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Rum Toddy

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Rum Toddy


Good aged rum, with its rich, complex sweetness, takes particularly well to heat; we’re barely adding any water here, though if you’re looking for something a bit mellower, feel free to dilute to taste. Don’t skip the lemon wheel. It may look like just a garnish, but its aromas will be unleashed as soon as the hot drink hits it.

Instructions: In a saucepan, gently heat 2 ounces of aged rum, 1/2 ounce of raw sugar simple syrup (Sugar in the Raw or similar, dissolved in an equal part hot water), 1 dash of Angostura bitters, and a 1/4 ounce of water. Slowly heat until just warmed through. Place a lemon wheel in a heat-safe glass and pour the warm cocktail over the top.

Bob Marley family launches “first world cannabis brand” #MarleyNatural

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The family of the late Jamaican reggae artist, Bob Marley has launched what they describe as the world’s first global cannabis brand.

It will be called Marley Natural and be used to sell cannabis-infused lotions, creams and various accessories.

The new brand is being developed with Privateer Holdings based in Washington state, stressing the life and legacy of Jamaica’s greatest cultural export.

It is intended to be sold in the US and possibly worldwide from next year.

Bob Marley’s daughter, Cedella Marley, said her father would welcome the move.

“My dad would be so happy to see people understanding the healing power of the herb,” she said.

Privateer’s chief executive Brendan Kennedy said a Marley was “someone who, in many ways, helped start the movement to end cannabis prohibition 50 years ago.

“It was just a natural fit between Bob Marley and this product. You know if you were to look for the most famous human being who ever walked the face of the earth related to cannabis, it would be Bob Marley.”

Bob Marley died of cancer in May 1981. He embraced cannabis as a key part of his Rastafarian faith and supported its legalisation.

Cannabis use for recreational purposes is legal in the US states of Colorado and Washington.

Several other states may follow suit and others are permitting the sale of marijuana for prescribed medical purposes.


Comedian Robin Williams passes away at 63 (Popeye the Sailor)

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popeyeOscar winner and comedian Robin Williams died this morning at 63. While his publicist wouldn’t confirm that it was a suicide, they did issue this statement. “Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

Williams, who won an Oscar for his supporting role in Good Will Hunting, will reprise his role as Theodore Roosevelt in the third installment of Night at the Museum this December. He had recently signed on to reprise his beloved role as Mrs. Doubtfire in a sequel to be directed by Chris Columbus and was last seen opposite Annette Bening in the indie film The Face of Love.

According to a press release issued by the Marin County Coronor’s office, the Sheriff’s office suspects the death to be “suicide due to asphyxia.” The 9-1-1 phone call came in just before noon today.

Frankendread – McConnells Irish Pub – Free Rum – Sponsored by Caribbean Rum

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Frankendread will be playing McConnell’s Irish Pub in Key West, FL, Thursday October 31, 8:00p – 12:00a. Oh, did we mention that it will be sponsored by Caribbean Rum with FREE RUM from 8:00-10:00?

Frankendread is an accomplished Caribbean performer, and his energetic performances puts smiles on everyone’s faces.
Known for his past inexhaustible performance schedule of corporate events, weddings, private parties, pool parties, conventions, clubs, bars, tiki huts, backyards, schoolyards, restaurants, cruises, street performances, resorts, subways, and any other conceivable venue, Frankendread’s mission of presenting island music anytime, anywhere, anyplace has served him well.

Since starting a career in island music in 1989 as a touring reggae drummer, lead vocalist, keyboardist and bandleader in Atlanta, Frankendread’s performances have spanned 17 countries and 43 states. During the years 1992, 1993, and 1994 he was named a “Caribbean Vocalist of the Year”.



