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

Sparky’s Landing- Key Colony / Marathon Fl.

Yacht A Fun, our Gemini sailing catamaran, is moored in the Marathon Florida Dinner Key Mooring Field.  It was therefore easy for me to attend the Wednesday meeting of the local Rotary Club. The Rotary visit resulted in me meeting John Bartus, Club President, and past Mayor of Marathon. John is a musician, along with being publisher of a local …

Alex RookerSparky’s Landing- Key Colony / Marathon Fl.

Dockside Bar- Marathon, FL

Diann and I took our dinghy to Dockside for a Sunday evening Jam session. Happy hour pricing runs late afternoon until 6PM. So we made sure to get there in time to save a few dollars. Having settled into Dinner Key anchorage aboard our Gemini sailing catamaran, we were ready to visit one of the area’s famous entertainment venues. We …

Alex RookerDockside Bar- Marathon, FL

Sonesta & Peacock Garden Cafe

There are numerous great restaurants in Coconut Grove. So, if you plan to treat yourself to an upper end food and beverage experience- where should you start and where should you finish? For a late afternoon view of Biscayne Bay, from Coconut Grove, the poolside patio at the Sonesta Hotel is hard to beat. There are wicker lounging chairs as …

Alex RookerSonesta & Peacock Garden Cafe

Riverside Cafe’ – Dec 16th 2014

Located beside the bridge, just south of Vero Beach City Marina and Mooring Field,  Riverside Café has docks for boater patrons. Having been referred by other boaters, we decided to have a combined late lunch / early dinner there. Prices were a tad more than I’d like to think of as being primarily a “locals place”, but it wasn’t outrageous. …

Alex RookerRiverside Cafe’ – Dec 16th 2014