KISS Country Chili Cook Off | January 29, 2012

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KISS Country Chili Cook Off 2012

KISS Country Chili Cook Off | January 29, 2012

Win Free Tickets To The Chili Cook Off

Do you like Country music? Do you love the taste of some really good, hearty chili? I know you love cold beer! I don’t have to ask you that one. Well, if I’ve hit the nail on the head and you like your music a bit on the twangy side, served up with some good eatin’ and chilled brews, then you’d better not miss this year’s installment of the KISS Country Chili Cook-Off.

This year’s event features the Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, Clay Walker, Chris Cagle, and Sonia Leigh.

KISS Country Chili Cookoff Jan 29 2012 Tickets

WKIS says the event is SOLD OUT! But the good news is our ticket source still has tickets available! Click the link above before it’s too late and they sell out too!

The video above from last’ year’s event looks like a lot of fun. I’m miffed that I was out of town and missed the Zac Brown Band. They rock!

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There’s nothing like hanging out with some old friends and meeting some new ones at an outdoor festival in South Florida. The weather this time of year is absolutely perfect . So get there, pick out your spot on the lawn, kick back and enjoy a day of fun.

Planning on attending the KISS Country Chili Cook-Off? If so, here are some Frequently Asked Questions about the KISS Country Chili Cook-Off

Who is playing at the KISS Country Chili Cookoff this year?

There is a stellar line-up of performers including the Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, Clay Walker, Chris Caigle, and Sonia Leigh.

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Where will the KISS Country Chili Cookoff be this year?

CB Smith Park on Flamingo Road in Pembroke Pines.

What are the hours?

On site parking gates open at 6:45 am. The concert gates open at 8:30am and the concert begins at approximately 10am. (Man that’s kind of early to be going to a concert isn’t it?)

What is the lineup order of performances?

The scheduled lineup is tentative and subject to change but is as follows: Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, Clay Walker, Chris Caigle, and Sonia Leigh

How much are the tickets?

Tickets cost $40. Everyone attending must have a ticket and all tickets cost $40 in advance. Day of show tickets will cost $45, if they are available.

Where can I buy them?

Tickets go on sale Friday, November 26th at 10am at Walmart in Pembroke Pines & Cooper City & Sawgrass.  Dade and Broward County Pet Supermarkets. Grif’s Western Wear in Davie.

What about specially priced tickets for children?

Everyone attending must have a ticket and all advance tickets cost $40. Day of show tickets will cost $45, if available.

Are these assigned seats or general admission?

All tickets are festival style and on the lawn. You may bring a blanket or folding chair. Walmart will be selling chairs in their booth.

What happens if it rains?

This is South Florida people…The Chili Cookoff takes place rain or shine.

What is the refund policy?

There are no refunds for any reason.

Directions to CB Smith Park

From the North: Take 595 to 75 South to Sheridan Street East to Flamingo Road South. Park will be on the right.

From the South: Take 75 to Pines Blvd/Hollywood Blvd to Flamingo Road North. Park will be on the left.

From the West: Take 75 to Sheridan Street East to Flamingo Road South. Park will be on the right.

From the East: Take 95 to Sheridan Street West to Flamingo Road South. Park will be on the right.

So make plans today to be at the KISS Country Chili Cook Off on January 30, 2011. It’s going to be a great time for sure!

Winterfest Boat Parade – December 10, 2011

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Winterfest Boat Parade – December 10, 2011

UPDATE: The festivities and excitement begins at 3:30 pm when the gates open to the Grandstand Viewing Area. Come early and bring the family (No pets please) to enjoy all of the amenities associated with your reserved and assigned seats. The Boat Parade gets underway at 6:00 pm along Downtown Fort Lauderdale and should arrive at the grandstand area at approximately 7:30 pm.

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Winterfest Boat Parade. This year’s theme is “Rockin’ Boats and Holiday Floats”. Kind of a corny sounding name but aren’t all parades a bit corny anyway? They’re meant to be silly and tons of fun! Other than rain, there’s not much which diminishes the fun of the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade.

