I’m back from Florida and welcomed by 80 degree weather here in Boston!
Please stay, Please stay!!
Due to lack of wireless availability and some much needed family time, I had unintentionally disappeared for a few days. I’m not gonna lie, there were moments where I wanted to run to a local coffee shop and share my day with all of you! However, I knew that Matt needed time with his grandmother and my writing could wait until I got home.
I am now reconnected to the world and able to share my mini vacation full of tasty meals, sunshine and destinations.
Our 7pm flight on Thursday got delayed until 9:40, leaving me with plenty of time to think of every possible crisis that could occur while airborne. So, how did I calm my nerves while anxiously awaiting our flight…
WINE of course!
Our group decided to throw back some bevies while watching the Bruins game with the other delayed flyers. We took it upon ourselves to lighten the mood with some old school Disney attire from the early 90’s.
Our friends Joe and Becky
Matt sporting a Mickey Mouse Hat
We got some dinner at Johnny Rockets and Wolfgang Puck, then hung out in Boston Beer works until our flight was ready to board.
Chinois Chicken Salad from Wolfgang Puck. A mixture of cabbage, diced veggies and cooled grilled chicken with peanut ginger dressing.
I asked for no wonton strips and dressing on the slide to lighten to load.
A few drinks and some new friends later, we were finally off to Orlando to see Matt’s Grandma!
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Breakfast (every morning)
BY THE WAY! Has anyone else noticed that Fage has increased in size? It is now 100 cals, 18g of protein vs. 90 cals, 15g of protein.
We lounged by the pool in the sunshine and chatted over BBQ lunch
Friday and Saturday night was spent at Universal’s City walk, where we dined at Latin Quarters and Margaritaville
Latin Quarter serves up authentic Latino Cuisine in a sexy, spicy atmosphere.
Caribbean Crusted Mahi Mahi served with seared scallops and a roasted red pepper sauce. Instead of yellow rice, I asked for garbanzo beans and Boniato mash, which is similar to a white sweet potato.
All of the different flavors and textures were tantalizing to the senses.
Margaritaville has a welcoming, laid back feel that can make even the “coolest” person act a little silly
Matt and I sat on the porch and ordered an abundance of food because, as Matt says, “We’re on vacation”
Kettle one Citron, soda water, lemon and a Pina Colada
Nachos with TONS of jalapeños and an order of Peel and Eat Shrimp
Mahi Mahi filled tortillas with a side of black beans, Pico de Gallo and all the trimmings
My Tortilla was filled with fresh Guacamole and Pico de Gallo vs. the heaping spoonful of sour cream. Apparently I was on a Mahi Mahi kick.
After dinner, we grabbed another drink and listened to a local band that was performing on stage.
I couldn’t help but giggle at this couple in front of us.
On Sunday, Matt and I headed over to Daytona Beach for a few hours of fun in the sun.
I sported my bright colored tank, which I thought SCREAMED Daytona Beach!
I love that you can drive out onto the sand and tailgate.
I also loved this Volkswagen van.
Later than night, we headed to Downtown Disney for some shopping, dinner and Ghirardelli!!
Free caramel milk chocolate square?…You bet!
The heavenly scent of hot, melted chocolate filled the air and I was tempted to devour multiple sweets from the factory. However, I needed to save my appetite for dinner which was worth the wait!
The Tequila Bar themed restaurant is located inside Pleasure Island, where the 1970’s Disco Club used to be.
We sat on the patio, listened to live music and enjoyed our drinks in the warm breeze.
For appetizers, we chose Shrimp Cocktail with avocado, Chips and salsa, and a side salad with a cilantro lime dressing, feta and pico de gallo.
Entrée: Chilean Style Salmon with Steamed Veggies
And an UNBELIEVABLE Seafood Paella, filled with lobster, mussels, shrimp, chicken and sausage.
Everything was so full of flavor and cooked perfectly.
To help aid our digestion, Matt and I walked around for a bit to admire the changes that had taken place since we’d been here last.
The once club filled streets of Pleasure Island have now been transformed into a strip of restaurants, lounges and mini bars. It was much more family oriented vs. the young and wild demographic that it used to attract.
Also new to the area… live statues!
So talented! How do they stand still for that long?
Well, that was our fun filled weekend. I will recap Monday’s crazy schedule tomorrow which includes 3 major theme parks, 2 firework shows and dinner in a foreign country. All which took place in 6 hrs.…It can be done
It feels good to be home!