McConnell’s Irish Pub & Grill is the most fun you can have outside Ireland. On the beautiful island of Key West, Florida, McConnell’s is the Southernmost Irish Pub in America!! Located on Duval St., it’s in the heart of the island’s festivities year round! Come join us for lunch with the kids, a dinner date, or with your buddies till the sun comes up!! We have a great late night menu that ends at 4A.M, a patio for sun soaking, a fully stocked bar with imported and domestic beer, and of course an Irish atmosphere that’s family friendly; smoke free environment! Bring the crew and raise your Guinness to a good time at McConnell’s!!



Blue Chair Bay Rum is a new line of rum by country superstar Kenny Chesney

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If a rum drink, comfy chair and sandy beach were the story line to a country song, it would have to be one sung byKenny Chesney. The superstar performer has just launched his own line of liquor, called Blue Chair Bay Rum. Chesney’s rum comes in White, Coconut and Coconut Spiced flavors, and he’s offering refreshing cocktail recipes with fun names such as Sixth Gear With Nowhere to Steer, Pile Up and Island Girl for when you’re ready to slip into weekend mode. Buy it: $17.99-$18.99 for 750 ml; widely available (go to for availability).

Island Girl

Coconut meets its match.

Makes 1 serving

1½ ounce Blue Chair Bay Coconut

1 ounce orange juice

1 ounce pineapple juice

2 ounce lemon-lime soda

Instructions: Build ingredients directly into tall glass with ice. Stir and flirt.

Bumble Bee Tuna

Bumble Bee’s new line of albacore tuna mixes the canned seafood with gourmet flavors: Chipotle and Olive Oil, Sundried Tomatoes and Olie Oil and Jalapeños and Olive Oil. Chef Scott Leibfried (from Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Kitchen Nightmares”) has signed on to promote the flavors and offer wine pairings. For example, he recommends pairing the chipotle variety with sangria, Spanish cheeses and a plate of olives, piquillo peppers or a tapenade. Buy it: $2.49 per 5-ounce can; widely available.

PaperChef cupcake and muffin liners

If you like the flavor you get cooking “en papillote” – and tossing around the name of a French product or technique makes everything sound fancier – then you’ll want to try PaperChef’s new line of cupcake and muffin liners. We tested the Tulip Cups with chocolate cupcakes, and the treats peeled right out. The liners’ dramatic edging made the desserts seem prepared with a little extra fuss. Buy it: $3.49 for a box of 10 baking bags, $3.79 for a box of 12 Tulip or Lotus liners; at Kroger, Whole Foods, HEB and Central Market.

Betty Crocker Gluten-Free mixes

Do gluten-free products – especially baked goods – not live up to expectations? Then you’ll likely be pleased with Betty Crocker’s new gluten-free mixes. We tried the sugar-cookie mix, and not only did our gluten-averse tasters give it a thumbs-up, but so did the rest of the crowd, unaware it was blended for folks with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. The only downside, hardly worth mentioning, is that the cookies were a little more crumbly than standard sugar cookies. You can find recipes for expanding the mixes’ use at Buy it: $4.45 for the Sugar Cookie Mix, $3.75 for a pound of the All-Purpose Gluten Free Rice Flour Blend; widely available.

Jennie-O Turkey

Dinner just got little easier and more healthful with Jennie-O’s Turkey Breast Steaks (seasoned or not) and Jalapeño Jack Turkey Burgers. A garlic-and-red-pepper-spice blend flavors the super-lean breast steaks, and the jalapeño seasoning and Monterey jack cheese add a spicy-cool balanced vibe to the all-white-meat burgers. Buy it: $7.99 for a 16- to 24-ounce package of turkey-breast steaks or $9.99 for a package of six 1/3 -pound burgers; widely available.

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Top Ten Pickup lines for use on International Talk Like a Pirate Day

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Top Ten Pickup lines for use on International Talk Like a Pirate Day

(We came up with these in an effort to interest The Other Dave (Letterman) in TLAPD. His staff liked ’em, but alas, his show was”dark” the week of Sept. 19.)

10 . Avast, me proud beauty! Wanna know why my Roger is so Jolly?