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Starting on the New River in Fort Lauderdale and traveling to the Intracoastal North to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach The 39th Annual Boat Parade will start on the New River as it travels East to the Intracoastal Waterway as it continues North to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. The parade shows off the beauty of our waterways with the music and excitement of every era.

From the vast numbers of private boats to the giant showboats and corporate megayachts, the 100 parade entrants, will be adorned with hundreds of thousands of lights, music, entertainment, decorations, celebrities, musical groups, beauty queens and many other exciting entries expected to be viewed by over one million spectators.

Even though we live here, we never tire of the boat parade. It’s a lot of fun for everyone and visiting relatives and friends absolutely love it. Since we live near the intracoastal we get a great view but if you don’t it doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get a great spot to see the Winterfest Boat Parade.

In honor of a new category, to commemorate the city’s 100 th birthday, Winterfest is calling all vintage boats to enter the parade, in a new category. Last year, parade viewers were given a taste ofhistory with America, a 1965 Trumpy Motoryacht and Charm, a 1983 Pilgrim Trawler. This nighttime flotilla gained strength in 1971because of the vision of about 20 enthusiastic boaters.

Another highlight for 2011 will be the extraordinary poster artwork created by marinelife artist Guy Harvey. This is the second Winterfest commissioning for the artist.

For the best seats on land to view the entire Parade, head over to the Winterfest Grandstands located in Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Reserve your tickets today! Stop by the Culinary Courtyard for some great food and get a frost, cold beverage as well. There will be music at the Mobile Mike Stage and Big105.9 FM Morning Show Personalities will be on hand with live parade commentary.

The Seminole Tribe of Florida will host an area with Indian arts, crafts, birds of prey and authentic Indian dancing. Experience the Florida Panthers’ Slap Shot Game, Florida Marlins Prize Wheel, Mermaids, Baseball Throw, climb the Rock Wall, Bounce House, Sun-Sentinel’s Kids’ Town and much more!

You may walk in to Birch State Park for a general admission fee of just $3 are invited to experience all the pre-parade activities but the Grandstands are gated so you will not be permitted inside without a ticket. Walk-ins will need to bring a chair or blanket and save your spot on the southern end of the park near the seawall for optimum viewing. There will be no unauthorized vehicles permitted inside the park the day of the parade.

Park and Ride service  and convenient parking at Memorial Park (Sunrise Boulevard – Holiday Park). For each grandstand Ticket purchased, you will also receive a voucher for a Florida Panther’s and Marlins Games game in January. Special appearances by Stanley C. Panther, Billy the Marlin and Santa!

Don’t miss the Winterfest Boat Parade!

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2011 [Video]

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Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2011

Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

Living in Fort Lauderdale certainly has its perks and one of those perks is the great events that are held locally. One of my favorite local events is the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. They shouldn’t call it a “boat show” but rather a mega yacht show.

Sure they have much smaller boats, but the eye-catchers are certainly the big boats. The ones you can only dream about owning. They are massive and extremely impressive.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the “Yachting Capital of the World” will host the 52nd Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on October 27-31, 2011. Show exhibits range from yacht builders and designers to exotic cars and brokerage yachts.

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A wide variety of boats and sea vessels will be on display including runabouts, sportfishers, high performance boats, center consoles, cabin cruisers, flats boats, skiffs, express cruisers, sailing yachts, motor yachts, bowriders, catamarans, ski boats, jet boats, trawlers, inflatables, canoes, and extraordinary superyachts.

Covering six locations and over 3 million square feet of space, the show’s transportation network of bus shuttles, water taxis, and riverboats ensures attendees can easily navigate the boat show and its expansive waterways system.Added attractions include The Blue Wild Dive Show, IGFA’s School of Sportfishing and Hook the Future’s Kids Fishing Clinics.

October 27-31, 2011

Prime Time Preview:
Thurs. Oct 27, 10am – 7pm

General Admission:
Fri. Oct 28, 10am – 7pm
Sat. Oct 29, 10am – 7pm
Sun. Oct 30, 10am – 7pm
Mon. Oct 31, 10am – 5pm

Tickets (cash only, but ATM’s are nearby) are also available from the box office at the following locations on the days of the show: Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Las Olas Marina, Las Olas Riverfront (downtown Fort. Lauderdale), Broward County Convention Center. There are no ticket sales at the Hall of Fame Marina, The Sails and the Ft. Lauderdale Hilton Marina.  The only pets we can allow are guide dogs or other licensed, working dogs.

