Archive for December, 2013

Merry Christmas from Destin

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Only a couple more days till the big guy in the red suite makes his yearly run. But there were still parties to attend before that happens. Our weekend started out on Friday night with a trip to Landshark Pizza. Sunshine Cindy and I both had long days at work and we were looking forward to relaxing a little. A decent crowd was there. Paige and Jason were working. B and Ken were at the bar talking to some folks too.

Not too long after we got there a guy came in and sat next to Ken. We had not seen him before. He looked either drunk or stoned but he was not bugging anyone. Ken did start to talk to him. His name was Jason and he recently moved here from Michigan. They were talking about the Ghost Pepper sauce and Jason bragged about how he could eat anything because he was from Michigan. I am not sure what that has to do with anything but oh well.

Jason tried a sauce a few steps down from the Ghost sauce. Then he wanted to try the Ghost. They put some in a small plastic shot glass. He took a small taste. With the Ghost sauce it takes a few second for it to hit. Macho man had not had it hit yet. So he downed the entire shot full. Within five seconds he was in pain. He was sweating, gasping for air, drinking…anything to numb the burn. I have had a fingertip taste before and it is like putting molten lava in your mouth. Jason recovered but there was no more bragging.

When Sunshine Cindy and I left, we made a stop at The American Legion. Henri was behind the bar. John was there. All the regulars were there singing Karaoke. It was nice seeing Henri and John and it was a perfect end to our evening.

Saturday was our big Christmas and Welcome to Winter Party at KC’s Tapworks bar in Ft. Walton Beach. We had a blast. We had about 60 people come and go. Sunshine Cindy decorated the tables with candy and snacks. We gave away gifts that included autographed CD’s by Southern Drawl Band and Jim Morris. Jan Patton and Kenny played and kept everyone entertained. Mike and Bev the owners of KC’s were there the entire time. Friends from Panama City, Sincity Lisa and Deron came. It was a lot of fun as we “Embraced the Chaos!” for hours. To top it off, Matt and Mindy were playing on the outside stage when we finished. We hung around for a while to listen to them too!

The weather could not have been more perfect. It was in the 70’s. I had a tank top and shorts on. We kept the doors open to keep air moving through the bar. A brief shower hit but it only lasted for a minute or so. Sunshine Cindy and I want to thank Mike, Bev and KC for allowing us to put on this fun party. Whenever you are in Ft. Walton Beach, get to the only beach in the city, KC’s Sandbar Grill. They are just down from the theater on Hwy. 98.

Sunday, Sunshine Cindy and I finished up the last of the Xmas shopping. Boy was that fun! LOL  The weather continued to be nice and warm. After running around town we headed to Landshark to watch some football. The place was packed with Packer fans as that game was just starting. We found a couple of spots at the bar and settled in. Sue, Brian and Renee were working then Jason and Stephanie were coming in for the evening. Sue’s son Chris was next to me. He is in the service and home for the holidays.

Tommy,  B and Capt. Todd came in for a while. Tommy was in mourning over the Saints loss. There were some Wisconsin snowbirds sitting next to Sunshine Cindy. It was their first time at Landshark and they were having a ball with all the other Packer Backers. I was rooting for the Packers as they were playing the Steelers. I always root for whoever is playing against the Steelers. LOL  But my luck continued as the Packers lost. It was close and exciting but it was not to be.

It was a fun and festive atmosphere at Landshark.  After the game, two ladies came and sat next to Sunshine Cindy as the snowbirds left. They had Packer jerseys on and had been there the entire time. Turns out they were sisters. One moved here last winter and the other was down visiting. It was fun chatting with them for a while. Finally it was time to get home and watch some of the Sunday night game. We only made it to halftime! We were wore out from the weekend.



Sunshine Cindy and I want to wish all of our friends a safe and joyous holiday season. Merry Christmas to all. See you on Thursday!!!

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Buffett & Gloria Estefan to perform at benefit in Miami

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From Margaritaville.com: “Celebrating Miami Marine Stadium: An Evening with Jimmy Buffett and Gloria Estefan

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Few places capture the spirit of South Florida quite like Miami Marine Stadium.

