I am are very pleased to announce that our Florida Keys charter boat fishing business will open in January 2012. Check out our new website at www.floridakeysfishin.com. We have already begun taking trip reservations for 2012.
Help us spread the word about our afforable Florida Keys fishing trips through your blog network or as we call it the Keys the "coconut telegraph".
For information about booking a trip with us in 2012 visit www.floridakeysfishin or click here. A Florida Keys fishing trip sure does make for the perfect Christmas present for any man, woman or child that loves fishing.
This is one drink that would taste a lot better while drinking it from an old styrofoam cup or from a flask during:
- A Green Bay Packer game in the winter.
- Ice Fishing on Lake Minnetonka.
- Watching a winter parade in downtown Minneapolis in the sub-artic winter temperatures with no socks on. (Like I did on my 1st date with my wife...)
If you are searching for drink recipes this holiday or find yourself at an outdoor festival in the ice cold, make the most of it and give this one a try. I can almost guarantee you one heck of a holiday party when you serve this cocktail to your guests.
1 oz Warm Apple Cider
1 oz Goldschlager Cinnamon Schnapps
1 oz Laird’s Applejack Brandy
Brown Cinnamon Sugar
Combine apple cider, Goldschlager Cinnamon Schnapps, and Laird’s Applejack Brandy in a glass. Stir ingredients and then add brown cinnamon sugar as a garnish.
Have a Happy Thanksgivng and see you all after the holiday weekend with some big news!
NASA, seeking place to train for asteroid visit, picks Key West
By Cammy Clark | Miami Herald
The Florida Keys underwater world is helping NASA prepare for humankind’s first trip to an asteroid.
“It would be the first time that human beings have left the Earth/moon system and started to explore the solar system, to explore Mars and beyond,” said NASA asteroid expert Paul Abell. “That’s a very exciting prospect for us.”
Such an endeavor will take billions of dollars and years of effort to learn the unknowns and conquer the challenges and risks. But Abell, based out of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, said the ambitious program is worthwhile for many reasons, including this biggie: planet defense.
“Twenty percent of near-Earth asteroids are considered potentially hazardous,” Abell said. “Dinosaurs were wiped out by a big asteroid impact 65 million years ago. We don’t know when or where it will happen again, but it will happen again, and it would be nice to be prepared for that event.”
While the goal date to send astronauts to a near-Earth asteroid is more than a decade down the road at 2025, to boldly go where no man or woman has gone before starts with baby steps — of which some were just taken in Key Largo.
About 70 people — including NASA astronaut Shannon Walker, who recently returned from six months at the International Space Station — were in the Keys recently for the 15th NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, known as NEEMO. The underwater missions simulate the harsh and confined human conditions of space. Six of the crew live at the Aquarius underwater laboratory, a 400-square-foot habitat that rests on the seabottom about 3.5 miles offshore and has been providing lodging and life support for underwater scientists since 1993.
It was the first NEEMO mission dedicated to asteroids, where the lack of gravity causes many challenges that lunar missions don’t have, starting with the inability to simply land a space vehicle on the rotating surface.
“And you can’t just chip off a piece of rock that you want to analyze and put it in your pocket like you can on the moon,” added Steve Chappell, NEEMO’s Deputy Mission Manager. “On an asteroid, it would fly away.” In real missions, things can go wrong. And they did. The meticulously planned 13 days of operations were delayed three days by thunderstorms and cut short Oct. 26 due to the threat of Hurricane Rina.
The crew that lived at the habitat needed 15 hours of decompression time and support staff needed several days to clean up the work site.
Despite losing about half the mission, NEEMO Project Manager Bill Todd said much was learned about what works and doesn’t work — knowledge that will help the program make progress.
Before Rina was a threat, Todd sat on a dock near NASA’s Mobile Mission Control, which arrived from Kennedy Space Center, talking about the uniqueness of this mission.
“Going to an asteroid is really in its infancy,” he said. “Going to the moon was a huge challenge, and this is an even bigger challenge. But it’s fun and rewarding trying to figure out how we would do it.”
In April 2010, the behind-schedule Constellation program was scrapped just months before the last shuttle flight. In tough economic times, President Barack Obama redirected NASA to use limited resources to focus on going further into space. Some saw it as bold, while others saw it as leading to the end of the United States’ leadership in space.
Obama tried to counter the criticism by setting specific deadlines, calling for the manned mission to a near-Earth asteroid by 2025. If all went according to plan, then it would be off to Mars, with a human mission to orbit the red planet by the mid-2030s followed by a manned Mars landing that the 50-year-old president has said he expects to see in his lifetime.
