Monday, November 25, 2013

Wicked Wings - Winghouse right on the Beach in Fort Myers Beach - November 24 2013


Wicked Wings 61 Avenue C, Fort Myers Beach · (239) 765-9647

I love wings and I like them hot. Unfortunately most of the so called super hot wings I get like from Hooters, Winghouse or Buffalo Wild Wings (to name a few big ones)are simply not hot . Maybe spicy but not hot. Also the quality of those wings is not as it was before. So about 2.years ago we visited Fort Myers Beach and while looking for a parking spot to actually check out the beach we found a small little place named Wicked Wings.
It was an evening to remember. It was so good that I never stopped thinking about coming back which became reality yesterday. We did not make it in time for happy hour. Happy hour runs until 5 pm.There is some beer and food specials you can get. There were about 6 people on the top level. It was pretty windy and fresh.
But take a look at the view we had for our beer and the food which would come with it?
This was at about 5 35 pm on November 24th 2013 at the Wicked Wings.
The server took only a minute to get to us. Ordered a couple beers which came promptly. I ordered 10 wings with the third hottest sauce on the side and large fries as well as fried pickles. Pickles only took a few minutes. They were the best we had in ages. Large and with a good light breading. Ordered another beer while waiting for the wings and fries. They came and the girl apologized for it taking so long.
I told her it is not a problem and she explained that the cook simply left her alone. So she was serving and in between cooking.
I must say she did a great job. The wings were perfect and the fries right as they should be. Especially the seasoning was great. The sauce was what I ordered but not hot enough. Death might be too much but killer would have been it.
Nevertheless the food was great, the beer was very and cold and the young lady did a great job handling the situation.
The bill was 26$.For the great food and the even better view that was a great deal. I am not sure if this is still the same owner, but I sure liked it again and no doubt I will be back as soon as possible. The location is wonderful and I like the size of the place. Makes it kind of cozy. They have around 25 spots up on the deck and at least 50 down in the sand, which is really nice as well.
If you ever get to Fort Myers Beach, you need to stop by there and sit for a while. Have a cold beer and try some food. We will be back soon.

Tech Armor Screen Protector for cellphones - how good are they? - customer review on Tech Armor Screen Protector

Tech Armor Screen protector for the HTC One
After more than a year of waiting to upgrade my phone I finally decided it is time. But this time I wanted to do a better job protecting my new device. First on the agenda: a good screen protector. Easy to install,good price and with good ratings.
I had no idea how many brands there actually are. So I started reading reviews on Amazon and all over the Internet. After about an hour of research I found that the Tech Armor screen protector was one of the better ones, if not the best one.
 Looking for a great deal, I found
what I was looking for on Amazon and ordered a 3 pack for a very good price.
Got the package in reasonable time. Nicely packed I found the 3 protector foils, cleaning towel and bubble remover as well as easy to understand instructions. All was in excellent condition. It said that I could find a video on their website to learn how to install the protector. It was not only easy to find but showed in a simple way how to do it fast and right.
I followed those instructions and it was a breeze to put it on. There is absolutely no bubble, it looks great, fits perfect and the screen functions without a problem or loss of speed. As a matter of fact, I think it is easier to operate now.
I had many others before but the Tech Armor is by far the best one I used so far. There is all kinds of prices out there for this product so I would suggest to look for sales online. Tech Armor screen protectors are excellent. A great product.
Here a couple photos and the website to read more about the company.
 Came in a nice package. Good protection. I like that it was in a good box.
Nice welcome note and the package with 3 protectors

Bubble remover and the micro fiber piece to clean it ( works great)

Easy instructions

Official website of Tech Armor

Monday, November 18, 2013

China Buffet - 4329 Cleveland Aveneu, Suite 501, Fort Myers, FL 33901 - short review November 17th 2013

In Fort Myers you will find endless options to go eat. But sometimes when you are in a hurry, you got to take what is coming along.

That is what we did November 17th 2013. After arriving at a closed Greek place we said we will try for Chinese Buffet if we find one. This time we did the GPS get lucky thing and found a few. While driving we saw a Hooters restaurant and right next to it we saw a sign : China Buffet.

