Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar

12/8/20 – 5353 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231, creekseafood.com (941) 925-4444

We began our meal with Steamed Clams we shared. Then he had Blackened fish w/ coleslaw & parsley potatoes. I had sautéed Shrimp & Scallops with parley potatoes & coleslaw. Good service from Victor. Nice ambiance whether you eat inside or outside & good libations also.

Photo of Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar - Sarasota, FL, United States. This is how you know your at the right place. They actually caught a shark this big in the phillipe creek.
Photo of Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar - Sarasota, FL, United States
Steamed Clams
Photo of Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar - Sarasota, FL, United States
Photo of Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar - Sarasota, FL, United States. Sautéed Shrimp & Scallops ($23)
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MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK Sarasota FL 3/2/2021

MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK 13208 State Rd 72, Sarasota, FL 34241 –
(941) 361-6511 myakkariver.org

Q-Tips say: $6.00 per car is the entrance fee for the entire day! What a deal!

THINGS TO DO AT MYAKKA:
A VISITOR CENTER: w/ displays, movies and information. AIR BOAT RIDE/ TRAM TOUR, CONCESSION:, CANOE/ KAYAK/ BIKE – rent or bring your own. CANOPY WALK, GATOR WATCHING, BIRDING, BIRDWALK, NATURE TRAILS, HIKING, NATIVE TREE WALK, FISHING (Fresh water license required), PICNIC (picnic areas w/tables, grills – bring your own or buy charcoal at the concession stores), PLAYGROUNDS, JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM, RANGER PROGRAMS AND SPECIAL EVENTS, OVERNIGHT CAMPING or LOG CABINS – reservations needed).

Mrs. Q says: A GREAT PLACE to spend the day for children of all ages. What fun to see Deer, Alligators, Birds, and listen/ or look for Feral Hogs, and maybe a Bobcat. Bobcats are nocturnal but often rest during the day in trees. Did see a few animals this time and the water level was fine.

Was fun seeing the alligators. Not as fun as when our grown son went walking down a trail alone and found himself with a friend, “an alligator” following him. He decided to turn around and go back to civilization.  🙂

Animals we saw the last visit: Alligators, raccoons in a cage, beautiful birds, and several two legged animals 🙂

WHAT A BEAUTIFUL & FUN PLACE. Go and enjoy! Alligator Entering the Water : Stock PhotoPhoto of Myakka River State Park - Sarasota, FL, United States

Photo of Myakka River State Park - Sarasota, FL, United States

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Canoppy Wakjwat

Canopy Walkway

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Anna Maria Oyster Bar – Landside 2/27/2021

Anna Maria Oyster Bar – Landside | 6906 14th Street West (941) 758-7880   Bradenton.   anna-maria-oyster-bar-landside-bradenton

Q-tips say: Good food/service.  If you have more than 2 people, make a reservation during “snowbird” season.

The Q’s had: One order of raw Oysters to start from Tx. My dinner was Fish & Chips w/ potatoes & Cole Slaw. The other half had Blacken  Salmon with Cole slaw & shared the onion straws.  Everything was good.  They are very very in tune with the cleanliness regards to c-19.  All servers wore masks & they have people cleaning the tables/surfaces immediately when diners leave.

Photo of Anna Maria Oyster Bar - Bradenton, FL, United States. Best lobster bisque EVER

Lobster Bisque Soup

Photo of Anna Maria Oyster Bar - Bradenton, FL, United States. Onion straws appetizer

Onion Straws appetizer

Photo of Anna Maria Oyster Bar - Landside - Bradenton, FL, United States. Best oysters Eva!

Oysters on the 1/2 shell from Tx.

     Photo of Anna Maria Oyster Bar - Bradenton, FL, United States. Nice outside deck

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DESOTO Natl. Park – Bradenton FL 27/2021

DESOTO Natl. Park – 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy, Bradenton, FL 34209, (941) 792-0458    Raised walk through the mangroves. Hours: Mon-Sun 9 am – 5 pm

Q-Tips say: Great park, excellent for kids, of all ages, beautiful marked trails to walk, and there are cardboard cutouts throughout, and sign post explaining the history of Desoto Park. A museum and also a movie explaining the history. They also offer a “special event” when they have people dressed in the costumes and the culture of that period.
Mrs. Q says: Entrance Fee: FREE, FREE is good.
Yes, you may bring your dog, but doggie must be on a leash at all times. Also, a Hugh Monument to remembering the Priests of the period. Dont forget to see the Gumbo Limbo tree – you can’t miss it. It is over 200 years old. The Gumbo Limbo tree is also called Gumbo, the tourist tree, because it get red from the sun and peels. The tree is gone due to a hurricane.

