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Packers Fans eliminate the “Horse Collar” in a single visit to Lambeau

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Earlier this week, the people who run the concessions at Lambeau Field announced a new menu item for the 2014 football season that looks as delicious as it is terrifying: the “horse collar.”

It’s a monstrous monstrosity of beer cheese, bun, fried sauerkraut, and 22-inches of sausage, or as the people of Green Bay call it, “a light snack.”

Scientifically speaking, we estimate the calories for this thing to be right around, oh, a billion.

And Packers fans, those goddamn American heroes that they are, ate all of them —  or at least tried to.

According to Green Bay ABC news affiliate WBAY, when the “horse collar” made its debut at at the Packers preseason game on Friday, the $20 item completely sold out (defying usual expectations for a food item with “horse” in the title, by the way).

There’s still no word on when Lambeau Field will add the mega Pepto Bismol fountain drink to its beverage menu. For now, we recommend beer.

Stephen Marley’s Fruit of Life Tour Opens in St Petersburg at Jannus Live

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Stephen Marley’s Fruit of Life Tour – Opening Night

DSCF0001Jannus Live, downtown St. Petersburg, FL is the stage in which Stephen Marley and his Ghetto Youth International, chose to open their tour. The Fruit of Life Tour.  The open-air venue was the perfect choice. The concert opened with an energy-filled performance by Jo Mersa Marley. Jo Mersa is the second generation offspring of reggae legend, Bob Marley and eldest son of Stephen Marley. In the same tradition as his father and grandfather, Jo Mersa’s music has been deeply influenced by the reggae culture, family and spirituality.

IMG_20140412_204732380Growing up as a youth in an atmosphere filled with conscious musicians, Mersa naturally began exploring his own musical journey. During his impressionable years, the musical youth would observe his father and uncles Damian Marley and Julian Marley produce music at the Lion’s Den studio in Miami, which was the catalyst to Jo becoming an accomplished, self-taught musician, perfecting the craft of how to build his own beats and riddims.

IMG_20140412_205911123The next entertainer to take the stage was Wayne Marshall. For those who don’t know Marshall, he is a Dancehall/Reggae artist from Kingston, Jamaica. Marshall is also a member of the Ghetto Youth International. Marshall brought an amazing level of energy to the stage. Marshall’s newest project, an EP entitled, Tru Colours was released earlier this year. Damian “Jr Gong” Marley produced the album, so it is sure to be a hit.

Concluding this amazing night of Reggae was the headliner, Stephen “Raggamuffin” Marley. Stephen is a five-time Grammy award winner as an artist, producer, and member of Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers. He is the son of reggae legend Bob Marley and Rita Marley. His 2011 album Revelation Pt. 1 – The Root of Life won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 2012.The follow-up, Revelation Pt. 2 – The Fruit of Life is due for release in Summer 2014.

IMG_20140412_221842224The second son of Bob and Rita Marley, Stephen was born on April 20, 1972; he began his career as a precocious six-year old singing, dancing and playing percussion with his siblings in the group The Melody Makers whose first single “Children Playing In The Streets” was produced by their father in 1979 and released on Tuff Gong, the label founded by Bob in the late 60s. Just like his older brother Ziggy, Stephen acquired his initial studio skills by watching his father. While still a teenager he assisted in the production of The Melody Makers’ albums including their three Best Reggae Album Grammy winners “Conscious Party” (Virgin Records, 1989) “One Bright Day” (Virgin Records, 1990) and “Fallen Is Babylon” (Elektra Entertainment, 1998). In 1993 Ziggy and Stephen founded Ghetto Youths International as a means of controlling their own music and helping upcoming artists. Stephen’s earliest solo production efforts for Ghetto Youths International includes his late grandmother’s (Cedella Booker) album “My Altar”, followed in 1995 by the Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers single “Works To Do” and younger brother Damian’s “10,000 Chariots”. Both singles hit the Jamaican charts and generated much excitement surrounding Stephen’s burgeoning production expertise.

