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Fishermen’s Village 30 Shops, Great Seafood, a Quality Resort and Marina=Valhalla!!!

Fishermen's Village has the best candy and chocolate shop, ever! The Village was all dressed up in their holiday lights and "festive" is the word! We loved it!
Fishermen’s Village has the best candy and chocolate shop, ever! The Village was all dressed up in their holiday lights and “festive” is the word! We loved it!

APtravelnews-Dec. 19th,-Bob and Barb writing from Fishermen’s Village, Punta Gorda, FL.–Its really hard to say anything else then; Barb and I really loved this place. So many animated and excited folks-from children to old timers really having a ball, looking at the lighting, meeting Santa, tasting chocolates, buying gifts, visiting a real Military Museum with hero Veterans talking about past wars and their recollections and through it all; friendly shop-keepers and visitors! We ate seafoods, destroyed sumptious desserts, a few cocktails and after dinner libations as well. We stopped to listen to chorals of the season, popped into the Village Fish Market (www.village-fish-market.com) for the aforementioned seafoods such as the ubiquitous shrimp done many ways, crab cakes, scallops, fish dishes, delicious’ too! Our dinner was hosted by owner Sue Randall.

We ended off the evening with a Christmas Canal Cruise through Punta Gorda’s canals with the Kingfisher Fleets excursion boat loaded with all kinds of appetizers-we sure do travel on our stomachs too! www.kingfisherfleet.com  Stay tuned! Much more coming of our trip to Punta Gorda!  Go for some great info: www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com

Scallops and very tasty side dishes we all love! Fabulous meals all around!
Scallops and very tasty side dishes we all love!
Fabulous meals all around!
The Military Museum had wonderful Veterans who we stand with anytime of the year, described the realities of their times in the past war theaters!
The Military Museum had wonderful Veterans who we stand with anytime of the year, described the realities of their times in past war theaters!
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The way it used to be. Local Indians coming in to trade in the “Islands” depicted in this giant mural at Fishermen’s Village! The old mingled nicely with the new!
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The whole town and dozens of waterfront homes seen on a Kingfisher Charter, all decked out in Christmas Lights WOW’d everyone in the Holiday frame of mind!
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Tasting goodies at the Simply Sweet, A Confectionary Cafe’. Homemade fudge, flavored popcorn, a great sweet note that we experienced and will not forget! https.//facebook.com/simplysweetaconfectionarycafe

 

 

 

“A BOOK IS NEW UNTIL YOU READ IT!” READ THE FLYING FISH AND THE BEE’S BOOKS!

tHEY BOTH FLY. ONE GLIDES AND ONE HELICOPTERS! EACH AMAZING IN THEIR OWN RIGHT!
THEY BOTH FLY. ONE GLIDES AND ONE HELICOPTERS! EACH AMAZING IN THEIR OWN RIGHT!

APtravelnews-Book Reviews—November 20th, Port St Lucie, FL.—From Correspondent Bob Epstein, Book Reviews—When I received the following two books from the Princeton University Press, Princeton and Oxford, I knew just from the cover on in, they would make fine educational and enjoyable reads!

“The Amazing World of Flyingfish”  by Steve N.G. Howell  was an edifying and exciting read.  Having an extensive knowledge of offshore fishing myself, and always amazed when a school of flyingfish took off spooked by my moving boat, or by predators such as billfish, dolphin fish and raiding tuna, this fine, 45-page book describes in photography and true researched words of knowledge, by someone even more detailed and excited by these marvels of nature, only enhanced my enthusiasm more when before reading this book, the little bit I did know, blended with my new education of just how incredible these small fish are. In all the oceans, seas and waterways of the world, only Exocoetus volitans named by Carolus Linnaeus in 1758, truly fly, well actually glide, and truly zoom over the waves and ocean swells to escape from being eaten.

Early Mediterranean sailors actually thought that “Exocoetus” meaning; “sleeping outside” in Greek, from the belief that these flyingfish left the oceans to sleep on shore at night. The amazing facts about these fish are embodied in this “little big book of knowledge” about them, and the fascination they have been for airplane designers, to cooks in Barbados that serve them up as the specialty of the Island Nation.  There are 90 images, all interesting in their depictions of this, and a few other images of amazing sea creatures.

PAGES OF INFORMATION AND 90 GREAT IMAGES!
PAGES OF INFORMATION AND 90 GREAT IMAGES!

The book sells for $12.95 Check it out @: press.princeton.edu  or Google the name: “The Amazing World of Flyingfish.

 

TO BE OR NOT TO BE! THEY ARE IN TROUBLE, RESPECT THE WORLDS BEE'S!
TO BE OR NOT TO BE! THEY ARE IN TROUBLE, RESPECT THE WORLDS BEE’S!

The second book is about The Bee; A Natural History by Noah Wilson-Rich. “To be or not to be, that is the question”  and when Shakespeare penned that question in centuries past, I know he did not have the honey bee in mind, but today because of the terrific threat to the Bee’s existence all over the world, this eminently important insect, that gives you the very fruits of the vine and tree, (BIBLICAL: “THE LAND OF MILK & HONEY”), the flowers of the field and forest and so much more is in great danger of disappearing altogether.