From the roar of hydroplanes to dazzling performances on the bay, it was here that Miami turned its cultural heartbeat into a spectacle the world couldn’t resist.

Join us at the Coral Gables Museum on Thursday, January 9, from 6:30-10:30 PM as we relive those glory days with two legends who once graced the stadium’s dramatic floating stage – Jimmy Buffett and Gloria Estefan.

Hosted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, this celebration will shine a spotlight on these two musical icons as NBC 6 anchor Jackie Nespral interviews the stars about their memories of the stadium’s past, as well as their hopes for its comeback as a world class sports and performance venue. Jimmy Buffett will close the evening with a short performance.

All guests will receive a one-year membership to the National Trust, as well as free admission to “Concrete Paradise,” the Coral Gables Museum’s critically-acclaimed exhibition dedicated to Miami Marine Stadium. Complimentary cocktails and heavy appetizers will be served throughout the evening. There will also be a silent auction featuring original stadium seats signed by the stars.

Proceeds benefit the National Trust’s work to restore the stadium, as well as our host for the evening – the Coral Gables Museum

Important note: Doors will open for general admission at 6:30 PM. The program will begin at 7:30 PM, and seating will be unassigned. We expect the program to conclude at 9:00 PM. Afterwards, attendees will have free access to “Concrete Paradise” until 10:30 PM.

Get more info and purchase tickets here.

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Where to Stay in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

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This is home. OK, we just called it that for a week, largely thanks to the Cruzan Sands Villa’s private perch near Salt River Bay. Three bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a big deck and pool — there’s even an additional one-bedroom guest villa. But for us, the highlight was no neighbors. Our very own paradise to kick back, or explore the island’s active areas just a few miles away.

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Kokua for the Philippines

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Jimmy Buffett performed at a recent “Kokua for the Philippines” benefit concert.

A recent article in the Star Advertiser “Philippines benefit concert raises $1.76M despite weather

A thunder storm dampened television coverage and attendance at the outdoor Kokua for the Philippines benefit concert, but a shortened show went on and still raised nearly $1.76 million for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

The live television broadcast of the concert was canceled because the outdoor venue on the Great Lawn of the Hilton Hawaiian Village was rained out by a thunder storm.

Performers appearing on shortened event included: Henry Kapono, Mick Fleetwood, Kristian Lei, Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom, a special appearance by Jimmy Buffett with Jake Shimabukuro, Brother Noland, Aidan James, Clifford Naeole, Kealoha, Kalei Gamiao, EMKE, AJ Rafael, and Marco Lopez.

Proceeds from phone bank and on-site gifts will be donated to the American Red Cross for disaster relief.

More details are posted on www.kokuaforthephilippines.com

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Kokua for the Philippines

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Jimmy Buffett performed at a recent “Kokua for the Philippines” benefit concert.

A recent article in the Star Advertiser “Philippines benefit concert raises $1.76M despite weather

A thunder storm dampened television coverage and attendance at the outdoor Kokua for the Philippines benefit concert, but a shortened show went on and still raised nearly $1.76 million for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

The live television broadcast of the concert was canceled because the outdoor venue on the Great Lawn of the Hilton Hawaiian Village was rained out by a thunder storm.

Performers appearing on shortened event included: Henry Kapono, Mick Fleetwood, Kristian Lei, Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom, a special appearance by Jimmy Buffett with Jake Shimabukuro, Brother Noland, Aidan James, Clifford Naeole, Kealoha, Kalei Gamiao, EMKE, AJ Rafael, and Marco Lopez.

Proceeds from phone bank and on-site gifts will be donated to the American Red Cross for disaster relief.

More details are posted on www.kokuaforthephilippines.com

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2013/12/20/13850/

Kokua for the Philippines

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Jimmy Buffett performed at a recent “Kokua for the Philippines” benefit concert.