Pulled right into the parking lot. When coming to the door we saw it will be open until 9 30 pm and it was 8 50 pm. The hostess who greeted us was friendly and when I asked her if we can still get in to eat, she said yes with a smile. A man sitting at a table next to us was not so excited about us being there.

I looked over to the Buffet and saw that there was still plenty of food in the trays. So I was OK with it. We did not even ask for the price. Our server was friendly and asked us what we want to drink.
Got the cokes pretty fast. Then off to the Buffet.

There was a selection of items, but you could see that they did not put any fresh items out for a while.
Of all items I had the soup was the hottest and pretty much the best. Most of the fried stuff like egg rolls and dumplings were dried out and had no taste to it.

The Sushi was good, but there was only 2 items out and when I came for seconds at 9 05 pm, all of the Sushi was put away. The only reason I got some muscles in the cold bar was that I stopped the guy taking them away while I was getting good.

The salad bar I did not try. Was not much there but that looked fresh. Then I went on to the main dishes. The Peking Duck looked good and the taste was good, but it was absolutely cold. The sauce was very good though. All the chicken dishes were OK and almost hot. But nothing special. The orange chicken and the general Tsao chicken tasted the same. The beef dish was not worth the while. Noodles were OK, fried rice tasted good but also was cold.

I tried pretty much all thing but the fish and the crab. I figured that they must have been out too long and I did not want to take a chance. Christiane tried the pudding and liked that the best.

Our server was great. She came 2 times and asked if things are OK and if we needed more coke. That was very nice. We ordered the check pretty fast. The atmosphere and the way it all looked. it was not a place to sit and chat. Also the people where starting vacuuming, cleaning and the guy who was putting away stuff was jumping up in joy when we ordered the check.

The check. Yeah. The entire experience cost us 28 $. If the food would have been any good or the atmosphere cozy and nice I would understand to pay that price. However, the Buffet was not worth more then 6.95 $ each and until today I do not understand the bill LOL. However, we gave the server a very good tip because she was nice , friendly and had a smile all the way and actually thanked us for being there, which nobody else in this place did.

If you want Chinese Buffet in Fort Myers, The China Buffet on Cleveland Avenue is not the place to go. There is a chance that because they closed within 40 minutes of our arrival some things might have happened. But friendly, if you can not keep up your service and standard all the way to the end of your posted hours, don't open a restaurant.

We are back on the road for now , but will be back next week and see where we are going to eat then. Gladly will we share our experiences so you can save yourself some time and money :). We are Germans and travelled all over the World and have tons of experience in terms of food. So we know what to expect when we go eat somewhere. So I think our point of view is pretty simple and not over picky. Comments and communications are always welcome and I will keep writing as we go , try, test and buy.

La Quinta Inns and Suites South on Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers, Florida

Business trip to Ft. Myers. We stayed in all kinds of hotels and we never had a very bad one. This trip is about making money and so the least expensive option was what we were looking for. Surprisingly La Quinta Inn South came in as the second lowest. On top of that we are rewards members and love to use this option. So we booked it for 50$ including tax,which that is a great deal.
Check in was starting T 3 pm, which worked great for us. Found it easily as Cleveland Avenue is a large main road in this town. Christiane checked in and was very happy when she came back to the car.
The young man checking her in was very friendly. We requested a room with very good WiFi.
Not only did we get that, but we got a room right by the pool and it was an upgrade to a king size bed. I liked right away. Parking was close.
The room was very clean and clearly a non smoking room. Everything was in order and all items like soap and so on where stocked.
Room has a fridge, microwave, alarm clock and TV. Everything in working order and clean. Nice table with two chairs. A great room for that price I must say.
Photos of King Size Room at La Quinta Inn South in Fort Myers

Only 20 minutes into me being on there the
front desk called to find out if WiFi is working good enough and if all is OK, which I told him it is.
My next step was to go swimming on the pool and to work with my laptop. Pool area was clean . Pool was clean as well. They have chairs,tables and some sun chairs. They were also clean.
Umbrellas looked good and they even had a lift for handicapped guests. WiFi worked great here as well.
I spent about 45 minutes out there and it was nice. Water was perfect and it was quiet. The pool is set back on this property and there is a nice fence separating it from the parking lot.
Had some snacks from the vending machines after that. Good price and all functional as well.