Exploration of asteroids, which orbit the sun but are too small to be considered planets, are important for scientists beyond planetary defense. “They are the leftover building blocks, pristine material, that contain all the secrets of how the solar system was formed,” Abell said.
Some asteroids are rich in water and organic material. Scientists would like to figure out how to mine those resources for life support and rocket fuel.
“Asteroids could be like supply depots in space waiting for you on your way to Mars,” Abell said.
And when it comes to planetary defense from asteroids heading for Earth, humans should not rely on last-minute heroics of blowing it up, as was the case in the blockbuster movie Armageddon.
“I certainly would not want to be sent to an asteroid to blow myself up,” Abell said.
Instead, he said humans should learn how to deflect them from Earth. And since asteroids can be solid metal or rubble piles, like big bags of sand, different strategies are required for different kinds.
In September, NASA unveiled plans for a super rocket called the Space Launch System that will be made to take astronauts to deep-space destinations millions of miles away.
Also in September, NASA held its first simulation of a human mission to a near-Earth asteroid in northern Arizona during its 14th Desert Research and Technology Studies campaign called D-RATS.
They used the extreme conditions of the Black Point Lava Flow in northern elevations to test vehicles that could hover just off the surface of an asteroid. They were equipped with a 13-foot long robot arm that could support an astronaut.
No one extreme environment on Earth can simulate exactly what the situation would be like on an asteroid. The necessary vehicles and equipment would be ruined in salt water.
But the marine world outside of Aquarius is especially good for astronauts and scientists to simulate zero gravity. They do this by becoming neutrally buoyant and not using flippers.
NEEMO 15’s mission was to test general concepts and equipment and conduct tasks that would be simple on Earth but tricky on an asteroid: anchoring, moving from point A to point B, communicating with a 50-second delay and collecting scientific samples.
The six-person submersed crew, which included astronauts from the United States, Japan and Canada and an expert on planetary exploration at Cornell University, quickly discovered that getting around without gravity was difficult. So was trying to perform a task, such as chipping a rock, without being stable.
Walker, commander of the NEEMO mission, learned spacewalks on an asteroid differ from dealing with a lack of gravity at the space station. An asteroid does not come with handholds spaced to correspond with a person’s reach or manmade interfaces to connect with foot restraints.
NASA needs to come up with innovative exploration techniques, some of which the NEEMO crew was testing.
Speaking from Aquarius on day 5 of the mission, Walker said they have learned that different techniques are good for different things. “To move a long distance, jet packs to fly from here to there are good,” she said. “But jet packs are not stable when arriving at a destination. We need some way of anchoring at a site.”
One way is using a boom — a long, rigid telescopic pole — with heavy magnets. While the aquanauts had to move “like an inch worm,” it worked.
As far as how to anchor a space vehicle to an asteroid, one wild concept is to wrap some kind of rope around the entire mass like a lasso. “The International Space Station is about 100 meters and the asteroid size we’re talking about going to is about maybe the same size,” Abell said.
The NEEMO mission also used two DeepWorker submersibles. They basically are small, one-man submarines that simulate the kind of Space Exploration Vehicle that may someday be used to explore the surface of an asteroid.
“Whenever we plan to send astronauts anywhere we send robotic spacecraft ahead of them to look for potential dangerous places or hazards,” Abell said.
During NEEMO, an astronaut was tethered by his feet to a robotic arm of the sub for scientific asteroid exploration, using coral and fish to represent rock and other materials found in space. They complete four days of these operations, as well as six spacewalks and a day of scientific research inside the habitat.
Todd said it’s important to have the astronauts, the ultimate end-users, be involved early in the process to provide their input of what works and doesn’t work.
Walker, the astronaut who had the rare opportunity to view Earth from the International Space Station, said the experience underwater also has been fascinating.
“You look out the window and have fish look back at you,” she said. “We also have a big grouper that likes to hang out and come out at night.”
Below is a simple vodka red sauce recipe. This sauce works well when mixed with fresh lobster bites or Key West Pink shrimp.
1 cup vodka
1 oz pineapple juice
1 oz orange juice
1 oz blackberry liqueur
1 oz banana liqueur
1 oz light rum
1 oz dark rum or aged rum
Optional: one ounce of Bacardi 151 to float on top
To make by the gallon use 24oz of each ingredient.
Fill your blender with the ice
Add all of the liquid ingredients
Blend the contents until smooth
Pour into a Hurricane glass and garnish with an orange slice
Add the 151 floater!
