In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Jenny Lorenz, the Director of Marketing at The Perry Hotel Key West.

We go over why the Hotel chose Stock Island to call itself home, all of the expansion plans happening in November (2019), and the truth about booking your hotel with an online company, compared to going direct (HINT – you get free upgrades when you go direct).

Attention Key West Locals!

Local Appreciation is ending on September 30th!! This means that there are only a few days left where locals can get the Buy 1 Dinner Entrée, Get 1 Free for sheer food bliss, at either Matt’s Stock Island Kitchen & Bar or The Salty Oyster Dockside Bar & Grill. Plus, add a growler of one of their new signature beers for only $15!

More on The Perry Hotel Key West

Inspired by Commodore Perry, the father of the United States Navy, The Perry Hotel’s easy, laid-back atmosphere has been thoughtfully cultivated to stay true to the seafaring roots of Old Key West. Discover a place transformed and a history reclaimed at the award-winning Perry Hotel, breathing new life into our beloved Stock Island.

Some Hotel Amenities

  • 100 guest rooms
  • Water views all around
  • Two restaurants, including pool/dockside bar
  • Indoor/outdoor dining
  • Waterfront swimming pool
  • Outdoor fire pits
  • Direct access to marina and ocean
  • Water activities available onsite
  • Dog-friendly hotel & rooms
  • Two dog parks
  • Local artist curations and studios
  • On-site scooter & bike rentals
  • Green Pineapple Boutique
  • ADA Accessible Features

Website: https://www.perrykeywest.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/perrykeywest

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PerryKeyWest

Twitter: https://twitter.com/perrykeywest

Location:
7001 Shrimp Road
Key West, FL 33040
+1 (305) 296-1717

**Music by MG Sound.  Check him out on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/mgsoundmusic

Read the full transcripted episode here: https://backyardsofkeywest.com/jenny-lorenz-the-perry-hotel-key-west

Have you ever seen the movie “Chef” and dreamed of selling it all, buying a food truck and hitting the open road?

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down (right outside the food truck), with Amy Clarke-Van Schoor, one of the co-owners of the highly addicting, Taco Grilla.

We talk about how they got started and what really goes into the “Food Truck” life.

More on Taco Grilla

Born from the idea that more food from his home island needed to be fresh and healthy, chef Riaan Van Schoor and his wife Amy Clarke-Van Schoor created Taco Grilla.

Taco Grilla Likes cooking for its locals… especially his Key West Sirens. Keeping the Sirens full, keeps peace on the island. When the Sirens aren’t full they go after the Fishing Charters stealing all the fish, leaving the tourists very unhappy… which leaves the charter captains unhappy… which leaves the local business unhappy.

So feed your Siren Taco Grilla and the whole Island will be happy. 

Taco Grilla offers Tacos, Burritos, Bowls, Smoothies.and tons of creative cuisine bursting with flavor that won’t bust your wallet. Vegan options are available. Healthy food all around.

Website: https://www.tacogrilla.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pg/tacogrilla

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/tacogrilla

You may have noticed our new Podcast intro original music. I wanted to take the time to thank MG Sound for creating these soulful tunes. To listen to more of his work, check him out on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/mgsoundmusic

Read the full episode here: https://backyardsofkeywest.com/food-truck-taco-grilla-key-west/

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Billy Kearins of Coast Projects.

We talk about his humble beginnings, his love of Folk music, and how his local Key West shirt company is setting up to make some giant waves.

Also, be on the lookout for Billy’s film, “Keasy Rider” which comes out on September 17th at Tropic Cinema for the 72 Hour Film Challenge.

What is COAST?

We get that question a lot. And the truth is, it’s hard to explain — not because it’s abstract — but more so because you can look at it from many angles, and you can take from it as little or as much as you want.

Sure, we’re about bikes and boards and life by the sea — which is why we chose the purposefully ambiguously name COAST. But we’re about more than those tangible things that you see on the showroom floor and in the web store.

COAST is, in a general sense, about life on the edge — where land meets sea and the spirit of exploration and unknowing meet the safety of the shoreline. At COAST, we build the goods we need to lead the life we want to live — just like people did not too long ago. And with these time-honored tools in hand, we set out to push limits and to see what we’re made of – life on the edge.

But we also like to kick back our bare feet and enjoy life — coast along if you will.

And it’s this space — the blurring of work, play, and everyday life by the sea — that COAST is really about.

Coast Projects website: https://www.coastprojects.com

Instagram: http://instagram.com/CoastProjects

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CoastProjects

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CoastProjects

Read the full episode here: https://backyardsofkeywest.com/billy-kearins-coast-projects/

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Adam Russell, one half of the successful Key West Pottery, in his famed gallery on the doubly famed, Duval Street.

The audio is a bit dodgy on this episode, but there were too many brain nuggets to not publish it.