History & Culture – Hernando de Soto was born around 1500 in the Extermadura region of Spain. De Soto was the second born son to a minor country noble or Hidalgo. He would learn in his youth the skills of horsemanship, reading, writing, and armed combat, but due to the laws of inheritance he would have to look outside of his estate for wealth and glory. At the age of 14, Hernando de Soto would leave Extermadura for Seville and enlist in an expedition set for the New World. He would arrive in present day Panama at the colony of Darien founded by his childhood hero Alviar Nunez de Balboa. De Soto would serve Balboa and the governor Pedrarias Davila as soldier of horse, where he would quickly distinguish himself.

Pedrarias named El Furor Domini the scourge of God by his men would quickly strike out and eliminate many of his chief rivals within the colonial government, including Balboa his Son-in-Law. He would wage a brutal conquest over the native people of Central America conquering Panama and Nicaragua. De Soto would carefully navigate the time of political upheaval and executions and would rise to a position of prominence in the colonial government under Pedrarias. De Soto would game wealth and fame due to his partnerships with several men. Entering into a compania or partnership with Hernan Ponce de Leon, and Francisco Companon, De Soto would make a decent fortune ranching horses and trading and shipping Indian slaves.

Cajmarca -Atahualpa’s capture at the battle of Cajamarca.

A Chance for Immortality
In 1530 on a failed expedition into South America, a down on his luck conquistador named Francisco Pizarro stumbled upon evidence of a rich and culturally advanced society in Peru called the Inca. Pizarro would fail in his petition to Pedrarias to lead expedition of conquest into Peru. Pizarro would call on Hernando de Soto and Hernan Ponce de Leon to lend horse cavalry and ships for the expedition as well as influence on Pedrarias to approve the expedition. In exchange for his services, De Soto would be named second-in-command of the expedition and receive a lions share of the spoils of conquest.
The largest obstacle would prove to be De Soto’s old mentor Pedrarias who would stand firm on his decision to not allow the expedition. De Soto would attempt a coup to unseat Pedrarias’s power and would be thrown in prison and possibly executed. Fortunately for De Soto Pedrarias would die in March of 1531, freeing De Soto and Ponce to outfit Pizarro’s expedition. 1532 Pizarro and De Soto would lead 300 soldiers into Peru to conquer an empire of millions. Fortunately for the Spanish the Inca empire was experiencing a bloody civil war between two brothers Atahualpa and Huascar, in which Atahaulpa would win and become the Sapa Inca Emperor. Showing contempt for the Spanish, Atahualpa would meet with Pizarro at the Inca town of Cajamarca. Atahualpa would come un-armed and ultimately be captured by Pizarro in a bloody takeover. Atahaulpa and De Soto would become friends during the Inca Emperors captivity passing time playing chess and teaching him Spanish. Pizarro would offer Atahualpa a chance at freedom for a great ransom in which the Inca Emperor would fill three rooms with gold, silver and precious gems totaling 90 million dollars in today’s money. For his troubles Atahualpa would be tried and executed by Pizarro. De Soto in disagreeing would be sent away to put down a false rebellion during the trial. De Soto would bitterly leave the expedition in 1535 after being denied governorship of Cuzco by Pizarro. He would then travel to Spain and marry Donna Isabella de Bombadilla a daughter of his old mentor Pedrarias. In 1537 Hernando de Soto would meet with the Emperor Charles V and impress him with his tales from the indies. Charles would later approve De Soto’s request to govern and conquer a portion of the New world, a place named La Florida. De Soto would depart Spain in September 1537 to travel to Cuba were he would claim his title of Governor and begin forming his expedition to La Florida. May 1539 De Soto would depart Havana and sail for a selected bay on Florida’s west coast to begin the expedition that would cost him his fortune and his life.

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Judas & the Black Messiah 2/26/21

FBI informant William O’Neal infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping tabs on their charismatic leader, Chairman Fred Hampton. A career thief, O’Neal revels in the danger of manipulating both his comrades and his handler, Special Agent Roy Mitchell. Hampton’s political prowess grows just as he’s falling in love with fellow revolutionary Deborah Johnson. Meanwhile, a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul. Will he align with the forces of good? Or subdue Hampton and The Panthers by any means, as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover commands?

Q-tips say: We did NOT enjoy it. Found the movie very slow and hard to understand what they are saying. There was no way to get sub-titles, which might have helped a lot. Today, pick up the news from internet, newspapers, etc. & the same story line is still happening.

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BRIO Italian Rest. Sarasota FL 2/26/2021

BRIO – 190 University Town Center Dr., Sarasota, FL 34243, (941) 702-9102
brioitalian.com

Q-Tips say:
Go and enjoy, we did.  Began our late lunch with awesome cocktails. This time I had the Carpaccio & a Caesar Salad.  The gravy on this chicken is awesome.  The Mr. had: Spaghetti Bolognese – Ground beef and pork, white wine and tomatoes & Crab Bisque Soup.  