9. Have ya ever met a man with a real yardarm?

8. Come on up and see me urchins.

7. Yes, that is a hornpipe in my pocket and I am happy to see you.

6. I’d love to drop anchor in your lagoon.

5. Pardon me, but would ya mind if I fired me cannon through your porthole?

4. How’d you like to scrape the barnacles off of me rudder?

3. Ya know, darlin’, I’m 97 percent chum free.

2. Well blow me down?


And the number one pickup line for use on International Talk Like a Pirate Day is …

1. Prepare to be boarded.

Bonus pickup lines (when the ones above don’t work, as they often won’t)

They don’t call me Long John because my head is so big.

You’re drinking a Salty Dog? How’d you like to try the real thing?

Wanna shiver me timbers?

I’ve sailed the seven seas, and you’re the sleekest schooner I’ve ever sighted.

Brwaack! Polly want a cracker? … Oh, wait. That’s for Talk Like a PARROT Day.

That’s the finest pirate booty I’ve ever laid eyes on.

Let’s get together and haul some keel.

That’s some treasure chest you’ve got there.

Top Ten Pickup Lines for the Lady Pirates

By popular demand …

10. What are YOU doing here?

9. Is that a belayin’ pin in yer britches, or are ye … (this one is never completed)

8. Come show me how ye bury yer treasure, lad!

7. So, tell me, why do they call ye, “Cap’n Feathersword?”

6. That’s quite a cutlass ye got thar, what ye need is a good scabbard!

5. Aye, I guarantee ye, I’ve had a twenty percent decrease in me “lice ratio!”

4. I’ve crushed seventeen men’s skulls between me thighs!

3. C’mon, lad, shiver me timbers!


…and the number one Female Pirate Pick-up Line:

1. You. Pants Off. Now!


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Rum: You’re Drinking It All Wrong

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“Of all the spirits in your home, rum is the most romantic,” wrote bon vivant James Beard in 1956. He was right, of course. A single sip can bring to mind tall palm trees and tiny umbrellas, exotic vacations and colorful, complicated history. But romance is the opposite of fact, and rum has thus proved a fertile breeding ground for myths, which have taken root and spread like bougainvillea.

Here are five I heard while researching And a Bottle of Rum and since, with correctives:

Rum is always sweet.
Yes, all rum is made from sugar. No, that doesn’t mean it’s sweet. Yeast diligently converts sugar to alcohol and carbon dioxide before it goes into the still. A white rum can be as dry as any liquor. And aging in oak adds tannins and other wood flavorings that can produce dark rum as puckery as Scotch.

Rum is best mixed with fruit juices.
Rum has traditionally been a cheap spirit, and so it was often combined with cheap juices for frat parties. But a good rum holds its own in classic cocktails like a rum Manhattan or a rum Old Fashioned. The finest aged rums are best appreciated neat, like cognac.

Rum is a Caribbean/West Indian spirit.
Rum’s commercial birthplace may have been the sugar cane fields of the islands and the tropics, but prior to the American Revolution, dozens of rum distilleries existed in New England. Today, rum is again a North American product, with craft distillers making distinctive rums from Hawaii and New Orleans to Boston.

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The Road To Freedom – Jamaican Emancipation Day

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Celebration of Emancipation on August 1, 1838 in the Square of Spanish Town, the then capital of Jamaica. There was a procession of the Baptist Church and Congregation of Spanish Town under the Rev. J.M. Phillips, with about 2,000 school children and their teachers to Government House. Amid tremendous rejoicing, Governor Sir Lionel Smith read the Proclamation of Freedom to the large crowd of about 8,000 people, who had gathered in the Square. The governor’s carriage is seen in the foreground. –

“The hour is at hand, the Monster is dying…in recounting the mood in his church that night he said- “the winds of freedom appeared to have been set loose, the very building shook at the strange yet sacred joy.” – William Knibb, non-conformist Baptist preacher and abolitionist, at the dawning of Aug. 1, 1838

Freedom can be said to have arrived in two stages; the first being the early morning of Friday, August 1, 1834. On that day many slaves were said to have walked up hills and climbed trees so as to clearly witness the literal dawning of their freedom. Around the island thousands attended “Divine Services” to give thanks and praise. August 1, 1834, marked the emancipation of all slaves in British colonies but it was a case of freedom with conditions. Although the Abolition Act stated that slavery shall be and is hereby utterly abolished and unlawful, the only slaves truly freed were those not yet born and those under six years of age. All other slaves were to enter a six-year ‘apprenticeship’ during which they were to be ‘apprenticed’ to the plantations.