Slept really well on the mattress. A/C worked good and it was quiet. The breakfast they served the next morning was simple but good.

Bagels, bread, waffles, oranges and bananas, different cereals, hard boiled eggs. Orange and apple juice was there. The coffee was actually not bad at all. Different kinds of jelly, cream cheese and some spread. So it was all good. I liked the milk. 2 % and pretty good. What was different was that the bread was packaged one at a time. Never saw that before. But once in the toaster it does not matter.

Considering that years ago there was no breakfast in most of those places, this was pretty good.

Check out is at noon. That is great because we could go swimming one more time and get things ready without any stress.

Overall this is a nice place for a stop on the way. Remember, that these hotels are very old places which were renovated by this company. Do not expect that the building is brand new. You can see that this place is older. But the way they did it, it is clean and comfortable. That is what counts and for the price of app. 50 $ you can not complaint.

Make sure you bring all your discount options like AAA, ARRP or whatever you got. Also if you have a rewards card make sure you mention it.

I am satisfied with this hotel. Not a place where I would spend a 3 week vacation, but while on the road or for a couple or 3 days, this is totally sufficient and affordable. When we are back working in this area, we for sure will consider the La Quinta Inns & Suites South in Fort Myers. The location is good. A good place to stay when you travel through.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Duracell Cell Phone Car Charger

There is really not too much to tell about this charger other than that w
e were satisfied with our first one and bought this one just a few days ago. For that price you can not expect to have it for years. But if you take good care you might get up to 1 year. The one before this one lasted despite a ton of use from 2 people. This one we bought at Marshalls and got a good deal. It was in it's original package, so I was confident it will be in order. Unpacked it and used it right away. Works great. I had less expensive chargers before and had my share of disappointments. But I guess the brand has at least a little impact on quality and performance. So if you are looking for a cellphone car charger, Duracell is reasonable priced and at least in my experience works good.

Massage Chairs at Simon Mall in Fort Myers

We went on a short business trip to Ft Myers,FL. Since my work is limited on thisb trip, I thought I will check out some stores and so on. So there was Simon Mall. Never have been there. Right when I entered the mall on the Dillards entrance I found those massage chairs. Similar to the chairs you will found on airports.
Since I just made it through my injury it seemed like a good idea to give it a shot. 1$ for 3 minutes.
They looked clean and comfortable.
Put my first dollar in and leaned back. Great feeling from the beginning. Actually does a great job covering a large area. It was so good that I added another 3.$. For an extra 3 minutes.
It really helped me. My back felt relaxed and my muscles soft. This was a good investment. I would suggest that you try them. Will be nice for a break while shopping and the price is reasonable. You can get more time for 5$ or even 10 $.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Vision Airlines - flight from Clearwater, FL to Gulfport, MS - short impression

Vision Airlines St Pete to Gulfport in July 2013
We travel a lot and we traveled with many different Airlines over the years. Long flights, short flights, shuttle flights. We saw it all. So last month we did our first trip with Vision Airlines. Our flight was from St. Pete/Clearwater Airport in Florida to Gulfport, Mississippi.
This was part of a trip to The Beau Rivage Casino. Something we like to do on a regular basis.
Checking in was as easy as it can get. The Vision Airline service people were fast, friendly and in a good mood. You are allowed one carry on and one personal and even better, the check in luggage was for free. We took our golf clubs and both hard cases were for free also. If that was because we had a sponsored flight from a Casino, I do not know. If you are paying for the flight I would suggest you ask the booking agent if there is any cost. They have two check in lines. That is sufficient and they are no different to any major Airline.

I am not sure which location that is, but I just wanted to show the fact , that even though it is a small Airline, it is nicely organized. Both Clearwater and Gulfport are nice and clean check in area.

