Hold the margarita? Lime prices skyrocket nationwide

Lime prices have more than doubled over the last few months following regional violence and a bad harvest in Mexico, the country that provides the majority of the US supply.

The average price of a lime this time last year was 25 cents, but can cost up to 53 cents each depending on the store, according to the US Department of Agriculture.

Mexican states where more than 90 percent of the limes produced for US consumption have been hit by unusually cold weather and flooding, which has affected the harvest. Lime shipments have also been intercepted by drug gangs in the region, Reuters reported.

Mexican restaurants seem to be hit the hardest by the price surge, Reuters reported. For now, some restaurant owners who are feeling the squeeze are either taking lime-ingredient drinks off of their happy hour menu, or substituting with lemons. Some restaurants who used to pay anywhere between $4 to $25 for a case of limes are now having to pay $100 per case.

Aron Espino, a Mexican restaurant owner in Omaha, Nebraska, told the Fox television affiliate KPTM-TV that he’s rationing the few limes he has left. Customers won’t find limes with all meals and on the rim of their water glass like they used to.

“We need to save them for the things we really need to use them for,” like guacamole, Espino told KPTM.

But consumers shouldn’t expect to see an increase in the price of a margarita or other lime-added food or drink at restaurants. Most restaurant owners are swallowing the cost since the price surge is not expected to last, Annika Stensson, spokeswoman for the National Restaurant Association told USA Today.

However, it’s unclear when exactly Americans should expect lime shortage to end. It wouldn’t be too far-fetched to think lime lovers and lime-dependent businesses are hoping for a Cinco de Mayo miracle.

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Stolen Jimmy Buffett Signed Guitar

 

My Father’s house was recently burglarized. Among the nearly $20,000 worth of items that were stolen, one of these items cannot be replaced easily. I am reaching out to the Trop Rock Community, especially the Southeast. His Signed Jimmy Buffett Guitar was stolen.

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This is certificate is all that remains. The thief is believed to be in Coastal Alabama or in the Florida Panhandle areas. If you have any information regarding this, please contact us.

 

 

 

Margaritaville at Universal Orlando debuts new and enhanced menu items

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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Great Sailing Quotes

 

Great Sailing Quotes

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

“There’s no thrill in easy sailing when the skies are clear and blue, there’s no joy in merely doing things which any one can do. But there is some satisfaction that is mighty sweet to take, when you reach a destination that you never thought you’d make” – unknown

I don’t know who named them swells. There’s nothing swell about them. They should have named them awfuls. -Hugo Vihlen

Red sky by morning, sailor take warning. Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. – Anonymous

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it – but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
- Oliver Wendel Holmes

Ships are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made. Robert N. Rose

There is NOTHING–absolutely nothing–half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Kenneth Grahame

Boats, like whiskey, are all good. Culler

A lot of people ask me if I were shipwrecked, and could only have one book, what would it be? I always say ‘How to Build a Boat Stephen Wright

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. William A. Ward

At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much. Robin Lee Graham

I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky. And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by. John Masefield

“The ocean has always been a salve to my soul…the best thing for a cut or abrasion was to go swimming in salt water. Later down the road of life, I made the discovery that salt water was also good for the mental abrasions one inevitably acquires on land.” Jimmy Buffett

“The sea is the same as it has been since before men ever went on it in boats.” - Ernest Hemingway

The lovely thing about cruising is that planning usually turns out to be of little use.
- Dom Degnon

There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea.
- Joseph Conrad

“Cruising has two pleasures. One is to go out in wider waters from a sheltered place. The other is to go into a sheltered place from wider waters.” Howard Bloomfield

Mackerel skies and mares tails, soon will be time to shorten sails. Old sailors proverb.