The tenets of ‘apprenticeship’ stated that the ex-slaves would work without pay for their former masters for three-quarters of every week (40 hours) in exchange for lodging, food, clothing, medical attendance and provision grounds in which they could grow their own food during the remaining quarter of the week. They could also, if they chose, hire themselves out for more wages during that remaining quarter. With this money, an ex-slave-turned-apprentice could then buy his freedom.

Overall, though apprenticeship proved confusing for the ex-slaves – they were told they were free but they were not really free. Indeed, for many, the quality of their lives had not undergone any great change. In smaller islands like Antigua and Bermuda, there was no need for a system of apprenticeship as all of the land was under cultivation, so the slaveholders knew the ex-slaves would have no choice but to work on the plantations.

Apprenticeship ended two years short of its intended six-year term on August 1, 1838. This marked the second stage of freedom, ­ the day all slaves were made free. In Jamaica on that “full free” August morning, peaceful demonstrations and celebrations occured across the island. A hearse containing shackles and chains that had been used to shackle rebellious slaves, was driven through the streets of the capital Spanish Town, and ceremoniously burned.

The road to full freedom was a long one, paved with rebellions and sermons by anti-slavery missionary preachers in the colonies as well as debates and the passage of crucial reforms in Britain.

Indeed, once full emancipation came into effect and free villages began to be established, the plantation system began to fall apart ­ wealth was increa singly determined by the amount of money a man had and not by the amount of slaves a man owned.

The tide was changing, struggles to keep down the number of runaway slaves and slave revolts (famous Jamaican revolts included Tacky’s 1760 Rebellion and Sam Sharpe’s 1831 Rebellion) seemed harder, and the ripple effect of the successful 1789 slave revolt in St. Domingue,(what is now Haiti and the Dominican Republic) was impossible to ignore. Public opinion began to shift in Britain ­ heavily influenced by the work of abolitionists like Granville Sharp and William Wilberforce. Sharp tirelessly circulated the proceedings of the 1781 case of the Liverpool slaver, The Zong, in order to bring the evils of slavery into full view.

Wilberforce, the leader of the anti-slavery movement in Britain, carried the fight into Parliament, year after year moving resolutions to abolish the slave trade and slowly but surely the support of the British people was won. Britain abolished the slave trade on January 1, 1808.

Abolition of the slave trade was only the first step towards full emancipation. By the 1820s British Parliament began to send planters directives specifically concerned with the amelioration of the slaves’ working conditions. These included forbidding the use of the whip in the field, the flogging of women and allowing slaves religious instruction. Jamaica, governed by an Elected Assembly, refused to follow these directives and news of this soon spread to the slaves. Numerous instances of civil unrest followed as slaves felt they were being denied certain benefits that had been conferred on them in Britain. Anti-slavery sentiments were increasingly expressed in the colonies through the work of nonconformist missionaries, particularly Baptists such as William Knibb and Thomas Burchell who were arrested for inciting slaves to rebellion. In Jamaica, the strongest example of unrest as a result of the fervor to put an end to slavery was the Christmas Rebellion of 1831. Also known as Sam Sharpe’s Rebellion, it began when slaves in the western part of the island, led by Sharpe, believing they had been freed in England but kept enslaved by the planters in Jamaica, conducted a peaceful strike. Sharpe, a Baptist preacher, was literate, unlike many of his fellow slaves. He had read many anti-slavery bulletins from Britain and communicated their messages to his followers. Yet Sharpe’s peaceful protest soon turned into the largest slave rebellion in the island’s history. Great houses and cane fields in the west were burned and hundreds of lives lost. This insurrection, however, became pivotal to hastening the process of emancipation. Sam Sharpe, now a Jamaican National Hero, was hung in 1832 for his role as organizer. Soon after, the British House of Commons adopted a motion calling for a Select Committee to be appointed to put an end to slavery throughout the British Empire. One year later, in May 1833, the British House of Commons stated unequivocally that the British nation must, on its own initiative, suppress slavery in all British Dominions. 


