Ozone Computers, Inc.
Because we were limited regarding time on the computers in the libraries, we sought out a place where we could buy time to use a computer for at least one hour at a time. By accident, we discovered Ozone Computers, Inc.
Once we discovered this wonder spot, we used it about four or five times. The people who worked there were computer competent and very helpful to us. It was supposed to be $10.00 per hour [which we paid on two different occasions; however, the other three times, we paid only $5.00 per hour. It just depended on who waited on us.
We were some of the only people who used the computers for e-mail, etc. Most of the people used the computers for playing games.
The Ozone Computers, Inc. was located in a strip mall kind of place:
1320 Livingston Rd. STE 14
Naples, Florida 34109
Golfin' On The Gulf
On the east side of the road from the Naples Beach Hotel is the Golf Club, with its championship par 72 course.
Inside the clubhouse are Broadwell’s Restaurant & Totch Brown’s Bar. The bar serves a delicious assortment of tapas, with full wine bar and an excellent beer selection as well. (You can tell I’m not a golfer, my tip for the course is about the food & wine!)
Florida's Version Of Venice
Another elegant shopping area that is worth visiting for fun is the Village At Venetian Bay. Many upscale shops & fine restaurants can be found here, in a lovely open-air mall surrounded by canals.
Of course it's designed in the overwhelmingly popular Mediterranean style that permeates Naples...to a rather overdone degree, from my perspective, but hey, I'm a tacky tourist visiting from Alaska!
Great Local Restaurant
Just down Collier Blvd. from our Glen Forest Country Club location while staying in Naples, Florida, we came across a "local" spot called Cracklin' Jacks. It is not an easy place to get to because it sits back from the highway, and we did not even notice it until we were right there, and since there was traffic "right on our tail" we had to drive on by it. The next time, we made sure that we were going slower and pulled into a narrow lane that goes over a small waterway. The parking lot was filled with cars and so we got out of the car and check out the menu that was posted on the side of the building. We noted that most all of the food was fried; thus, we decided not to go inside.
Later on in the month, we remembered Cracklin' Jacks, knowing that the parking lot was filled each evening. "What the Heck"; we decided to give it a try. Boy, are we glad that we did.
No wonder it is always crowded. The food is EXCELLENT.
As is evident from Photographs # 2 & 3, the restaurant has a local flavor in a relaxed, "down home" kind of way. The customers seem to be a combination of locals and "snow birds" [winter visitors from the north] such as ourselves. The waiters and waitresses seem quite efficient and very busy. There is no time for "chit-chat". Don't take this wrong...they are friendly but very professional.
We were correct that there are many "fried food items"...they serve somewhat FAMILY STYLE bringing white beans, green beans, cole slaw, cornbread, Mashed potatoes with either white or brown gravy, and muffins to each table. You are able to ask for more of each. Allan ordered a combination plate of BBQ ribs and cat fish. The catfish was quite delicious, not at all greasy, and oh so flavorful. The ribs were tender, a bit spicy, and seemed to "fall off the bone" [see photo #1].
I ordered the Pork, which was piled high and filled my plate and was accompanied by delicious applesauce. [See photo #4] It was so much that I took 1/2 of it home, and Allan and I had pulled pork sandwiches the next day.
They are known for good desserts; however, we were too "stuffed" and bypassed them.
We're glad that we went back to try this local hangout...Cracklin'Jacks!
After 5 years, Just Had to Return to...
I've dreamed about returned to Bonita Springs so that we could return to The Royal Scoop. When we stayed for a month in Bonita Springs about five years ago, we would go there once a week. From day one of our Naples, Floriday, one-month stay, I started talking about returning to The Royal Scoop. I about drove Allan crazy.
One week before we left Naples, we finally drove to Vanderbilt Beach and then to 8th Street and Vanderbilt Drive to eat lunch and to have their delicious ice cream. We were quite surprised that they had added on to the restaurant with a huge new space, which was needed.
This is the oldest homemade ice cream store in Bonita Springs and the area. It opened its first location in 1979. The present owners purchased it in 1994 and they carried on the tradition of making and serving outstanding homemade ice cream, low fat yogurt, sugar free treats, sorbets, and deli sandwiches. I noticed this time that they now make homemade fudge in many different flavors.
They are open Monday-Saturday [11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday [12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The Deli portion is open Monday-Saturday [11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.] Allan and I shared a Ham and Cheese Bub Sandwich [Tavern ham piled high with Swiss Cheese, lettuce, Tomato, Spicy Mustard & Mayo
Allan had a THICK Vanilla Malt with a "side car" of Chocolate Nut Ice Cream. Boy, was it thick and creamy and loaded with calories. He just relished it.
I enjoyed a waffle cone with a dip of Maple Walnut and a dip of Chocolate that had three kinds of nuts. As you can see in the 1st photograph, I loved it!
Whenever we return to the area, you can bet that we will return to The Royal Scoop.