Black Tot Day – Drunken Sailor

Black Tot Day (July 31, 1970) is the name given to the last day on which the Royal Navy issued sailors with a daily rum ration (the daily tot).

In the 17th century the daily drink ration for English sailors was a gallon of beer. Due to the difficulty in storing the large quantities of liquid that this required in 1655 a half pint of rum was made equivalent and became preferred to beer. Over time drunkenness on board naval vessels increasingly became a problem and the ration was formalised in naval regulations by Admiral Edward Vernon in 1740 and ordered to be mixed with water in a 4:1 water to rum ratio and split into two servings per day.[1]

In the 19th century there was a change in the attitude towards alcohol due to continued discipline problem in the navy and in 1824 the size of the tot was halved to a quarter pint in an effort to improve the situation. In 1850 the Admiralty’s Grog Committee, convened to look into the issues surrounding the rum ration, recommended that it be eliminated completely. However rather than ending it the navy further halved it to an eighth of a pint per day, eliminating the evening serving of the ration. This led to the ending of the ration for officers in 1881 and warrant officers in 1918.

On December 17, 1969 the Admiralty Board issued a written answer to a question from the MP for Woolwich East, Christopher Mayhew saying “The Admiralty Board concludes that the rum issue is no longer compatible with the high standards of efficiency required now that the individual’s tasks in ships are concerned with complex, and often delicate, machinery and systems on the correct functioning of which people’s lives may depend”. This led to a debate in the House of Commons on the evening of January 28, 1970, now referred to as the ‘Great Rum Debate’, started by James Wellbeloved, MP for Erith and Crayford, who believed that the ration should not be removed. The debate lasted an hour and 15 minutes and closed at 10:29pm with a decision that the rum ration was no longer appropriate.

July 31, 1970 was the final day of the rum ration and it was poured as usual at 6 bells in the forenoon watch (11am) after the pipe of ‘up spirits’. Some sailors wore black armbands, tots were ‘buried at sea’ and in one navy training camp there was a mock funeral procession complete with black coffin and accompanying drummers and piper. The move was not popular with the ratings despite an extra can of beer being added to the daily rations in compensation.

A special stamp issued, available from Portsmouth General Post Office, with the slogan “Last Issue of Rum in the Royal Navy July 31, 1970″.

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What is a House Concert?

 

What is a House Concert?

This is the definition provided by www.concertsinyourhome.com

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It’s an invitation-only concert in someone’s home, presented by a host who does
not profit from the event.

Also, house concerts are usually…

  • held indoors and on weekends
  • attended by 20-50 people
  • paid for by a $10-20 donation per guest (for the performer)
  • known to include light snacks, beverages or a pot-luck dinner
  • attended by the host’s friends, neighbors, co-workers, and maybe a few fans of the artist
  • attended by a 25-60 age group
  • performed by solo, duos and small groups
  • performed with little to no amplification
  • very intimate – the audiences sit close and are attentive
  • performed in 2, 40-minute sets with a 20 minute break
  • stronger for artist’s merchandise sales than traditional venues
  • booked with and without a financial guarantees (can vary by host and by artist)
  • known to house and feed the artist for the night

Although house concerts will adhere to most of these traditions, you may not find
any house concerts that run exactly according to the list above. Each house
concert is a collaboration between an artist, a host/presenter, and their friends
and supporters.

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Happy Birthday Ernest Hemingway – The Legend

It was on the advice of John Dos Passos, a fellow member of the “Lost Generation” of ex patriate artists and writers populating Paris during the 1920s, that Hemingway was first prompted to visit Key West. Hemingway did not go directly to South Florida from Paris, but rather arrived through Havana, Cuba—a city and country that would prove to be critically important in Hemingway’s later personal and professional life. Upon his arrival in Key West in April 1928, the first order of business was to locate the new Ford Roadster that Pauline Hemingway’s wealthy Uncle Gus had so generously purchased for the newlywed couple. Because the car had been delayed in transit, the Ford dealership insisted that they take up residence in an apartment located above the showroom on Simonton Street. Ernest and Pauline accepted the offer, and he resumed work on a war story he had started on the ocean passage to Key West. Hemingway continued his Paris habits of writing during the early mornings, and taking time to explore his surroundings in the afternoons. The Hemingways spent three weeks waiting for their car, and it was during this very brief three-week interlude that Ernest—amazingly—finished the partially autobiographical novel about the First World War, “A Farewell To Arms.”

