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Visiting Alabama Beaches: Must Try Dishes at Fisher’s at Orange Beach

Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina offers two dining experiences when visiting the beaches of Alabama. Fisher’s Upstairs offers upscale dining experience without pretense with both indoor and outdoor seating and two bars. Chef Bill Briand’s seasonally inspired menu combines local ingredients with his Louisiana heritage.

Fisher’s Dockside offers a  fun and casual family friendly environment with a menu of original recipes that everyone will enjoy. 

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I had a wonderful dining experience at Fisher’s at Orange beach Marina in the Upstairs restaurant and want to share some of the must try dishes.

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I am a sucker for trying the house specialty cocktails. I like to pick one that is fitting for the destination or restaurant atmosphere. So for Fisher’s at Orange beach Marina I chose from their house cocktail Spring menu

THROUGH THE PORTHOLE – a light and refreshing drink that contained a mix of St. Germain, Cathead vodka, pear syrup, lemon and sparkling wine.

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The House Cocktail list contains a number of other interesting drinks like the Yacht Rocker and Marina Mule. Plus their wine list is fabulous and extensive. You will have no problem finding the perfect beverage to compliment your meal!

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Start with these:

SHRIMP TOAST – Served on avocado puree this unique toast appetizer is stuffed with shrimp then topped with lump crab, cherry tomatoes, grilled red onions, and green peas.

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OYSTERS EARLE- Roasted Bon Secour oysters with garlic leek butter! These were some of the best oysters I had while visiting the beaches of Alabama.

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Main attractions:

FRESH GULF FISH OF THE DAY -I chose the fresh fish special on this evening. Unfortunately all I remember about it that it was Mahi and it was delicious! I am so happy I added a side of their crispy Brussel sprouts because they were amazing!

Additional menu items that our table enjoyed included the Rabbit Pasta, Seared Jumbo Scallops, and Lamb Shoulder Roast. Everything looked perfectly prepared and had spectacular reviews from the other diners.

Finish with something sweet:

CREME BRULEE– I love creme brulee but I am picky with my desserts because I want them to be worth the added calories I add to my overly stuffed stomach at the end of a meal. This creme brulee was perfect from the inside out!

Our table ordered everything on the dessert menu. A table favorite was the Steen’s Cane Syrup Caramel Popcorn Dome which is an interesting combination of caramel popcorn and brown butter ice cream.

Reservations Recommended

Fisher’s is an award winning restaurant. In 2016, Chef Bill Briand was awarded the James Beard Foundation Awards. I highly recommend you make reservations, especially during peak seasons to ensure you have the best possible experience without a long wait!

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Disclosure: Thank you to Gulf Shores & Orange beach Tourism for arranging this complimentary dining experience as part of a TBEX FAM Trip. As always, opinions here are my own. #AlBeachBreakTBEX #AlBeachBlogger

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Deep Sea Fishing in Orange Beach Alabama – Ocean Ox Charters

Ocean Ox Charters with Captain Jimmy Daniels

I recently returned from a tasty, fun, and adventurous four days on the Alabama Beaches, also known as Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. My favorite activity, by far, was deep sea fishing with Captain Jimmy. This was my very first time deep sea fishing (actually first time fishing since I was a child) so I was a little worried that I would not pick it up in time to enjoy the experience. My worries immediately subsided when Capt. Jimmy and his crew gave our group of all ladies a warm, sincere welcome. They could have easily written off this female, newbie charter as an easy trip and put little effort into it. But from the moment we arrived, they made sure we were comfortable, informed and excited about the fishing trip.

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Ocean Ox Charters taught me how to fish

Not only did Capt Jimmy and his crew explain how to deep sea fish they taught me. From the way to properly hold the rods to dropping the line, paying attention to the bite and reeling those massive fish in they made sure I understood the art and obtained a beginner level skillset.

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We ate what we kept!