We talked about the artist journey and taking a leap of faith, moving cross country with nothing but a dream, and how his wife and co-artist Kelly Lever, got him started down the pottery rabbit hole.

We also discussed how he got his massive Instagram following, and how we all need to let our “artist side” out more often.

More on Key West Pottery

Key West Pottery is a love story. Originated in 2009 by the artists Adam Russell and Kelly Lever, Key West Pottery (or “Honest Works Island Pottery” as it was originally called) was always meant as a joint endeavor between two creatives for one succinct purpose— FREEDOM. Freedom in all the obvious ways we conceive of it; free use of time, financial freedom, creative freedom, etc… The resulting decade of intense collaboration has brought about the realization that we have also achieved another type of freedom— liberation from the confines of a single mind.

We are a unique blend.

Part traditional production pottery— tableware and traditional function. Vessels being created in house by the hundreds.

Part Fine Art Studio— monumental outdoor sculpture and interior decor to create places and visions.

Our Company has grown to include a small army of artisans, creatives, advisors, students and collaborators who are working together with us to produce an authentic expression of this modern, coastal life — without relying on cliché. As the epitome of authentic artwork made in the Florida Keys, we carry a diverse selection of bespoke items — from the Island’s BEST coffee mugs to awardwinning totems, visitors encounter the most well-rounded Gallery program on Duval Street.

Over this last decade, we have developed a brand of tropical modernism that is unique and diverse enough to fit into any home or collection. Our Gallery, at the center of the Historic Key West Gallery District is the quintessential Key West Pottery experience, but we love to communicate and collaborate online as well.

We believe that you will find Key West Pottery to be a soulful and sincere art experience that ties you to the local’s perspective of coastal life.

Website: https://www.keywestpottery.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Keywestpottery

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/keywestpottery

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/keywestpottery

KEY WEST POTTERY
1203 Duval Street,
Key West Florida 33040
Open Daily 10 -6
305.900.8303

Read to the full episode here: https://backyardsofkeywest.com/key-west-pottery

In the episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Tricia Coyne, the owner of the modern chef-driven Firefly restaurant.

We talk about Fireball shots, Great White sharks, her Bubba Award, and how she took her restaurant idea from a college dream into a successful Key West hotspot.

More About Firefly

Firefly is a modern, chef-driven Southern restaurant. They focus on using the best ingredients and a mixture of traditional and modern techniques to create the best possible versions of familiar dishes. Their extensive beer and wine lists feature the same attention to detail and unique products to create something that is at once old and new. They are located between Blue Heaven and Santiago’s Bodega on Petronia Street.

Tricia Coyne comes from a southern family from Louisiana and was raised in the foodie haven of Atlanta. With a love for the water and things with sharp teeth, she delved into a degree in marine biology from UCLA. After traveling the world to swim with sharks and work as a scuba instructor, she chose to revisit her love for all things edible. She found herself with a second bachelors degree in Food and Beverage Management with a specialization in wine.

Tricia sharpened her skills in the belly of Atlanta, including a management internship under acclaimed chef/owner Anne Quatrano at Bachanalia, one of the most revered restaurants in the south, a stint managing for Richard Blais of Flip Burger and Top Chef acclaim, and time managing with Genki Sushi.

After Atlanta, Tricia found herself Working at Key West’s well known Lattitude’s on Sunset Key as a manager. 

Tricia’s ideas for Firefly were conceived before she had finished her degree. With a plethora of experience under her belt, she bit the bullet in 2013 and Firefly has been serving up the best chef-driven southern cuisine in South Florida ever since.

Tricia’s love for Sharks has stayed with her, and she serves as Vice President of Reef Relief. In her free time, she enjoys Legos, wine, and the Oxford comma.

About Executive Chef – Russ Ferstle

Chef Russ Ferstle grew up in Detroit, Michigan, where his love of cooking began as a matter of survival since his mother was such a horrible cook. As Russ grew up, he continued into the restaurant industry in Michigan, apprenticing under French chef Tim Enfield. Eager to learn more, he moved to Chicago in 2003 to gain experience in Chicago’s food scene. He was hired as the sous chef for Sweets and Savories with David Richards, then stayed on with the company to open Barcello’s as chef de cuisine. In 2008, fed up with the cold, Russ relocated to Key West, where he became the chef de cuisine at the Upper Deck at Louie’s Backyard. In 2013, Russ left Louie’s to help open Firefly, where he remains executive chef. In his free time, Russ enjoys tattoos, silver coins, and conspiracy theories.

Website: http://www.fireflykeywest.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fireflykeywest

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FireflyKeyWest

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/firefly-key-west-key-west-4?osq=firefly+key+west

You can read the full transcript here: https://backyardsofkeywest.com/firefly-key-west