Soon after arrival, Hemingway made the acquaintance of Charles Thompson, who ran the local hardware store. Charles Thompson introduced Hemingway to the exciting world of big game sport fishing, and a long friendship was born. Charles and his wife Lorine entertained the Hemingways at their home on Fleming Street. Lorine Thompson proved to be as friendly and gracious as her husband Charles, and it was during those early days in Key West she and Pauline forged a friendship that would endure for the rest of their lives. Both Ernest and Pauline grew to love Key West and its inhabitants, and soon decided to look for a permanent residence. After two seasons in Key West, Pauline’s Uncle Gus purchased the house on Whitehead Street for them in 1931.

The Hemingway home was built in 1851 in the Spanish Colonial style, and was constructed of native rock hewn from the grounds. The home was in great disrepair when it the Hemingways took ownership, but both Ernest and Pauline could see beyond the rubble and ruin, and appreciated the grand architecture and stateliness of the home. The massive restoration and remodeling they undertook in the early 1930’s turned the home into the National Historical Landmark that thousands of tourists visit and enjoy today.

A unique and extraordinary feature of the grounds is the pool, built in 1937-38, at the staggering cost of $20,000. It was the first in-ground pool in Key West, and the only pool within 100 miles. The exhorbitant construction costs once prompted Hemingway to take a penny from his pocket, press it into the wet cement of the surrounding patio, and announce jokingly, “Here, take the last penny I’ve got!” Tourists are invited to look for the penny, still embedded between flagstones at the north end of the pool.

The Hemingways’ personal touches still abound throughout the house. Many of the unique furnishings are European antiques collected during their stay on the continent. The trophy mounts and skins were souvenirs of the Hemingways’ African safaris and numerous hunting expeditions in the American west. Ernest’s presence can still be felt in his studio where he produced some of his most well-known works. In addition, a very visible and living link to the past are the descendants of Hemingway’s cats. The story goes that Hemingway made the acquaintance of a sea captain who owned an unusual six-toed tomcat, which captured Ernest’s fancy. Upon his departure from Key West, the captain presented the cat to Hemingway. Today many of the numerous cats that inhabit the grounds still possess the unusual six toes.

Ernest’s friends Charles Thompson, Joe Russell (also known as Sloppy Joe), and Capt. Eddie “Bra” Saunders, together with his old Paris friends became known in Key West as “The Mob.” The Mob would go fishing in the Dry Tortugas, Bimini, and Cuba for days and weeks at a time in pursuit of giant tuna and marlin. Everyone in The Mob had a nickname, and Hemingway was often referred to by his friends and family during this time was “Papa”—it was a moniker that eventually stuck with him throughout his life. Hemingway’s Key West was a town unlike any place he ever experienced. It was filled with interesting people, ranging from well-to-do businessmen and lawyers, to down-on-their-luck fishermen, to shipwreck salvagers. Throughout his career, Hemingway freely used the people and places he encountered in his literary works, and many Key Westers appear as characters in his novel “To Have and Have Not,” a novel about Key West during the Great Depression.

Ernest and Pauline divorced in 1940, Hemingway took up residence in Cuba with his third wife, Martha Gellhorn. He continued to visit Key West during the 40′s and 50′s until death in 1961. Throughout the years, Key West has been home to many writers and artists, but none whose presence and influence is as profound as Ernest Hemingway’s.

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Papa’s Pilar: A Rum for Ernest Hemingway

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.

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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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Patriotic Drinking

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No matter if you’re grilling, relaxing on a beach or watching fireworks tomorrow, the wonderful thing about July 4 is that we each observe the holiday in our own way. But any Independence Day celebration should, of course, include a cocktail: It is, after all, an American invention.

So in keeping with the spirit of the day, we naturally recommend fixing red, white and blue drinks. It may be a bit corny, but we promise these recipes are delicious. Happy Fourth of July!

