Blu Mangrove

20180223_113317The 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.

20180223_114845A 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.

20180223_114850Add 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.

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Mr. & Mrs. Crab

Mr.Mrs.Crab,BradentonIf 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.  low country boil

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.

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Mr. & Mrs. Crab, 497 Cortez Blvd. Bradenton, Fl.

“Be Wined, Dined & Dazzled” says The Capital Grille in Sarasota

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!

logo_capitalgrilleFrom 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…

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Sales Agents Wanted

My Florida Dreams is seeking Sales Agents to help expand their business. If you would like to work from home, be your own boss, and have control over your work schedule send your name and contact info to me at pat@outandaboutwithpat.com.

In-house training and mentoring provided. You do not need a Real Estate license because you are not selling property, you are only selling the homes. Selling homes in leased-land parks is along the lines of selling cars, Tv’s and boats. Call Or text me on 410-991-7110 Or email me for more details.

Pat McLaughlin

“Pinchers” Crab Shack

20180208_115619277211571.jpgEAT CRAB GET PINCHED at Pinchers Crab Shack in Lakewood Ranch. This is not the typical crab shack with picnic tables and crabs by the dozen sprawled across the table. Pinchers takes a different approach, by selling a single crab for $7.00 each,    6 for $37.00 or 12 for $70.00! Growing up in Maryland, I don’t think I ever saw an option on the menu to buy a ‘single’ crab. Instead, I opted for a few appetizers to get my crab ‘fix’. The Crab Rangoon was fantastic; Seared Ahi Tuna was wonderful; and the Crab Dip was divine. All three apps for less than a dozen crabs!  If you care to take some seafood home with you, they also have a seafood market.

It was a warm day so we sat outside and enjoyed the sunny weather.  20180208_115642875224453.jpgIt was a great afternoon and we will definitely be back.

 

 

 

 

Skullywag Pub Crawl 2018

fb_img_1517763583506172870650.jpgA Big THANK YOU to the Anna Maria Island Privateers for a fantastic journey through town stopping at 4 pubs for the pirates to invade!! The Privateers crew and 30 new and old friends got together on the Skullywag Saturday for a fantastic day! The funds collected went to a worthy cause supporting college students and the ‘pirates’ had a wonderful journey! A smaller version of the Gasparilla!

All dressed as pirates and wenches we boarded the Skullywag. Lots of laughs and fun for all.

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Peace River Seafood/Fisherman’s Village

20180130_1241181389736293.jpgFive friends on an adventure for the day is what we were yesterday heading to Punta Gorda. Two of us are originally from Maryland, so we were ready for some Steamed Blue Crabs, Maryland style! And we definitely found them at Peace River Seafood on Rte 17 just outside the town of Punta Gorda. If you want fresh fish, shrimp and crabs stop in their Seafood Market and take some home! After filling up on crabs, corn and potatoes, we headed off to Fisherman’s Village. Loads of shopping, laughing, live music in the courtyard and ending our day with an adult beverage at Smuggler’s (located at the end of Fisherman’s Village on the Port Charlotte Bay). A wonderful and memorable day with lots of fun!

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Port Charlotte Bay from Smuggler’s at Fisherman’s Village
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Peace River Seafood, no frills, Old Florida Style, Best Steamed Crabs!