A recent article in the Star Advertiser “Philippines benefit concert raises $1.76M despite weather

A thunder storm dampened television coverage and attendance at the outdoor Kokua for the Philippines benefit concert, but a shortened show went on and still raised nearly $1.76 million for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

The live television broadcast of the concert was canceled because the outdoor venue on the Great Lawn of the Hilton Hawaiian Village was rained out by a thunder storm.

Performers appearing on shortened event included: Henry Kapono, Mick Fleetwood, Kristian Lei, Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom, a special appearance by Jimmy Buffett with Jake Shimabukuro, Brother Noland, Aidan James, Clifford Naeole, Kealoha, Kalei Gamiao, EMKE, AJ Rafael, and Marco Lopez.

Proceeds from phone bank and on-site gifts will be donated to the American Red Cross for disaster relief.

More details are posted on www.kokuaforthephilippines.com

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2013/12/20/13850/

Kokua for the Philippines

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Jimmy Buffett performed at a recent “Kokua for the Philippines” benefit concert.

A recent article in the Star Advertiser “Philippines benefit concert raises $1.76M despite weather

A thunder storm dampened television coverage and attendance at the outdoor Kokua for the Philippines benefit concert, but a shortened show went on and still raised nearly $1.76 million for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

The live television broadcast of the concert was canceled because the outdoor venue on the Great Lawn of the Hilton Hawaiian Village was rained out by a thunder storm.

Performers appearing on shortened event included: Henry Kapono, Mick Fleetwood, Kristian Lei, Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom, a special appearance by Jimmy Buffett with Jake Shimabukuro, Brother Noland, Aidan James, Clifford Naeole, Kealoha, Kalei Gamiao, EMKE, AJ Rafael, and Marco Lopez.

Proceeds from phone bank and on-site gifts will be donated to the American Red Cross for disaster relief.

More details are posted on www.kokuaforthephilippines.com

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2013/12/20/13850/

Ready to party…

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Sunshine Cindy and I have been spending most of this week getting ready for the holidays and also preparing for our “Crab Island Mambo Christmas and Welcome to Winter” party. The party will be held at KC’s Tapworks bar on Saturday from 3-7 pm. Jan Patton will be playing music for us. Everyone is invited to “Embrace the Chaos!” at Tapworks this Saturday.

We did get out one time this week. Tuesday evening we went to Sunshine Cindy’s parents house to celebrate her Dad’s birthday. It was a nice evening with them as we had dinner and drinks while we helped Jim enjoy his birthday.

The full moon this week was awesome. Our weather has been nice. It was crystal clear the last couple of nights which made the moon seem that much brighter. When you see the reflection of the moon light coming off the gulf or the bay, it is reason number 7890 why I love living here!

I had mentioned in the last blog how Poppy’s Crazy Lobster closed and there was talk about them relocating. The word I hear is they are going to open a place in the shopping center that used to house the Lighthouse Restaurant at the corner of Hwy. 98 and Gulf Shores Drive. Not only will the Crazy Lobster open there but Poppy’s is planning to open another Roberto’s Pizza restaurant in that plaza too. They already have one at the Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin.

I don’t know when they plan to open but I would assume it will be before spring break. I already talked about The Red Bar opening a second location there and a coffee shop that has opened in that same plaza. I wonder what else is going in there? I will have to nose around and see what I hear.

With the Crazy Lobster leaving the harbor, that leaves a prime location vacant. The rent is high there but that is a fantastic building right on the water. I hope they are able to get some kind of fun place in there. I enjoyed the Lobster and the view. Plus the small outside bar was always a fun place.

I hope everyone comes out to Tapworks this Saturday to party with us. I will have a full report on the good times on Monday. See ya then!

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Ready to party…

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Sunshine Cindy and I have been spending most of this week getting ready for the holidays and also preparing for our “Crab Island Mambo Christmas and Welcome to Winter” party. The party will be held at KC’s Tapworks bar on Saturday from 3-7 pm. Jan Patton will be playing music for us. Everyone is invited to “Embrace the Chaos!” at Tapworks this Saturday.

We did get out one time this week. Tuesday evening we went to Sunshine Cindy’s parents house to celebrate her Dad’s birthday. It was a nice evening with them as we had dinner and drinks while we helped Jim enjoy his birthday.

