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Big Music Weekend!

We have another big music weekend coming up starting Friday, October 4th, with Sounds on Center,  the Going Coastal Concert and the start of the Jazz Festival.

The Sounds on Center Concert features Ben Prestage, the one man band.  This blues performer plays up to 8 roots instruments at a time.  The Sounds on Center Concert is a free event that takes place on the two blocks of Center Street down by the Palace Saloon.  As Pete used to say… Free stuff is good!  After Sounds on Center Ben will be playing at the Dog Star Tavern until the wee hours.

The Going Coastal Concert is the second in the series.  They had so much fun at the first one they just had to do it again!  The concert will be held on Saturday in Central Park, just a few blocks from the Addison.  The headliner act is The Lee Boys with support from the Parkerurban Band and Spred The Dub.

All of this leads up to the Amelia Island Jazz Festival that starts on Sunday the 6th.  The series includes the Dixieland Jazz Brunch, a Latin Jazz concert, the Royal Crown Revue and their headliner Mindi Abair.  Check out their schedule as they have lots of great music all week long!

International Talk Like A Pirate Day, September 19th

addisonAnother important holiday is sneaking up on us so heads up!  September 19th is International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Some are under the impression that ITLPD is a local event due to Fernandina Beach’s rich history with pirates.  Wrong!  This event is celebrated world-wide.  No special costumes, no parrots or peg legs required.  All you need is the desire to talk like a pirate.  Start with the basics….  Arrr!

Here is an example of how mainstream this holiday has become.  Do you live near or drive by a Krispy Crème Donut Bakery?  If you go in to one of their bakeries to buy donuts on September 19th, International Talk Like A Pirate Day, and say Arrr! then you get a free donut.  If you go in dressed in full pirate regalia you get a free dozen donuts!  As Pete Millisakis used to say… “Free stuff is good”.

Shiver me timbers, don’t be a landlubber.  Talk like a pirate and enjoy yourselves, me hearties!

Kayaking the Keys, February 2014


Shannon kayaking in the Keys

Kayak Amelia has just announced their Florida Keys Adventure for February 2014.

Shannon and I had a blast with them last year in the Keys but won’t be able to make it next year. That leaves two spots open for you!

Weeks 1 and 3 are their Kayak Adventure weeks and they have added a Yoga Retreat Week as well for Week 2. Jodi and Ray have rented a big beach house in Key Largo for the adventure and are bringing back Jessica the chef.


Kayaking picnic lunch break

This is a fabulous opportunity if you are looking for something a little different for your February break. I’d rather you stay at the Addison but staying with Jodi and Ray of Kayak Amelia down in the Keys works too.

Great Southern Tailgate Cookoff

addisonI am just back from the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off and am I ever full!  I don’t think I’m going to need dinner.  I had the opportunity to be Celebrity Judge of the Backyard BBQ Competition and a guy can eat a lot of meat when judging.

I am amazed at the variety of cooking apparatus that these competitors use.  Many of them have big motor homes with stainless steel kitchens and the back wall folds down so that the smoker rolls out on rails.  The have automatic pellet feeders so that the fire stays the same temperature all night and they can sleep.  Amazing stuff.

What really caught my eye was this set-up.  Talk about low tech!  A metal frame with a small fire in the middle, meat stacked on the frame.  And the guy doing the cooking?  Background of the photo, on a lawn chair fast asleep.

The bands start at one o’clock.  It is time to get down to Main Beach for some fun, live music and great food.

"Keep Calm and Drink On" Pub Crawl

addisonAnother great event has just been announced! As if the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off, the Jazz Festival, the Blues Festival and all the other music events aren’t enough, we now have the “Keep Calm and Drink On” Pub Crawl. 

The Crawl takes place on the Sunday of the Labor Day weekend so you get the holiday Monday off of work to recover.  You can join hundreds of other pub crawlers, get drink discounts at ten local bars and enjoy live music along the way.  Tickets can be purchased at Café Karibo (904-277-5269).

Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off

addisonThe Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off is only 11 days away and I am getting really excited about this year’s event.  This is the event’s 4th year and it really has turned into a major barbecue competition. 

As an added bonus this year I am going to get first dibs on the barbecue ribs because I have been selected as a Celebrity Judge.  In this case the word Celebrity, I’m pretty certain, refers to my lack of training in professional barbecue judging.  Maggie Doone is more of a celebrity than I am but it would be mayhem to put her in a tent full of barbecued ribs and chicken.

Mark your calendars for a weekend of fun, music and great food!  August 23rd and 24th.  www.gstailgatecookoff.com for more info.

Maggie Goes to the Dog Star

We swung by the Dog Star Tavern today on our walk.  Crystal, the Sunday daytime bartender, is really going all out with the garnish on her famous Bloody Mary.  The garnish includes bacon, an olive, cheese, jalapeno pepper, red pepper, lime olive, celery, and yes, right on top is a Krystal burger.  It is almost a lunch buffet perched on top of a really good Bloody Mary.  Maggie was ready to launch herself over the bar at the garnish.  Did you say “bacon”?

To all of our Canadian followers….  A Bloody Mary is just like a Bloody Caesar except they use tomato juice instead of Clamato juice.  The same garnish can be used either way.  

New Bubbles at the Addison

After another brutal afternoon of wine tasting on the Addison’s veranda we have decided on some new additions to our Happy Hour adult beverage list.  Soon we can celebrate the Italian lifestyle (that is right off of the Mionetto brochure) with semi-sparkling wine cocktails.  The Mionetto Spriz has flavors of orange and enticing herbs (again, their brochure!) and the Ugo has notes of elderflowers and other natural flavors.

We’ll be serving these new cocktails on the veranda just as soon as we get them delivered.  Splits of the Spriz and Ugo will also be available along with splits of a Prosecco and Moscato in what we call a “Bucket o’ Bubbles” for you to share on your own porches.  Sparkling, sweet and delightful.  Just like me! 

Chicken on a Can

We are constantly expanding our kitchen repertoire at the Addison.  Usually the experimentation is for the guest menu but once in a while we like to try new food for our own personal meals.  Today was such a day.

Today I celebrated the end of one of my years (57th) and the beginning of another.  Lee, number 1 daughter and Addison’s Operations Manager, presented me with a Beer Can Chicken cookbook.  For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, you use a can of beer as a roasting stand by sliding the chicken over the opened can of beer.  Then you stand the chicken on your grill (I use charcoal) and cook away!  The steaming beer keeps the meat nice and moist through the process.

There was no time like the present so I lit up a pile of charcoal and cooked up a chicken.  I started basic, having never done this before, but the results were impressive.  Moist meat, evenly cooked with a delicious flavor that you just don’t get without a can of beer stuffed up inside the bird.  Not a lot of work either.  Once you get it set up you just leave it to cook without flipping or fussing.

Yes, the can you see sticking out of the bottom of the chicken is a 16 ounce Pabst Blue Ribbon can, my personal beverage of choice.  I didn’t think a smaller can would work but the 16 ounce tall-boy fit perfectly.  Next week….  Chicken Tandoori!  I just have to find some Indian beer.

Trivial Pursuits

We wandered down to HalfTimes Sports Bar last night to join in the team trivia night.  We met up with a couple of friends and formed the most trivial minded team in the history of the sport.  We were in the lead all through regular play but blew it on the last Final-Jeopardy type question.  A great time was had by all.

Presenting to you, in the photo, Team Le Cloaf, with Smilin’ Liz, Julie from Le Clos, Shannon and myself.  That is John and Bretta in the back of the photo.  Together they run HalfTimes and seem to be having a good time doing so.

Here is a trivia question for you…..  When is the last time Shannon and I played team trivia?  Hint: It was at Luigi’s bar in Kelowna and we weren’t married yet.