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Paul B

Well-known member
Anyway, one of the shows she's into ATM is "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette".
My TV doesn't actually work on any of those shows, 🤮 No reality shows actually except "American Pickers" which is very cool and I get Steam Punk Ideas from it.

My fish used to like to watch those Jacques Cousteau shows until they cancelled them.
 

Humblefish

Dr. Fish
Going to the beach

My wife loves going to the beach, and since we live in Navarre we are only 2 miles from beautiful Navarre Beach. ;) She likes to lay out, get a tan, listen to the waves crashing, and play in the water. She could probably do this all day, every day. My idea of "going to the beach" is a little different. I prefer snorkeling around bridge pillars or near a jetty, looking for fish and other critters. I never take them from the water, I just like to observe them in their natural habitat.

Now, 30 years ago it was a different story. I was living in New Orleans at the time and had a "Florida tank". EVERYTHING in this aquarium was collected somewhere in-between Panama City and Pensacola, Florida. My dad & I would make multiple trips over every summer to collect specimens. I was definitely @Paul B'ing it back in the day. :p

I sorta wish I had setup another "Florida tank" when we moved here. Of course, you have to be a lot more careful (legal requirements) taking anything out of Florida waters nowadays. Maybe if I had met @Aaronhome27 a little sooner we could have taken field trips all over the area to catch fish, crabs and other aquatic creatures. But the business has taken so much of my time the past 2+ years that I don't know if I would have even had time to do it. And now we are close to leaving, so no time left to setup a "Florida tank". Oh well...
 

clsanchez77

20 Year Noob
I do love the old Florida tanks and that is generally the inspiration for my tanks. It is particularly why I favor gorgonia/LPS tanks...or maybe my preference for these corals is why I favor Florida style tanks lol.
 

Aaronhome27

Active member
Going to the beach

My wife loves going to the beach, and since we live in Navarre we are only 2 miles from beautiful Navarre Beach. ;) She likes to lay out, get a tan, listen to the waves crashing, and play in the water. She could probably do this all day, every day. My idea of "going to the beach" is a little different. I prefer snorkeling around bridge pillars or near a jetty, looking for fish and other critters. I never take them from the water, I just like to observe them in their natural habitat.

Now, 30 years ago it was a different story. I was living in New Orleans at the time and had a "Florida tank". EVERYTHING in this aquarium was collected somewhere in-between Panama City and Pensacola, Florida. My dad & I would make multiple trips over every summer to collect specimens. I was definitely @Paul B'ing it back in the day. :p

I sorta wish I had setup another "Florida tank" when we moved here. Of course, you have to be a lot more careful (legal requirements) taking anything out of Florida waters nowadays. Maybe if I had met @Aaronhome27 a little sooner we could have taken field trips all over the area to catch fish, crabs and other aquatic creatures. But the business has taken so much of my time the past 2+ years that I don't know if I would have even had time to do it. And now we are close to leaving, so no time left to setup a "Florida tank". Oh well...
You'll be back and we can do this. I can show you a few we've done locally too! Big tank cool fish then we can concentrate on the reef!
 

Humblefish

Dr. Fish
King Cakes!

So, being from New Orleans I have eaten many a King Cake around Mardi Gras time. IMO; the best always came from Haydel's Bakery. But times have changed, and Haydel's is probably no longer the best. Maybe some locals like @BluewaterLa @clsanchez77 @The Gob can give us their take.

For those who don't know what a King Cake is... It is a cinnamon-filled bready cake. Best described as a ring of twisted cinnamon roll-style dough. It may be topped with icing or sugar, which may be colored to show the traditional Mardi Gras colors of green, yellow, and purple. King cakes may also be filled with additional fillings, the most common being cream cheese, praline, cinnamon, or strawberry.

The baby I'm sure it has some significance, but when I was growing up whoever got the baby had to buy the next King Cake. :D Nowadays they won't hide the baby inside the King Cake because they are worried about someone biting down on it and getting sued. But in the good ol' days getting a cracked tooth from eating a King Cake was just a risk you had to be willing to take! Bite down carefully! :eek:

My favorite King Cake is one filled with strawberry cream cheese. I live in Florida now, so I get my King Cakes from Publix (they're pretty good). But I'm sure I'll sneak home soon to get me a REAL king cake. ;) Pic below of my Publix King Cake:

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clsanchez77

20 Year Noob
Haydel's is still pretty good, easily in my Top 5. For the best of the best, lately it has been Manny Randazzo's for me and my family. Also in our top 5 is a lesser known bakery called Party Palace. The Party Palace one is a bit too sweet for my tastes, but its a hit with the wife and kids.

If you want a good throwback King Cake, try and get a taste of Maurice's. They are a french bakery in Metairie that specializes in King Cakes. They do a twist on the original french king cake. It goes by a different name, but I don't recall it. The thing costs like $80 lol. My boss will get this usually once a year.
 

scubabeth

Active member
Mmmmm...king cake. :love: We lived in a small town in NW LA (where Bobby is headed back to, ironically enough) for 3 years while my husband worked at Louisiana Tech University. I have fond, fond memories of king cake; cinnamon with cream cheese is my personal fav. I love to bake, and tried my hand at king cake; folks told me it was good for a non-native. 😂 The little neighbor kid liked it well enough; every so often, he would ask me to make another, even when it wasn't king cake season; Remy loved king cake anytime. He was so cute. I obviously don't know much about New Orleans bakeries, but wish I had had the opportunity to sample some. My mouth MAY be watering just now!!
 

clsanchez77

20 Year Noob
Here is one i have made before at home. It was not my favorite, but the kids and my co-workers really liked it:

Braiding it instead of twisting it makes a big difference. I find the dough to be on the dry side, like an old McKenzie's king cake and not like the newer popular king cakes.

I'm also not above busting open three cans of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls, unrolling them, group them in threes and braiding them. Then bake as per directions, cover with the icing and supply your own sprinkles. Not exactly king cake, but a great traditional short cut we will do with the kids 2-3 times a year.
 
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