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Bagels On The Beach May 19, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Nature, Travel & Leisure.

In early May, we went to Einstein Bagels, bought a big bag of bagels and had bagels on the beach at Siesta Key.

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We loved the beach improvements made since our last visit ~ this walkway leads up to the second-story snack bar and concession stand with an amazing view and a diverse menu.

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Siesta Key is proud of its beach . . .

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For good reason.

In addition to miles of powder white sand, it’s “user friendly” . . . with rest rooms, changing rooms, and 800 FREE parking spots (which fill up quickly on sunny days).

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And it boasts a fun and shady playground for tiny tots tired of too much sand, sun, and surf.

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After beaching it for a couple hours, we walked around Siesta Key Village and grooved to fun live music at the SKOB ~ good tunes from the 70’s.  Including Pure Prairie League!

After getting the “munchies” from the college tunes and Woodstock sounds, we chowed down on some mini donuts ~ still warm from the fryer, baby!

No.  I didn’t take a photo of them.  We were too busy eating.

We stopped in Southside Village at Morton’s Gourmet Market.  After sampling some delicious blue cheese from Wisconsin, we bought a chunk of cheese and a bunch of bananas and headed home.

Relaxed and happy.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

What’s your favorite music from the 70’s?


1. Kate Crimmins - May 19, 2016

Music from the 70s? Was there anything that wasn’t good? I don’t think so! Bagels and donuts! Woohoo!

Under the Oaks - May 19, 2016

Kate, you are so right… so much great music!

nrhatch - May 19, 2016

Fantastic decade for music . . . and grooving to the tunes!

Our diet that day was NOT low carb.

2. Under the Oaks - May 19, 2016

You are killing me here… I want to be there. Well Venice, but I will take Siesta Key and bagels any old day! We have been talking about hopping in the car and coming on down but with all the spring storms and HAIL I don’t want either of our vehicles to get hailed on. Hail finds us no matter where we go. Pure Prairie League! Early 70’s music… college tunes for us. Hmmm… The Guess Who, Three Dog Night, Gilbert O’Sullivan’s Alone Again Naturally, Melanie’s You got a brand new pair of roller skates! I could go on, stop me!!! Roberta Flack, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Earth Wind and Fire, SMOKEY ROBINSON! America! Okay, I am going to stop… 😀

nrhatch - May 19, 2016

Great tunes! Also loved Lynyrd Skynyrd and Aerosmith and YES and the Stones and . . . the beat goes on.

We’ll have to do bagels (and donuts and cupcakes) on the beach the next time you and CH come down!

3. Rainee - May 19, 2016

Sounds like a perfect day out 🙂

nrhatch - May 19, 2016

Very close to perfect, Rainee.

Unless you’re talking “optimal nutrition” ~> in which case, we fell far far short of the bar. But, hey, everyone needs a day off for good behavior from time to time.

4. Tippy Gnu - May 19, 2016

Boy that tune takes me way back, from PPL. I always find it hard to choose favorites. But I’d say one of the best bands to come out of the 70’s would be the Eagles.

nrhatch - May 19, 2016

With the exception of Hotel California (Too. Much. Airplay.), I love listening to the Eagles, especially on a sunny day.

I can identify “some favorites” more readily than “a favorite” . . . and that goes for food, music, movies, books, blogs, etc.

Tippy Gnu - May 19, 2016

I feel the same way about Stairway to Heaven. Great song by Led Zeppelin, but I’ve heard it way too many times.

5. Jill Weatherholt - May 19, 2016

What a great day trip and the weather looked perfect. Oh the 70’s….the Eagles, the Allman Brothers, the Moody Blues…I could go on and on.

nrhatch - May 19, 2016

The weather ROCKED it, Jill. High 70’s to Low 80’s, low humidity, a sea breeze and sun. We probably won’t have temps that perfect until, oh, let’s say, November.

