Woody’s River Roo! 

This rustic locals spot that’s tucked away on a wooded lot on the Manatee River in Ellenton is the place to be! Woody’s offers a 300+ seated dining space that includes tiki hut tables right on the water, indoor dining and outside umbrella covered patio seating. People travel by boat, car and motorcycle to enjoy the live music, the awesome drinks made at one of their 3 bars and the great food that’s made to order! Woody’s is always crowded so if you can’t find a place to park, take advantage of their FREE valet service. We’ve been coming to Woody’s for years and is just a short 15-30 drive north from Sarasota. Woody’s is nothing fancy, but is a great place to spend time hanging with friends. The food is simple and delicious. I love the grouper bites, the “hot” peel and eat shrimp with ramoulade sauce, the steak and cheese sandwich, the chicken and cheese sandwich, the burgers, the onion rings and my all time favorite… The BLT Salad with lettuce, tomato, crispy bacon, croutons and garlic mayo dressing! It’s so good!!! From the bar my favorite drink is the Jamaica Punch which is a frozen rum drink that is a mixture of Pina Colada and Mango Daiquiri that is perfect for our hot Florida summertime days! If you’ve never been to Woody’s, it’s worth the drive! 

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Keke’s Breakfast Cafe

I love a place that serves breakfast all day and one of the best breakfast spots in town is at Keke’s Breakfast Cafe in Sarasota off University Parkway! Keke’s is open from 7am-2:30pm and serves breakfast, brunch and lunch. For breakfast my favorite is the buttermilk pancakes, but their menu offers a wide variety of homemade meals that you’re sure to enjoy. YUM! 

This weeks favorite find! 

There are several malt beverages on the market, but few are as good as Cayman Jack Margarita! It’s comes in cans and bottles and can be purchased at most grocery stores. I purchased mine at Target on University Parkway in Sarasota. This bottled margarita is so good and only uses real ingredients. It has 5.9% alcohol and is made with 100% agave nectar, pure cane sugar and organic limes! Give it a try!

Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern! 

The Rusty Bucket in Sarasota is everything you want in a neighborhood sports-bar. I love the relaxing tavern feel, the variety of drinks and beers and more than anything else, the comfort food that’s made from scratch! You can’t go wrong here if you’re looking for a place to enjoy drinks and food with friends. Hang out in the bar, in the main dining area or outside. It’s great for a relaxing date night also! Tonight my husband and I went after work… I ordered the steak and cheese sandwich with sweet potato fries and had a glass of the freshly made red Sangria. My husband ordered the buffalo chicken sandwich with their signature seasoned fries and had a cold glass of Guineas Stout. Both meals were made perfectly and were delicious. It was a great relaxing meal for a Thursday night and was less that $45 which included the 20% tip. The Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern is located at 257 N Cattlemen Rd Unit 81 in Sarasota directly across from UTC Mall and is worth a try! 

Lido Key Beach 

I love Lido Key Beach! It’s my absolute favorite beach in SWFL!!! I like that it has a large parking lot and that the beach isn’t very wide so you don’t have a long walk to reach the water like other beaches in the area. The concession stand is known for their Sunday lobster rolls, but I also love the tuna wraps, the chicken salad on grilled sourdough bread and the cheese burgers!!! All the food is really good and affordable! There’s also restrooms, a gift shop, a swimming pool and picnic tables. On the beach you can feel safe with Lifeguards on duty 7 days a week year round 10am-4:45pm daily. With more than 3,000 ft of white sand and shells, Lido Beach is located on Lido Key by St. Armand’s Circle and is a great beach in a great location! Check it out!