Bahia Mar/ Hall Of Fame/Las Olas Marina Show Sites  
The Broward County Convention Center 2011  
Fort Lauderdale Hilton Marina 2011 
The Sails Marina 2011

For more information please visit the event detail page.

Sage Cafe Restaurant Fort Lauderdale | Daily Deal Coupon

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Sage Cafe Restaurant Fort Lauderdale | Daily Deal Coupon

Do you love authentic French cuisine? Well the Sage Cafe might be what you’re looking for. We hope to be featuring the restaurant on the Fort Lauderdale Daily Deals very soon. I think our subscribers will really love the restaurant.

Once we get them onboard, we’ll be writing a long form review of the restaurant right here. So make sure you sign up to be notified when we go live with Sage Cafe by subscribing here for alerts on Chef Laurent’s Sage Cafe being featured.

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Art Walk Las Olas Monthly Event 2011 [Video]

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Art Walk Las Olas Monthly Event 2011

The scene in Las Olas is always spirited, sophisticated, and has it’s own distinctive atmosphere. There has always been a very strong artistic environment, with local denizens who support the arts in every way.

Now, for everyone to enjoy will be the Art Walk in Las Olas, with an event one time per month every third Thursday, and what a great way to enjoy the Las Olas lifestyle, than to stroll down the Boulevard to see what the latest offerings from local artists will be.

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Hang out at one of the many unique restaurants, relax with a glass of wine, watch the passersby, and take home a great piece of art for yourself.

Art Walk Las Olas is an experiential, energetic, and first-of-its kind event coming each third Thursday monthly. This reoccurring activity is a new and unique way to ignite interest and introduce the community to Las Olas Boulevard and downtown Fort Lauderdale’s cultural & arts scene.

Attendees leisurely stroll up and down the sidewalks of Las Olas Boulevard on a self-guided tour of gallery openings & exhibits, boutique trunk shows, shopping specials and restaurants all while enjoying outdoor artist demonstrations, live music, & refreshments.


Every third Thursday


Experience special events and promotions at the shops and galleries along East Las Olas. Sidewalk musicians and art displays will add to the festive atmosphere.

Start Time:

6:00 PM

End Time:

9:00 PM


East Las Olas Blvd. from Andrews Ave. to SE 16 Ave.


Ticket Price: Free

This monthly event will definitely give you a break from the daily grind, and the chance to relax with friends who have the same love of art that we all do here in South Florida.

Some sponsors are the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, The Hamilton Gallery,  Downtown Development Authority, The Las Olas Company, Las Olas Association, The Upper Room Gallery, and the Saba Gallery.

Giving an artist the chance to shine, to show their talents is just one of the great ways we celebrate our lifestyle, and on Las Olas Boulevard, what better place to take the time to enjoy the artisans, have a great meal, and break away from the daily repetition.

We all love to support the varied arts we have in Fort Lauderdale, and this is one event that looks like it will have legs.

Art Walk Las Olas and FAT Village Art Walk bring the party to downtown Fort … “Meeting Under an Umbrella” by Miami artist Stephen Gamson, who will be at ONE Sotheby’s International Realty’s Fort Lauderdale office during the Las Olas Art Walk for a wine and cheese reception. If you’re looking for proof then check out the two

Bulletin Board ArtWalk Las Olas, 5 to 9 pm along Las Olas Boulevard between Andrews and Southeast 16th avenues in Fort Lauderdale. Free. Call 954-258-8382. Bend Me, Shape Me, 3:45 to 4:45 pm at Secret Woods Nature Center, 2701 W. State Road 84, Dania Beach. $10.

Art, galleries, crafts and museums on Las Olas Boulevard, Fort … But that’s not all … take a walk down Las Olas Boulevard and you’ll find that there are galleries and specialty stores in abundance.