Red:
When we think of red tipples, summer staple watermelon first comes to mind. So try all-star bartender and Liquor.com advisory board member H. Joseph Ehrmann’s Whatamelon that combines, you guessed it, watermelon with vodkaSt-Germain, mint and white wine.

White:
Starting your festivities early? Whip up the rich Ramos Gin Fizz. The traditional eye-opener was born in New Orleans and, according to legend, was former Louisiana Governor Huey Long’s favorite. It calls for gin, both lemon and lime juices, orange flower water, heavy cream and an egg white.

Blue:
The Diamond Blue might just be the best blue cocktail we’ve ever heard of and was created by top mixologist and Liquor.com contributor Charlotte Voisey. It’s a bubbly mix of Hendrick’s Gin, crème de violette, blue Curaçao and Champagne.

 

Dockside Tropical Cafe – Let the party begin

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.  www.IslandEric.com

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. www.TropicYoga.com

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.

OUR VISION OF THE FUTURE OF DOCKSIDE TROPICAL CAFE’

 

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:

REWARDS
I WANT IN!

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)
ONLY 40 AVAILABLE!
*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)
ONLY 20 AVAILABLE!
*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)
ONLY 5 AVAILABLE!
*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

ROCK THE DOCK SUMMER TOUR 2013

For complete tour schedule go to
IslandEric.com

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A Weekend at Margaritaville Beach Hotel and Landshark Landing

A Weekend at Margaritaville Beach Hotel and Landshark Landing

IMG_2399Mary and I recently spent the weekend at the Margaritaville Beach Hotel in Pensacola Beach, FL. If I were to to tell you that we were amazed, that would be an understatement. We purchased the Romance Package (only $99 extra) and we were welcomed in our room with Champagne, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, and two complimentary Margaritaville etched Champagne flutes. IMG_2297After we settled into our room from a long day of traveling, we headed over to (Round 1) Landshark Landing.  We then tried nearly all of the appetizers that were on the menu. We indulged in Buffalo Wings, Chile Con Queso Nachos (Volcano Chile, Queso Cheese Sauce, Tomatoes, Jalapenos, and Green Onions), and 1/2 Pound of Landshark Shrimp. We probably should have stopped at the mountain of Nachos, but what is the fun in that?

While we were there, we visited with the night’s entertainment, The CalypsoNuts. Mary and I shared several Landsharks (two of which were complimentary of the hotel) with Lynley and Robbie, from The CalypsoNuts discussing Trop Rock and Reggae Music. We went back to our room for a bit while the band set up. Upon our return, The CalypsoNuts were in full swing and managing the crowd quite well. We sat and listened to the energetic beat and style for hours. The CalypsoNuts played several classic covers from their albums “Kiwi” and “Orange”.  Among the playlist were several of our favorites: “Ain’t No Sunshine”, “Could You Be Loved”, “Dreadlock Holiday” and “Kingston Town”  There were several Jimmy Buffett songs thrown in the mix as well.IMG_2519

After an energetic evening of The CalypsoNuts, we retired to our Bay View room. The following morning started out just as good as the previous day. Breakfast in bed from Frank and Lola Love Pensacola Cafe (included with the Romance Package), need I say more? Greeted by Room Service at 8:00am, could not have been more welcoming. I had the Bourbon Street Omelet – Blackened shrimp, crawfish, blue crab, chorizo sausage, peppers, onions, Pepper Jack cheese and sriracha hollandaise sauce. While, Mary had Vanilla Custard French Toast – With fresh strawberries and House Dulce De Leche.

We spent the remainder of the day, basking in the sun on their private beach. The beach was complete StandUp Paddle Boards, Kayaks, Chairs, Umbrellas (not our cup of tea), and many others. IMG_2374

Be sure to check the Landshark Landing calendar before booking your trip. There are definitely some amazing Trop Rock acts that you would not won’t to miss. We missed the Southern Drawl Band by one week. The Teddy Bear of Trop Rock, John Friday, has also played there. Local favorites, Steve and Sandra Youngblood, have also been known to make appearances.

We would recommend a stay at the Margaritaville Beach Hotel over any other if you are traveling to Pensacola Beach, FL. This was, without a doubt, an experience like no other. We have stayed at many of the hotels along Florida’s Northern Gulf Coast, but this one made a lasting impression.

