A Perfect, Warm, night for a Christmas Boat Show!

It doesn’t get much better than this! A clear, warm night in Apollo Beach, Fl., watching the Christmas-decorated boats show off their creativity. Crowds gathered to join in the fun. If you plan to go next year, I would definitely suggest going early as we did. We sat on the outside terrace and enjoyed the view, food and a few cocktails with friends.

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Christmas Boat Show at Circles, Apollo Beach, Fl

Cooper’s Hawk Winery, Tampa, Fl.

Cooper's Hawk Winery, Tampa2Visit Cooper’s Hawk Winery in Tampa, Fl. and find an array of wines to fit anyone’s pallet. The wines are amazing, service is impeccable, food is fantastic, and prices are reasonable!

A great way to spend an evening whether meeting new friends at the wine bar or having a delicious meal in the dining room.

When I was there, I tried the ‘flight’ which was a wonderful way of tasting different types of wine and then deciding which one I liked the best. I also joined their Wine Club which is designed to help explore, share and pair wines with remarkable food. Each month you have the option of picking up your favorite bottle of wine or having it shipped directly to your door! How easy is that!

Cooper's Hawk Winery, Tampa

 

 

Announcing Another Way I can help you!

With all the fun things to do here in the sunshine state, I decided to go back into the Real Estate field to help those who share my passion for – “Living Life To The Fullest” – find a home and enjoy the relaxing lifestyle!

I recently joined Keller Williams Realty, South Shore in Apollo Beach, Fl., to do just that!  What better way to share my enthusiasm for living in Florida than telling everyone I know and meet.

If you are ready to enjoy life, with no stress, and just have fun, call me or email and I will definitely help you find the best home for you!

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Pat McLaughlin, Realtor(R)

Keller Williams Realty South Shore

Ofc: 813-641-8300

My Cell: 410-991-7110

Serving the South Tampa areas

 

 

 

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.

“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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While “Out and About” shopping we stopped by Carmel Kitchen-Café and Wine Bar for a ‘Modern Mediterranean’ lunch….

20171114_1329422110996598.jpgA shopping day in the University Town Center in Sarasota, Fl. with a good friend led to a little eatery called the Carmel Kitchen, Café and Wine Bar. A great way to relax and catch up. And, did I mention the drink special was a Spiced Pear Martini. Perfect for Fall and a holiday shopping treat!  We tried the Lobster and Shrimp flatbread and it was amazing! If you want to soak up the warm weather here in Florida while you enjoy your lunch, they have outside seating, too.

This was definitely a ‘great find’ while we were “Out and About”! 

Location: 8433 Cooper Creek Blvd., Sarasota, Fl.

 

 

 

A Great Dining Experience!

Come to Michael’s on East in Sarasota, Florida if you are looking for an upscale, dining experience for a special occasion. Last night we celebrated our friend Sue’s birthday with an amazing dinner. Service is excellent and the food, well let’s just say fabulous!  You will find monthly wine tastings and extravagant five-course wine dinners at Michael’s on East. They have been in business for 30 years and take fine-dining to another level.   Located: 1212 S East Ave, Sarasota, Florida  34239