Art Walk Las Olas and FAT Village Art Walk bring culture to … You can start with tonight’s Art Walk Las Olas, a new monthly event showcasing the art galleries and 40 businesses on a self-guided tour

Welcome To Art Walk Las Olas! Art Walk Las Olas is an experiential, energetic, and first-of-its kind event Announcing Art Walk Las Olas – A New Cultural Experience,

New art walk coming to Las Olas – Broward – The sidewalks of downtown Fort Lauderdale will come alive with art on the third Thursday of each month.

Las Olas art walk – Las Olas Boulevard It’s very exciting that Las Olas is re-instating its art walks. What’s even better is that TSDG (Tangled Spider Design Group) is donating an

West Palm Beach SunFest Event 2011 [Video]

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West Palm Beach SunFest Event 2011 [Video]

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Now that spring has sprung, the West Palm Beach Sunfest is the intro into the steaming hot music scene for South Florida. The event starts April 27-May 1st. Their link for tickets is

Hours: Wed., 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Thurs.-Fri., 5 p.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., noon-11 p.m.; Sun, noon-10 p.m.

Gates: Entry can be made at Centennial Square, Datura Street, Fern Street and Trinity Place.

And just for a teaser, here’s just a few of the musical artists to be rockin’ the event.

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Earth, Wind & Fire


Sublime with Rome

Cee Lo Green

Jeff Beck

Taking Back Sunday

Gregg Allman

Neon Trees

The Avett Brothers


Mike Posner

Sick Puppies

Never Shout Never

Prince Royce


Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

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The Supervillains

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Circa Survive

Brooke Fraser

Ziggy Marley

Summer officially starts at the largest music and art festival in Florida, spotlighting just about every musical genre. Listen to tunes, sip cold drinks, and scope out the vistas around downtown West Palm Beach’s new waterfront.

SunFest is the big time. There is no doubt summer kicks off right here. It may be hot outside, but inside the festival gates, the over the top musical lineup makes every one of the festival’s five days hotter. Last year, ZZ Top, REO Speedwagon, The B-52s, The Charlie Daniels Band, Five For Fighting, Ben Harper and Relentless 7, Johnny Cakes and Four Horseman of the Apocalypso, and Shinedown rocked on three stages of live music.

SunFest is about kicking back on one of the floating barges, surrounded by partygoers, DJs, and unique cocktail mixes that will give you a wide smile and a refreshing feeling. The barges are set up on open air in Lake Worth Lagoon.

Art is also major part of SunFest. Find and buy something you like, or discover an artist whose work stands out from the rest, from the more than 75 art vendors to make up the juried show. On the way to the art, stop by the kid’s area, try some great food, have a cold drink, go for a wine tasting, and visit a vendor booth. The last night of SunFest features a spectacular fireworks show – a fantastic finale to a fabulous fest.

Great SunFest ticket packages are available. Feel like a VIP with a backstage pass or reserve your seat near the stage. Five-day festival tickets and individual day passes are all available.

For a different experience all together, try Club SunFest – A members only section with reduced prices for drink and complimentary meals.

Full lineup of top musical acts, as well as wine tasting, juried fine arts and crafts, TGI5K, Rock n Roll Shootout, family activities, and Fireworks show on Sunday at 9pm.

Tickets are still available at, and at the on-site ticket booths. Prices are $34 for one day, $51 for a two-day pass, $66 for a five-day pass. Youth tickets (Ages 6-12) are $10 for one day, $17 for two days or $22 for five days. Senior tickets are $20, at the gate only. Children under 5 get in free.

Many of downtown West Palm Beach restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, are open early and late during SunFest. They also offer exclusive specials found only festival time.

There are VIP tickets, as well for the event, you can call SunFest. The event will be on Wednesday, April 27, to Sunday, May 1, at West Palm Beach Waterfront.

So come on out and listen to some incredible bands, grab your favorite beverage, have a bite, and rock on into the night.

SunFest itinerary: Saturday a great day to catch local acts From The Gallery’s set right after the gates open at 12:15 pm to Jeff Harding’s show at 7 pm, Saturday will be full of local music at SunFest. The Gallery, a West Palm Beach-based quartet who all moved to the area from Massachusetts, first gained a

Keeping current gives SunFest boost with fans Like tax day, SunFest is regular occurrence each April. People just seem to be a lot more excited about SunFest, though. A lot more.

