Marie’s Bistro — Blue Mt. Beach

We met at Marie’s Bistro in Blue Mt. Beach this week for our weekly Happy Hour and I had called ahead to let the owner Hanie and his wife Marie know that we had a large group.  When we arrived he had a table reserved for us.  They have a great Happy Hour and Wednesdays are Women’s Wine night as well.  All women get one free glass of house wine of their choice to start the night out.  Happy Hour is from 4-6.  They have a very large menu available.  On the happy hour menu you will find a lot of sushi rolls and appetizers all very reasonably priced.  You can get a large cold draft beer for $2.50 or well drinks or wine all discounted during these hours.  Our waiter was Jeremiah and he was excellent at handling a large group and getting the bills separated easily at the end. He assigned all of us a seat number and his system worked perfectly.  Hanie was also very gracious as our host.  I think we will be back to this spot.  Here are a few photos from last night.

Sushi made daily.

Sushi made daily — Crunchy Roll was Good!

Marie's Bistro Happy Hour Gathering

Marie’s Bistro Happy Hour Gathering

Until Next Week -- Cheers! Have a great week.

Until Next Week — Cheers! Have a great week.

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Happy Hour this week was at Johnny McTighes, a local neighborhood Irish Pub located in Blue Mt. Beach on the north side of Hwy. 30A.  They have $1 twelve ounce beers from 3-6 p.m.  There are no specials during happy hour on any of the food items, but almost everything on the menu is below $10.  The menu consists of authentic Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, pizzas, garlic teriyaki wings, grilled chicken sandwich, BLT Avocado sandwich, hot dogs,  or fish and chips.  The food here is wonderful.  Our server was Tracy who is also the general manager and she worked extremely hard to keep all of us served quickly and bills separated.  She was backed up by our server Reece who also did a fantastic job.  Even the owner Jack McTighe himself stopped by to make sure we had what we needed and shared a story with us about his 24 trips to Ireland. I do believe for a local pub we all had a very good time as evidenced by this photo.  It got 4.9 stars out of 5 on our rating system.

Happy Hour Group

Happy Hour Group

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There is No Place Like Home

This week’s Happy Hour Review gets a FULL FIVE STARS !!!!!  It could not have been better because like the saying goes:  “There is no place like home.”  Thank you Jimmy and Chuck for a fabulous evening and opening up your home to so many.  Wow, is all I can say.  It was just wonderful.  Thank you to all who brought some of the best appetizers ever and shared freely in drink and conversation.  I think the photos will speak volumes from this week.  No other words needed.  Just THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!  What fun!!!!!!

Grayt Group of Men

Grayt Group of Men

Ladies Looking Good

Ladies Looking Good

Donna with the Boys

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Wednesday Happy Hour Review

Well, don’t believe everything you read on the Internet.  I planned a Happy Hour with this lovely group at Fish Out of Water because I read this on the Internet.

Fish Out Of Water offers three discounted happy-tizers, snapper ceviche being one among these, a $6 wine and cocktail list, and eleven different beers at $3 on average. Fish Out Of Water is located in WaterColor, and offers their happy hour nightly from 5 – 7 PM on the deck overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.  Hope to see you at 5 p.m. upstairs on the deck.

When I arrived I spotted a chalk board outside that said Happy Hour from 9-10 p.m.  Who does a Happy Hour from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.?  That is almost laughable.  Anyway, in a pinch I had to regroup.   I found out that the Gathering Spot and Sushi Bar offered a Happy Hour and was right next door.  They have a Happy Hour from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with drink and sushi specials.  They graciously sat up a table to seat 15 of us and the service was spectacular.  Our waiter was Eric and he did a great job!  I ordered two glasses of the William Hill Cabernet right away with such a short hour of opportunity to take advantage of $6 prices.  Others tried the margaritas, cucumber martinis, and strawberry daiquiris. Everyone was very pleased with the service and their drinks.

For an appetizer I ordered the Firecracker Sushi roll.  It was excellent!  Others had pork dumplings and other sushi rolls.  Everyone agreed that this was a place we could all come back to again.  The group rated this one 5 out of 5 stars.  This is the only place other than Cuvee 30A that has received this rating and we are one tough group.

I found out that you can valet park if you pull up in front of the Watercolor Inn even if all you are doing is going to the Gathering Spot for their Happy Hour.  We will be back.

And if that wasn’t enough, Donna D invited us all back to her house for one more cocktail.

Next week we are going to gather at Jimmy and Chuck’s house on Thursday night and mix it up a bit.   I am sure everyone will have a great time.  BYOB, bring an appetizer and a smile.  Until then……

Happy Hour Wednesday

Happy Hour Wednesday

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Chan’s Wine World Happy Hour Review

Normally, I love going to Chan’s.  They have a great happy hour from 11 to 6 daily and you get a carafe of wine for the price of a glass.   You can find a good glass of wine from $6 – $20 on their approved happy hour wine list.  However, tonight was well….. different.  For starters, where was everyone?  Vicki and Mike Hoover arrived around 5 p.m. but that was it for our rather large group.  We understand you can’t always make it.  We missed you!

Chris and I decided to sit outside facing Hwy. 30A.  The temperature was still quite hot, but there was a nice breeze and the sun was beginning to go down a bit in the sky.  When we sat down we were greeted quickly by a nice waiter.  He brought us menus right away and water.  We never caught his name and he was gone in a flash after this.  It must have been shift change.

We noticed that the music was hard rock and rap and not very conducive for drinking a nice glass of wine.  I mentioned to another waiter who showed up to the table that it wasn’t their usual selection of music tonight.  He mentioned “Jake” picked it out today and he would change it.  He also promised to bring Chris another glass of wine, but did not.  The music did not change either.  By the way, that waiter was “Jake”.  (LOL)

We went ahead and ordered our wine first.  Chris ordered the Condo Sur Bicicieta Viognier from Chile.  $6 a glass.  She said it was really good.  It was a crisp light white wine.

