Great experience at “Ford’s Garage,” a garage-themed restaurant!

Horns blow from the hanging car!

Gas pump nozzle and a real tire for a ladies room sink!

This car had smoke coming out the back and the tires spin!

What a surprise to see a restaurant with cars, tires, gas pumps and door handles made from gas pump nozzles! And, the food was fantastic! I can recommend the Cali burger for sure!!

Ford’s Garage is located on Causeway Blvd in Brandon, Fl. A fun place to visit.

Take a look at what’s happening at Fins’ at Sharky’s in Venice…

Last night was a Beef and Beer tasting, pairing a 5-course dinner with Beer from Calusa Brewing in Sarasota.

Two amazing chefs of Fins’ at Sharky’s explained their dishes and why they paired them with a specific beer. Representatives from Calusa Brewing gave a brief description of each beer as well.

This was our second visit to Fins’ at Sharky’s in Venice Beach for a great “pairing” of fantastic food and beverages. The first visit was a wine pairing.

Check out Fins’ at Sharky’s for a fun night out at the beach and explore exquisite food and drinks!

Amazing Dinner!

Safety Harbor Resort & Spa

Relax and enjoy being pampered! We had a 2-Day Spa-cation at the Greek-themed Safety Harbor Resort & Spa. A great get-away for men & women. The morning was filled with Herbal Wraps, Facials, Massages, spa manicures and Mineral Springs baths! Then we just melted away the afternoon by the pool with the mild breeze from Tampa Bay. If you feel energetic, the park is just a few steps away with walking paths. Finish the day with a great meal in the hotel’s restaurant. Try the seabass – wonderful!

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

C&K Smokehouse BBQ-Good Food, Friendly Service

Along 301N  in Parrish, Florida you will find C&K Smokehouse BBQ where the whole family can have a full dinner/lunch and not blow their budget! We sat out on the porch enjoying our ‘pulled-pork’ sandwiches that were big enough to take some home for another meal. While out shopping, stop in and pickup some home-style BBQ. You can smell it cooking as you pull in the driveway. And, they cater, too! (Closed on Tuesday’s and Sunday’s)   

C&K Smokehouse BBQ – Good Food, and Friendly Service found in this eat-in or take-out little restaurant 12119 US Hwy 301N, Parrish, Fl.


While “Out and About” shopping we stopped by Carmel Kitchen-Café and Wine Bar for a ‘Modern Mediterranean’ lunch….

20171114_1329422110996598.jpgA shopping day in the University Town Center in Sarasota, Fl. with a good friend led to a little eatery called the Carmel Kitchen, Café and Wine Bar. A great way to relax and catch up. And, did I mention the drink special was a Spiced Pear Martini. Perfect for Fall and a holiday shopping treat!  We tried the Lobster and Shrimp flatbread and it was amazing! If you want to soak up the warm weather here in Florida while you enjoy your lunch, they have outside seating, too.

This was definitely a ‘great find’ while we were “Out and About”! 

Location: 8433 Cooper Creek Blvd., Sarasota, Fl.