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Local Favorites from around Clearwater Beach

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Local Favorites from around Clearwater Beach

Frenchys3forallWe are going to start with appetizers. These three are a favorite of ours at Frenchy’s Original Cafe on Clearwater Beach. (left) Cracked Conch is a lightly battered island favorite. It is served with a special sauce that is amazing.  (right) Buffalo Shrimp is exactly like it sounds. The shrimp are lightly breaded and drowned in Frenchy’s own buffalo sauce. There are three flavors of sauce: Hot, Mildly-Hot, and Firecracker. (top right) Grouper Cheeks. You absolutely cannot go to Frenchy’s without trying Grouper. Frenchy’s Original Café is a small, quaint place featuring many of Frenchy’s original menu items, like the smoked fish spread, seafood gumbo, boiled shrimp and Greek salad…and where the now famous Super Grouper sandwich made its debut. Since its doors first opened in 1981, the quality, ambiance and charm have remained, making it a continual favorite among the locals.

 

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We have had many fish tacos from around the Gulf Coast. We have two versions which are our favorites, both come from the same area. There must be something in the water around this place. Crabby Bill’s Clearwater Beach is one of them. Their version is blackened Mahi Mahi with shredded cabbage, and mango salsa (best part) topped with cheddar jack cheese and cliantro cream sauce.

Frenchys-Fire-Island-TacosRounding out this entry is, by far, the best Fish Tacos east of San Diego. Three flour tortillas filled with grilled shrimp or fish, tossed in their fire island sauce. cabbage, cilantro, jack cheese and parmesan peppercorn sauce. Frenchy’s newest restaurant is located just north of Clearwater Beach in Dunedin. Frenchy’s Outpost Bar & Grill.  Frenchy’s Outpost Bar & Grill is an open-air Key West Style restaurant situated near the causeway to beautiful Honeymoon Island in Dunedin.  This location is the newest in the Frenchy’s family, “the northernmost Frenchy’s” as they like to call it.

 

Hollywood’s Margaritaville on track to open in July 2015

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Hollywood’s Margaritaville on track to open in July 2015, developer says

By Susannah Bryan, Sun Sentinel

6:20 PM EST, February 20, 2014

Hollywood has a message for tourists and locals heading to the beach: Pardon our dust, but we promise it’ll be worth it.

The Jimmy Buffett-themed Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort broke ground in August and is still on track to open by July 2015, says developer Lon Tabatchnick.

“We’re going great,” Tabatchnick said of the $147 million project rising on 5 city-owned acres at Johnson Street and A1A. “We’re up to the fifth floor. We’re on schedule, on budget and on time.”

The 349-room property will include seven restaurants and bars, oceanside pools, a FlowRider wave ride, spa and fitness center and 35,000 square feet of convention space.

In mid-2009, Hollywood sought development proposals for the city-owned parcel at Johnson Street and A1A. The following year, Tabatchnick’s Margaritaville plan was chosen for its potential to transform the beach.

Tabatchnick plans to lease the land for 99 years, paying Hollywood $1 million in the first year alone. Part of the deal requires Hollywood’s redevelopment agency to kick in $23 million.

The ongoing construction has made it tough on some nearby businesses, but crews are doing everything they can to “minimize the heartburn,” says city spokeswoman Raelin Storey.

Tabatchnick says flagmen are helping direct traffic during construction to help people find their way. And remote parking has been provided for construction crews to help free up precious parking space.

By his estimates, 150 construction workers descend on the site each day. That will increase to 300 workers at the peak of construction, he said.

Saul Dominguez, who owns the Beach Market store on Johnson Street right next to the construction site, says his customer base has dwindled since the project broke ground.

Hollywood beachgoers lost more than 700 parking spaces when the Johnson Street garage closed in July in preparation for Margaritaville’s groundbreaking. The garage has since been torn down to make way for the project.

The new Margaritaville resort will have a 1,056-space garage, with 600 spaces set aside for the public.

But for now, Dominguez and others are faced with a parking crunch.

“This time of the day around 2 p.m. it used to be really busy form November to April,” Dominguez said. “Right now it’s quiet. There’s no space for parking, so nobody is coming here.”

Like many, Dominguez is looking forward to Margaritaville’s opening day.

“Then I’ll have more people coming, and more business,” he said.

As a child, Gloria Petrone spent summers the beach. She remembers a hardware store and drug store sitting on the spot where Margaritaville is being built.

“I’m really excited about Margaritaville,” said Petrone, who owns a condo near the project. “I think it’s going to be a shot in the arm for all the businesses. And I know it’s been a shot in the arm to all the condo owners.”

Petrone, 66, estimates the value of her condo has increased by $100,000. She says it’s all thanks to Margaritaville.

