Tuesday, April 21, 2009
There is no place on earth like Islamorada, the "purple isle." On the Bay side, fresh water from the Everglades flows like a sea of grass merging into Florida Bay and Florida Bay eventually into the Gulf of Mexico. On the Ocean side we have the only living coral reef in North America extending four miles out then dropping off into the deep blue Atlantic.
This scenario of converging waters, mixing together in one place, influenced by tides and warmed by our subtropical climate supports the most unique ecosystem in the world. It's why some of the most exotic and diverse wildlife live here.
Almost any fish can be found and fished for in our waters (it's why Islamorada is referred to as the sport-fishing capital of the world). It’s where rare birds like the Roseate Spoonbill flourish and exotic creatures like Saltwater Crocodiles, Alligators, Porpoises, Manatees, and Whale Sharks live. One thousand year old Lignum vitae trees and wild orchids grow on our islands with their blossoms pollinated by endangered rare butterflies.
Everyone knows we have great weather with world class fishing and diving. Next time you come down, you really should pack your binoculars and go on an eco-tour.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
We have 2 brand new restaurants for your dining pleasure here in Islamorada. They fill a much needed niche... more informal, lower priced, family oriented, great food. Both are open for lunch and dinner.
The top photo is of MA'a Fish Camp (love that name). Sara and I ate lunch there today and it was really good. Paper table cloths, fish in a basket style, super informal. She had the BBQ Shrimp from the "small plates" part of the menu, and I had the Combination Seafood Basket. The food was excellent and there were lots of other great choices on the menu such as Baha Style Fish Taco with Handmade Corn Tortilla, Shrimp or Oyster Po-Boy, Grilled Skirt Steak, Homemade Chipotle Chile, and on and on. I want to go back and try the other stuff.
The other photo is of Agave a "family Mexican restaurant." I am so happy we finally have a Mexican restaurant again in Islamorada (I love Mexican food). The menu is extensive with all the things you would expect plus a huge selection of top quality tequilas. Our first experience was a bit too authentic because we had a difficult time understanding our Mexican waiter.
Give both these new places a try. Please cut them some slack as they get their acts together. These are the kind of places you can go with your family, have a nice meal, and not have to pay $25 or more for an entrée.
April 21st Update: Had lunch again at MA's Fish Camp and discovered they make excellent key lime pie... the best I've had since Manny & Isa's was open. Yes!