Emancipation did not mean the beginning of good times. According to Sherlock and Bennett in “The Story of the Jamaican People” (1998): “Emancipation gave them the right to free movement, the right to choose where and when they wished to work, but without basic education and training many were compelled to remain on the plantation as field hands and tenants-at-will under conditions determined by the landlord, and for wages set by him.”

Yet, in testimony to the impact of freedom, Joseph John Gurney, a friend of American statesman Henry Clay, who visited Jamaica in 1840, wrote letters to Clay contrasting slaves in the southern US and the freed slaves in the West Indies. Gurney was arguing for the benefits of freedom in economies of scale as well as in moral, religious and political terms. Particularly impressed with what he saw in Jamaica, Gurney described ex-slaves as working well on the estates of their former masters, their personal comforts having been multiplied, their moral and religious lives strengthened. He exhorted Clay that with freedom “The whole population is thrown on the operation of natural and legitimate principles of action, every man finds his own just level, religion spreads under the banner of freedom, and all its quietness, order and peace. Such is the lot of the British West Indian colonies: and such, I humbly but ardently hope, will soon be the happy condition of every one of the United States.”

Rebecca Tortello


Sources – Black, C.(1965). The Story of Jamaica. Sherlock, P. and Bennett, H. (1998); The Story of Jamaican People. Gurney, J. (1840) Familiar Letters to Henry Clay of Kentucky describing a Winter in Jamaica; The Jamaica Gleaner (1995). The Geography and History of Jamaica. 24th Edition.; Robinson, C. (1987). Fight for Freedom. Kingston. Kingston Publishers Ltd.

Papa’s Pilar: A Rum for Ernest Hemingway

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Papa’s Pilar: A Rum for Ernest Hemingway

HE WAS ONE of the literary titans of the 20th century, and one of the greatest adventurers the world has ever known. And whether it was in Havana or Paris, Ernest Hemingway always found time to enjoy rum.

Now, a new rum seeks to honour the memory of “Papa,” as he was known, and that spirit of adventure.

Rum Journal: Papa’s Pilar: A Rum for Ernest HemingwayPapa’s Pilar, which will have a soft launch in Tampa next week and then begin expanding to markets in South Florida (including Key West) April 5, is the product of a partnership with the Hemingway Estate. Its name is a combination of Papa and Pilar, the name of the fishing boat Hemingway used across Florida, Cuba and Bimini.

The Hemingway Estate will be donating 100 percent of their royalty profits to organization that “embody the likes of adventure, literacy and conservation causes dear to Hemingway and his heirs.”

The rums, which include light and dark varieties, are blends of high-end rums of different ages from around the region.

“I like to say we sourced our rum as Hemingway sourced his adventures,” Lindsey Kops, brand manager for Papa’s Pilar, tells Rum Journal.

The rum uses the solera method, with a combination of three barrel stages; first, in American oak bourbon barrels, then in port wine casks, and finished in Spanish sherry casks.

It debuts with two varieties a 3-year-old “Blonde Rum,” and a 24-year-old “Solera Blended” rum. Both are finished in Spanish sherry casks.

While the Florida-based company won’t reveal all of its countries of origin, Kops tells Rum Journal that some rums are sourced from Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Panama and Florida.

Right now the rum is blended in Kentucky, although there are plans to eventually move the process to Florida.

Kops said the company truly wanted to honour Hemingway, not just as a writer, but as an adventurer — for the way he lived.