On the Rocks:
Fill glass with ice. Add the liquid contents. Pour the
No Hurricane glass available, no problem. Anything that will hold liquid will work!
(Speaking of hurricanes, check out this "High Octane Hurricane" drink recipe!)
Beware! With about 4 to
ESPN: A small jet carrying the owner of NASCAR's top team and his wife has crash landed in Key West.
Officials say the Gulfstream 150 aircraft carrying Rick and Linda Hendrick ran off the runway Monday at 7:45 p.m.
Officials say the Gulfstream 150 aircraft carrying Rick and Linda Hendrick ran off the runway Monday at 7:45 p.m. The Hendricks, a pilot and co-pilot were taken to Lower Keys Medical Center. Two have minor injuries, though it was not clear who. The National Transportation Safety Board was notified and will be investigating the incident.
The other two were taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons.
Authorities say the plane is registered to Jimmie Johnson Incorporated in Charlotte, N.C. Johnson is the five-time defending NASCAR champion, and drives for Hendrick Motorsports.
Off Key Largo-While thousands of reefs grow in the turquoise waters encompassing the
This Halloween, be on the look out for Asian Catfish trick or treating as “Key West Grouper” on a menu near you.
Greedy fish brokers, looking to make easy money are disguising this $2.00-$3.00 lb. Asian catfish as $10.00-
“Why was the grouper they received from Katz rubbery and pink, rather than the typical firm, white fish?
Before I go on any further, according to manta.com Katz’s company estimated annual revenue is $5 to 10 million.
According to a recent article in the Boston Globe, Katz worked on the scheme for months by cultivating a relationship with the popular restaurant chain. He was close to closing in on a grouper deal worth more than $3 million which would make Friday’s one of his top customers. Bad fish would kill it.
When one Friday’s executive e-mailed the unthinkable - perhaps the fish was not grouper at all. Katz offered a string of excuses: Cold water could have turned it pink; maybe it was the fish feed; perhaps the grouper bled internally.
Persuaded by the affable salesman’s pitch, the chain featured Katz’s fish at more than 500 of it’s' restaurants, serving it with roasted vegetables and a citrus splash.
But the Friday’s executive was right. It wasn’t grouper. Customers were actually eating an inexpensive, lower-quality Vietnamese catfish reared in thickly packed
My advice, know your seafood and buy from a reputable source. Learn more about spotting fake grouper at http://www.fl-seafood.com/consumers/grouper_substitution.htm.
Have a good Friday!
Did Captain Morgan really want to be rescued?
Captain Morgan found
A tipster called to report it might be in the dorms at Florida Keys Community College. Sgt. Tom Walker and Deputy Joe Cortner responded to the dorms at 1 a.m. and found the Captain in a dorm room; the Captain was reportedly covered in Fantasy Fest beads.
No one would admit to having taken him, but students told the deputies he’d been making the rounds from room to room, “wherever the party was taking place”. Captain Morgan was returned to Walgreen’s in Key West, none the worse for wear.
Heres to life, love & loot!
Our puppies were acting a little strange this morning, I think they must have suspected that my favorite statue was stolen!
Key West police have issued a “be on the lookout” for a missing five-foot statue of Captain Morgan, the symbol of the rum company of the same name. Normally, police issue BOLOs only when searching for a criminal suspect, and when they believe that suspect is in the immediate area.
The promotional sculpture was stolen from outside Walgreens on North Roosevelt Boulevard. Store manager Dwayne Laubenstein told police the statue, valued at about $500, was discovered missing from its post outside the store last week.
The Captain was last seen wearing a tricorner hat with his left leg resting on a rum barrel.
The Fantasy Fest parade Oct. 29 down Duval Street is sponsored by Captain Morgan Rum.
This is not the first theft of an iconic figure in the Florida Keys. A sculpture of a leering Mickey Ratz was lifted off the rooftop of a dockside bar at Holiday Isle Resort and Marina in Islamorada a few years ago.
Be on the look out!
If you are planning party and want to dazzle your guests, serve them french fries. Yes, I said french fries. But make sure you serve the fries with this dynamite recipe for Creamy Sriracha dipping sauce. I can't wait to try this dip with stone crab claws this weekend.
This is a case for Crocket and Tubbs. What do you think really happened on this fishing trip? The locals have their theories.
Only in the Keys!
There is nothing like enjoying fresh tuna with an ice cold beer or glass of wine after long day of fishing in the Florida Keys.
Recently I prepared fresh Yellowfin Tuna using the recipe below. If you enjoy your tuna seared in spices or fully cooked, you will absolutly love this recipe.
