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The Evolving Destin Scene

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Over the past week, Sunshine Cindy and I have been out and about a little. One night we went to the original La Famiglia Restaurant in Destin. This is the place close to the Red Door Saloon. We love the atmosphere in the place. It kind of feels like my old Italian family home we would visit on Sunday. As always the food was fantastic. We did learn they are closing this location and will relocate to the old Hard Rock location in the Destin Commons in March. That makes sense as they have a second restaurant just down the road above Crab Island Cantina. We wish them well in their move.

We also visited World of Beer again which is also in the Commons. Just like our first visit, the place was packed. Sunshine Cindy and I shared a Ahi Tuna appetizer. It was really good. I think I was the only person in the place drinking beer out of a can. I wanted Abita Amber and they only had some Mardi Gras promotional cans left but they were just $3 each so I was happy.

Another stop we made was at Uncle Bucks which is right across from World of Beer. Scott was behind the bar again. He remembered us from the last time we stopped in. John was also working the bar. John used to be the GM of The Block for many years. He told us a bunch of stories about some of the country music stars they had play there. He said they tried hard to get Willie Nelson to play there even meeting his tour bus at a truck stop and giving him a case of Jack Daniels but it was not enough to sway Willie to come to Fort Walton Beach to play.

Brian at Landshark Pizza was doing a special Rib Eye Steak special on Saturday. Like our friend Eric Stone said, “Having steak at a pizza place is like having sushi at a bait and tackle shop.” It does sound weird but the steaks were very good. Brian was also smoking chicken wings. They looked great but I was stuffed already. Hopefully he will smoke some more wings again soon.



Last week the American Legion in Destin had a special fundraiser. They had Kevin Black (Clint Black’s brother) playing. He was really good. A big crowd was there and a lot of money was raised for some of the local Veteran’s hospitals and services. The Legion is the home of many of our vets and they can use your support. Stop in sometime and help keep the Legion going strong.

After the show Julie, Loujean, Jan, Sunshine Cindy and myself all stopped at Hooters for some dinner. It was late and the place was nearly empty but we had a good time like we always do. I tried their chili and it was actually very good.

Speaking of chili…This coming Saturday is the Emerald Coast Parrot Head Clubs Chili Cook-Off in Harborwalk Village. Up to 20 different restaurants and individuals will be competing for the title of best chili in Destin. You can taste test the chili with an armband that is $10 per person pre-sale or $15 at the event. All proceeds will benefit Horizons and Relay for Life.



As the cook-off winds down on Saturday, Jerry Diaz and Hanna’s Reef will be playing at Crab Island Cantina from 3-7 pm. Jerry and the band is an award winning Trop Rock band from Texas. There is no cover charge and everyone is welcome to party with band.

Spring break is now starting. The next couple of weeks we will have a transition from snowbirds to young party animals. The authorities have been cracking down on the rowdiness as they don’t want this area to become like Panama City Beach. We want everyone to come and have a good time but to respect our beaches and town.

Have a great week. See ya next Monday!!!

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-evolving-destin-scene.html

Out and about in Destin

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Destin continues to be busy for our so-called off season. It looks like Destin is really becoming a year round destination. We even heard Destin mention on Good Morning America the other day. I guess the secret is out.

Friday night Sunshine Cindy and I went to Panama City Beach to party with our Parrot Head friends over there. Jeff and the Camaro’s were having a CD release party. Steve and Dottie also went from our club to party with our friends in PCB. No one knew we were coming so it was a surprise. We had a blast. Driving over traffic was heavy taking us over an hour to get there. Then coming home we made it in 45 minutes. Much easier!

I hope everyone had a nice Valentine’s Day. Personally I don’t think you need to show the love of your life that you love them only once a year. You should do it every day. But I know, if we did that the Hallmark’s and candy companies would not make any money!

We went to Niceville to visit with her parents. We all went to a late lunch at The Boathouse in Val-P. It was a nice time. When we headed back across the Mid-Bay bridge we were amazed at the amount of traffic heading north. It was a steady stream. In Destin we stopped at TGI-Friday’s for a nightcap. There was a line waiting for tables. I don’t know but I can think of a few better places for a romantic dinner. lol  Friday’s has been going downhill recently. But they did have some new bartenders who were hustling making sure everyone was taken care of. That’s a good first step.

