Jimmy Buffett’s favorite Gulf Coast Bars

An article in June/July issue of Garden & Gun magazine lists Buffett’s favorite Gulf Coast Bars: “Why We Love the Gulf – Jimmy Buffett Drinks Here” (by Elizabeth Hutchison)

The son of a son of a Mississippi sailor, Jimmy Buffett got his start bouncing around Biloxi dive bars and New Orleans drinking dens before finding fame in Key West. “Culturally and historically, the Gulf is a unique stretch of water and land,” he says. “It always feels like home.” We asked the sun-
tanned troubadour to revisit his roots via his favorite coastal watering holes. “A place where you can have a cold beer and look out at the water,” he advises, “is the essence of throttling down.”

The list includes:
1) Bluegill – Spanish Fort, Alabama
2) Island Hotel – Cedar Key, Florida
3) Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar – New Orleans, Louisiana
4) LuLu’s at Homeport Marina – Gulf Shores, Alabama
5) Scranton’s – Pascagoula, Mississippi
6) Trapani’s Eatery – Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Talking surf with Jimmy Buffett

From the San Diego Union Tribune: “Talking surf (and Tourmaline) with Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett is a stand-up guy. Half the time, anyway. The massively popular singer-songwriter and Parrothead-in-chief has been in and out of San Diego of late, helping shepherd the La Jolla Playhouse world premiere of “Escape to Margaritaville,” a Broadway-bound musical built around his songs.

Now, if you’re a longtime surfer (as the 70-year-old Buffett is) who’s looking to try riding waves on a stand-up board (as Buffett was a decade ago), you might think about getting a board designed by the world-class waterman Laird Hamilton, who essentially launched the modern SUP phenomenon.

If you’re the actual Jimmy Buffett, you go ahead and buy the Laird board — and then have Hamilton himself teach you how to use it.

That was among the things I learned over the course of a long phone interview with Buffett, which was mostly devoted to “Margaritaville” but also detoured (happily) into a chat about his surfing and SUP exploits.

Q: Are you a full-time SUP guy now, or do you still do both?

A: I still do, because I think they both complement each other. I’ve probably been doing (SUP surfing) for 10 years, because it was the new new thing, and I surf mainly in the summer up in Montauk on the East Coast. There was like a Laird Hamilton 12-footer, so I bought one and I had no clue what to do with it.

You go out in the water and you watch the kids do it. And the first thing they told me was, get your balance on a lake and then go out. Long story short, I went out to a wedding in Malibu and ran into Laird, and so Laird actually taught me how to ride the board. And then I was hooked.

We just got back from Tavarua, which was amazing. I’m gonna have to scratch that off my bucket list. So I did regular surfing one day, and stand-up the other. We were doing two sessions a day. I think stand-up really helps your regular surfing, because you’re up (on your feet) so much — that’s the thing about it. I think your balance and your ability to be on the board and be comfortable on a regular board is accentuated by the amount of time you spend standing up on a stand-up board.

The thing of it is now, too, is that they have such great boards, Jim, that they didn’t have in the beginning. I’m riding a Naish, a 9-footer, but it’s 32 inches on the beam. And it’s a quad (fin). So you really can get into things so much faster. It’s not like before, where it was like having a tugboat on a leash.

I’ll tell you what, it keeps you in shape. But when we got to Tavarua down there, that was like a dream come true. I really caught a couple of great days out at Namotu. I know my limits now, but every now and then you’ve got that kid in you who wants to go. So it was amazing down there to get in overhead waves that just went and went and went. As fast as could be.

After a week of it, I went down to Australia to do some shows, and kept surfing down there, and then back to Hawaii. But I know that after that experience, to spend that much time on ’em, I can do bigger waves more comfortably, and feel comfortable on ’em. But I still get on my belly and paddle. I do both — it’s great!

Parrot Heads Documentary coming January 2017

A new documentary about Parrot Heads answers the questions on how they got started, what they do, and where their fins go will be released on January 3rd, 2017.

A trailer for the movie is now available along with pre-order on iTunes.
Directed by lifelong Parrot Head Bryce Wagoner, it is the story of the rise of the most dedicated fans in music and the present day world that they’ve created. Partying with a purpose, original genre music, and Scott Nickerson, the man (other than Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers) that brought them all together into one fantastic phlock. Featuring never before interviews with Jimmy Buffett, this feature length documentary is the first film under his Mailboat Records and distributed by Gravitas Ventures! More details on Facebook.