“He lived this life that was constantly in a state of perpetual motion,” she said. “He was traveling the world, by land, by sea, collecting tales and obviously later telling us about them — the clear persona we pulled out was the ‘never a spectator’ mindset.”

She says Papa’s Pilar is an adventure brand, for those “who have that same sort of restless spirit.”

“His writing was very separate from rum enjoyment, but rum was a huge part of his life,” she says.

* * *

On to the review.

The blonde rum is a light yellow in colour, with an aroma of cane and sweet citrus. The flavour profile includes hints of grapefruit, sherry, and key lime, with a smooth finish.

The 24-year-old dark rum has a dark amber colour, with notes of key lime, lemon squares, caramel and port, with an exceptionally smooth finish with a suggestion of citrus peel.

The verdict? Both rums are simply out of this world. For a pair of new-to-market rums, we were blown away. And just a quarter of the way through 2013, the dark rum is an early contender for Rum of the Year.

And certainly worthy of the Hemingway name.


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Dockside Tropical Cafe – Let the party begin

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Dockside Tropical Cafe’

We Hit Our Initial Target in 5 Days!

Now, on to $75,000!

Thanks to our amazing supporters we have blown past our initial goal in just 5 days. We are grateful. There has been a lot of interest in the campaign and we are adding some cool rewards for your pledges.

Every dollar raised goes into make Dockside Tropical Cafe better and brighter. It is a team effort. Climb onboard and take the cruise with us.

If we hit $50.000 we will be adding a Charter Crew Baseball Cap, at 75k we will add a signed limited edition copy of the new “Rock The Dock” cd including the DTC Theme Song. (release date to be announced) for any existing and future pledges $100.00 and up. 

Let the party begin!

Over the last few months, we have been negotiating, researching, planning and praying. We are now only a short time away from opening and are reaching out to the community for assistance. We are pre-selling bar tabs,  charter crew t-shirts, lifetime discount cards and more! We are doing this through a platform called crowd funding. It’s similar to the concept of “it takes a village to raise a child”, except in this case it’s more like a barn raising, or shall I say “bar” raising… only difference is you have the opportunity to purchase some really cool stuff and be a part of the crew that reopened a landmark venue in the Florida Keys!  All you have to do is click here and make your pledge.

Check out our our video with messages from us (Eric & Kim), Bob Bitchin from Cruising Outpost Magazine, Josh, the director of Marathon Chamber of Commerce and more. Below is the basic information about what we are doing.

Here’s the deal:

“Imagine this… a music venue owned and operated by a musician. What a concept! This is my dream.”   Eric Stone, singer/songwriter.

With your help, this waterfront venue in the heart of the Florida Keys will soon re-open on Boot Key Harbor in Marathon, Florida. Historically this is a favorite hot spot of locals and cruisers, a place where the Chamber of Commerce met for happy hour next to the ‘pirates’ from the harbor; a place that filled with sunkissed tourists watching the sunset after spending a day on the water or exploring the Keys. Dockside is a landmark.  We want to bring it back to life.

Dockside Tropical Café is poised for rapid growth in the restaurant/bar/music venue industry with the top three ingredients going for it: location, location, location!  We are seeking funding to take advantage of a window of opportunity for introducing a “new and improved” Dockside, a tradition in Marathon for many years. This business has the potential to dominate the market.

About Us and Our Vision

Eric Stone is a singer/songwriter with 13 CDs to his name, with the last being Time To Fly, released just last fall, with rave reviews. And it is… his “time to fly”.  Picking up his first guitar when he was just 10 years old, he has played worldwide ever since, with influences ranging from AC/DC to Willie Nelson to Jimmy Buffett, his ultra talented songwriting and unique voice has led to an international fan base. His fans tend to feel more like friends as he invites people into his personal life through his songwriting and answers all emails and comments personally. Because of this, this group of people will make special travel arrangements just to hear him play and raise a glass with him.