Good bands! In the 70’s, I had a job at the Garden State Arts Center ~ an outdoor concert hall. Got to see some fabulous concerts including Chicago, the Moody Blues, Stephen Stills, Dave Mason. I might enjoy working at a venue like that again.

Jill Weatherholt - May 19, 2016


6. Ally Bean - May 19, 2016

In her later years, my aunt lived on Siesta Key. So pretty. I can understand the appeal of bagels on the beach. Always like hearing Pure Prairie League. Your day sounds rejuvenating and fun. I could use one of those. Thanks for sharing yours.

nrhatch - May 19, 2016

Siesta Key is a treat. Your aunt chose well. We love the beaches that are just 5 minutes away, but it was nice to head down there for a wander. Wish you could have joined us.

We were walking through the village when we heard Aimee filtering off the deck at the Siesta Key Oyster Bar (SKOB) so we headed over straight away. When I was in law school, I got to hear PPL at an outdoor concert in S.C. Good times!

Ally Bean - May 19, 2016

Do you know the story behind Aimee? It’s a tale told only in Cincinnati…

nrhatch - May 19, 2016

I don’t know the story. Care to share it?

7. NancyTex - May 19, 2016

Are you in the Keys, NH? How did I not know this? My favorite part of Florida, for sure!

nrhatch - May 19, 2016

Not the Keys leading to Key West. We’re about an hour south of Tampa but there are lots of Keys here to explore ~ Lido Key, Siesta Key, etc.

Florida has more than its fair share of tropical and sub-tropical Keys.

8. suzicate - May 19, 2016

A day of beach fun always includes music and eating; sounds like a great day!

nrhatch - May 19, 2016

One of the best days this spring!

9. Carol Ferenc - May 19, 2016

Any day that includes sun, surf and mini donuts sounds perfect to me. And you even offset the carbs with some healthy dairy and fruit ~ yay! When I think 70’s music, it’s gotta be Moody Blues and Eagles. Thanks for the link to “Amie,” an all-time favorite of mine!

nrhatch - May 19, 2016

Glad you enjoyed. I’ve loved that song since college. And my love of bagels and donuts dates back even further!

Carol Ferenc - May 20, 2016

I hear you, Nancy!

10. diannegray - May 19, 2016

What a great day out, Nancy. I love the castle slide in the first photo, it’s so colorful 😀 Bagels and mini donuts – you can’t go wrong 😉

nrhatch - May 19, 2016

They did a terrific job making the beach even more “user friendly” with lots of shade for the playground.

Man cannot live on bagels and donuts alone . . . but they help!

11. Tiny - May 19, 2016

Sounds good (the music) and smells delicious (the bagels and donuts)! Maybe time to visit Siesta Key soon, it’s been a couple of years😎

nrhatch - May 19, 2016

That’s what we thought. We’d read about the changes and decided to head down for beach and bagels. Fun time.

We also want to get back up your way sometime soon. Last time, we ate at Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill on the beach and enjoyed it . . . almost as much as our bagel nosh.

12. Behind the Story - May 21, 2016

The first time I visited Florida, a few things surprised me. I should have known it was flat and low, but somehow I was amazed by how flat it was. And after seeing many coral sand beaches, which people call white sand beaches, I was again amazed to see the pure white beaches of Florida. From your posts, it looks like there’s a lot to see in Florida. I’m still amazed by that white white sand.

nrhatch - May 21, 2016

Florida iz flat, for sure! For increased elevation, visitors go parasailing or climb palms. Our highest peak is a small mole hill. But we do have lots and lots and white sandy beaches.

Growing up in Jersey, the sand was gray (crushed clam shells) and H~O~T on the bottoms of feet on sweltering days. Here the sand stays cool to the touch.

Behind the Story - May 21, 2016

I didn’t remember that about the cool white sand. That’s a real selling point.

nrhatch - May 21, 2016

Cool white sand is one of my favorite things about Florida beaches. That, and the fact that they are FREE.

In Jersey, you had to purchase beach badges (by the day, week, or season) in order to enjoy the sand. That is WRONG!

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