M J’s Special of the Day

Cruisers typically look for restaurant venues which are special because of their menu, their view, and/or the “local flavor”. In New Bern, NC one of boater’s favorite locations is M J’s  Raw Bar & Grille on Middle Street. The location is about three football fields (316 yards) away from the New Bern Grand Marina. A typical wait during peak time …

Alex RookerM J’s Special of the Day

The City Laundry- New Bern NC

Captain Dave, of the tour boat “Cruise the Neuse” asked if Diann and I would like to venture off our catamaran to join them to hear saxophonist David Robinson play at The City Laundry. According to an article in the Sun-Journal, “The original developer and owner of the City Laundry was Mack Franklin Bennett, who together with his wife, Dorothy, …

Alex RookerThe City Laundry- New Bern NC

Coffee at The Bean in Oriental NC

Central to an experience of Oriental NC is a visit to The Bean coffee shop.  The facility is elevated so it sits above high water of the Neuse River.  That affords an excellent view of the small village’s Town Dock.  The dock is free for 48 hours and as a result many transient boats stop in. In warmer months folks …

Alex RookerCoffee at The Bean in Oriental NC

Rum & Coke at Oriental, NC

During the evening of New Year’s Eve 2016, Diann and I left our Gemini catamaran and drove our Jeep to Oriental NC to participate in the annual running of the dragons. Between events (about 8:40PM to 11:20PM) we needed to enter somewhere warm. My suggestion was to sample beverages at three restaurants vs. sitting in one place for over two …

Alex RookerRum & Coke at Oriental, NC

New Bern Fried Seafood

While serving as Captain on the Aerie Ferry Tour Boat, here in New Bern NC, I’m often asked about a good seafood restaurant. Diann and I have discovered the Carolina Grill which is at  998 Hwy 70 East just off the bridge as you head toward Morehead City. We visited just before the Christmas holiday and so the décor fit …

Alex RookerNew Bern Fried Seafood

Brown Pelican bar music on Saturday Night

Call me bad !   I didn’t see the name of the band which was playing last night at New Bern’s Brown Pelican bar. If I had seen a placard with their name, I’d certainly have made note. The Brown Pelican is small enough that even with a small crowd, it feels like an intimate gathering of friends.  For an age …

Alex RookerBrown Pelican bar music on Saturday Night

“Bay Leaf Restaurant” Dessert New Bern, NC

Having had dinner on board Yacht A Fun, our Gemini catamaran, I was ready to head into New Bern for some “action”. Over the Cunningham draw bridge, the full Hunter’s Moon made walking B Dock look like a dim afternoon stroll. Stopping at the top of the ramp, I took in a deep breath as I gazed upon the moon’s …

Alex Rooker“Bay Leaf Restaurant” Dessert New Bern, NC

Moore St Market- Sept 15th 2015

WiFi is important for those traveling by boat. Being able to get online when off of our Gemini sailing catamaran is a basic necessity- especially when Diann needs the saloon table for a sewing project. So, today I ventured into Southport NC to get parts at NAPA Auto Parts and Lowes Hardware as well as spend time at a wifi …

Alex RookerMoore St Market- Sept 15th 2015

Lokal- Coconut Grove May 7th 2015

LoKal’s logo is such that the last L functions somewhat as a Z, too. It’s a nice play on spelling and reflects the funky atmosphere of this popular Coconut Grove restaurant. It’s close to CVS Pharmacy and so was a natural spot to stop for lunch. Being dog friendly helped since Zoey was with us. The burger buns are branded, …

Alex RookerLokal- Coconut Grove May 7th 2015

Fish Tales Restaurant- Marathon FL

Diann and I had been in search of upholstery adhesive to complete the solar panel wiring work that was done within the port berth closet of our Gemini catamaran sailboat. The fabric liner had to be pulled back to allow proper installation, and protection, of the new panel’s wiring. (This is the type thing that makes boat work continuous. What …

Alex RookerFish Tales Restaurant- Marathon FL