I had the pleasure of being with Sue & Pete Shields, Owners of S&S Tropical Group Rentals, who made a generous donation to the Anna Maria Privateers. Their donation will help fund scholarships and kid’s organizations.
The Privateers really get in the ‘mood’ dressing in Privateer attire! The “ship” can been seen around the Island for various events. Pub Crawls are a blast! This is a non-profit organization and the crew members go out of their way to make every event fun! You never know when you will see the “Skullywag Ship” driving down the highway, but when you do – Wave!
What better way to see all of Treasure Island than parasailing over it at 400 ft in the air! Make the most of your vacation and do something totally out of the ordinary – Make Memories! Book your experience with Gators Parasail at Johns Pass in Madeira Beach and have the time of your life!
There is So much to see and do in this historic town called Ybor City, Florida! This was my first visit and I plan to go back soon! Take a stroll down 7th Street and you will see many diverse restaurants, eclectic retail stores and residential remodeled homes. You feel as though you are in Key West or New Orleans! This little city is definitely a ‘must see’ on your list of places to visit in Florida!
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Tibby’s is the most ‘fun’ place to enjoy New Orleans culture and food! Along SR60 in Brandon, Florida sits a unique, colorful New Orleans restaurant. From the time you enter you feel like you are actually in New Orleans! The food is great, service wonderful and the pictures and artifacts are straight from New Orleans. Some pieces are salvaged from the destruction by Katrina. These pictures don’t do the restaurant justice. You have to visit to appreciate the décor. Menu includes dishes like Muffaletta spring rolls, Alligator Street Tacos, Rita’s Lemon Chicken, and of course etouffe, shrimp creole with red beans and rice! Yum
Tibby’s is located at 1721 W Brandon Blvd., Brandon, Fl. 33511
The Blu Mangrove is one of my favorite places to sit on the outside patio with friends while enjoying a warm Florida afternoon. The Marina sits on the Manatee River and you can come by land or water, as dockside parking is available. Happy Hour is everyday starting at 11am ’til 6pm.
A favorite appetizer for me is the Ahi Tuna Wonton cups! The wonton cups are filled with seaweed salad, ahi tuna and topped with ginger and wasabi. 3 cups will run about $14.00.
Add an order of Doc’s Fish spread with tortilla chips for $10.00 and you have a meal!
Dinners are a little pricey, however; the presentation and taste are exquisite!
Have fun in the sun in Florida and visit these great hidden gems! Blu Mangrove is located at 102 Riviera Way, Palmetto, Fl. 34221, in the Riviera Dunes Marina.
If you have never been to a seafood ‘boil’ restaurant you might wonder why your food comes out of the kitchen in a bag, and the contents emptied onto a platter at your table…well, that’s just how it’s done! Mr. & Mrs. Crab, on Cortez Blvd in Bradenton offers the true feeling of a low-country-boil with all the seasonings and spice of Louisiana.
If you like spicy, get the hot or even the mild sauce for a ‘bite’. Prices are comparable to other seafood restaurants around the area. An order of 1-cluster of snow crabs (1/2 lb) $12.95, 1/2 lb. scallops $13.95, a couple potatoes, a quarter ear of corn and some hush puppies for $4.95, total cost approximately $30.00. We had a few laughs while trying to eat with all the sauce, but our server promptly supplied us with bibs so the sauce didn’t get all over us! If you don’t like getting messy you can opt for a take out order that consists of 4 blue crabs, sausage, potatoes and corn in the spicy Cajun sauce for $27.99.
Our server was extremely pleasant and the Manager, “Dollar”, was very accommodating. This was definitely a pace I will return.
Mr. & Mrs. Crab, 497 Cortez Blvd. Bradenton, Fl.
Their LOGO says it all! The Capital Grille is a fantastic place to celebrate a special occasion and we did! Not only Valentine’s Day, but yesterday was our Anniversary as well, so we made it very special with great friends and an absolutely wonderful dinner. Their website boasts over 350 labels of wine and I believe it as we passed by the wine when we entered the restaurant!
From the very beginning of our night, Tina our server, made sure we felt special. On our table was confetti to welcome and make things look festive, then Tina brought us an Anniversary card from The Capital Grille. Their specialty is steaks and our steaks were prepared just like each of us had ordered and oh so tender and the cocktails were amazing. At the end of our dinner, we were served a platter with Happy Anniversary written in chocolate and a sampler of several desserts! It was a beautiful night and The Capital Grille “Wined, Dined and Dazzled” us! A little pricey for an every night dinner but for a special occasion THIS is the way to go! A fine dining experience…