Sunday Funday saw Sunshine Cindy and I down on the harbor. I had a chance to talk to Carlos about our upcoming Trop Rock music at the Cantina. We are working on getting a schedule together. Sunshine Cindy and I listened to Flash Flood perform on the big stage then walked down and talked to Matt at his charter booth. We kept going heading to the Boathouse. On the way we saw and talked to Jonelle. She also books charters for some of the boats.

At The Boathouse we ran into a bunch of friends including some folks from Louisiana who we had not seen since the fall. They were back in town for a few days. I also ran into some guys that I work with. Everyone was having a good time. The Boathouse was packed. After Kelly Byrd finished playing we went up to the Red Door Saloon. We hung out there for a while then tried to get in to see Rusty at The Boathouse. The snowbirds had the placed packed. We didn’t want to sit outside so we took off.

We made a stop at Landshark Pizza for some food. They had a decent crowd in there. Hailey and Ryan were working and they were training a new girl, Liz. We got some food and headed home to call it a night.

I know most of the country is in the deep freeze. It’s colder than normal in Destin but not too bad. We are still in the 60’s during the day and will be in the low 40’s at night with a few nights coming up in the 30’s. It’s still better than below zero and tons of snow!

Have a great week. See ya next Monday!

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2015/02/out-and-about-in-destin.html

Changes to my blog schedule

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Nothing ever stays the same and it is true with my blog. As of today, I will be posting the blog once a week. My work load has increased with Crab Island Mambo and the time to put the blog together is one place I am cutting back I’m sorry to say. I will be making some other changes in my Mambo writings too but that will be talked about at a different time.

I will still focus on the things that make Destin a fun place to live and vacation in. I will still give a brief account of some of the activities Sunshine Cindy and I engaged in during the week too. And of course as local places open and close I will mention them too.

My hope is you will still enjoy my once a week musings about Destin. This past weekend we had some folks over to the house and that was fun. Sunday was the Super Bowl at Landshark Pizza. They were selling wings and pizza’s like they were going out of style. Good for them. It rained almost all day Sunday but even with the bad weather they had a good crowd.

Everyone have a great week. See ya next Monday!

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2015/02/changes-to-my-blog-schedule.html

Jamaican Curry Goat Recipe

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Jamaican Curry Goat Recipe

Ingredients

3 lbs Goat meat, chopped in cubes
2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Black pepper
5-6 Tbsp Curry powder
1 large Onion, sliced
4-6 cloves Garlic, minced
1 Scotch bonnet pepper, slice and discard seeds (handle with care)
4 Tbsp Cooking oil
4 cups boiling Water
1 large spring Thyme
1 medium Onion, chopped
3 medium Potatoes, each cut in 3 pieces
1 Tbsp Tomato ketchup

Season Meat
Mix together goat meat, salt, black pepper, 4 Tbsp curry powder, 1 large onion sliced, garlic, Scotch bonnet pepper. Please in the fridge overnight (or at least 5 hours) to marinate.

Method

  1. Remove the sliced onions and scotch bonnet pepper from the bowl of marinated goat meat and set aside.
  2. Heat cooking oil in large saucepan on High. Place goat meat in pan and brown to seal in juices.
  3. Once the meat is browned add thyme and 2 cups of boiling water; cover, lower heat to Medium-Low and simmer for about 1 hour
  4. Chop 1 medium onion and add to pot along with the sliced onion and Scotch bonnet pepper that was set aside earlier
  5. Add 2 cups of boiling water and bring to a boil
  6. Taste and remove Scotch bonnet pepper based on your taste; add more curry powder to taste
  7. Add potatoes and tomato ketchup; simmer on low heat for 1/2 hour, or until the meat is falling off the bone

 

Not much to report…

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It has been a slow week around Destin. Sunshine Cindy and I have not been out this week. We did have some warm days with the temps getting up to 75 yesterday. I wish I could have been out to enjoy it and not stuck at work.