West Palm Beach’s SunFest reaches out, builds interest Palm Beach Post Like tax day, SunFest is regular occurrence each April. People just seem to be a lot more excited about SunFest, though. A lot more. “We’ve definitely seen a higher level of interest this year, compared to the

Taking Back Sunday at SunFest April 29 Thursday, April 28, through Sunday, May 1, at SunFest Grounds, Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach waterfront. Gates open at 5 pm Thursday and Friday, and noon Saturday and Sunday. Taking Back Sunday performs Friday, April 29, at 9:30 pm on SunFest’s Bank

Las Olas Wine And Food Festival 2011 [Video]

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Aaaaahhhhhh…wine, food, music….the South Florida weather…it doesn’t get any better than this! The 16th Annual Las Olas Wine and Food Festival is a special event in Fort Lauderdale that is held to benefit the American Lung Association.

The annual fete will have all the bells and whistles you expect from the toney Las Olas Boulevard area. The participating restaurants are top-notch, and there will be a fashion show, a cupcake war, and loads to do, eat, and drink. The sponsors this year are Tequila Herradura, Bombay Sapphire Gin and Premier Beverage Company.

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For tickets, go to their website.

The event will be from April 27-29th this year – and on Saturday, March 29th,  there will be the famous Wine Dinner Saturday.

Tequila Herradura VIP Reception in partnership with JM Lexus $225pp

On Saturday, April 29th the Tequila Herradura VIP Reception in partnership with JM Lexus (a sell out every year) will be held on Las Olas Boulevard (located on the Riverside Hotel lawn by 8th Ave) from 6.00 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. All VIP patrons will receive a complimentary wine glass and included in the VIP ticket is a fabulous VIP Gift Bag which contains a bottle of wine and exciting items from our sponsors. The VIP experience will include an open bar courtesy of Brown Forman Corporation and delicious cuisine.

World Famous Las Olas Boulevard Street Festival $100pp

Often imitated but never duplicated the Friday, April 29th Street Festival ticket has everything that seals the deal in making this clearly the #1 wine and food event in South Florida! Your street festival ticket includes a complimentary wine glass (6½ oz.), butler tray and unlimited sampling from over 60 of the best local restaurants, 45 tables of wine and micro brews from 7.30 p.m. – 10 p.m. This ticket also includes the unparalleled Bombay Sapphire lounge for the ultimate cocktail experience! Of course to compliment this affair we include live music from amazing South Florida acts like The WEEDLINE & Pan Vibes. We love to add a little fashion in as well so a Culinary Couture Fashion Show by the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale will take place on the cat walk. All attendees this year have the chance to take part in the New Times CUPCAKE BATTLE! That’s right you get to decide the “Fan Favorite” award for the Best Cupcake during the festival!

BYTES “A Gourmet Food Truck Event” $40pp

This year’s Festival will feature a new addition dubbed BYTES “A Gourmet Food Truck Event.” The trucks stop here on Saturday, April 30th at Huizenga Plaza from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Gourmet Food Trucks will feature savory delights for guests, including The MexZican Gourmet, Slow Food Truck,& Grill Master Cafe. Unlimited sampling from all the trucks, two complimentary drinks courtesy of Tequila Herradura, Bombay Sapphire ® Gin, Barefoot Wine and Bubbly and live music.

Wine Dinners

Willamette Valley Vineyards Wine Pairing @ Publix Apron’s Cooking School

Wednesday, April 27th at 6:30pm

Host Jim Bernau, President of Willamette Valley Vineyards

Reservations:(954) 577-4264

$45 per person plus tax and gratuity

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The 2011 Las Olas Wine and Food Festival may be sold out! The festival takes place directly on the World Famous Las Olas Boulevard, the most popular street in downtown Fort Lauderdale, known for its fabulous restaurants, trendy shops, and magnificent hotels.

