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A Taste of the Beachhouse May 7, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Gratitude, Happiness.

The Beachhouse Restaurant, on the sands of Anna Maria Island, sits next to the Gulf of Mexico, overlooking its turquoise surf.  Beach breezes rustle the fronds of swaying palms on all but the stillest days.

Beach visitors who stroll past the Beachhouse at sunset, along the water’s edge, hear live music wafting over the sand from guitarists strumming Jimmy Buffett’s best.

It’s the perfect spot for dining al fresco.

Last spring, we received an e-invite to the Beachhouse for a Wine Tasting, offered at a budget-friendly $5 per person.  We went, expecting to sample a few wines and mingle with island natives and visitors.

On arrival, we received a list of drinks for sampling that day:  Pink Cadillac Margarita * Mangorita * Hurricane * Tropical Red Sangria * Tropical White Sangria * Red Truck California Wine * White Truck California Wine.


Every “taste” included a generous sampling of the libation in question ~ four to five ounces of the mixed drinks and sangrias, two to three ounces of the red and white wines ~ each drink more delicious than the last.

“Heaven, I’m in Heaven . . ..”

Rather than standing about, juggling our drinks, we were seated at tables overlooking the Gulf’s turquoise waters, the center of each table adorned with a pineapple centerpiece.

While we sipped our libations, smiling at the sand, sun, surf, and our good fortune, servers delivered delicious hot and cold hors d’oeuvres to our tables, as generously as the bartender poured drinks.

Plate after plate of appetizers swirled by:  Greek Pizza (feta, olives, tomatoes, and spinach), Spanokopita (feta and spinach filled triangles of flaky phyllo pastry), sliced Cucumber with Basil Pesto, Beef Wellington, Shrimp Cocktail, Roast Beef with Horseradish Sauce, Smoked Salmon, and Grilled Scallops.

Mmm . . .

Attending the Beachhouse Tastings became a ritual.

Each week, the staff (Erin, Nicole, and Jerry) greeted us with smiles, delicious appetizers, and fun drinks.

We’ve tasted imported beers and ales, featured Rum drinks (including the Voodoo Tattoo), and fine Australian wines.

How better to get over the hump of hump-day than by sitting Gulfside, listening to Buffett, watching swaying palms, while eating and drinking to our heart’s content . . . aah, bliss.

Of course, all good things must come to an end ~ at least during the height of tourist season.

Hmm . . . now that the snowbirds have flown north, maybe the Beachhouse Tastings will resume.

Related Posts:  An Island in the Sun * Bag Ladies On The Beach


1. Joanne - May 7, 2010

What an enviable life…

2. nrhatch - May 7, 2010

Now, maybe . . . but not always.

For example, you might not have thought it enviable when I spent 80-100 hours a week preparing for trials. : )

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