2013/12/a-lazy-drive-through-florida-keys.html

A lazy drive through the Florida Keys,

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December started off with a bit of a twist for me. For quite some time I’ve been dealing with heart disease and now and then it rears it’s head. My issue is cholesterol which causes blockage in the arteries that are in my heart. The good news is that I have a great cardiologist and his team, here in Key West, Dr. Bruce Boros. I drove up to Miami Beach and was in and out of the hospital in less than 24 hours. The solution is having a stent put in, which opens up the artery and the blood flow returns to normal. The weird thing about this is that there is virtually no recovery period! One minute you’re feeling like you’re ready to check out, the next you’re ready to run around the block! Many thanks to Dr. Boros as well as the team in Miami Beach headed by Dr. Berger.

The great thing here was the fact that it required a drive back through the Keys to get home! I always tell anyone coming to Key West to be sure to take your time driving through the Keys to appreciate them for what they are. In English we have a saying for this that goes “Take time to stop and smell the roses”. I elected to do this as well. Prior to moving to Key West, I lived in the southern area of Miami/Dade County and consequently I’d hop in the car and take a 30 mile drive (49 Km) to Key Largo. What a perfect excuse to head and stop there on my way home! I found myself at one of my favorite haunts which is one of the best bars in the entire world, The Caribbean Club. Some may remember the Caribbean Club from my blog a while back naming the ten best bars in the Florida Keys?
http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-absolute-ten-best-bars-in-keys.html

I arrived about an hour before sunset, which is always impeccable, as the back of the Caribbean Club is on Black Water Sound.

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Caribbean Club Dock.


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The Caribbean Club from the dock


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Boat off of the Caribbean Club at sunset

Pelicans

Caribbean Club Panorama

Boat leaving to parts unknown

I made a rendezvous with my dear friend Nina while I was there and we headed over to another place in Key Largo, Sharkey’s (also see ten best bars in the Keys) where our friend Mike was playing. I’ve known Mike for nearly twenty years, from my days in Miami/Dade! What a great thing it was to go as well! I ended up getting to sit in with his band for a couple of songs. Here I was, only hours out of the hospital after a heart procedure and I’m sitting for a couple of songs! Thank God for medical science!


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I stayed overnight in Key Largo and continued my trip in the morning after grabbing a breakfast at a restaurant in Key Largo that I often go to, Mrs. Mack’s.


My next stop was in Islamorada, a town south of Key Largo consisting of about five or six islands. For me, my stop there this time was Robbie’s. Robbie’s is really just a shack. It’s a lot like stepping into a time warp actually. What is so unique about Robbie’s is that off their dock, you can feed the tarpon with buckets of fish that you can buy at the shack. A tarpon is a good sized game fish. They are not edible. Here we’re not fishing for them, but rather feeding them! There are also a lot of pelicans hanging out there as well, who are more than happy to compete with the tarpon for the fish!

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Posing pelican with Tarpon behind him


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“The Keys Rabbler” gets me everywhere!


Leaving there, my next stop was just a pedestrian bridge, built on the old traffic bridge. These are all up and down the Keys, this one being at Lower Matacumbe Key. I was amazed at the strength of the current. Bear in mind that this is that the bridges are where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Flor8ida Bay/Gulf of Mexico. Driving south, you’ll have the Atlantic Ocean on your left and the Gulf of Mexico on your right. The tidal currents were amazingly strong here!

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I’ll continue this trip on the next blog!
I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season!


CD is available on iTunes, CD Baby, CD Universe, Rhapsody, and Beachfront Radio.
Search: Key West Chris

Thank you everyone!


Happy New Year!!!!

Article source: http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2013/12/a-lazy-drive-through-florida-keys.html

Oasis Loves Seduction Sweepstakes

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The new Grand Oasis Viva is elegant and luxurious, but open to so much more. Come loosen up, relax and unwind in a gorgeous, secluded beach setting where it’s easy to explore your passions, live your fantasies, and cross boundaries – as much or as little as you’d like.

Sexy gourmet food. Sultry nights in the club. Games and entertainment that leave little to the imagination. A fabulous beach and selection of pools including an infinity pool where you can tease and please without worrying about whispers – everyone’s open, flirtatious and fun.


Welcome to the Grand Oasis Viva: naughty but nice.

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Jacob Miller’s Natty Christmas still popular

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Jacob Miller’s Natty Christmas still popular

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jacob Miller’s hefty size and jovial personality would certainly have qualified him for the role of Santa Claus.The singer was in a merry mood when he and the Inner Circle band gathered at Channel Studio One in 1978 to record what has become a Christmas classic.

 

On Natty Christmas, the burly singer puts a humorous spin on Yuletide standards like Wish You a Merry Christmas/Amheric Temple, Silver Bells (Natty No Santa Claus), All I Want For Ismas and On The Twelfth Day of Ismas.

 

Miller died in a motor accident in March, 1980 at age 27.

Roger Lewis, co-founder and guitarist with Inner Circle, says Natty Christmas is still popular. It sells well in compact disc form but has also been embraced by the digital generation.

 

He recalls Miller being in his element during the Natty Christmas sessions.

 

“Everybody do Christmas albums in dem days. With ‘Jakes’ kinda vibes it was only natural wi do one an’ him jus’ mash everything,” Lewis told the Jamaica Observer from Miami.

 

Lewis and his younger brother Ian, who played bass, worked on the album. So did Inner Circle colleague Ian ‘Touter’ Harvey (keyboards) with hot Channel One session player Sly Dunbar sitting in on drums.

 

Released in time for Christmas, 1976, Lewis says Natty Christmas was an instant hit not only in Jamaica, but in North America.

 

“In New York (disc jockey) Ken Williams played it like every 10-15 minutes on WLIB. Him used to kill it!”

 

The Manchester-born Miller started his career as a teenager at producer Clement ‘Coxson’ Dodd’s Studio One label, getting his first hit with Love Is a Message. He cut a series of strong sides for producer Augustus Pablo in the early 1970s before joining Inner Circle, which had been around since 1968.

 

It was with Inner Circle that Miller recorded some of his most famous songs such as Tenement Yard, Tired Fi Lick Weed In a Bush, and All Night Till Daylight.

 

According to Lewis, Miller went on a promotional tour to Brazil with Bob Marley and Island Records boss Chris Blackwell in early1980. He returned to Jamaica in March and was expected to join Inner Circle in the Bahamas where they were recording an album for Island.

 

After his death, the Lewis brothers relocated to Miami. They had a massive comeback in 1994 with the album, Bad Boys, which included the hit song of the same as well as Sweat (A La La La La Long), a summer smash that year.

 

That album won a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 1995. Inner Circle’s last album, State of Da World, was released in 2009.

 

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