The exclusive VIP Reception (a sell out every year) was held in the VIP Lounge on Las Olas Boulevard (located on 8th Ave.) from 5:30p.m. — 7:00 pm. The VIP Lounge was open the entire festival for VIP Ticket holders only. VIP Patrons received a complimentary Eisch Glass which is a breathable wine glass manufactured in Germany in addition to the VIP Gift Bag which contains a bottle of wine.

The street festival takes place from 7:00p.m – 9:30p.m. Each block of Las Olas Boulevard will have live music plus festival goers will enjoyed signature culinary creations from more than 65 of South Florida’s most desirable dining destinations accompanied by 40+ wine tables on the boulevard.


Voted One of The 10 Best Annual Fort Lauderdale Events
The Palm Beacher

Named The Best Wine Street Festival of the Year
United States Sommelier Association

Las Olas Wine & Food Festival Set for April 27-30 Get ready for the 2011 Las Olas Wine and Food Festival sponsored by Tequila Herradura, Bombay Sapphire Gin and Premier Beverage Company, and benefiting the American Lung Association. The multi-day event will provide guests with plenty

New Times Cupcake Battle: Q&A With Allegria Frozen Yogurt & Cupcakes As a countdown to the upcoming New Times Cupcake Battle at the 2011 Las Olas Wine & Food Festival April 29, Clean Plate Charlie interviewed the participating bakeries. First up is Allegria Frozen Yogurt & Cupcakes who plans to win the

Food events: March 24 Women of Wine: Sample wines created by female winemakers with cooking teacher Lenore Nolan-Ryan and wine blogger Stephanie Miskew. Part of Art of Wine and Food series; 6-7:30 pm, Museum of Art, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; $35,

Win Tickets to the New Times Cupcake Battle at the Las Olas Wine & Food Festival Yes, Clean Plate Charlie readers will win a pair of tickets (value of $100 each) to the Cupcake Battle and Las Olas Wine & Food Festival. Judges provided by New Times will evaluate cupcakes and select winners in two categories: Best Tasting and Best

About the Las Olas Wine and Food Festival – Fort Lauderdale Florida. Well over a decade ago, the first Las Olas Wine & Food Festival took place

Las Olas Wine & Food Festival The Ultimate Street Festival! Friday … 16th Annual street festival debuts new event, plus wine dinners, and VIP reception Proceeds benefit American Lung Association in Florida The

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Captain Tom Zsak On The Happy Day Today Sport Fishing Boat Says The Sailfish Are Biting!!

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Captain Tom Zsak On The robin fishingHappy Day Today Sport Fishing Boat Says The Sailfish Are Biting!!

If you love sport fishing, it doesn’t get any better than it is here in the Fort Lauderdale area. My wife is an avid fisherwoman…actually that’s not a strong enough description. I think she actually has gills. She grew up the daughter of a fishing boat captain and cut her teeth on the sport.

Now, every chance she gets, she’s either on a boat or on a pier with a line in the water. She’s fished in the Caribbean off of the shores of Jamaica and St. Lucia and has done some diving in those areas as well. So I take her word for it when she tells me how much fun sport fishing is right here in our own backyard.

She actually landed a big one a few years ago. She caught an 80 pound Sailfish that now hangs on our wall. She’s also caught a bunch of other fish including some pretty good size Mahi Mahi in her time. So I think she knows what she’s talking about.

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So today she read a log by a local captain. Captain Tom Zsask regarding a Fort Lauderdale fishing charter he had today:

This morning in South Florida Ft. Lauderdale winds were out of the east at 12 mph – seas were running 3-4 ft., blue indigo waters pushed into the Ft. Lauderdale Beach. The Happy Day Today was chartered by Mr. Winger, a customer of mine who has been doing salt water fishing with me for the past 15 years. I have watched his family grow, from sons to grandsons.

Mr, Winger remembered his son going out Sword fishing one day with the Happy Day Today and coming home with a 350 lb.Sword fish. It was now time to take his grandson, Nick, who is ten years old, out fishing. We started out live baiting with two kites out with four live baits, two on each kite. The first bite was a 20 lb. Mahi Mahi, the second bite was a King fish, then a Barracuda and one more King.