There is nothing like lying flat on your back on the deck, alone except for the helmsman aft at the wheel, silence except for the lapping of the sea against the side of the ship. At that time you can be equal to Ulysses and brother to him. Errol Flynn

“One of the best temporary cures for pride and affection is seasickness.”
- Henry Wheeler Show

Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Give him a fishing lesson and he’ll sit in a boat drinking beer every weekend. Alex Blackwell

A sailor’s joys are as simple as a child’s. Bernard Moitessier

The days pass happily with me wherever my ship sails. Joshua Slocum

“The sea finds out everything you did wrong.” Francis Stokes

“I start from the premise that no object created by man is as satisfying to his body and soul as a proper sailing yacht.” Arthur Beiser (The Proper Yacht)

“The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective.”
- Henry David Thoreau

“Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit.” Brooks Atkinson

“Not all who wander are lost.” JRR Tolkien

There are three sorts of people; those who are alive, those who are dead, and those who are at sea. – Old Capstan Chantey attributed to Anacharsis, 6th Century BC

The cure for anything is saltwater – sweat, tears, or the sea. Isak Dinesen

The sea hates a coward. Eugene O’Neill

To young men contemplating a voyage I would say go. Joshua Slocum

A tourist remains an outsider throughout his visit; but a sailor is part of the local scene from the moment he arrives. – Anne Davison

“Men in a ship are always looking up, and men ashore are usually looking down.”
- John Masefield

“A small craft in an ocean is, or should be, a benevolent dictatorship.” Tristan Jones

Any fool can carry on, but a wise man knows how to shorten sail in time. Joseph Conrad

It isn’t that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better.” Sir Francis Drake

“He who lets the sea lull him into a sense of security is in very grave danger.”-Hammond Ines

“It’s out there at sea that you are really yourself.” Vito Dumas

“Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk.”- Sir Francis Chichester

“Whenever your preparations for the sea are poor; the sea worms its way in and finds the problems.” Francis Stokes

When a man comes to like a sea life, he is not fit to live on land. Dr. Samuel Johnson

Bad cooking is responsible for more trouble at sea than all other things put together.- Thomas Fleming Day

“To the question, “When were your spirits at the lowest ebb?” the obvious answer seemed to be, “When the gin gave out.” Sir Francis Chichester

“The art of the sailor is to leave nothing to chance.” Annie Van De Wiele

Being hove to in a long gale is the most boring way of being terrified I know.
- Donald Hamilton

He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea. Thomas Fuller

Off Cape Horn there are but two kinds of weather, neither one of them a pleasant kind.
- John Masefield

A sailor is an artist whose medium is the wind. Webb Chiles

“There are only two colors to paint a boat, black or white, and only a fool would paint a boat black.” Nathanael G. Herreshoff

“For one thing, I was no longer alone; a man is never alone with the wind-and the boat made three.” Hilaire Belloc

“If you can not arrive in daylight, then stand off well clear, and wait until dawn. After all, that’s one of the things God made boats for- to wait in.” Tristan Jones

“Sailors, with their built in sense of order, service and discipline, should really be running the world.” Nicholas Monsarrat

“Without patience, a sailor I would never be.” Lee Allred

The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigator.- Edmund Gibbon

The chance for mistakes is about equal to the number of crew squared. Ted Turner

“I was born in the breezes, and I had studied the sea as perhaps few men have studied it, neglecting all else.” Joshua Slocum

“When I forget how talented God is, I look to the sea.” Whoopi Goldberg

“If you can’t repair it, maybe it shouldn’t be on board.” Lin and Larry Pardey

“There is little man has made that approaches anything in nature, but a sailing ship does. There is not much man has made that calls to all the best in him, but a sailing ship does.”- Allan Villiers

“The perfection of a yacht’s beauty is that nothing should be there for only beauty’s sake.”
- John MacGregor

“Only two sailors, in my experience, never ran aground. One never left port and the other was an atrocious liar.” Don Bamford

“Out of sight of land the sailor feels safe. It is the beach that worries him.” Charles G. Davis

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The goal is not to sail the boat, but rather to help the boat sail herself.
- John Rousmaniere

Prevention is, as in other aspects of seamanship, better than cure.
- Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

Wind is to us what money is to life on shore. Sterling Hayden

I hate storms, but calms undermine my spirits. Bernard Moitessier

“My experience with engines is that if you depend on them they fail you, but if it just doesn’t matter, they serve you.” Frank Wightman

“Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks” Warren Buffett

“Ships are the nearest thing to dreams that hands have ever made.” Robert N. Rose

“Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.” Syrus Pubilius

The water is the same on both sides of the boat. Finnish Proverb

“The person who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.” Dale Carnegie

“Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat.” – Jean-Paul Sartre

There are three sorts of people; those who are alive, those who are dead, and those who are at sea.