“Earth is home to 20,000 bee species, ranging from flourescent-colored orchid bees and sweat bees, to flower-nesting squash bees and leaf-cutter bees. This book is the most accessible source of information about bee species, written for non-scientists by some of the world’s leading bee experts and researchers. Beautiful art- work compliments and clarifies the text, which is kept brief enough to cover as much information as possible, while keeping general readers engaged. If you eat food (ha) you need to know about bees. This little critter pollinates fruit, veggies and seed crops that we humans need and rely on to survive. Bees are dying at an alarming rate. Understanding the complex interactions between bees and agriculture, environment, and humans influences how we address food supply questions, agricultural economics, and development in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world!” Just remember too, no bees, no flowers! The book has 224 pages, in hardcover it is 8 x 9, and costs $27.95. Check out Google  with The Bee A Natural History by Noah Wilson-Rich, with contributions from Kelly Allin, Norman Carreck & Andrea Quigley. 

 

TIN FISH , TODAY A NATIONAL RESTAURANT GROUP TRULY SHINES AT OFFERING FRESH SEA FOODS!

 

 

Lake Okeechobee residents are making daily and nightly pilgrimages for their great seafood fare!
Lake Okeechobee residents are making daily and nightly pilgrimages for their great seafood fare!

APtravelnews-November 19th, Bob & Barb at Lake Okeechobee, FL.-Great fish and seafood restaurants are hard to find all across America, for sure there are a few in each state and city, but compared to burgers, chicken houses,  Chinese and Japanese Sushi places, sub shops and cafés, they are far and few between.  Well, here comes The Tin Fish and today from California through the Midwest to Florida there are excellent foods of the sea available at quite moderate prices, but offering top of the line foods. Probably no where else can you order special salmon, Whitefish, Cod Tacos, grilled shrimp, Lobster Bisque and so many other dishes for so little “green backs.”

Open and bright, Tin Fish Restaurants are a model of consistently offering fresh and tasty offerings.
Open and bright, Tin Fish Restaurants are a model of consistently offering fresh and tasty offerings.

Their newest location is in Sarasota, Florida and after opening up last year in Lake Okeechobee area, the restaurant has wooed locals and tourists alike and drew Barbara and I for a visit yesterday. Barb much enjoyed her order of corn & shrimp chowder that I also tried as she tried my fresh clam chowder. Good is not the word for them. Great is a better word! My luncheon platter included grilled, firm and tasty shrimp and a filet of Mahi Mahi as this deep ocean fish is called in Hawaii and Dolphin Fish as it is called in the Florida Keys! A special blend “spicy (but not too) cole slaw complimented my dish as it did Barbs Salmon plate. Promise there were no leftovers and we were very well satisfied with the taste and freshness of our “foods from the sea.” We did try a special dessert well worth the wait after dinner as a topper-off of our meals. Cinnamon Ice Cream and Carrot Cake-Wowser!!

Lake Okeechobee themed Tin Fish offers spectacular salmon dishes and offers Jalapeno corn bread too!
Lake Okeechobee themed Tin Fish offers spectacular salmon dishes and offers Jalapeno corn bread too!

Check out Tin Fish on the Web for a full menu spread and locations across the USA that you can happily indulge in great cuisine for yourself:  www.thetinfishrestaurants.com

And if you want information on getting in on the ground floor of their franchise opportunities, get in touch with Joe at 619-708-1134

Salmon with homemade slaw and fixin's!
Salmon with homemade slaw and fixin’s!

Key Largo to Key West; The Florida Keys is Truly Americas Accessible by Auto Caribbean

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Los Cayos=(Those Bones) as the Spansih called the Keys Hundreds of years ago!
Los Cayos=(Those Bones) as the Spanish called the Keys Hundreds of years ago!

APtravelnews-December 2, Key Largo, FL.—UPDATED*Key Largo, Florida is the gateway to and through a total of 43-bridges to the main islands (yes, I counted the bridges) making up the Florida Keys available for visit by locals and tourists, alike. When I wrote the Official Travel Guide to the Florida Keys-“43-Bridges To The Florida Keys,” I concentrated on Key Largo, due to its proximity to the mainland and due to the fact that everyone who visited the Keys by auto for the first time would seek out the welcome Center to more easily facilitate and be able to be informed best, on how to take advantage of the myriad of opportunities the Keys have to offer.

When we travel, we always consider the following primary reasons that are most important we would expect when traveling away from home: Excellent accommodations and amenities, great meals, neat places to visit and safety of locations for us and our family. Today, restaurants that serve local sea foods and fish, besides all the usual dishes from the main providers of steaks, chops, Asian, Italian and good old American Apple pie places too, are all available in the Keys and especially in Key Largo for starters, on our way down the US-1, Overseas Highway. This highways is like the string that links a fine set of little islands or Keys like pearls, towards Key West-132-miles further south and the end of the habitable islands that make up the Florida Keys!  Just Google the Florida Keys and watch out; you may get hooked as firmly as I hope my next game fish does!

43 bridge to the Florida Keys now available personalized!My book Forty-Three Bridges is now available personalized for $12.00 free shipping! Go: bobepstein@aol.com 

Waterfront dining is a given in the Keys! Fish, shrimp, FL. lobster (crawfish)  conch salad, pelicans soaring by, a breeze that Keys residents say "life is a breeze in the Keys."
Waterfront dining is a given in the Keys! Fish, shrimp, FL. lobster (crawfish) conch salad, pelicans soaring by, a breeze that Keys residents say “life is a breeze in the Keys.”
Yes, I always release red drum (Red Fish) they taste terrible compared to snook or snapper!
Yes, I always release red drum (Red Fish) they taste terrible compared to snook or snapper!  However, they do fight very well on the shallow water flats!