I positioned the boat over a wreck north of the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale in South Florida. Mitch, the mate, set up the kites again and in a few mintues a Sailfish came up on the left long kite. Soon, the Sailfish’s bill was out of the water taking swings at the bait. The line smoked off the reel of the rod that Nick was holding, as the Sailfish came out of the water, jumping from north to south, putting on a great show.

Nick must have it in his blood because he looked like a true angler; he brought the Sailfish to the side of the boat, allowing us to take pictures. Afterwards, we released the Sailfish and he swam away. The smile on that boy’s face made my day. Mr.Winger was very proud, exclaiming what a great job his grandson did with his first Sailfish!

It was time to start heading back to the dock at Bahia Mar, Fort Lauderdale South Florida. This ends another successful and adventurous fishing excursion on the Happy Day Today with Captain Zsak.

The Happy Day Today charter boat is the ULTIMATE sport fishing adventure! With 30 years of Ft Lauderdale fishing experience and 34 local records in South Florida, Captains Rick Brady and Tom Zsak have the skilled expertise to decide how, what, and where to catch fish on any given day on a Ft Lauderdale fishing charter.

Anybody want to go fishing?

Spring Break Fort Lauderdale Style | The Party Is Back!

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Spring Break Fort Lauderdale Style | The Party Is Back!

Do you remember being in college? Aaah…what a great time we had on Spring Break in Fort Lauderdale. 10 of us crammed into a room at the old Jolly Roger hotel. Having  our meals at the Candy Store buffet and washing it down with warm beer. The now infamous Wet-T contests with the “local” ringers. Bailing my roommate out of jail for being a complete moron. Peeing in the ocean while chasing a Frisbee…good times…good times.

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Well the good times are back. The kids are swarming upon Fort Lauderdale again after a long hiatus. No, you don’t have to worry about it taking hours to drive down A1A, but it’s still nice to see the strip bustling with business and activity.

What I used to look at as a good time I now look at as potential income and right now, Spring Break in Fort Lauderdale is giving some area businesses a big boost. Even if the police have to occasionally look the other way.

Spring Break Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale once again appears to be an increasingly popular destination for Spring Breakers. With all of the violence in Mexico, the Fort Lauderdale area offers some distinct advantages and it’s a safe destination.

“I think the city has really tried to get them back here, not so much like the ridiculousness that it used to be, but something that is comfortable for both the college kids, the regular tourists and the families,” said Michele Penrod, owner of the Elbo Room. (Anyone remember Penrod’s and the Button?…OMG!!)

Four Florida cities made the Top 10 list of Spring Break destinations booked on, including Orlando at No. 1, Fort Lauderdale at No. 5, Fort Myers at No. 6 and Tampa at No. 7.

In affordability, Fort Lauderdale moved up two notches from No. 7 last year, as its average rate for hotels fell to $125 a night from $138 last year.

It’s estimated that as many as 300,000 spring breakers will hit Fort Lauderdale this year. I know the business owners we’ve spoken to along the beach couldn’t be happier with the return of Spring Break to Fort Lauderdale.

Visit The Miami Metro Zoo

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Miami Metro Zoo

Located just 30 minutes away from downtown Fort Lauderdale is a family getaway that is truly one of the world’s greatest zoos. The Miami Metro Zoo is annually voted as one of the top destinations for family fun in South Florida.

The Zagat Survey rated the Miami Metro Zoo as the “Top-Rated Attraction in the Fort Lauderdale  area by travelers who have experienced traveling with children.

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The Metro Zoo houses more than 1,200 wild animals in a cageless setting that closely approximates the animals’ natural habitats and gives the visitor the feeling of embarking on an international safari. Large, open-air exhibits allow visitors to enjoy beautiful and endangered wildlife at a safe yet remarkably close range.

With nearly 300 developed acres on a 740-acre parcel of land, Metro Zoo is the only zoo in the continental United States and the  located in a subtropical climate. This enables the Zoo to showcase animals that cannot easily be exhibited in colder climates.

Miami Metro Zoo Highlights

One of the world’s great zoos, Miami Metro Zoo is rated among the top ten zoos in the U.S. by Travel & Leisure magazine.

