Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Jacaranda & The Timbers

I decided to post about our night at Jacaranda and visit to The Timbers together in attempt to wrap up Sanibel adventures once and for all. (This doesn't count Captiva Island, though!) I hope you guys don't mind as I go back and fourth with normal life (can't neglect Boston events) and island life.
Vacation going friends and I made our way to Jacaranda, also know as The Jac, for drinks and live entertainment one evening mid-week. The Jac, named for the purple flowered Jacaranda Tree, has an extensive drink menu ranging from martinis, to tropical concoctions, to frozen bevies to margaritas. I happily chose a Key Lime Martini ($9) to start.
I loved the vibrant lime green swirls, this one was at once frothy, sweet, tangy and creamy. The ingredient of cream seemed to captivate me this evening and remained a theme on which my drink choices were based. Even though the Key Lime martini was seriously good, I was in the mood for sampling. A Chocolate Martini satisfied the next random craving. I hope I already sipped the drink before taking this picture - otherwise, that's a weak pour!
My third and final drink of the evening was a Berries-n-Cream. This drink contained ingredients that I was skeptical about all together: Berry vodka, cream and Amaretto. The Jac was two-for-two so I figured, why not? This large plastic cup of booze is reminiscent of a White Russian - but instead of coffee based liquor think fruit flavored! I absolutely loved it and even remembered the ingredients weeks later, so that's saying a lot. Must.recreate.stat. These two enjoyed whatever it was they were drinking as well! The Jac boasts a patio lounge (we sat indoors at the bar) that can best be described as a tropical zen garden. I prepared a photo collage:
Jumbo tiki masks and a parrot planter with a tail made of recycled painted tire set the scene. Inside the bar I was into the old school paraphernalia - multiple neon Coors Light advertisements and a cigarette machine.The Jacaranda is located on none other than 1223 Periwinkle Way. (Gotta love an island with one main road.) Actually, the only spot in Sanibel we ventured to not on the main road was The Sanibel Grill and adjoining neighbor The Timbers owned by the Prawnbroker Restaurant Group. The dueling establishments are located at 703 Tarpoon Bay Road. We wandered into a packed Sanibel Grill on the last night of vacation for a night cap and ended up down the hall at The Timbers raw bar shooting oysters and chowing down on Seafood Gumbo.The two on the left are East Coast Menemesha Pond Oysters from Martha's Vineyard, MA. Our bartender / shuker threw in the one on the right as a bonus, a West Coast Sister Point Oyster from Washington State.
Our friend Tuck's first oyster. Cheers!
The featured oysters were briny and fresh, washed down with a cold glass of House Chardonnay ($5) and followed up with a cup of Steve's Seafood Gumbo ($4). It was brewing in the crockpot right in front of us and the weather just so happened to be slightly cooler than normal. Basically, the stars aligned for a rich hearty bowl as just the thing to compliment the evening. Plentiful bites of shrimp, hunks of sausage, pulled chicken and tender crab meat were packed into this hearty, spicy N'awlins style gumbo. As I devoured this, I checked out the framed autographed photos that adorn the walls. In every shot owner Matt Asen is posing with with famous celebrities; TV personalities, actors, Major League ball players, NBA and NFL Athletes - apparently he is quite the guy. After I read a bio article, also framed on the wall, I was super impressed and decided I had to meet this restaurateur / local celeb by default for myself. Just my luck, he was hanging out on the porch a few tables over from us. I headed over to give a hand shake and introduce myself and before you knew it him and his Golden Doodles were one of the gang.It is easy to see why such a man is so successful. With an infectious personality, a zest for life, and an evident passion for sports and fishing, it's no wonder he's established the islands most popular seafood restaurant and sports bar respectively, The Timbers and The Sanibel Grill.
Timbers Restaurant & Fish Market on Urbanspoon Sanibel Grill on Urbanspoon

14 comments:

The Small Boston Kitchen said...

Look at how tan you are in these pictures! In case I didn't say it enough on Sunday, I'm so jealous! Your vacation looked like it was so much fun. I loved reading all of your recaps and looking at your pictures, thanks for sharing!

Meghan@travelwinedine said...

I just want the chocolate martini and oysters (but not together!) This looks like an incredible vacation. You share it in such a lively way that it has been fun to read each post. Can't wait to see you to catch up in real life now!

shari @ little blue deer said...

Loh-ve the cigarette machine! I need one of those in my house! You are getting me all excited for our trip to Ft. Myers at Christmas! XX!

Ameena said...

Love the chocolate martini and the old school vibe!! I especially love all your recaps!

MelissaNibbles said...

Key lime martini. YUM! These places look like so much fun. I'm trying to talk my bf into going to Sanibel in the winter. His dad lives near there during the winter so it would work out perfect. I'm sending him this post now. He will like the cigarette machines.

Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear said...

All that old school stuff looks so much fun :) and I cannot get over it that you sit outside in a sundress.. those days are so over here.

Amber Blue Bird said...

not filling the glass up to the brim is a no no, but I suppose I could turn the other cheek for that delicious looking food...and for Ken

Corinne said...

oooo I hope that group pic makes it up on his wall! :)

I think a pet peeve of mine is when martini glasses are not filled to the brim. Every sip is as essential as the next in those baby glasses!

When you recreate the berries n cream drink can I please be present! thank youuu :)

this free bird said...

hat + beverage = brilliant!
and ps-i love that dress you have on in the last pic!!
xo,
carrie

Simply Life said...

Oh I'm jealous of your tan and the ability to had to wear sun dresses :)

Terrianne, Call me Ree said...

Okay, so remember when I told you I was going to make frozen margaritas inspire by a couple of posts' ago? Well, I did. Half cup of silver Jose there, 1/4 cup triple there, 6 freshly squeezed limes, lime zested simple syrup, ice cream maker, blender, ice, sea salt...DELICIOUS! Which led to an impassioned 1 hour 45 minute dialogue, yes, 'dialogue' and psychoanalysis of the "Bad Girls Club"...cut to 3:20 a.m....I'll stop there. Wasn't pretty.
;-X

This time, I'll safely admire all of your beautiful drink photos from afar. Yuuuuum. =)

freefoodboston said...

Nice tan you got going on! The key lime martini looks so fun and I love the frothiness.

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

I love that I'm not the only one who writes jealous comments about your tan ;-)

Alicia said...

You always order the best drinks! I wish I was as daring!