We have heard of a few businesses coming and going. The Puerto Rican restaurant that went into the old Malibu Jack’s on Hwy. 98 a few doors down from Hogs Breath has closed down. I always thought that was too small a place to try and run a restaurant out of. The building is back up for lease but it is pretty high rent for that small a place.

I have heard The Boathouse down on the harbor is taking over Dockside that is right next to The Boathouse. I have not confirmed that and I am not sure what they will do with that place. It is also pretty small.

This past Monday World of Beer opened in the Destin Commons. I saw some pictures from the opening and they had a big crowd there. We will be checking it out soon and I will have a report for everyone.

We don’t have a lot going on this weekend. We will be at our Parrot Head clubs get together on Friday night at Chip’s but nothing else really is planned. I am sure we will come up with something!

Have a great weekend. See ya Monday.

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2015/01/not-much-to-report.html

Gas under $2 in Destin

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We have seen pictures from other parts of the country of gas below $2 and now it has come to Destin. Several stations in town have gas for $1.99 per gallon. Let’s see how low it can go!

Sunshine Cindy and I got out a little this weekend. It started on Thursday. I went to Landshark Pizza in the afternoon for a while. I hung out and had some wings and a few PBR’s. It was relaxing. As I was leaving Brian said he was going to stop in at Beach Liquor to have a few craft beers. They have a small bar area with a dozen craft beers on tap. Each Thursday they have a 2 for 1 happy hour. While we were there a guy from Vermont, Rick, was buying some beer. He stopped by and had a few beers with us. This guy was a trip. I will leave it at that.

Friday Sunshine Cindy and I had a few errands to run. We ended up at Cheeseburger in Paradise for some lunch. The bartender who waited on us had moved to Destin from Helen, GA last summer. We chatted with her as we ate our lunch. We left there and decided to stop at a new place on the gulf called the Surf Hut. This place sits right on the water. It reminded us of places we visit in Panama City Beach. There were great views of the gulf and a nice vibe to the place. We were pleasantly surprised to see our old friend Glen (Jager) behind the bar. We had not seen him in about a year.

While we were there at about five minutes to four a big group of snowbirds descended on the place. Sunshine Cindy and I asked Jager what was up with that. Well, their happy hour started at 4 and the snowbirds were there to take advantage of it. That was funny seeing them all come in at the same time. We left the Surf Hut and decided to stop at Cuvee Bistro to see if our friend Dominic was working. He was. The last time we saw Dominic was at our wedding. It was good catching up with him.

As we headed home we decided to make one final stop at Chip’s. Brian, Glen and Bruce were there so we joined them. The guys like to smoke cigars. At one point Sunshine Cindy went up to Bruce to talk to him. As she did, Bruce’s cigar flamed up. We told him she made him spontaneously combust. He needed to be careful around her!

Saturday was a lazy day for us. We did get out to the Olive Garden for lunch. But that was about it. We spent the rest of the just relaxing around the house. Sunday we went to Landshark to watch the Packers game. Landshark is the local Packer fan headquarters. The place was packed. We had fun but the Pack lost it in the end. All the fans were bummed.

One final public service announcement….the Okaloosa County cops now have laser radar guns. There are a whole lot harder to avoid. They have been set up the last few mornings on Hwy. 98 using the laser gun to find speeders.

Have a great week. See ya Thursday

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2015/01/gas-under-2-in-destin.html

Buckeye’s Number One!!!

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Monday night was a fun time for us. Sunshine Cindy and I went to Anglers on the island. We were meeting up with some friends. Mike Nash and his girlfriend Melissa were coming through town and wanted to get together for dinner. Wayne, Kenny, Tommy and Faye all came out too. We had a big table right in front of a big screen TV where we could watch the football game. We had a great time catching up with Mike and Melissa. It looks like Mike and his band, Southern Drawl Band will be back in Destin in the spring. We can’t wait.