  • Voted # 1 for family fun in Miami by the Best of Citysearch, and South Florida Parenting Magazine. Rated top attraction by Zagat Survey for travelers with children
  • Metro Zoo houses more than 1,200 wild animals in a cageless setting that closely approximates the animals natural habitats and gives the visitor the feeling of embarking on an international safari.
  • Large, open-air exhibits allow visitors to enjoy beautiful and endangered wildlife at a safe yet remarkably close range.
  • With nearly 300 developed acres on a 740-acre parcel of land, Metro Zoo is the only zoo in the continental United States located in a subtropical climate.
  • Metro Zoo works with other institutions around the world in 41 Species Survival Plans, aiding the Bengal Tiger, Indian Rhinoceros, Asian Small Clawed Otter and other endangered species.
  • Metro Zoo’s breeding programs have received widespread recognition and a variety of prestigious awards, ranging from several First Breeding Certificates to the Edward H. Bean Award, the zoological profession’s highest honor.
  • Metro Zoo’s new Master Plan redesigns and expands the Zoo to include spectacular new exhibits, water rides, and interactive opportunities. The Plan envisions the Zoo as the centerpiece of a new tourist destination with themed attractions, stores, restaurants and hotels.
  • The Zoo’s Amazon & Beyond exhibit, is one of the world’s most varied and comprehensive tropical exhibits with jaguars, anacondas, giant river otters, harpy eagles, sting ray touch tanks, air conditioned buildings, and a unique display of a forest before and during flood times.
  • At 27 acres, the Amazon & Beyond exhibit is larger than the average American zoo.
  • Miami Metro Zoo is one of only three Zoo’s in the US to have giant river otters.
  • About 80,000 school children benefit from the zoo’s education programs each year.
  • The Metro Zoo staff is multi-lingual Education and has hosted over 15,000 sessions at the Zoo with school children and their teachers during the past year.

Miami Metrozoo Exhibits

The Asian River Life exhibit invites the visitor to walk among cooling waterfalls, tropical mists and the exotic sounds of wild Asia to encounter the small-clawed river otters, primitive muntjac deer, clouded leopards, and Asian water monitors. The Falcon Batchelor Komodo Dragon Encounter houses the largest, most powerful lizards on earth from the island of Komodo.

These ancient beasts, the national treasure of Indonesia, reach nearly ten feet in length and weigh up to 300 pounds. Among the spectacular temple ruins of Angkor Wat from Cambodia prowl the powerful, majestic Bengal tigers, including the extremely rare white tiger.

Embark upon an African safari to observe gerenuk, pygmy hippo, gemsbok, impala, giant eland and greater
kudu. Reticulated giraffes, ostriches,  zebras and gazelles graze together on the African Plains. See the most beautiful eyelashes in nature up close while feeding the giraffes at The Samburu Giraffe Feeding station.

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Experience the forests of the Dark Continent as you encounter the family life of the powerful silverback lowland gorillas and the chimpanzees. Many other fascinating animals are to be discovered in Africa, including the critically endangered black rhinoceros, whimsical wart hogs, Cape hunting dogs, okapi, and the threatened elephants.

The America’s
Meet the Andean condors, tapirs, squirrel and howler monkeys, emerald tree boas, poison dart frogs and Cuban crocodiles from Central and South America. Iguanas, Cuban knight anoles, and Caimans are lurking about. Giant Galapagos tortoises from Ecuador will amaze you.

Tours And Amenities
The Metro Zoo offers guided tram tours, walking tours (with
advance reservation), fascinating behind-the-scenes tours, the Samburu Giraffe Feeding Station, an educational Wildlife Show, an interactive show at Discovery Den, an elevated air-conditioned monorail tour, Safari quadracycles, water cycles by Lakeside Grille, state-of-the-art playgrounds and water play areas for children, dining areas scattered throughout the Park, and a gift shop.

Here’s a hint, when you go to the zoo, set aside about 4 hours to walk the exhibit and make sure you bring sunscreen and drink plenty of water. It is designed to be like an African safari and the South Florida sun does its best to comply.

So if you are in town looking for something to do, please visit the Zoo, you will have an incredible time. Bring the whole family and enjoy!

Miami Metro Zoo Ticket Information and Directions

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