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Since my main objective with writing this blog is to act as an accounting for Wayne and me to remember places and events, I'm going to concentrate on our evening. We went to Martha's and Oleg's in Bradenton Beach for sunset hors d'oeuvre, dinner at the Blue Marlin and a screening of my Costa Rica video. The fog actually lifted around 6pm and we were hopeful for a beautiful sunset lighting some spectacular clouds. Unfortunately, the horizon was shielded by a large, long blue cloud that we thought was sky. We walked to Bridge St where the Blue Marlin is located. By the name you could guess they specialize in fresh fish. Our waitress was from Western MA and chatted with us about all things Berkshire. We all liked our dishes. I had black grouper Provencal and Wayne had clams and fish bouillabaisse. All 4 of us shared 2 deserts: key lime creme brûlée and chocolate pate. I would give it a 3 out of 4. Service and atmosphere was a 4. My dish was more like a 3. The sides were black-eyed peas over rice that tasted like the peas were reconstituted and haricot verde that were over cooked a bit. Also, I had asked for red snapper and got black grouper.