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Lobo Del Mar: Great food and fun on the bay

20211210 LoboDelMar HMiller 03 webOn my most recent visit to Lobo Del Mar I was seated on the expansive patio at the counter facing the bay, just in time to enjoy a beautiful sunset as the varied tour and dinner boats sailed past on their way home.

On this Wednesday night the house band played to a packed house, inside and out, while servers kept the kitchen busy as drinks and plates flowed continuously to tables throughout. The only thing more impressive than the quality of service was the meal.

I started with their Ceviche which was chilled perfectly and full of fresh large pieces of fish absolutely overflowing its bowl. Served with a plate of tortilla chips, this appetizer topped with fresh avocado certainly set the tone.

I followed that with an order of Seafood Linguine. Most places I have had any type of seafood pasta, just trying to get to the protein has always been its own fishing expedition, but not at Lobo Del Mar. A bed of perfect al-dente linguini pasta topped with creamy alfredo sauce with diced tomato, onion, and sauteed mushrooms is not only topped, but absolutely covered, with two generous portions of grilled cod and so much shrimp I had to move some aside to try the pasta.

The linguine was served with garlic bread, steamed broccoli and carrots, and a choice of soup or salad, of which I chose the latter. The buttery garlic bread was the perfect complement to the dish, and the steamed veggies were crisp and fresh, as was the salad which all worked together to create a wonderful meal befitting the beautiful setting on the bay.

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Valley golf courses make a lasting impression

20221116 20181212 Shary Golf Course webFirst impressions can mean a lot, set within the right context. J.K Rowling said, “A good first impression can work wonders,” while Daniel Handler has a completely different take and said, “I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed this, but first impressions are often entirely wrong.”

However you view first or early impressions and whether they make a difference on you, they remain something that, as Charles Swindoll said, “never have a second chance.”

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Costa Messa: Full of flavor and spice

20221102 TOV Costa Messa 01 webCosta Messa is more than just another Mexican restaurant. This place offers chips as soon as you sit down with 3 dip options. Besides your regular red salsa, they offer a green sauce with jalapenos with mild heat, and a garlic sauce with a bit more heat, if not slower. All three of them were good and provided something to fit different palates.

We thought about ordering a botana like suggested, but decided we needed to try some different dishes so we could have a better taste at the offerings.

My husband ordered a medium Shrimp Cocktail. The shrimp cocktail was served in a cocktail glass with cilantro, onion, avocado, cocktail sauce, and shrimp. It was nearly gone before our entrees arrived.

Before our entrees we were pleasantly surprised with a vegetable soup. The soup was full of flavor with large pieces of carrots, celery, onion, and zucchini.

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Carlos Canas

Genre: Oldies, Country Classics
Other Specialty: 50s/60s Rock and Roll, 60s/70s Easy Listening, Mexican Boleros, Mariachi, Gospel and Patriotic Music

Carlos Canas WEBCarlos Canas, a Rio Grande Valley local, has been entertaining the Winter Texans for over 35 years. Canas specializes in singing only the very best oldies, country classics, 50s/60s rock and roll, and 60s/70s easy listening hits, plus some Mexican Boleros, mariachi music, and gospel and patriotic music – a little bit of everything found in the Valley.

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Winnie Brave

Genre: Country / Classic Country

Winnie Brave. WEBjpgArmed with two guitars and an old suitcase drum, to say this americana duo is greater than the sum of their parts would be a vast understatement. Hailed as one of Alberta’s best kept secrets and known for their dynamic and energetic shows, Winnie Brave is a sonic force to be reckoned with.

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Ron and Jan Easter

Genre: Comedy, Gospel, Mix of music

Ron and Jan Easter WEBRon has been performing in front of audiences for over 60 years. Whether solos in churches or acting and singing in school choirs, barbershop quartets, musical theatre, or bands and orchestras he feels quite at home.

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Baffin Bay Seafood: Dinner with a view

20221025 Baffin Bay 04 webAnd, oh what a view! For those of you that follow us on Facebook, you may recall us teasing our view. While it may be a little farther than most restaurants, the Baffin Bay Seafood Company, located in Riviera, is certainly worth the effort to get there. The restaurant sits right on the coast of Baffin Bay, a well-known fishing spot for black drum, redfish and speckled trout.

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William Florian

Genre: 60’s, 70’s

Specialty: John Denver, Neil Diamond, Pete Seeger, Peter Paul & Mary, and others

William Florian WEBFlorian has a special show titled Those Were the Days ™ - Songs, Stories, Humor. It is an upbeat musical journey of Americas greatest folk and pop songs of the 60’s, including hit songs performed when he was a member of The New Christy Minstrels. 

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Steven May & Southern Knights

Genres: Classic Country, Classic Rock, Oldies, Blues, and even a few Gospel.  Variety  

Steven May 01 WEBSteven May and the Southern Knights are a South Texas Band playing a variety of Country, Rock & Oldies.  Steven and his band were humbled and honored to be voted, “County Western Band of The Year” by the Valley Star Awards in 2022.  

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Poison Ivey

Genre: Late 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s, Dance Band, Classic Rock & Roll
Specialty: Performing songs by Stevie Ray Vahn, Rollling Stones, Beatles, Eric Clapton, ZZ Top, The Rascals, Van Morrison, Eddie Cochran, Loggins & Messina, Bee Gee’s, Moody Blues and more
Instrument(s) - Keyboard, Guitar, Bass and Drums

Poison Ivey WebPoison Ivey is a complete four-piece dance band offering classic rock n roll. This group got together to provide “baby boomer” true classic rock and roll dance music. Their choice of music demonstrates their success in the Valley which is something unique and different.

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