Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Gardens, Brews & Music

03/14/16 Day 4 Florida Botanical Garden, Barley Mow Brewing in Largo, Clearwater Jazz Holiday

Our favorite Florida habit, breakfast at the pool. Then we explored the very nice Florida Botanical Garden. Lunch was poboys at Gulf Coast Poboys (owned by a man from Louisiana) and beers at Barley Mow Brewing in Largo. I can't find any photos of the poboy place and brewery.

In the evening we went back to the Clearwater Jazz Holiday and heard Flow Tribe, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Trombone Shorty. All the bands are from New Orleans.

Florida Botanical Garden

Florida Botanical Garden

Papayas in Florida Botanical Garden

Bananas in Florida Botanical Garden

Flow Tribe at Clearwater Jazz Holiday

Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Clearwater Jazz Holiday

Trombone Shorty at Clearwater Jazz Holiday

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Kool & the Gang, the Commodores

10/13/16 Day 3 The Beach, Kool & the Gang, the Commodores

Another fun day. Breakfast by the pool at the motel, a beach walk, lunch at the Palm Coast Pavilion right on the beach with live music. In the evening we went to the Clearwater Jazz Holiday to see Kool & the Gang and the Commodores. We had a great time!

Lunch view from our table

What we saw while walking down Clearwater Beach

The Commodores, Easy Like Sunday Morning

Clearwater Beach, Chick Corea & the Elektric Band

10/12/16 Day 2 Beach and Jazz

It's so nice to stay at an old Florida hotel with a kitchenette and have breakfast next to the pool every morning. The managers of the inn have two squirrels they have been raising in a cage and they let them out during the day to wander about. After breakfast, we walked on the beach to Pier 60 and admired the view, wrestled Clearwater Dolphin statues and had lunch at Frenchy's South Beach. Someone here in Athens who is from Tampa recommended the restaurant and specifically the She-Crab Soup, so I tried it. Delicious!

After lunch, we swam in the pool and had a nap to get ready for the evening...we had tickets to see Chick Corea and the Elektric Band! During the show, an audience member near us exclaimed, "WHEW! I'm wore out!" after a song named CTA. The concert was at the Capitol Theatre, a historic building downtown.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Clearwater Jazz Holiday 2016 Trip

10/11/16 Day 1

For Mitch's birthday trip, we drove to Clearwater, FL for their Jazz Holiday music festival.

On the drive there, we stopped at Ingleside Village Pizza in Macon for lunch and met a cute pooch on the porch seating and saw a nice mural. The food is good and it's in a trendy shopping area of locally owned stores.

In Tampa, we stopped for dinner at Cigar City Brewing. The food is not our favorite and since this was our second time to their brewpub, we plan on trying Tampa Bay Brewing next time. Good beer, though.

Terry the terrier in Ingleside Village Pizza in Macon, GA

Mural on the building next to Ingleside Village Pizza in Macon, GA

Seen in a truck stop

Florida welcome center

Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, FL

Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, FL

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Departure day, Day 11


On our  departure day, the landlord of our accommodation to photos of us on his deck. We headed out in traffic over the pali towards Waikiki, beautiful mountain view. Before going to the airport, we headed to Halekulani, House Without a Key for one more Mai Tai (and some other cocktails) and a dessert. It's a good restaurant, open air, with a world class view of Waikiki Beach and Diamondhead crater. We will definitely return.

Our accommodation in Lanikai

Driving over the pali

At House Without a Key

Patio at House Without a Key

A proper Mai Tai is not pink, and must contain orgeat. Recipe on their website.

Diamondhead volcanic crater, Waikiki beach

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Beach, Pig & the Lady, Kumu Kahua Theater, Day 10

3/26/16 Started the day swimming on a beach in Lanikai just a short walk from our accommodation. Saw a cute tiny house during our walk to the beach. At night we went to Chinatown and had a fancy dinner at very popular The Pig & the Lady restaurant, followed by a locally written play put on a Kumu Kahua Theatre. We make an effort to see a play there when we are on island; locally written productions and pretty much all locals in the audience. The play we saw this time was "Pelicans" by Eric Yokomori, the second play of his we have seen.

Swimming off Lanikai
Mini house on our walk route to the beach
Surf board bench at the mini house
Popular restaurant in Chinatown. Make reservations.

Part of the set of the play "Pelicans", Kumu Kahua Theatre

Part of the set of the play "Pelicans", Kumu Kahua Theatre