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Sarasota….Marina Jacks……

We visited a friend in Sarasota yesterday at his beautiful apartment overlooking Sarasota Bay.  He makes the most wicked mean margaritas on this planet!  My head this morning can vouch for that!!

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We then went over to the Marina and had dinner at Marina Jacks……one of my favourite waterfront restaurants in Sarasota.  Beautiful fresh oysters…….I could live here for a while!!!

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The Sherlock Holmes Inn, Melbourne, Australia…..

 The game's afoot: The Sherlock Holmes in Collins Street.

The game’s afoot: The Sherlock Holmes in Collins Street. Photo: Chloe Carbines

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The Sherlock Holmes Inn

They may not have seen much daylight the last seven years, but for husband and wife team  Gary and Melanie Kirwan at the Sherlock Holmes Inn, it’s all about the people. “We’re a bit like a country pub in the city,” Gary says. From the solitary door on Collins St, head down to exposed bricks, wooden beams and comfy nooks. A comforting English menu is at hand, especially Mrs Hudson’s (aka Sherlock’s landlady) steak and mushroom in ale pie. There are 18 beers on tap, as well as a mulled cider to warm the cockles. 415 Collins Street; 9629 1146;

Asics forever!

Just bought a pair of Asics running trainers at the Asics outlet at Ellenton Premium Outlets in Florida……….what a shop this was!  Must definitely go back before we leave Florida and shop up!  I had my first rowing workout in them……unreal……no stopping me now!

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Happy Birthday Dr. Ken Stephens

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Dr. Ken Stephens celebrated his 82nd Birthday yesterday and we ate at a fantastic Mexican Restaurant in Riverview, Florida called Mi Casa.  What a great little gem of a place this was.

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Steve made us some mean margaritas! before we left and off we went ……………

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It was a fantastic restaurant and a fun night…..thanks Ken, hope you have many more to celebrate in the future…….

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Well, I have to say this has been a Thanksgiving to remember, spent with Steve’s lovely mum Gina and her husband Ken along with friends in beautiful Florida.  Club Renaissance is a fantastic club and it was packed today with merry people all around us. Was Turkey served?  Silly question!  The food at the club, by my high standards!! was very good indeed!  It was a five star buffet and I was over the moon to see beautiful, freshly cooked king prawns (they call them shrimp!)  displayed wonderfully on mountains of ice and lemon wedges.  It was all a dream for me not to be cooking! and I lapped up all the spoiling.  happy hour and dinner at the club again tomorrow night!  I must go for a run/walk again in the morning!!