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Parade goes off with a bang

The Fourth of July parade went off with a bang on Anna Maria Island this morning, courtesy of the Privateers good ship, Skullywag. In the...
Fourth of July hot dog contest

How many hot dogs can you eat?

CORTEZ – The Swordfish Grill will host its Fifth Annual Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4. Given...
Sean Murphy

A writing respite

Cooking and writing are fun. It is time for more cooking fun. The Bistro menu is getting a facelift –  the best steak tartare anywhere with...
Sean Murphy

Fish fraud

It’s getting hot. You can tell by looking at the little British kids. Brits believe we coddle our children. They let them run around out there...
Sean Murphy

Musicians and restaurants

I chose not to have musicians play in my restaurants. Patrons gather at our tables for memorable conversation over great food. Live musicians are not generally...
Sean Murphy

A belated Mother’s Day missive

People ask me if my mom taught me how to cook. Truth is my mom was a lovely person, but she could not cook worth...
Sean Murphy

My restaurant start – part 3

My first day as a caterer at the Canada Summer Games was not an auspicious day. I had organized a crew of 60 fellow teens...
Surf Camp

Keep calm and surf on

HOLMES BEACH – The West Coast Surf Shop may be down, but it has not lost its stoke. Brandi Brady, the daughter of owners Jim...
Sean Murphy

The start of my restaurant career – part 2

I started my restaurant career in a stadium. At 17, I was hired by Chef Gunther to organize the vending of souvenir key chains and...
Island Players An Inspector Calls

Island Players deliver on play with moral message

ANNA MARIA – It's the final play of the season and the Island Players are ending on a high note with “An Inspector Calls.”...
Island Players cast

Last play of season this month

ANNA MARIA - The Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, presents “An Inspector Calls” by J.B. Priestley, directed by Heiko Knipfelberg and co-produced by The...
Natalie Almeter

Island daughter a future diva

HOLMES BEACH – Natalie Almeter has always loved music. A few years ago, she sang in front of her mother’s store, Irene’s Resort Wear,...
Sean Murphy

My start in the restaurant business – part 1

I started my career in the restaurant business at the top. It was all about politics and nepotism. The Canada Summer Games was coming to Halifax. The...
Las Vegas Doo Shots

Ted Stevens and the Doo-Shots play Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS – Ted Stevens and the Doo-Shots checked Viva Las Vegas off our band to-do list. On Saturday, April 21, we played a well-received...