Prior to creating a full time career within the music industry, Eric worked in the customer service arena with Northwest Airlines; this and working with various venues/bars/restaurants from the stage view, has given him the opportunity to experience from the inside just how important customer service is. He also served as a hands-on consultant for Bahama Breeze Restaurants in developing their music offerings nationwide.

Kim Hess-Stone, Eric’s wife is a yoga instructor and author. She uses her yoga teachings and practice to connect with others, inspiring them to trust in themselves and to find the passion and commitment that is their nature, not only on the mat, but also in the world. She is a self published author and creator of Yoga OnboardTM  book and DVD, writer/artist of Yoga Nidra~waves of change CD, and creator of the Pirate YogiTM  clothing line.

Kim began working in the service industry when she was twelve years old, beginning as a dishwasher and working her way thru the ranks as state labor laws permitted. She has used this knowledge and experience throughout her years during transitional periods of her life. The birth of a new restaurant is not a new concept for Kim as she worked closely with a friend of hers in her hometown of McCall, Idaho, conceptualizing an idea for a wine bar and gourmet deli and taking it to fruition, before relocating to Miami Beach. Bistro 45 is now one of the most popular restaurants for tourists and locals in McCall.

Eric & Kim, both being of the creative entrepreneurial mind, are the perfect combination to fulfill the necessary steps needed to create, implement and maintain a healthy, successful business. Having seen businesses thrive or go under in tourist locations, they both understand the importance of exceptional and consistent products and service. Together they have a vision to restore Dockside to its glory. Their vision includes adding a tiki hut, built exclusively by the Seminoles, adding tiki and island décor, a tasteful blend of every tropical location ever dreamt about including the Florida Keys.

Dockside Tropical Cafe’: a “Key’s dock bar” with a mix of tiki themes and island dreams; maintaining the community experience while upgrading its look, product and service.



It is our mission to offer the community of Marathon, Florida, the heart of the Florida Keys: it’s locals, tourists and community of cruisers, a music venue that offers quality entertainment seven nights a week. As a foundation for this venue, we will offer a simple yet complete lunch and dinner menu featuring Key’s favorites and healthy alternatives.  A full service bar will include specialty drinks straight from the islands as well as a tasteful beer and wine list. The gift shop will offer signature logo apparel and gear as well as other top selling items.  Through our commitment to quality service, food and music, this establishment will soon become a “must do” for anyone visiting The Florida Keys.

A long standing Sunday Jam and an optional entertainment evening on Monday’s (Movie Monday or other special events) will compliment the line up of talented local and regional singer/songwriters we will be bringing to our stage in addition to our house band, The Eric Stone Band.

The gift shop (Harley & Marley’s Treasure Chest) will offer signature logo apparel and gear along with Eric Stone MusicTM*, Pirate YogiTM*, Cruising OutpostTM*, Living Like a PirateTM* and Chix FishTM* apparel and gear (*including but not limited too). The gift shop will also be a part time home to Harley and Marley, the couple’s two macaws. Harley and Marley will also have their own signature apparel and gear and there will be opportunity to take photos with the birds, a significant attraction to families and tourists visiting The Keys.

Branding Our Vision

With an international following, during the years he spent playing five nights a week at an island bar in the British Virgin Islands, he “packed the house every night”, said Charles Tobias, owner Pussers Marina Cay.  Each time he has played anywhere in Marathon in the past, he also has packed the house, even during off-season; he books a gig, word spreads, and the venue fills up. We will use this as a foundation for creating a premier music venue in South Florida. With Eric’s following and connections within the music industry, bringing in top name musicians in addition to his own shows will give patrons a wide variety of quality music.

We intend to provide exceptional, personalized service, which will be the crucial factor in building and protecting Dockside’s brand within the community.  All staff will be trained and monitored, insuring the highest quality service. We intend to handle customer concerns and issues with a customer oriented focus and the intent of providing timely resolution and preventing the loss of customers.

All products offered at Dockside Tropical Café will promote The Keys’ lifestyle.  These will include its food, drinks, music and products.  Having spent several years living in the Virgin Islands and the Florida Keys, bringing island food and drink choices to our menu will be a natural choice. Our kitchen will have professional, qualified personnel that will provide the highest quality menu items. A line of signature logo apparel and gear will be offered further promoting the branding of the Business.