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‘Parrot Heads’ Turn Out for Jimmy Buffett at Belly Up

buffettSAN DIEGO – Thursday evening was a big night at one of San Diego’s oldest and best known clubs. Hundreds of fans packed the Belly Up in Solana Beach to see Jimmy Buffett perform. San Diego 6 went out to talk to some of the “Parrot Heads” who began lining up hours before the concert began.

“We party with a purpose is our motto. It’s just kind of what he stands for, you know helping each other,” said self-described Parrot Head Gail Folsom. Like many of the fans standing in line, Folsom had seen Buffett many times. But never in a place like the Belly Up. Buffett typically sells out stadiums that seat tens of thousands. The Belly Up holds a total of 600 people. “I’m really excited cause this is like the closest I’ll ever be to Jimmy Buffett I think,” Folsom said.

Most of the fans in line already had their tickets to the concert. They were the lucky ones because this concert sold out within a matter of minutes. Still, there were some fans like a couple celebrating their 10th anniversary who were looking for tickets at the last minute. They acknowledged that their chances of getting any were slim. And there were others like David Lippe. He had a ticket, but he gave it to his mother in law, the selfless act of a true Parrot Head. “He got one for me. Is that the kindest thing?” said Karen O’Connor. Lippe laughingly answered saying, “It’s called babysitting for life.”

The Belly Up has been around since 1974 and it’s no stranger to big celebrity appearances. Two years ago, none other than Britain’s Prince Harry stopped in for a drink. But on Thursday night, it was all about Buffett and like other longtime fans who’ve seen him many times, for Joe and Maryann Riccardi, seeing him in a place the size of the Belly Up was a first. “We’ve seen him in a lot of bigger venues, but never in a place this small and this close to our home. So, it’s pretty cool,” said Joe Riccardi.

So, why would Jimmy Buffett play a relatively small venue like the Belly Up? One concert goer told San Diego 6 the answer to that question was simple. He loves his fans.

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

 

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!!

 

 

Update from Coconut Radio

That’s the phrase my daughter uses on me when she wants my attention……Now that I have yours, here’s whats up with Coconut Radio……

Thursday, 10/10/13 Coconut Radio will be at the world famous Lulu’s in Gulf Shores AL. Music starts at 5pm. Fun is already going on….

Friday we will be at the beautiful Compass Rose for CASUAL FRIDAY. first drink is on us!  6pm

Saturday we will be at  Juana’s Pagodas in Navarre Beach. They never run out of beautiful sunsets……5pm start.

Sunday Coconut Radio will be at LJ Schooners for their annual dock party!!!  hit the dock at 4pm!!!

OH YEAH… Coconut Radio (for the second year in a row) has been nominated for “Duo of the Year” by the Trop Rock Music Association!!!! Cast your vote soon and often!

See you on the other side of a margaritta,
Steve and Sue

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

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 bluechairbayrum.com/where-to-buy 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 bettycrocker.com/glutenfree. 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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Drinking and Sailing

Turn images on to get the full picture.For the first time in almost 20 years, the America’s Cup has returned to American shores. All summer long, the world’s fastest sailboats have been competing on San Francisco Bay.

And truly, there’s no better way to watch a boat race than from a comfy seat with a cocktail in hand. Thankfully, the America’s Cup Sports Bar was built just before the contest started. The temporary 12,000-square-foot watering hole has not only a great view of the action but also some amazing drinks created by star local mixologist Scott Beattie.

This week Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge from Italy face off for the right to take on Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team USA in the America’s Cup final. Just in time, we got Beattie to share a trio of his nautical recipes with us.

For a refreshing afternoon or brunch tipple, try the Coastal Pimm’s Cup (pictured above), a spin on the British favorite calling for the earthy St. George Terroir Gin and bubbly ginger beer.

After the sun goes down, fix the Spaniard. This transatlantic version of the Manhattan combines traditional bourbon with Spanish brandy.

If you’re far from the Pacific, you can still catch an ocean breeze from Beattie’s Waterfront Negroni. He adds Bäska Snaps, a Swedish-inspired infusion of caraway and licorice from the makers of Bittermens bitters, to the classic Negroni formula.

No matter which concoction you choose, after a few sips, you’ll have earned your sea legs. Cheers!

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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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