Mrs. Q says: Brio’s Happy Hour is back!

 Carpaccio appetizer is delicious and much more than just an appetizer and reasonably priced. Indoor/outdoor/bar area seating.  Mask worn by all servers & patrons till eating/drinking.      

Photo of Brio Tuscan Grille - Sarasota, FL, United States. Lobster Bisque

Crab Bisque

Carpaccio

 

Photo of Brio Italian Grille - Sarasota, FL, United States. Taste so good Photo of Brio Italian Grille - Sarasota, FL, United States. The patio dining area

Mrs. Q says: We really enjoyed the ambiance, drinks, food and wonderful outstanding service and happy attitude.   We will come back.

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The Chart House – Long Boat Key FL 2/25/2021

The Chart House – 201 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL 34228
(941) 383-5593, chart-house.com

 Ate in the Bar area for Happy Hour and Bar Bites..  Drinks were good.  I had LOBSTER TARTARE – fried capers & sea salt butter toast. The other began with  mini Crab cakes. We shared an order of skinny fries.  It was awesome! Yes, it was crowded, “snow bird season” but we still found a table.

Photo of Chart House - Longboat Key, FL, United States. HH prime rib sliders

Prime Rib sliders

Photo of Chart House - Longboat Key, FL, United States. Monarch Margarita. Straight up.    Photo of Chart House - Longboat Key, FL, United States. Dirty martiniPhoto of Chart House - Longboat Key, FL, United States. Dirty martini

Photo of Chart House - Longboat Key, FL, United States. Probably one of the best kid's menu burgers!

Skinny Fries – indeed they are & delicious

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STONEWOOD REST. 2/24/2021

STONEWOOD – 5415 University Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34276, (941) 355-3315
stonewoodgrill.com

Appetizers: Buffalo Shrimp,  Bleu Cheese Chips, Smoked Salmon, Crispy Grilled Wings, Sausage & Pretzel Bread, Short Rib Sliders, Steak Sandwich, Menu changes periodically.

Get Into The Holiday Spirit With Seasonal Features - Crab Cakes

Both Q’s had the Stone Bits shown above.  I had the French onion soup & the other half had the Clam Chowder soup.    We shared the warm Pretzel sticks with butter.

Q-TIPS SAY: Good food, service and drinks. Enjoyed the “bar area” with great service from some of the bar tenders. The bar-tenders are – (the unsung hero of a restaurant). Also have gone to the dining room with friends and all enjoyed their regular menu meals/service & libations. If you are in Sarasota, FL give Stonewood a visit. We do go often and enjoy.  Go & enjoy! Don’t forget about those complimentary delicious warm pretzels instead of the usual bread!

French Onion Soup: rich in robust flavors, a true classic soup recipe

French onion soup

Clam Chowder - A Healthy Version of the New England Style Classic

Clam chowder soup

Photo of Stonewood Grill & Tavern - University Park, FL, United States. Freddy m the bread basket. Yum!

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Nomadland 2/19/21

A woman embarks on a journey through the American West after losing everything during the recession. Staring Frances McDormand.

Q-tips say: We enjoyed this movie. Mrs. Q says: no killing anyone.
How Nomadland ends isn’t the point; it’s about the journey and disconnected people connecting, finding solidarity in their transient way of existence.

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Flemings Steakhouse & Wine Bar – 2/19/21

2001 Siesta Dr., Sarasota, FL 34239 – (941) 271-7087 – flemingssteakhouse.com – –

We enjoyed the ambiance, excellent service by the bar tender & other servers. Everyone wore masks & did social distancing.

Began our early dinner with the usual Old Fashion & Perfect Martini drinks. Then LOBSTER BISQUE – north Atlantic lobster, spiced sherry cream & FRENCH ONION SOUP – baked with Gruyère & Parmesan cheeses. I had the Carpaccio. The other half had: The Filet Steak sandwich & the onion rings .

We thought about having Crème Brulee & we decided to indulge in dessert this time & it was a delicious treat.

Unfortunately we also enjoyed the Flemings in Chicago but due to C-19, it has closed due to closing of the restaurants & only outdoor eating. We will miss the Chicago Flemings.

French Onion Soup
Photo of Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar - Sarasota - Sarasota, FL, United States. Yummy bread & Butter
Warm Bread with Champagne butter or Pumpkin butter
Photo of Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar - Sarasota, FL, United States. Carpaccio
Carpaccio
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Creme Brulee
Photo of Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar - Sarasota, FL, United States
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