The full moon this week was awesome. Our weather has been nice. It was crystal clear the last couple of nights which made the moon seem that much brighter. When you see the reflection of the moon light coming off the gulf or the bay, it is reason number 7890 why I love living here!

I had mentioned in the last blog how Poppy’s Crazy Lobster closed and there was talk about them relocating. The word I hear is they are going to open a place in the shopping center that used to house the Lighthouse Restaurant at the corner of Hwy. 98 and Gulf Shores Drive. Not only will the Crazy Lobster open there but Poppy’s is planning to open another Roberto’s Pizza restaurant in that plaza too. They already have one at the Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin.

I don’t know when they plan to open but I would assume it will be before spring break. I already talked about The Red Bar opening a second location there and a coffee shop that has opened in that same plaza. I wonder what else is going in there? I will have to nose around and see what I hear.

With the Crazy Lobster leaving the harbor, that leaves a prime location vacant. The rent is high there but that is a fantastic building right on the water. I hope they are able to get some kind of fun place in there. I enjoyed the Lobster and the view. Plus the small outside bar was always a fun place.

I hope everyone comes out to Tapworks this Saturday to party with us. I will have a full report on the good times on Monday. See ya then!

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2013/12/ready-to-party.html

A harmonious opening for Ritz-Carlton Aruba

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The pool area at the Ritz-Carlton Aruba.As hotel debuts go, the recent opening at the Ritz-Carlton Aruba in Oranjestad was seamless.

The prime minister, tourism officials and hotel hierarchy, including Marriott International Chairman Bill Marriott and Ritz-Carlton President and COO Herve Humler, were there.

The lobby’s marble floors gleamed, the hotel staff beamed and the view of the ocean beyond the floor-to-ceiling windows was picture-perfect (it was Aruba, after all).

What stole the show was Pierewietje (a Papiamento word meaning “children’s chorus”), 10 youngsters dressed in bright yellow dresses who sang a potpourri of Aruban songs. After charming the audience, each of them bore a tray holding a large pair of silver scissors and paraded to the satin ribbon stretched across part of the lobby.

With the help of the front-row VIPs, the ribbon was cut, the Ritz was officially open and the first guests checked in.

The $200 million, 320-room Ritz-Carlton Aruba is the fifth Ritz resort in the Caribbean and the first for the company since the debut of the Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Dorado, Puerto Rico, in December 2012.

With the Ritz-Carlton opening, Marriott International now is the largest employer in Aruba, with four other hotels: the Renaissance Aruba Resort Casino, the Aruba Marriott Resort Stellaris Casino, the Marriott Aruba Ocean Club and the Marriott Aruba Surf Club.

More than 90% of the 450 staff members are Arubans, and they moved easily and gracefully into their new roles.

“Our training program was amazing,” Bibiana said as she took my lunch order at the Madero Argentinian Grill, one of four dining venues at the hotel. “I feel like I am very valuable to this company.”

Madero converts to a steakhouse restaurant by night, specializing in grilled meats.

Later, Karin Cofino, spa director, showed me around the 15,000-square-foot spa sanctuary with 13 treatment rooms offering a range of wraps, facials and massages, many of which incorporated oils from Aruba’s signature divi divi tree.

I dined at Les Crustaces, selected an appetizer of mussels and scallops from the Raw Bar, followed by snapper Aruban-style.

“It has chorizo, crusted scallion relish, small Japanese mushrooms called shimeji and sancacho, a spicy sauce — you will love it,” my waiter, Jean Carlo, told me. I did.

My room was spacious and serene, with neutral colors, a balcony that overlooked the two pools and beach, WiFi ($14.95 per day, although it is free in the business center) and an espresso machine that defeated me.

General Manager Roberto Grisi assured me that written instructions for the coffee machine would be placed in the room in the next few days.

My stay was all too brief, but I saw enough and sampled enough, from amenities to activities, to know that the luxury traveler can put this resort on his bucket list.

Visit www.ritzcarlton.com.

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