“It’s going to be another draw for Hollywood beach.”

sbryan@tribune.com or 954-356-4554

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What Not to Do in the Florida Keys: The Top Five Tourist Mistakes

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The Overseas Highway through the Florida Keys may be an idyllic drive on the bucket list of most road trippers, but it can also be daunting to resist the route’s many tourist traps.

While we definitely recommend spending at least one day making your way out to Key West on U.S. 1, we suggest you chose roadside attractions carefully.

So, without further ado, here is the Jaunted guide of What Not To Do In The Florida Keys:

 

Do NOT miss lunch at Alabama Jack’s

 

There are a sting of roadside bars that attract tourists all along The Keys but if you’re going to stop in just one, make it Alabama Jack’s. Located in Key Largo, Alabama Jack’s has long been considered the gateway to the Keys and is popular with boaters (who can pull right up to the dock), bikers, families, and even a few celebrities.

The Conch Fritters and Crab Cakes are a must, just don’t expect them to be served on a silver platter. The restaurant is casual, like plastic fork and Styrofoam plate casual, but the food is good, the beer is cold, and the prices are reasonable so you can’t beat it.

 

Do NOT stop for Key Lime Chocolate at Key Largo Chocolates

 

Most guidebooks and websites about The Florida Keys recommend a stop at Key Largo Chocolates for their Key Lime Chocolate but we say skip it. The Key Lime flavored treats aren’t nearly as good as they sound and the store itself is pretty basic inside with a candy counter, a small ice cream shop, and not much else.

Now, don’t get us wrong, we’re sure they have other delicious candies to try but if you only one day to drive from the mainland to Key West and back, a stop at KLC isn’t worth the ten or fifteen minutes you’ll spend there.

 

Do NOT set down your phone at Robbie’s of Islamorada

 

Robbie’s is one of the few Florida Keys tourist traps that is totally worth the time. Robbie’s Village has several kitschy open air shops, a restaurant, boat rentals, and fishing access, but what most people stop for is the chance to feed the large tarpon fish. For a couple of bucks Robbie’s will give you a bucket of small dead fish that you can drop into the water at the end of their dock where the tarpon hang out and watch them rise up from the water to catch them. It sounds gross but watching fellow tourists squee and squirm as the huge fish jump and fight for their dinner is more than worth the price of admission!

On the down side, they do warn you when you buy your bucket that the pelicans will try to swoop in and catch one of those dead fish as it is being tossed into the water. What they don’t warn you about is the fact the pelicans might mistake your shiny silver cellphone for one of those shiny silver fish and try to swoop down and take it. So, if you’re planning a visit to Robbie’s, plan keeping a tight grip on your phone, too.

 

Do NOT stop at the Theater of the Sea

 

As you make way down Key West you’ll see plenty of billboards for Theater of the Sea but, through talking to locals, we’ve learned there is a better option if you really want to learn about dolphins.

The Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key also lets visitors swim with dolphins, but they work to assist marine mammals in distress, learn about dolphin communication, and educate the public about marine mammals, too. To learn more about the Dolphin Research Center, visit dolphins.org.

 

Do NOT watch the sunset in Mallory Square

 

Key West is known for its sunsets and the most popular place to watch them is Mallory Square. Mallory Square is the perfect location to take a photo of the setting sun which mean it attracts a large nightly crowd of daytrippers, tourists, performers, and vendors all battling for the best spot. To get a shot without other people’s heads in it you have to get there at least an hour before the sun goes down and be ready to hold your ground. By the time the sun goes down the whole experience ends up being more exhausting than enlightening.

The best alternative to Mallory Square is Ocean Key Resort’s Sunset Pier. The waterfront bar has amazing views of the Key West sunset without the crowds, or the jugglers.

Do have your own tips for what to do, or NOT to do in the Florida Keys? Let us know in a comment below!

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10 unique restaurants in the Florida Keys

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The Florida Keys offer miles of tropical paradise stretching from Key Largo to Key West. The Daily Meal rounded up some of the most interesting and unique places to eat, drink and soak up the amazing views, weather and lifestyle of the Florida Keys.

Planning a vacation is serious business, as the joy of looking forward to the trip and the memories of a successful holiday can sustain you for months. The Florida Keys are a popular destination; not just for tourists but also in pop culture, as it’s been memorialized by music and movies alike. Adding to this unique area’s mystique, excitement and romance is its early history of being a haven for smugglers, pirates and other fringe members of society. Toss in a perfect year-round climate and you can see why locals fiercely love these islands and why so many people make the pilgrimage to experience paradise for a few days. To know the Florida Keys is for many to also know the frustration of not being able to make a permanent move there.