When halftime rolled around we all headed out. Sunshine Cindy and I went home as I had to work the next day. We were able to watch the balance of the game from home. Ohio State really played well and are now the National Champs. Way to go Bucks!

The rest of the week I worked on publishing the Crab Island Mambo Mullet Wrapper. You can read the January edition here: http://www.crabislandmambo.com/Mullet-Wrapper-January-2015-edition.html

Destin continues to have cloudy, rainy and warm days. We have hardly seen the sun this year. Summer can’t get here quick enough.

The city is talking about annexing Crab Island. The city annexing Crab Island would be a big boondoggle and another waste of taxpayer money. I agree there needs to be something done but this won’t solve anything. I can see the city “giving” someone like Peter Boz development rights or some crazy thing like that. Get a few more marine patrols and that would help. Besides everyone knows where the “family” area is and where the “party” crowd area is. This council is trying to legislate morality like their spending over 2 million dollars to buy out the strip club and now thinking of shutting down the bars at midnight. It’s time they realize this is not Destin of 20 years ago and to use our taxpayer money on things to make us safe like more sheriff patrols on the harbor and a pedestrian bridge over 98 . Okay, I am done. LOL

Don’t forget we are accepting registrations for the “21St Annual Phlocking of the Phaithful” Trop Rock music festival in Put in Bay, Ohio next June. Don’t be left out of all the fun! You can get all the information and get registered right here: http://www.crabislandmambo.com/Crab-Island-Mambo-presents-Phlocking-of-the-Phaithful.html

Have a great weekend. See ya Monday!

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2015/01/buckeyes-number-one.html

The Snowbirds are back in Destin

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Yep, it’s that time of the year again. The Snowbirds have descended upon Destin for the winter. They are here in full force. We make jokes about them stealing all the sweet and low from the restaurants but they do bring in a lot of money to the local economy this time of the year. Sunshine Cindy and I have met many fine Snowbirds. We are glad they are back. But I can make fun of them. Here is a Brent Burns joke:

“This time of the year if a car with Michigan plates passes you….It’s stolen!”

Sunshine Cindy and I got out a little this weekend. Friday night was a Parrot Head meeting at Harry T’s. It was a fun time. Flash Flood duo played. Tim and Rusty did a good job having the crowd up and dancing. This was Sunshine Cindy’s first meeting since getting out of the hospital. Everyone was glad to see her.

We then went to the Legion for some Karaoke. There was a big crowd at the Legion. That surprised us as all other places around town were dead. We hung out for a good while talking to Steve, Dottie, Capt John and Julie. As the music was winding down we headed home so I could get my beauty sleep. LOL

Saturday we went to Julies for a party. We were celebrating her birthday which is in a few days. It was a good time with everyone bringing some food and we played “Left, Right, Center” game. Sunshine Cindy actually won one of the games. It was a fun night with good friends.

Sunday we went to Brick and Spoon where we met up with Larry and Brodie. The place was packed with mostly Snowbirds. The kitchen was way behind. We had some drinks and had a chance to catch up with Larry and Brodie. We decided against ordering any food due to the wait. If they keep getting that many folks for brunch they will need to ramp up the help.

We left and decided to go to Landshark Pizza to catch the second half of the Packers/Cowboys football game. With Landshark being Packer headquarters in Destin we knew the place would be packed and it was. We found a place to stand next to Glen. We had a bunch of friends in watching the game. John, Deb, Mike, Cindy, Blake, Rusty, Jim, Barb….you get the idea. It was a good game that swung on a controversial call that went the Packers way. The Packer fans love it. When the Packers won one guy went outside, picked up the big Packer flag and ran around the parking lot. It was a fun atmosphere.

When that game was done we were able to get a table to watch the second game. Alan, Jackie and Julie all came and joined us. Mike and Cindy stayed for the game as Cindy is a big Bronco’s fan. We ordered some pizza’s and drank a few beers. The game was good even though the Bronco’s lost making Cindy sad. We went home after the game to get ready for the upcoming week.

Have a great week. See ya Thursday!