I ordered the Red Culprit which is a heavier red wine.  It was almost colder than Chris’ white wine. It must have been an older bottle that they put in the wine frig for storage.  My first gulp was horrible.  I don’t like cold red wine anyway, but it also tasted bad.  I was about to send it back when I asked Chris to try it.  She thought it tasted fine.  I let it warm up and breathe more and it did get better with time.  When I ordered a second one, I asked that it be from a warm bottle in the store and not chilled which Jamie now a new waitress serving us accommodated for me.

It felt like we had a rotating staff of waiters and waitresses.  Some smelled like cigarettes and others did not.  It was quite unusual to know who might show up to wait on our table. In the end Jamie finished with our table and also got the music changed.  Mike and Vicki Hoover arrived around 5 p.m. after work and joined us for some wine, good conversation, and a pizza.

Chris and I both got the Chicken Pesto Panini with a side salad.  This is my favorite thing to order off of their menu.  I love their salad and salad dressing there.  It does not disappoint. The sandwich was also excellent, but tonight the Pesto that comes with it had all types of stems in it and was stringy and where was the garlic?  Whoever made it decided not to cut the stems off of the basil and just throw them in.  It was not the usual consistency or taste.  It was not the usual and it was disappointing.

In the end, you are probably you missed this evening’s disappointing happy hour at a normally excellent spot.  It was an off night for the food, music, and staff.  I give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.   I have to say we usually love it here.

We got out the door for $72.

Next week :  Fish Out Of Water offers three discounted happy-tizers, snapper ceviche being one among these, a $6 wine and cocktail list, and eleven different beers at $3 on average. Fish Out Of Water is located in WaterColor, and offers their happy hour nightly from 5 – 7 PM on the deck overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.  Hope to see you at 5 p.m. upstairs on the deck.  Wednesday, September 9th.

Beach August 26 2014

Fish Out Of Water offers three discounted happy-tizers, snapper ceviche being one among these, a $6 wine and cocktail list, and eleven different beers at $3 on average. Fish Out Of Water is located in WaterColor, and offers their happy hour nightly from 5 – 7 PM on the deck overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

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By the Numbers

I entitle this article by the Numbers and did you know…..

Did you know that 33% of all home buyers are primary home buyers?  This is actually down from the historical 40% of years gone by.

Did you know that the typical median home size bought in the US has 1,870 square feet of space?

Did you know that 79% of all home sales are detached single family homes?

Did you know that 88% of all home buyers bought with the help of an Accredited Buyer’s Representative, Agent, or Certified Residential Specialist?

Did you know that 88% of all home purchases were mortgaged?

Did you know that 83% of respondents state that they would use the same Real Estate Agent again.

Did you know that the median age of the home buyer is age 44.

Is there anything else you want to know?  Just ask me.  I will look it up, research it for you, and provide you with top notch service.

Happy Friday all !

Kelly Klein

Oct 2013 Beach

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45 Central — Seaside, Florida

This week’s Happy Hour was at 45 Central in Seaside’s Circle.  It started at 4 and ended at 6.  Our group (although smaller this past week) got there a little bit before 4 p.m. and were greeted by Richard.  Richard honored an early order of wine for the group at happy hour prices even though it was slightly before 4 p.m.  The temperature inside was perfect as Debbie stated.  Just right.  Not too cold nor too hot inside.  They have a very pleasant atmosphere and Richard knew his wines and served with a smile.  The music they played was Spanish Guitar music and very pleasant for the evening.  Not so loud you could not hear across the table.  It was soothing and relaxing.

Richard recommended a blend for a bold and full bodied red.  It was called Red Blend Sterling.  It was very nice.  The wines all come in the appropriate wine glasses for the type of wine which was noticed.

They usually have free Wi-Fi, but last night it was not available.  They were having some Internet issues.

They have small plates anywhere from $6-$18 dollars.  We ordered the cheese platter which was very good.  However, we noticed that the serving size is smaller than it usually is at Chan’s Wine World in Watercolor.  The few figs on the plate were great.  Richard brought the blue cheese on a separate serving platter because only two of us enjoy blue cheese.  That would be Jimmy and I.  The cheese, nuts, and figs were brought out on pieces of slate.  Nice presentation, but also $14 for a small portion.

We also ordered and shared cheese straws (right out of the box), chicken salad sliders, and lobster sliders.  The sliders were very good.

At 6 p.m. they serve Paella.  It is made outside of the restaurant so that people listening to music in the Seaside Amphitheatre can get some to go.  It is made fresh.   It was very meaty.  It has sausage, shrimp, and mussels with yellow saffron rice.  We ordered and shared two plates of this at the table.  We wanted more rice and we were told that was not possible.  We were also told that Paella is all about the meat and not the rice.  We still all wanted more rice.  It was spicy and the serving size was small in our opinion for $11.

Don’t expect dessert at this wine bar.  They have none to choose from which was very disappointing for our sweet tooth Chuck.

They do not have a locals discount.  Christina took over for Richard later in the evening and also did a great job of keeping the checks separated and serving us, etc.  We would all go back.  Out the door last night was the most expensive Happy Hour Chris and I have had so far.  It was $102 out the door.  However, we would go back.  Nice atmosphere and nice wines.

45 Central HH

After Happy Hour we all ended up on the third floor at Debbie’s house.  We saw sunset over Western Lake on the way home and the moon from Debbie’s porch.  All in all a wonderful evening once again.  Next week, Chan’s Wine World in Watercolor.

Oh almost forgot……4.7 stars out of 5.  Cheers !  party0014

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