Talk about fresh fish. Well, the fish that we were able to keep while fishing turned into our lunch within a few hours of being caught! Once we got back to the marina, they cleaned the fish and prepared it for us to hand right over to the catch and cook restaurant we dined at after our fishing trip. That is no doubt the freshest fish I have ever eaten.

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It’s not a dolphin tour – but he found dolphins!

Women love dolphins. We all kept looking out for the slightest sight of a dolphin even though apparently, dolphins are not a fisherman’s favorite thing to see. Capt Jimmy even joked, “This ain’t no dolphin tour, ladies.” However, at the end of our six-hour deep sea fishing tour, we happened upon a large pod of dolphins. So they let us walk to the front of the boat. The experience of seeing so many dolphins surround us, swim along with us and speak was an amazing end to a wonderful fishing experience.

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Deep Sea Fishing – Gulf Coast of Alabama

So if you find yourself traveling to the beaches of Alabama, which I highly recommend you do, then make sure to book a trip out on the water with Captain Jimmy Daniels of Ocean Ox Charters. I guarantee you will have a wonderful time. Look him up:  www.oceanoxcharters.com

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DISCLOSURE: This post was written in collaboration with Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism and Ocean Ox Charters . As always, all opinions and fun are my own and unbiased.  All photos of me were taken by Eva Faircloth, all other photos are my own and cannot be used without permission.

 

Dragon’s Breath Flight is an amazing cruise excursion in Labadee, Haiti + see our video of our first flight

Royal Caribbean Private Island Labadee dragons breath zipline

I love Royal Caribbean cruises for many reasons. But I especially love when I take a RCL cruise that stops at their private island of Labadee in Haiti.

Royal Caribbean Private Island Labadee dragons breath zipline

The Best Cruise Excursion

Royal Caribbean has two private island stops on their Caribbean cruise itineraries. The Western Caribbean itinerary often stops at the Labadee, Haiti port. There are a number of activity options while visiting Labadee. Some activities include snorkeling, boating, the aqua park and private cabana rentals.

Read about our experience at the private cabanas in Labadee, Haiti.

But taking the 2,500 foot flight is an experience you will not forget. I have taken the Dragon’s Breath Zipline excursion three times because I love it that much.

Watch this video of our first time taking the Dragon’s Breath flight:

Details of Dragon’s Breath Cruise Excursion

You can prebook the Dragon’s Breath excursion prior to your cruise or wait until you get onboard your Royal Caribbean cruise ship. After arriving in Labadee, you will walk to the Flight check-in booth where you sign your waiver (of course they are not liable for any injuries). Then they will get you strapped up and give you safety and flight instructions.

Royal Caribbean Private Island Labadee dragons breath zipline

There is a short test flight that allows you to practice the best flight position and how to come into the landing platform.

Royal Caribbean Private Island Labadee dragons breath zipline

Everyone on the excursion then takes a ride up to the launching platform, which is 500 feet above the beaches. There are five zip lines, so your turn comes rather quickly no matter where you are in line. The Royal Caribbean staff help you get attached to the line, you sit back and go!

Royal Caribbean Private Island Labadee dragons breath zipline

The ride is amazing. Feels like you are flying. Unlike all other ziplines I have experienced, this one allows you to just enjoy the ride and take in the breathtaking views as you zip 40-50 mph down to Dragon’s Rock.

Royal Caribbean Private Island Labadee dragons breath zipline

As you get closer to the landing zone, you will put your arms on the bar above your head and pull down to slow your speed before hitting the stopper. Staff members will help you get down.

Royal Caribbean Private Island Labadee dragons breath zipline

The zip line ends at Dragon’s Rock, where you can watch a continuous flow of zipliners or head to the Dragon’s Breath bar to end the excursion with the popular Labadoozie frozen beverage.

Royal Caribbean Private Island Labadee dragons breath zipline

Does this sound like fun to you? Is there an attraction or excursion that you love so much you repeat it everytime you go to that destination?

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