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Jimmy Buffett Okinawa Japan

Stars and Stripes interview with Jimmy Buffett

Stars and Stripes talked with Buffett backstage after a meet-and-greet session with Yokosuka families.

On why he came to play the free shows: We’ve been doing shows around the world for quite a while and it was kind of a unique situation. My friend Caroline Kennedy, when she became [United States ambassador to Japan], she’s kind of a force of nature, so she got out here and she said, “You need to come while I’m here and do this.” And I’d never been to Japan.

Also, I have a lot of great friends in the Navy. You join the Navy and see the world, you can join this band and see the world — and it’s a great thrill to let people see a show that normally wouldn’t be able to get to one.

On seeing Japan: This sparked my interest to come back. I have a little place in Hawaii, and I’ll be in Australia in March. I’d like to come snowboarding [in Japan] and I’d like to see the countryside. There were nice waves in Okinawa … I might go back there. It would be certainly worth coming back.

In the works: I have a travel book — it started about two to three years ago when I went to China. I’m working on that, and hopefully I’ll try to finish that up this year. And then we have the play, the “Margaritaville” musical, which has been an ongoing thing we’ve been working on for six years. It’s actually opening in La Jolla [Calif.] in April. We’ll do it there and then take it on the road, and in about a year we’ll go to Broadway with it. But it’s fun because it’s little more diverse. I should go back and do an album soon — when it comes to me I’ll go. It’s been fun for me to do some other things.

Interview with Roger Guth

Paul Leslie got a chance to interview drummer and songwriter Roger
Guth. Roger talks about songs from his new instrumental jazz album “Tin Roof” and is joined by Peter Mayer.

Roger and Peter talk about a few of the songs Buffett has recorded that Roger Guth wrote including “Mermaid in the Night” from “Off to the See the Lizard” (1989), “Frenchman for the Night” from “Fruitcakes” (1994), and “Colour of the Sun” from “Songs from St. Somewhere” (2013)

You can listen to the interview at:
http://www.thepaulleslie.com/roger-guth

Savannah reveals her favorite bohemian escapes

From the New York Post: “Jimmy Buffett’s daughter is a total Miami boho babe

Savannah Buffett grew up hopscotching between New York, Nashville, Aspen, Malibu and St. Barts.

But the daughter of singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett finally laid down roots in palm-fringed Miami, where 10 years ago she bought a charming canal-front bungalow in emerging MiMo, a historic corridor on Biscayne Boulevard.

The once-dilapidated neighborhood, named for its post-World War II Miami Modernist architecture, has undergone a remarkable renaissance in recent years. As an investor in the district’s happening new bar the Anderson, Buffett is part of that revival.

“To see the change has been incredible,” says the 36-year-old creative consultant, DJ and radio personality, who lives with her boyfriend. She gives Alexa the lowdown on her favorite MiMo hot spots.

Interview with Chef Dante Giannini

Dante Giannini is the head chef and founder of Farm to Fork Chef and is contracted as Jimmy Buffett’s private chef.

I am a classically trained chef. I went to the Culinary Institute of America right out of high school in 2006. I truly believe my most important education came on the job while working in restaurants across the tri-state area.

What inspired me to become a chef was growing up in a tight knit Italian American family where food brought us together. The satisfaction of when someone eats your creation and loves it is really special.

I was found by the Buffett family through a very high end concierge service based in NYC. I had worked for another prominent celebrity before Mr. Buffett, and it’s a very small world.

Mr. Buffett’s favorite entrée and dessert, hmmmm tough question cause he’s a true foodie. If I had to narrow it down it be a simple local fish ceviche with island flavors (it is Jimmy Buffett after all) and dessert would be a well prepared cheesecake.

Most unusual dish I’ve created for him has to be Grouse, which is a game bird that that he foraged himself. He brought it to my kitchen and I stewed it, it was a crisp autumn day.

Ingredients I enjoy using must be local, seasonal and at the peak of freshness, Simple as that!

Other celebs I’ve cooked for include, Madonna, Rebecca Minkoff, David & Lauren Bush Lauren, and some others I cannot name for confidentiality reasons.

Do I have a favorite spot to eat at, also a tough one because living in NY there are so many great options. At the moment I’m loving Toro on the West side of Manhattan.

Do I like Mr. Buffett’s music, of course!! He’s my boss and he’s a legend, his music appeals to all ages. Is it cliché to say my favorite is “Cheeseburger in Paradise”? Haha. I not only listen to his music but I also enjoy his beer from time to time, Landshark.

For more information on Dante Giannini and some recipes visit Farm to Fork Chef