Rustic Inn Crabhouse of Fort Lauderdale, Florida


When you are in Florida, one of the best things to get is seafood! So, we were looking around on the internet, for a good place to go, that our hotel shuttle would take us. We read a little bit about the Rustic Inn, a local, family owned crabhouse. After reading some reviews on the internet, we decided to go somewhere else. While riding the hotel shuttle, we stopped to pick up some passengers from the Rustic Inn. We just had to ask them what they thought of the place. They told us the portions were a good size, the crab was great and they loved it! It was obvious, these were people who liked food, so we were convinced. Prepared to wait an hour for a table by the kitchen we jumped out of our hotel shuttle and made our way into the packed restaurant. Before we had a chance to say anything, a waitress was prepared to seat us. As we were led to our table, we saw people hammering away at their crab with wooden mauls. Our table was set on “the old tug boat” which is literally, right on the river, providing a great view and great breeze through the open windows.

As we waited for our order, which was taken very promptly, we watched as people who had finished visiting and filling themselves with crab left and a table was quickly cleaned and filled with a new group. Since there are many options on the menu, you’ll want time to look over it. Despite how busy it was, our waiter was very quick about checking up on us to see if we were ready. That was fine, since we needed the time to decide. Our waiter was very brief with us since he was obviously in a hurry. However, he was not rude. There were three of us eating and I ordered the “All-Hands On Plate”. It included BBQ ribs, Alaskan Queen crab legs, jumbo shrimp, corn bread and seasoned fries. This plate was enough for me to split with one other person and all of it was amazing. The cornbread looked dry but to my surprised to find it was very sweet and moist. The ribs barely stayed on the bone, the crab was delicious in the side of butter and each shrimp took two bites to finish. We had read that the portions were small, but two of us split the plate and were full at the end, barely able to finish.

Overall, this was a good experience and we look forward to the next time we visit Fort Lauderdale, so we can eat here again! If you’re in town check them out too and let us know what you thought!

Visit Rustic Inn on the web: www.rusticinn.com

Netflix – the Easy way to Rent Movies!

Netflix.comFor the past few years Netflix.com has been my main source of movie rentals. For years, I rented movies from local movie/video rental places but was always disappointed by the limited selection. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am open to watching all types of movies but sometimes I just want to watch something different! With a membership to Netflix, you can find all of the movies you want to watch and many more. Many you have probably never heard of!

Before I go any further, here are just a few reasons I love Netflix so much:

  • Netflix knows what you like and suggests movies you will like!
  • Your next movie is mailed right away! So you can have a movie delivered every other day.
  • You can stream movies over the internet, on your computer or other Netflix-enabled device!
  • If a reckless postal worker gets his/her hands on your disc and breaks it, just tell Netflix and they send you a replacement! (I have only had to do this once in three years.)

Movie Suggestions by YOUR TASTE

Have you ever had a friend suggest a movie, and you like it… a lot? Netflix is sort of like that friend who knows what kind of movies you like. After rating a few movies you like, Netflix starts displaying movies on your “Suggestions for You” page, that appears when you log in. In my experience, I have had movies suggested to me that I have never heard of but decided to take a chance. About 90% of the time, the movies suggested to me are right up my alley.

Movies Delivered Promptly

For a long time, my account was for one DVD at a time. This was sufficient because I could watch the movie every other day. In between that time, I would watch a movie over the internet through Netflix. It is super easy. Once you send a movie back, Netflix gets it the next day and pretty much always mails the next movie to arrive the next day… even though I live in a rural area.


Netflix recently changed their membership options. The prices actually went down too! Unlimited streaming video is no longer a standard option with every membership. So, if you want to stream video, you must have a membership specifically for streaming video. Since my internet connection is very inconsistent (at its fastest is what we considered fast in the mid 90’s) I chose to upgrade my account to get two DVDs at a time. So far I am very pleased with this new setup.

Broken, Scratched or Unplayable Discs
In the past three years of using Netflix, I have had two instances where a disc was scratched and skipped so much I could not watch it. There has been one time, where I received a disc that was completely shattered. When this happens, all you have to do is log into Netflix and click “Report a Problem.” If you report that disc is unplayable, they send out a replacement as soon as possible.

Streaming Movies over the Internet

When I have had a good internet connection, I have watched videos on my computer, through Netflix and some other video services. There are many other websites on the internet that offer free accounts or paid memberships to watch television shows and movies online. However, they have commercials, other ads and sometimes when you think you are clicking a link to watch a show, it brings you to a preview instead. With Netflix, there have been some movies not available to stream but the selection is fairly good. You would think the video quality would be poor but I think its better than a DVD often times. This will differ depending on your internet connection. Netflix determines the quality of video based on your connection speed. This way you do not have to wait for the movie to buffer. Even with my slow internet connection, I have never been displeased with the quality of video.