Fresh Local Produce

There are several farmer markets in and around Sarasota on the weekends in the morning part of the day. But if you’re like me and want fresh local produce at a more convenient day and time, then Detwiler’s Farm Market is the place for you! Detwiler’s is open 8am-7pm Monday-Saturday and is closed on Sunday. Detwiler’s offers fresh local produce, meats and bakery items all at an affordable price. It’s better quality food and is less expensive than the larger grocery chains. There are 3 Detwiler’s in the area, two in Sarasota and one in Venice. Check out their Facebook page to see the specials of the week! Detwiler’s is a great place to shop! Check it out!!!

Shrimp Poboy’s and Frozen Daiquiris! 

A day at Lido beach makes me hungry and thirsty for Shrimp Poboy’s and Daiquiris! For this I head to the Daiquiri Deck at Saint Armands Circle. There’s also one in Siesta Key that we enjoy when going to the beach there. The shrimp are lightly breaded and the bread is fresh and soft. Add lettuce and tomato and you’ve got a really yummy sandwich. I love the seasoned crinkle fries too! Of course at Daiquiri Deck it’s not a meal without a frozen daiquiri or two to wash it down with! This is what’s good today!!! Enjoy 🙂

This weeks favorite find! 

Growing up in Florida I learned from a young age the importance of aloe. As a teenager I realized that aloe helped to quickly clear up breakouts and other teenager skin issues. In my 20’s and early 30’s I discovered that I have sensitive skin and that my face didn’t just have freckles, but laugh lines and the beginnings of sunspots too… As I progressed through my 20’s into my 30’s, I tried every product I could find on my face and nothing worked. Most products clogged my pores causing my face to breakout or it was too oily or too drying and many were very expensive with no results. One summer about 10 years ago I discovered a product that changed my life. I was shopping for aloe after a day at the beach and came across Ocean Potion ICE. This isn’t just any aloe product. ICE is enriched with natural extracts of Arnica Flower, Comfrey, Aloe Leaf, Tea Tree Oil, Menthol and Lidocaine and provides temporary pain relief from sunburn, scrapes, windburns, minor burns, insect bites and so on. Every day for the last 10 years I apply ICE to my face when I get out of the shower each morning and again when I wash my face at night before going to bed. This product has worked wonders for my face and skin. It works for razor bumps, and makes my legs super smooth after shaving. I love the cooling menthol and the aloe clears up my skin. If you have a teenager it helps acne and the cuts and scrapes lil kids often get. I have a friend who rubs her kids feet with it before they go to bed at night and another whose husband is a landscaper and loves it. He uses it for bug bites and also on his face after shaving. You can find Ocean Potion ICE at your local Walmart or online at http://www.oceanpotion.com. I’ve tried other aloe products by Ocean Potion and by other makers and none give the same results as ICE. If you have sensitive skin or problem skin, if you work outside, play outside, camp or go to the beach, if you shave, have cuts or bug bites or if you just simply have a sunburn; ICE is for you! I’ve used ICE daily for over 10 years and swear by it!!!

Non-sticky and will not stain.

Made in US

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Chili’s Grill & Bar

I don’t usually care for chain restaurants, but every now and then I find myself at one for dinner and drinks with family and friends. Chili’s Grill & Bar is a convenient and affordable neighborhood restaurant that we enjoy. I’m always down for the 2 for 1 drinks and the chips and salsa. You used to get the chips and salsa free with drinks at the bar, but now they charge for it. The cost isn’t much so it’s not really a big deal, but free was better! I love their Mango Margaritas, but have to request the ones made with syrup. They are just better. For dinner, give their new smoked menu options a try. You get to choose 2 or 3 meat options that includes smoked BBQ chicken breast, jalapeño cheddar smoked sausage, chicken crispers or a half rack of ribs. Each smoked meal comes with roasted sweet corn on the cob, homestyle fries and garlic toast. All of this to include drinks is around $20 per person. Sooo good! 

Sweet Treats ♡

There’s no place better for sweet treats than Kilwins in Saint Armands Circle. Just entering Kilwins makes you feel like a kid again. It smells so good, taste so good and just makes me happy! Any time of day or night you’re sure to find something good here!!!