I’m going to admit a little something here. I made a booboo. I’m not sure if I just spelled the word ‘booboo’ correctly. But I digress. I completely forgot the actual wine I was supposed to write about in this weeks post. But as I’m realizing this, at least for this week, it doesn’t matter.
I also needed help with the photography for this post. However it was done, but it doesn’t matter. In the end it was done and I’m grateful for my friends and I’m grateful fo my experience at the Blue Marlin in Bradenton Beach, FL.
This almost didn’t happen, because of my trip going at a frenetic place, but I’m so thankful it did.
My visit to the Gulf Coast of Florida only lasted five days but I got so much in that it felt like a lifetime. The memories will surely last that long. But it wasn’t the Blue Marlin itself that made this magical.
Good friends of mine have moved from the Baltimore area to many parts of Florida. This was a first of several visits for me. And while I’m sad my friends have left. They’ve all moved on to something bigger, better, and the next adventure. I’m more happy for them that they’ve found happiness. It’s something we all deserve in this life, as much as possible.
The Blue Marlin was pure happiness. But it was the outside bar that told the real story. For a few moments it felt like we were the only people in (or out) the bar. And we were. But bigger than all of this, it also felt like we were the only people on Earth. I honestly felt that for a few moments. I may not have shared that with anyone at the time, but I just had this feeling of tranquility, peace, and harmony that should’t just happen on vacation, but as much as humanly possible.
The charming bar outside is all we needed. They had a perfectly simple list of cocktails, wines, and beer available at our disposal and within footsteps. It’s a one-stop shop for everything. And the live music set-up is about as picturesque as you’ll find. The band was fantastic. Maybe it’s the serendipitous and unpredictability of how this day was going, but I felt so happy. The environment is one where I’d like to think we’ve all been in from time to time, but maybe not enough. At least for me, at least for this afternoon, I felt at home.
But just when you think I’ve seen it all, they had a just as equally stunning street food set-up, with just a few essential items. However, for the sake of time I will focus on the sliders. We tend to throw around greatest this and greatest that. We might call certain meals, certain restaurants, and certain experiences life changing. If we get to have so many of these then I’m all for it. I like to be careful in what I apply ‘life changing’ to because if I say it so much, it loses it’s shine. I think you know what I’m saying.
This slider was life changing. I’m just going to say it. And my opinion is all my own, but I know I’m not alone. Perhaps the perfection of this day made it taste that much better. Perhaps. I think this was just art. In terms of foodie culture and all that commotion, this is up there with the best burger I’ve ever eaten. And I’m no expert on this. But you or I don’t have to be. This is world class cuisine. I’m remembering now even more vividly how incredible this tasted. You’ve got to be kidding me. This was so great.
Everything about this day was great.
Once again I apologize for not discussing the wines. We had Pinot Noit, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Pinot Grigio. Well I may not have had the Cab Sav, as it may have been too heavy for the season. But nevertheless, everything was superb. I will remember this experience for the rest of my life.
I want to make one last thing clear. All along had planned on writing this around mid September (I was here back in mid-June), and the timing could not be more appropriate.
I’m happy this beautiful area, nearby Anna Maria Island, and many other nearby places are overall still intact and will be opening for business soon.
More importantly, I’m grateful dear friends all across the coast are safe, secure, and will be able to get back to normal. A great set of cities, towns, and resorts have been spared.
And I can’t wait to be back again…
Take good care,