Take a trip back in time!

Remember diners and homemade burgers? Well, if you want a real homemade burger and a thick, creamy milkshake stop in at the Shake Station in Ellenton, FL! You need two hands to hold these juicy sandwiches and a spoon for the best, thickest, shake! Not to mention, the crispy onion rings and fries. Even on a diet you need to splurge once in a while. Lol

Best chocolate shake!

Best Maryland crab cakes around!

While at the beach at Pass-A-Grille on St Pete’s Beach, we ate lunch at The Brass Monkey. Since I am originally from Md., the “Monkey crab balls” looked interesting. I was NOT disappointed. They were delicious and reminded me of the best part of living in Md…blue crabs!!

The owners are from Maryland, so they know how to make a Maryland crab cake!!

Head over to St Pete’s Beach for a fun day in the sun and enjoy a great meal on the balcony at The Brass Monkey!

Maryland flag and Blue Crabs – true Marylanders

Some of the best places are off the beaten path!! Solomon’s Castle is one!

An interesting, quirky, unique castle. The outside made from aluminum! Inside, the artwork is amazing and the “boat in a moat” is worth checking out. There’s plenty of room in one of 3 sections of restaurant (seating inside or out). And the music is entertaining. It’s definetly off the beaten path, but it’s very interesting and definitely worth the drive. Mr. Solomon was very talented and imaginative, as well as humorous! The staff is extremely knowledgeable about his art, metal sculptures, stain glass and his collection of antique cars. Be prepared to spend the afternoon, it’s worth your time!

Solomon’s Castle, 4533 Solomon Rd., Ona, Florida

Try a different adventure!

We recently went to the Game Room in Orlando, Fl. This was the first for the 4 of us friends. Out of 5-6 games to try to solve, I chose the Prison Break (of course it was the hardest puzzle of them all)!! We were put in 2 different cells and had to communicate between the cells to figure out the clues so that the cell doors would open and let us out. We accomplished that part, however; we missed 1 clue along the way and our time ran out before we could get out completely. This was a blast! If your looking for fun, try one of these games!

Nancy’s BBQ, Sarasota, Fl

We recently stopped in at Nancy’s BBQ, and it is amazing! Down home southern-style cooking. Enjoy your meal outside on picnic tables or if you prefer the A/C they have seating inside as well. Prices are reasonable and the staff are very friendly and helpful. Many choices like pulled pork, chicken, potatoes salad, coleslaw, cucumber salad, cornbread and the list goes on!

Try it, you’ll like it! We did

Located 301 S Pineapple St., Sarasota, Fl.