Due to the waterfront location and the uniqueness of having Eric Stone as one of the owners, in addition to being the only waterfront restaurant/music venue with a full bar on Boot Key Harbor, we will have limited competition.  Promoting Dockside Tropical Café as a premier music venue in South Florida will only add to its uniqueness and draw in tourists specifically for nightly music and special events.

Who knows? Dockside Tropical Café, Marathon may be the first of many!   I WANT IN!

How Are We Going to Do This?

  • Remove current roof canopy and replace with Tiki Hut roofing
  • Relocate & upgrade kitchen with herb garden
  • Upgrade stage and sound system to attract quality musicians
  • Add gift store (Harley & Marley’s Treasure Chest)
  • Paint/redecorate with island, tiki theme
  • Redesign dining/bar areas
  • Solid marketing campaigns
  • Training & ongoing support for staff to insure quality service & consistantancy in menu selections
  • Free Wifi for customers
  • Live webcast of music performances on internet and in-house tvs
  • Special events:

o Cruising Outpost seminar weekends
o Weekend/Week long music festivals
o Morning community health classes: yoga, fitness, tai chi etc.
o Other community events

  • New dinghy docks to accommodate mooring field
  • Offer water sports rentals (kayaks, SUPs)

In Order to Do This We Need Your Help!

We have put together a rewards structure that will enable you to feel good about contributing to our project! Your presence will be included in our venue! Everyone, and we mean everyone will be recognized in a special place in the venue, acknowledging your kindness and belief in our vision. In addition to this, depending on your pledge you will receive:


A thank you postcard from the beautiful Florida Keys signed by Eric & Kim Stone
PLUS digital download of Eric’s unreleased Dockside theme song:

“Rock The Dock”

A personal thank you postcard signed by Eric & Kim
PLUS Dockside Tropical Cafe charter crew t-shirt
PLUS digital download of Eric’s unreleased Dockside theme song:

“Rock The Dock”

Dockside Tropical Cafe’ charter crew t-shirt
Digital download of Eric’s unreleased Dockside theme song: “Rock The Dock”
PLUS Eric Stone’s complete CD collection (digital download)
PLUS Recognition on “wall of fame” as charter crew

Everything at the $100 Level
PLUS “Crew Card” – 5% off up to 4 people for life*
PLUS $200 bar tab*
*Crew Cards and bar tabs to be used with no other offers, limited to $200 per day

Everything at $100 Level
PLUS “Crew Card” – 10% off up to 4 people for life*
PLUS $400 bar tab*
*Crew Cards and bar tabs to be used with no other offers, limited to $200 per day

Everything at $100 Level
PLUS “Crew Card” – 15% off up to 4 people for life
PLUS $800 bar tab
*Crew Cards and bar tabs to be used with no other offers, limited to $200 per day

Everything at $100 Level
PLUS “Crew Card” – 20% off up to 4 people for life*
PLUS $2,000 bar tab*
PLUS Personalized Tiki Bar Stool (business or personal)
*Crew Cards and bar tabs to be used with no other offers, limited to $200 per day

Everything at $100 Level
“Crew Card” – 20% off up to 4 people for life*
PLUS $4,000 bar tab*
PLUS Personalized restaurant table (business or personal)
*Crew Cards and bar tabs to be used with no other offers, limited to $200 per day

Everything at $100 Level
“Crew Card” – 20% off up to 4 people for life*
PLUS $8,000 bar tab*
PLUS We will name a specialty drink after you!
PLUS Personalized “front row seating” (business or personal)
(front row seating = 2 seats/cocktail table around dance floor)
*Crew Cards and bar tabs to be used with no other offers, limited to $200 per day


It just takes “a click” to help make our dream a reality!

Eric Stone Duo


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Rock the Dock Summer Tour 2013 T-Shirts

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