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Archive for March 16th, 2010

On our way back from Key West… we decided to stop in to The Breaker Hotel in West Palm Beach and have some lunch. It was a perfect idea, because we got there around 2pm (even with the time change!)

The Breaker Hotel Event Room

The Breaker Hotel Event Room

The Breaker Hotel Event Room

The Breaker Hotel Event Room

We toured the historic hotel and really enjoyed the ceilings in the event rooms. Each room had a different theme and eccentric design. It’s amazing these works of art were done in the early 1900’s. 

View of Atlantic-Breaker Hotel

View of Atlantic-Breaker Hotel

Of course while we were touring we took some pictures of the ocean front view as boats crossed the landscape. To continue the ocean front theme, we had a window view during our lunch.

Raspberry Lemonade

Raspberry Lemonade

Green Salad W/Oil & Vinegar

Green Salad W/Oil & Vinegar

Fried Zucchini

Fried Zucchini

They had something new, raspberry lemonade, which I thought was really good. I’m sure it had more sugar in it than I would have liked.

Lunch included a Green Salad and some Fried Zucchini… when I saw that on the menu it reminded me of the Fried Zucchini I had at Carrabba’s and wanted to taste the difference. It was just as good.

Just after 8pm tonight we made it home to a breezy night in Palm Coast. I still had my shorts on from Key West and was freezing while we were unloading the car.  I warmed up and managed to make a quick dinner of Fresh Vegetable Salad while we watched 2 & a Half Men.

Fresh Vegetable Salad

Fresh Vegetable Salad

Fresh Vegetable Salad

Ingredients:

1Red Bell Pepper

3Green Onions

1Small Bunch of Broccoli

1Carrot

2Tbls. Olive Oil

2Tbls. White Wine Vinegar

Cumin

Paprika

Dried Onion

Garlic Powder

Directions: Wash and chop up the vegetables in a bowl. Mix Olive Oil, Vinegar and seasonings in with vegetables and serve. 

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I was on a mission Sunday afternoon to find Turtle Kraal Restaurant. I saw on the Food Network sometime ago a restaurant in the Keys or the Caribbean that served world famous Turtle Soup. And since we were in the Keys I was on a quest. Well everyone I asked directed me to Turtle Kraal and laughed doing so. Well I thought they were just happy go lucky people, little did I know that since 1972 it’s been outlawed to eat Turtle meat. So the restaurant I was looking for was not in Key West.!! 

Turtle Kraal Nachos

Turtle Kraal Nachos

BUT we found Turtle Kraal Restaurant and enjoyed lunch on the deck overlooking all the boats and Pelicans in the water before us. I had some Nachos without Cheese and Cream Cheese and a couple glasses of white wine. Plus I ate Mike’s Carrots and Celery from his Chicken Wings order.

Mikes Carrots & Celery

Mikes Carrots & Celery

While we were there.. I spent my time trying to take pictures of Pelicans, because along the way I’ve developed somewhat of a fetish for taking pictures of Pelicans. They are such an intriguing bird… they are interesting to me.

Pelicans in Front of Turtle Kraal

Pelicans in Front of Turtle Kraal

Then we decided to take the Conch Train Tour around town…. and saw some familiar places like the Hemmingway House, Sloppy Joes, and saw some new sights of Key West we had never seen before.

Key West Lighthouse

Key West Lighthouse

Zero Mile Marker

Zero Mile Marker

Before we made it to launch at Turtle Kraal’s we stopped in at the Westin to inquire about the Sunset Dinner on Sunset Key. It’s an Island off the Keys and requires a boat ride, so we scheduled a 6:45pm dinner reservation, which meant we needed to be at the Pier by 6pm. Sunset Key, is an exclusive Island occupied by Westin Hotel guests and dinner guests at Latitudes Restaurant.

Sunset From Latitudes Restaurant

Sunset From Latitudes Restaurant

View From Latitudes Restaurant

View From Latitudes Restaurant

Being shuttled from the pier to the island, and then being sat at our table outside on the beach was a dreamlike experience. Such a pleasant view of the boats all around us and the sunset on the horizon. Our meal was fabulous as well; I had an Onion Soup (took the bread and cheese out of the cup) and Green Salad. I accompanied my food with a couple of glasses of white wine and then after we got back to Key West Island… Mike headed straight into an Ice Cream shop where he ordered me an Ice Cream Cone 😦

It’s so hard to stay strong and not eat bad, when everywhere you look people are eating Ice Cream Cones, and other not good for the diet foods!

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We decide to leave Saturday for a weekend getaway to the Keys.. not realizing it was the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day. But Key West wasn’t as busy as I thought it would be.

Regardless, we made our way south on I-95. Me sleeping for the first leg of the trip until we stopped in Palm Bay for lunch at Wendy’s. I had the Southwest Salad without the Chili or Cheese(I had to pick the cheese off myself!) 

Wendy's Southwest Salad

Wendy's Southwest Salad

Then it was back to the roadtrip south. I made sure to pack some trailmix, which I made myself because I knew I would get the munchies. So I mixed up some Dried Cranberries, Raisins, Almonds and Pecans to munch on the drive to Key West.  

Bridge To Key Largo

Bridge To Key Largo

Heading to Islamorada

Heading to Islamorada

While we were driving, we reserved a hotel room at the Marriott Courtyard. It’s not the Ritz Carlton, but it was nice anyway! We got settled and freshened up and left for downtown Key West for some dinner. We found a place on Duval Street called the Borttegga, which was on the quiet end of Duval. I had a Glass of White Wine and a Green Salad. I really enjoy eating salads these days… and they’re quite fullfilling.!!! After dinner, we decided to walk around Duval Street and I found an Ice Cream place. Jokingly, I dragged Mike into to pressure him into buying something and it turns out, I was the one getting pressured. He didn’t even budge. So I was the one walking around with Two Scoops of Ice Cream.

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After a couple of nights out… I decided to make something at home from the foods we have here. We spent the day out in Jacksonville,  and ate lunch at the P.F. Chang. I had the Buddha Feast Vegetable Bowl with Brown Rice and a hot tea. Then we went to Costco to load up on groceries and stuff… so coming home to eat from a day full of running around was nice.

I got into my VitaMix cookbook and whipped up a really spicy Tomato and Basil Pesto to pair with some steamed Cauliflower and Green Beans.

Tomato And Basil Pest

Tomato And Basil Pest

Tomato and Basil Pesto

Ingredients:

1/2Cup Olive Oil

4Ripe Tomatoes, quartered

1/2Cup Basil Leaves

1/2Cup Spinach, stemmed

6Garlic Cloves, peeled

1Tsp. Celtic Salt

1Cup Blanched Almonds

Directions:

Place all ingredients into the VitaMix container  in order listed and secure lid. Select Variable 1. Turn machine on and quickly increase speed to Variable 10, then to high. Blend for 30-45 seconds, using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades.

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