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-snowbirds-are-back-in-destin.html

The Snowbirds are back in Destin

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Yep, it’s that time of the year again. The Snowbirds have descended upon Destin for the winter. They are here in full force. We make jokes about them stealing all the sweet and low from the restaurants but they do bring in a lot of money to the local economy this time of the year. Sunshine Cindy and I have met many fine Snowbirds. We are glad they are back. But I can make fun of them. Here is a Brent Burns joke:

“This time of the year if a car with Michigan plates passes you….It’s stolen!”

Sunshine Cindy and I got out a little this weekend. Friday night was a Parrot Head meeting at Harry T’s. It was a fun time. Flash Flood duo played. Tim and Rusty did a good job having the crowd up and dancing. This was Sunshine Cindy’s first meeting since getting out of the hospital. Everyone was glad to see her.

We then went to the Legion for some Karaoke. There was a big crowd at the Legion. That surprised us as all other places around town were dead. We hung out for a good while talking to Steve, Dottie, Capt John and Julie. As the music was winding down we headed home so I could get my beauty sleep. LOL

Saturday we went to Julies for a party. We were celebrating her birthday which is in a few days. It was a good time with everyone bringing some food and we played “Left, Right, Center” game. Sunshine Cindy actually won one of the games. It was a fun night with good friends.

Sunday we went to Brick and Spoon where we met up with Larry and Brodie. The place was packed with mostly Snowbirds. The kitchen was way behind. We had some drinks and had a chance to catch up with Larry and Brodie. We decided against ordering any food due to the wait. If they keep getting that many folks for brunch they will need to ramp up the help.

We left and decided to go to Landshark Pizza to catch the second half of the Packers/Cowboys football game. With Landshark being Packer headquarters in Destin we knew the place would be packed and it was. We found a place to stand next to Glen. We had a bunch of friends in watching the game. John, Deb, Mike, Cindy, Blake, Rusty, Jim, Barb….you get the idea. It was a good game that swung on a controversial call that went the Packers way. The Packer fans love it. When the Packers won one guy went outside, picked up the big Packer flag and ran around the parking lot. It was a fun atmosphere.

When that game was done we were able to get a table to watch the second game. Alan, Jackie and Julie all came and joined us. Mike and Cindy stayed for the game as Cindy is a big Bronco’s fan. We ordered some pizza’s and drank a few beers. The game was good even though the Bronco’s lost making Cindy sad. We went home after the game to get ready for the upcoming week.

Have a great week. See ya Thursday!

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-snowbirds-are-back-in-destin.html

Brrrrr

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It was 23 degrees in Destin this morning. The wind was blowing. At least the sun is out and it warmed into the mid 40’s today. I am over winter. Bring back the heat and humidity of summer!

The big news around town this week is the city council thinking about closing the bars at midnight. Currently bars can stay open till 4 am. The city manager quoted some statistics about the number of calls for police assistance increases from 2-4 am and it mostly represents locals and not tourist. The report said the harbor district is where most of the calls come from.

So let’s see…we have a district with bars and clubs in a growing city and they are surprised that the number of calls have increased. Maybe if there was some patrols in the harbor this might change. Sunshine Cindy and I are frequently on the harbor and we have NEVER seen cops down there unless there was a disturbance then they come and go quickly. The harbor district is now a small city. This is different from just two years ago. With more people and yes, alcohol drinking taking place you will get more calls. That is just a fact of life.

If they close down the bars at midnight you might as well kiss the revitalization of the harbor goodbye. Let the bums have it like they used to. You will be taking money from the people who work there and from the establishments who have invested in that area. Is the harbor perfect now? No. Can there be improvements in the area. Of course but this is a tourist town and you don’t start to limit the activities of the tourist or locals. This will be interesting to see what happens but they need to leave the hours alone. Okay, I am off my soap box. LOL

Sunshine Cindy and I have been taking it easy this week. We went to her parents house for dinner Tuesday night. Tiffany went back to Atlanta after spending the holidays with us. The house is quiet again. That has been about it.

Enjoy your weekend. We will be with the ECPHC at Harry T’s. And yes, it’s on the harbor! See ya Monday!

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2015/01/brrrrr.html

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