The flight was boarding exactly on time and without a doubt, it was smooth, fast and again with friendly personal. I felt welcome and enjoyed being greeted with a smile.
The airplanes are smaller and very simple. Boeing 767 or 737. But they are clean and in good shape and order. This flight had leather seats. Clearly not a new plane. This plane had some stories to tell. The seats are not the newest and most comfortable. But I thought it was plenty of room and functionality for this flight, which is not more than a shuttle service flight.
I found the bathrooms clean and stocked. Sufficient for the purpose.
The flight was short , but in that short time they offered great service. Providing free drinks ( cocktails only) and non alcoholic beverages. The flight attendants were friendly, fun and nothing like what I saw before on some major airline flights of similar length. We had great fun and actually enjoyed the trip. As a little snack we received some pretzels. Nothing which can curb your hunger, but it goes well with the drink. The most interesting part was the money game, where you can put a $ bill ( 1, 5, 10 or 20) in a bag after writing your seat number on it and then they draw a winner. This is exciting and gets you in gambling mode. There is some good money in some of the bags. The flight was fast, smooth and good organized.
When we arrived we were directed to the buses which were waiting for us to take us to the hotel. No delay, no complications.
Our luggage was transferred to the hotel right away and available after only 2 hours. Over all. Vision Airlines made a great impression on this flight and we look forward to fly with them again. Booking and making reservations I can not review. We booked ours through a promotion from a third party, but everything was as I expected it.
When flying Vision Airlines you should not expect luxury or the newest models of airplanes. Also you you should not expect full food service. But what you can expect is, fast and friendly service, on-time travelling fair pricing for the value.
We are certainly planning to use Vision Airlines  again when going to Biloxi to spend time at the Beau Rivage or any other hotel for  that matter. With or without any special offer, this is a great way to travel to Mississippi from Tampa Bay Area or even West Coast area.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Best Buy on 14th St in Bradenton, FL - Phone upgrade

Best Buy Store
4210 14th St W
Bradenton, FL 34205
Phone: 941-755-8969

After waiting almost 1 year after I was eligible to upgrade my phone, I finally had to give in.
My phone just did not make it anymore. But I will not go into detail about the phone or even about my service provider. Also I will not elaborate about the phone I actually bought today.

But I will give a short description about my shopping experience.

Before I do that I want to say that I worked for cell phone companies as a very successful sales agent and a leading customer service manager. In stores as well as in the field.

After hours of research I found the phone I wanted. Next I looked for the best deal and Best Buy by far had the best sale going on. So we took off down the street to 14th St. This Best Buy location is not only close to our house but it also is a place where I had good experiences in the past.

I knew exactly what I want and since it was an upgrade, I did not have any question in regards to the plan or service provider as well.

As always we were greeted at the door in a friendly matter and with a smile. Walked straight to the cell phone department. This is usually a very busy place. But today I got lucky and only 2 customers where ahead of me.

We found an associate and asked him if they have the phone in stock. He was very friendly and checked if they did. They had 2 phones available and one in the color I liked.

Next he brought me to the service station where I was introduced to a young man and told that he will finish the transaction.

This young man also had a big smile on his face and was very friendly. He asked me a couple questions about what I want to do and then went right to work.

While entering the information we had a nice conversation about phones, travelling and looked at a couple accessories. I felt very relaxed and felt that this associate  wanted  to help me and  had sufficient knowledge to do so.

All together it took only 5 minutes to get the entire deal done and we paid right at this service station.

After a friendly farewell we were on our way. I love it.

Upgrading my phone at Best Buy at 14th St. in Bradenton, FL was a breeze and actually enjoyable. The associate was friendly, knowledgeable and absolutely did not push anything on me. Very pleasant I must say. He could feel that I knew exactly what I wanted and did not make any attempt to change my mind. He appreciated that I was a very well informed customer and realized while talking to me, that I had extensive knowledge about the phones, the systems and so on. No doubt in my mind, that this young man would try to get you exactly what you need without trying to sell you what is good for the store.

So if you need to get a cell phone, sign up for service or do an upgrade. Best Buy at 14th St in Bradenton, FL is a good address to do so.

But I do have to mention, that I got lucky today. 2 years ago we were there for a different upgrade for family and it took about 1 hour. It was around Christmas and it was extremely busy. To me, it is worth the wait. Getting good and friendly service and feeling appreciated to me is big deal and for that I stand gladly in any line.