Until our next adventure, remember to always Trop On!

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Father’s Day Drinks with Dad

Turn images on to get the full picture.While we like having a drink with our Pops all year round, on Father’s Day, he deserves something a bit more special than his standard order. So to help you find that perfect cocktail to fix for him on Sunday, here are three delicious and creative takes on a few dad-approved classics.

If your father is a serious Martini fan, stir him up the Dukes Gin Classic Martini (pictured above), which is served at the Dukes Hotel in London, a regular haunt of James Bond author Ian Fleming.

One of our favorite warm-weather sippers is the Whiskey Smash, which combines bourbon, mint and lemon. (You can watch topSan Francisco bartender Erik Adkins make it in our latest How to Cocktail video.) But we also enjoy Liquor.com advisory board member Julie Reiner’s Sir Hayden’s Smash that calls for eight-year-old Basil Hayden’s Bourbon and adds blackberries and Italian amaro to the formula.

Though nobody knows when the Manhattan was created, it was no doubt an instant success with fathers. But instead of mixing up the traditional three-ingredient recipe, we recommend you try Liquor.com advisory board member Dushan Zaric’s Employees Only Manhattan that features a jigger of citrusy Grand Marnier. We promise your dad won’t be disappointed.

Barefoot Wines – Rags to Riches Story

The Barefoot Spirit is an entertaining rags-to-riches story of American entrepreneurship. Released this week, the paperback has already climbed to the top of the Amazon bestsellers list.

It’s the first-hand tale of California rule breakers Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey, founders of the country’s top-selling wine brand. The couple conceived Barefoot Cellars in 1986, three years after they met in a Santa Rosa blues bar. They sold the business to E&J Gallo in 2005 for an undisclosed price that they say left them “satisfied.”

Barefoot is famous for having rejected winemaking snobbery. Their colorful, plain-English labels marketed wine more like beer—a fun, not stuffy, beverage—with the slogan “get Barefoot and have a great time!” And by leaving the vintage and appellation, or grape harvest year and region, off their labels, the producer was free to blend a taste that was consistent year to year.

Harvey says, “You shouldn’t need a degree in enology or have to be fluent in French to enjoy a glass of wine.” By the time they sold to Gallo, enough shoppers considered Barefoot their “personal house wine” that the company had grown to 40 employees and was selling half a million cases a year.

But the intervening years were not a walk on the beach. Despite having done their homework to develop a product and package that was sure to appeal to their target market—the 37-year-old mom who picked up a magnum along with other kitchen staples at the grocery store—Houlihan and Harvey came up against some big obstacles getting it to them. Those included male industry gatekeepers who didn’t like the foot on the label; stores that complained their price was too high, but accused them of selling cheap wine when they dropped it; and small buyers who wouldn’t stock “unestablished wines,” but later turned them down for being too big.

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5 Best Mother’s Day Gifts

Turn images on to get the full picture.No matter how much you love your mom, Mother’s Day has a way of sneaking up on even the most dedicated of children. But don’t worry; there’s plenty of time to find her a great (and spirited) gift. So check out our present suggestions today and start shopping. Cheers!

Bourbon Barrel Aged Pure Vermont Maple Syrup ($19):
Make your mom’s spring a bit sweeter with this very special maple syrup, which is aged in barrels from Upstate New York’s acclaimed Tuthilltown Spirits. Drizzle it on pancakes and waffles, or fix her a delicious rum-based Maple Old Fashioned.

Nahmias et Fils Mahia ($40):
Over the years, we’ve had liquor made from just about anything and everything. But recently we tried the fig-based mahia, which was a first for us. Historically, the alcohol is a Moroccan specialty (this one is distilled in New York), and the fruit really comes through in the finished product.

Mash Bill Truffle Collection ($26):
Combine two of your mom’s favorites, whiskey and chocolate, in a single present. Give her this aptly named nine-piece set of truffles (pictured above) from renowned chocolatier Vosges. The collection includes Scotch-rye whiskey-bourbon- and chocolate stout-infused delicacies. They’re so good, you may want to order yourself a second box.


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