Common Sense Rating – For Parents

One other feature I really like, is the “Common Sense Rating” from Netflix. This feature provides more specific details as to why a movie is rated a certain way and what ages it is most appropriate and not appropriate for. For example for the movie The Blind Side, the “Common Sense Rating” states the following:

…while it alludes to the prejudice that exists in certain situations, aside from a scene or two, it skirts the topic instead of truly tackling it, and some scenes depict characters who are blatantly racist. Still, Oher’s life story in inarguably encouraging. While language and sexual content are quite mild, you can expect a couple of brief violent scenes, references to drug use, and social drinking.

Also, it states specifically any occurrences of Sexual Content, Violence, Language, Social Behavior, Drug/Tobacco/Alcohol and even Consumerism. Here is another description for the movie The Blind Side:

Sexual Content
A husband and wife lovingly kiss and make out; references to “tapping that.” Some ogling.

Now, if you saw The Blind Side you would know that it was a family oriented movie. But the fact that Netflix states specifics like this can be very helpful to parents that are conscious of what their children view.

Conclusion

After a few years of uninterrupted service with Netflix, I would recommend it to anyone. They are quick to get new releases, the classics and have a wide selection of movies from around the world. With the suggestions provided by Netflix, you can keep finding movies you will like and read reviews from other people who have already viewed the movie. When you have dealt with a company for so long and have never had a reason to deal with a customer service representative, I consider it a good company.

Vibram Fivefingers KSO Trek – My First VFF Experience


After receiving my first pair of Vibram Fivefingers (VFF) in the mail, I could not wait to open the package and see how they looked felt on my feet! These are my first pair of barefoot/birthday shoes/minimalist footwear.

Compared to all of the other Vibram Fivefingers line, the KSO Trek is a rugged version of the standard KSO. The sole is a little thicker and has light rubber cleating which will protect your foot more than the rest. So these shoes are great for hiking in the woods, walking on gravel, as a normal day to day shoe or for long walks on the beach. Needless to say, I have been looking forward to going on my first hike in them! Since I planned on having a pair for hiking in woods, I wanted to really put these to the test so I chose the roughest hiking trail I knew. There are boulders peaking out of the ground, downed trees, steep hills, uneven ground and holes. Just to add to that, the humidity is very high. Enough to leave a dew on everything in the middle of the day.

I am just a regular guy who likes to hike now and then… I am no athlete…

Wearing Vibram Fivefingers Trek — My Everyday Shoe

Vibram Fivefingers KSO TrekMy first steps! This is the thickest sole in the Fivefingers line. You could call it the “boot” of Fivefingers. I was absolutely amazed how much detail on the ground I could feel with my foot. My foot still felt protected enough to walk in the city streets. While I was at work, these shoes almost became invisible to me. It was almost like I wasn’t wearing shoes because I wasn’t constantly bumping a chunk of rubber on something. Rather, I was not bumping anything since these shoes do not protrude outside of your natural safety zone. I am just a regular guy who likes to hike now and then… I am no athlete like many who wear Fivefingers are. So, yes, I wear them during my daily routine and on the trails.

The KSO Trek is probably the classiest looking Fivefinger shoe available right now. The brown suede kangaroo leather feels surprisingly durable and smooth and is surprisingly thing. It fits right in most work environments without causing too much distraction. On another note, I have seen photos of the new line of Fivefingers that will be coming out soon and I better not say too much… but they are going to be producing a new style that is a semi-dress/casual/leisure shoe that is surprisingly classy.

Running in Vibram Fivefingers Trek — How was it?

The plan was for a leisure hike to find out if a canoe could make it up the river to a lake I enjoy fishing. Within a minute of hiking, I found myself running full speed ahead to loose the swarm of deer flies that had found me. Seriously, it sounded like a swarm of bees chasing me! Not totally familiar with the trail, I was unsure of what my Fivefinger clad foot might find. I normally wear hiking boots! My worry quickly dwindled and I found myself running for fun. I had great traction and control. It was like I was running bear foot without getting my feet scratched or bruised from the ungroomed trail. All Vibram Fivefingers can wet so it makes for a great water shoe. My next expedition into the woods will be with a canoe and a pair of Vibram Fivefingers and I plan on getting them muddy! After todays hike and run, I have decided to make the Fivefingers Trek my new hiking shoe.

Overview

The Vibram Fivefingers Trek is a well rounded shoe. It has treated me well in the work environment and yet allowed me to be aggressive on the trails. Did I mention that all VFF shoes are machine washable?! You can was them for work the next day! After todays performance, these shoes have replaced my hiking shoes… and all of my hiking boots.

This is just my initial experience with Fivefingers. After putting these shoes through a real quality test: my hiking and canoeing excursions, I will post how they have faired. I have a feeling I will be writing a positive, long-term, performance review about these shoes… I can just feel it.