Part of what the locals call the Conch Republic, the lifestyle in the Keys revolves around taking it easy. The best way to put the brakes on life is to immerse yourself with the indigenous cuisine, as it will force you to take your time.

There’s no way to rush through a perfectly roasted cup of Cuban coffee and not a single valid reason to not meticulously savor a plate of oysters on the half shell. The culinary influences of the Florida Keys takes cues from its tropical climate, along with being the gateway to the Caribbean Islands. Fresh seafood, tropical fruit and citrus-based desserts are ubiquitous along the Florida Keys, but a number of chefs are putting their own touch on these ingredients; like the Asian influence at Kaiyo Grill and wildly innovative and playful flavors of Glazed Donuts.

The Daily Meal found 10 great places for you to enjoy traditional Florida Keys cuisine (like conch fritters and hogfish sandwiches) while taking in the unparalleled ambiance of this island paradise. Take a look at our slideshow and be prepared to have beach-filled daydreams turn into serious vacation planning.

1. Blue Heaven, Key West

The Florida Keys are an eccentric place, so the absolute must-see restaurant should reflect that nature. Blue Heaven’s ambiance is full of art, tropical trees and its unofficial mascots: chickens and cats roam the restaurant. The menu is Caribbean-inspired and features items such as jerk chicken and Red Stripe deglazed shrimp.

2. Half Shell Raw Bar, Key West

Among the many obligatory must-do’s when in Florida is the raw bar experience. Sit down on one of the Half Shell Raw Bar’s picnic tables, lose yourself staring off at the ocean, and enjoy oysters, clams and shrimp fresh off the boat.

3. Key Largo Conch House, Key Largo

You will undoubtedly hear about conch (pronounced “konk”) while you are in the Florida Keys. They come prepared in myriad ways and everyone will tell you their favorite style. But why leave it to guesswork? The Conch House has a sampler so you can try the conch ceviche, fritters and cracked conch.

4. El Siboney Restaurant, Key West

It would be a shame to come this close to Cuba without experiencing authentic Cuban food. The menu at El Siboney is complete with traditional items like oxtail with rice and plantains. This family-run eatery aims to end the embargo on home-cooked Cuban meals.

5. Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen, Key Largo

Littered with license plates all over the wall, Mrs. Mac’s has people across the world talking about its key lime pie. The dessert even has garnered national attention, getting a nod from Cosmopolitan Magazine.

6. Kaiyo Grill & Sushi, Islamorada

Kaiyo is the place where the island life meets Asian influence. You’ll find fusion dishes like fried grouper cheeks served with kimchi dipping sauce or hogfish stuffed with crab meat prepared with sake butter and paired with jasmine rice. The entire menu is traditional, with playful, delicious nods to Asian cuisine.

7. Keys Fisheries Market & Marina, Marathon

Sometimes when you have the freshest ingredients at your doorstep, the best way to prepare the food is with simplicity. At Keys Fisheries you can take in the view of the Keys Fisheries Marina, shop at the market and then watch the sunset while enjoying scallops, shrimp, stone crab and lobster. If you get a hankering for fresh seafood when you get home check out the online store; they deliver conch, crab and more.

8. Glazed Donuts, Key West

Part of the experience of being in Key West is taking it slow. There’s no better way to do that than taking your time to enjoy a fresh roasted cup of coffee while savoring unique, handmade donuts. Glazed Donuts uses its geography as inspiration for flavors, as key lime and pina colada donuts are often featured.

9. M.E.A.T. Eatery and Taproom, Islamorada

It’s not all about seafood in the Florida Keys. M.E.A.T. provides a break from aquatic-based cuisine with a massive roster of amazing burgers, house-smoked sausages and pulled pork. And there’s also The Home Wrecker: a 1/2 pound Wagyu beef hot dog. The menu certainly lives up to the restaurant’s name.

10. Boondocks Grille & Draft House & Miniature Golf, Ramrod Key

Everyone has to play at least one round of mini-golf when vacationing in Florida. When you’re done, check out the playful menu at Boondocks, featuring fun items like crab-covered soft pretzels, seafood-stuffed mushrooms and crab-infused mac and cheese.