Chili-Espresso Rubbed Ahi Tuna with Grilled Pineapple Salsa Tuna
4 8-oz, about 1.5 inch thick tuna filets
1 TBSP chili powder
1 TBSP Espresso powder
1 TBSP Dark brown sugar
1.5 TSP garlic powder
1.5 TSP onion powder
1.5 TSP Cayenne pepper
Sea Salt and Fresh Ground Black Pepper to taste
6 slices fresh pineapple, cut in rounds about 1/2 -3/4” thick
1/3 cup fresh tomatillo, diced
1 jalapeño pepper, diced
1 datil pepper, diced
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Juice of One Lime
For tuna, mix all dry ingredients together well. Lightly oil fillets and coat each piece well with spice mix. Let sit for 30 minutes. Heat grill to high heat and brush grates lightly with vegetable oil.. Sear tuna 1-2 minutes per side until nicely browned and middle is rare/medium rare. Grill pineapple slices until nicely carmelized on both sides. Coarsely chop pineapple, mix together with tomatillo, jalapeno, datil, red onion, cilantro and lime juice, and sea salt to taste.Serve tuna fillets topped with grilled pineapple salsa.
Every year fisherman from all over the world travel to the
On their way out to the fishing grounds his wife Pam apparently told the charter boat captain that they would indeed catch a swordfish guaranteed, because they were lucky. The trip was major success and even made national news. In true Papa Hemmingway fashion they returned to the dock with a
Celebrate this epic catch, just like Hemmingway would have with this amazing recipe for swordfish steaks.
2 pound of Swordfish
2 Tablespoons (Tbs.)Lemon Juice
1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 cup Margarine or Butter, softened
3 Tbs. Mayonnaise
3 Tbs. Chopped Green Onion (scallions)
2 Teaspoons - Fresh Garlic Chives, chopped
1/4 tsp. Salt
Tabasco Sauce to Taste (approx. 1/8 tsp.)
Place swordfish steaks in single layer on baking dish. Brush with lemon juice. Combine remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl, mix well, and set aside. Broil steaks 6 - 8 inches from heat from 8-10 minuts until fish flakes easily with fork. Remove from heat. Spread with cheese mixture. Broil an additional 2 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned and bubbly. For presentation garnish with lemon slices and chives.
Check out our fresh swordfish loins here<<<
I bet you have either seen or heard of the optical phenomena called the "Green Flash". Like many others across the globe and those who live in the Florida Keys, I continue my search for this brilliant emerald colored flash in the sky that occurs at sunset or sunrise, like the one pictured below.
Just by searching for the "Green Flash" entitles you to its treasures; memories and the promise of a coming day.
Sometimes a person just has to make their own "Green Flash".
Make it Happen!
I just knew Michelle had a recipe that I had never tried nor heard of. I was right. She gratiously sent me a new chili recipe that looks awesome.
White Chicken Chilli by Emerald Cove
In a 4-quart sausepan, heat oil over med-high heat. Add onions and bell pepper. Cook 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently until tender.
Michelle does this all in her dutch oven on her stove and she says the rotisserie chicken tastes amazing.
I am looking forward to trying out this new recipe. Michelle thank you again for sharing, very cool!
Stone crab claw meat has a sweet taste with a firm texture, making it a unique
3 poundsFlorida stone crab claws
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup extra-dry vermouth
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
Crack claws and remove shell and movable pincer, leaving the meat attached to the remaining pincer. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add stone crab claws and cook for 3 to 4 minutes until heated through, turning claws frequently. Turn heat to high; add vermouth, lemon juice, salt and pepper to pan. Cook 1 minute more, spooning vermouth sauce over claws. Serve claws hot or cold as an appetizer or entrée.
vintage Pabst Blue Ribbon sign; in the quintessential Wisconsin bar tradition.
What a experience! Even if you not a Packer Fan, I highly recommend you make a pilgrimage to Green Bay, WI to watch your favorite team play against the Green Bay Packers within the friendly confines of Lambeau stadium, you will not be dissappointed.
Below are some pictures what my Friday "coffee bliss" now looks like here in the Florida Keys.
A former crazy boss lady once asked me to remove the calendar pictures from my cubical walls. In polite way I told her to go to hell. I remember listening to Donald Trump speak in Miami at a convention a couple years ago, he said "Don't get mad, just get even". That lady is probably still sitting at her desk staring at her empty cubical walls, by the way I still have those calendar pictures. Ahh bliss...
Enjoy your day!