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Margaritaville to open in Destin 2-17-2014

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Another big name will be making its debut in Destin soon. Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville is scheduled to open its doors in a week. The Margaritaville “empire” includes about 2-dozen restaurants around the world, 4 resorts, including the one on Pensacola beach, there are also 3 casinos, including one in Biloxi.

As Channel Three’s Rob Brown reports, some businesses are worried about the competition. Jimmy Buffett’s restaurant here in the Harborwalk is set to open February 17th. Many people are quite excited about the potential that it brings. Others say it might not be so great for local businesses. Buffett owns stores in vacation spots around the world. Destin will be added to that list soon.     Nathan Rands “It’s a place that’s a reputable name. If anybody has done any traveling, they’ve probably seen one or eaten at one.” Its designed to reflect the attitude of Buffett’s lighthearted music.

Nathan Rands “If you’ve been to one, it’s usually a fun atmosphere. It’s kind of lively. It’s the type of place that you’re going to find other people that are to have fun, enjoy themselves.” It would seem Destin’s a perfect fit for a Margaritaville. But some who work in local businesses aren’t entirely sure it’s best for the whole community. Brandon Wilson “Granted, it’s Jimmy Buffett, it’s the king, that’s fine. But I think a lot of people..it’s going to draw too many people down there, and they’re going to forget about the small businesses.” Brandon Wilson manages the Dockside Bar, near Margaritaville. He says he won’t stop fighting for business. Brandon Wilson “If they’re going to go down there and choose them over us, there’s not that much we can do about it. But we’re just going to let them know, we’re still here. Come on down.” Local businesses, he says, will provide one special thing to customers. Brandon Wilson “They’re going to realize that, hey, there’s more intimacy in the smaller businesses, let’s go down there.” Well, whether it’s positive or negative, everyone we talked to said Margaritaville will definitely have an impact on Destin. Reporting in Okaloosa County, Rob Brown, Channel Three News. Construction crews have been working since last April on the former Lucky Snapper site on the Harborwalk for the new Margaritaville. It will feature a restaurant, bar, several shops, and even a booth to charter a fishing boat.

Read More at: http://www.weartv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/margaritaville-open-destin-41396.shtml

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Margaritaville at Universal Orlando debuts new and enhanced menu items

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Margaritaville at Universal Orlando debuts new and enhanced menu items

 

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Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Orlando in Universal CityWalk has a new menu with more than 15 new and enhanced dishes and drinks. The new dishes bring a more Caribbean flair to the popular restaurant.

New appetizers include “Drunken” Shrimp Skillet, shrimp sautéed in tequila key lime butter, roasted garlic and peppers with a mini baguette for dipping and Asiago Crab Dip, filled with lump crabmeat and served with grilled crostini.

The Bites section of the menu offers small plates to mix-and-match or share, ranging from the Maryland-Style Crab Cake Slider topped with shredded lettuce and jalapeño tartar sauce, a Grilled Shrimp Skewer seasoned with a jerk glaze and Beach Tacos, filled your way with Carne Asada, Pork Carnitas or Chicken Tinga.

margaritaville fish and chipsThe new LandShark Lager Fish and Chips entree takes this classic to a sublime level with its crispy crust, thanks to the thinnest and lightest of batters made with the signature beer. Chimichurri Flat Iron Steak is served with fries and chimichurri. Shrimp Trio is a combo of blackened, coconut crusted and island lime sautéed shrimp served with French fries, cilantro lime coleslaw, Key West cocktail and jalapeño tartar sauce.

New desserts for splurging and sharing include the Chocolate Hurricane, which is huge and everything the name implies, and Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding made with chocolate chips and fresh bananas.

In true Margaritaville spirit, the menu maintains its signatures ranging from the Cheeseburger in Paradise, a handcrafted choice burger topped with American cheese, lettuce, sliced tomato, pickles and new paradise island sauce to Crispy Coconut Shrimp, jumbo shrimp crusted with coconut and golden fried, served with horseradish-orange marmalade dipping sauce, French fries and cilantro lime coleslaw.

Worthy of the name Margaritaville, the new Margaritas and Boat Drinks menu offers too many new cocktails, tequilas, margaritas and boat drinks to list. A few highlights include: the Blueberry Pomegranate Margarita Margaritaville Silver Tequila, Cointreau Orange Liqueur, blueberry pomegranate purée; Planter’s Punch, Appleton Rum VX, Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum, freshly blended sweet and sour, pineapple juice, pomegranate and a dash of bitters; The Watermelon Agave Fresca with Margaritaville Silver Tequila, watermelon puree and the proprietary lime agave blend with a splash of soda; and an abundant collection of Tequilas served as shots with sangria, the tomato based chaser made in house.

Margaritaville Orlando offers four bars, two levels of indoor and outdoor seating and nightly live entertainment. The restaurant is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 11 to 2 a.m. (seasonally adjusted). For more information, please visit margaritavilleorlando.com or call 407-224-2155.

The Chocolate Hurricane at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Orlando.

The Chocolate Hurricane at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Orlando.

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Margaritaville Coming to Destin

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DESTIN, Florida – Heads up bands, duos and solo acoustic guitar performers – Jimmy Buffett wants you. Or at least, a Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Restaurant opening soon in Destin might want you.

Margaritaville-restaurant-logo.jpgThe Buffett-themed chain will open a restaurant later this year in Destin’s HarborWalk Village, and the venue’s “entertainment team” is looking for talent. Operators have announced that auditions will be held Oct. 13-15, with acts considered by scheduled appointment only.

Performers wishing to be considered should send an email to destinlivemusic@margaritaville.com. It should include “contact information, play list and a link to a website where we can hear and see samples of your work. In addition, if you are playing any local public venue between Oct. 13-15, please provide the name of the venue, the address, and the time you will be performing.”

Performers will be expected to play a variety of styles of cover music. According to information provided by the restaurant, “Acts are required to perform guest requests and interact with an audience. Acts must focus on performing fun and upbeat music.”

For more information on the chain, visit www.margaritaville.com.

The Deck at Perico Island

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The Deck at Perico Island

DSCF4655We had the privilege of sitting down with Trop Rock fans Gary Lindblom and Cathy Pizzo on Saturday. They have transformed their home into a “One of a Kind” house concert venue. It provides a tremendous intimate setting. Basically, the setup is poolside, yet the entire stage and seating is covered. This provides relief from the sun during the hot Florida summers. During the cooler months the stage is to be moved into the open air closer to the pool. In the case of a rain storm like the one that came on Sunday, everything happens acoustically inside.

This a whole new approach to the house concert scene. Their events will be held on Sunday afternoons, in the form a “Jam Session”.

DSCF4657On Sunday, they had the first of these Jam Sessions. Dani Hoy was the featured artist. Allen “Frankendread” Holland not only provided smooth music and vocals, he also provided an amazing lineup of food. Local artists joined the featured artist for an absolutely amazing session.

It appears that Frankendread’s music and cuisine will be an integral part of this. Let’s get back to that food thing. Brace yourself. You’re about to get hungry as I tell you about the menu. There was succulent pork loin with a curry mustard crust and, bacon wrapped peaches with basil, black pepper and a balsamic vinegar drizzle, prosciutto and mozzarella wrappers, marinated mozzarella with sundried tomato topping, a cream cheese sweet jalapeno jam spread, a non-alcoholic ginger punch with agave, plantains, and a special island rum punch that was more of a slap than a punch. It was perfect for the occasion.

DSCF4660Did we mention that Gary and Cathy’s house is the former house of Mitch Miller (Sing-A-Long With Mitch)? Mitchell William “Mitch” Miller was prominent in the American music industry. He was involved in almost all aspects of the industry, working as a musician, singer, conductor, record producer, A&R man and record company executive. This is an amazing house and setup. No wonder the music seems to be the perfect complement to this incredible spot.

For those of you unfamiliar with the area, Perico Island is located on beautiful Anna Maria Island.

DSCF4667During our Saturday visit with Gary, my wife Mary disappeared with Cathy and Allen. We found them playing some classics with Allen on the acoustic guitar and Cathy on the drums and Mary on the camera. We got some behind the scenes footage of Allen teaching Cathy to play a full drum set. On a previous visit, we found out Cathy had learned to play two songs on the steel pan. Gary and I made our way upstairs to the Music Room. We were able to catch the tail end of the Allen & Cathy show. It Seems as though Frankendread has a passion for teaching the music as well.

Be sure to check them out on Facebook.

We will also have their scheduled events in our Trop Rock Calendar.

Perico Island.

It is as nice as it sounds.

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