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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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I begged Mike for a warm weather weekend excursion… and I got a trip to Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, only to find out it wasn’t as warm as I thought it would be.
Ft. Lauderdale-Hotel View

Ft. Lauderdale-Hotel View

We had enough of the cold and snow from up north and when we drove back down to Florida, it was still cold. So I thought, a trip south would warm us up. But temps in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale were only 10 degrees warmer putting them in the 60’s 😦
Ft. Lauderdale-Hotel View

Ft. Lauderdale-Hotel View

Regardless, we hit the road Saturday morning and I packed the left over Hibachi Vegetables for lunch which I ate as soon as I got in the car. I did manage to juice two Carrot, Celery, Spinach, Apple drinks with the new VitaMix Juicer, and I made a Fruit Smoothie too!

Dinner was the usual Pier 66 culinary excursion. The food, atmosphere, and service are so amazing, it’s always a treat to go there. Each time I go there, I get the same Green Salad with out any Feta Cheese and this weekend Oil and Vinegar instead of their creamy dressing.  To spice things up I added a Baked Potato too in addition to a couple of Glasses of White Wine.

Sunday we got up to head down to Miami and found out the Food Networks Wine & Food Festival was taking place on the beach in South Beach. We decided to have lunch on Lincoln Street at a Rustic Pizza Restaurant we visited in November with my cousins when they came in town for the cruise. Mike and I split a 16″ medium pizza.

Rustic Pizza Vegetable Pizza

Rustic Pizza Vegetable Pizza

My half was the Vegetable side with no Cheese on a Wheat crust and Mike’s side was the Mushroom Pizza with Cheese.  

Then we continued walking toward the Ocean, where we scoped out the Wine & Food Festival. It turns out, in order to get on the beach to walk around and sample wines, foods, etc. we had to pay $230 per person. A price a little to steep for a couple of hours of testing.! So we went across the street and sat at The Carlyle and had Daquiries and an appetizer dish of Chips and Calamari.

Sunday Morning was a tough ride home….. tooo many Daquiries last night and a bad diet all around. We stopped at Einstein Bros. Bagels for a Whole Grain Bagel with Butter and the middle scooped out and to drink I got a Frozen Mocha Latte.  As we were driving north, I begged Mike to stop in Palm Beach, to see how the other half lives.

Palm Beach Ocean View

Palm Beach Ocean View

We drove up along Ocean Ave (A1A) and saw the mansions facing the ocean and then we stopped at the Breakers Hotel. It’s where some of the “Heartbreakers” movie was filmed. And the hotel is also supposed to be a famous, historic resort as well. 

The Breakers Hotel-Palm Beach

The Breakers Hotel-Palm Beach

Further north we stopped outside of Titusville for lunch, which turned out to be Long John Silver’s Fish and Fries Combo with a couple of Hush Puppies. I’m still having feedback from all that grease I ate earlier.

Long John Silver - Fish Meal

Long John Silver - Fish Meal

But hopefully all my bad choices were canceled out with this evenings Vegetable Salad I made

with a Oil and Lemon Dressing.

Vegetable Salad

Vegetable Salad

Vegetable Salad:

Ingredients:

1Red Bell Pepper

1Cup of Green Beans

1/2Bunch of Broccoli

1Carrot

3Celery Sticks

1/2Can White Beans

1Avocado

1Bunch Cauliflower

2Tbls. Olive Oil

1/2 Lemon

1Tsp. Basil

1Tsp. Paprika

1/2Tsp. Crushed Peppers

1/2Tsp.Cumin

1Tsp. Celtic Salt

Directions:

Wash and cut up vegetables. For the Beans, I took the left overs I put in the Refrigerator or you can crack open a new can. Add Oil, Lemon and other seasonings to the salad and mix.

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After a many hours in front of the computer, taking an online real estate course, I didn’t get a chance to eat. Then before I knew it I was running late for my 3pm appointment, and literally ran out the door. Luckily, Mike came with me and after the meeting I took a quick detour to Wendy’s while Mike went into Staples to get some office supplies.

I ate the Southwest Salad and asked for the Chili on the side and tried to pick off all the cheese I could. Once I went through all that effort, I realized the dressing was a creamy Southwestern Spicy Dressing. At that point I was so hungry, all I could do was mentally through my hands up in the air and eat my food.

That was around 4pm, because afterwards Mike headed to the interstate north. He had a piece of property up in Jacksonville that he wanted to see. So up north is where we headed to see some property, meet with his son, stop by Costco for the Vita-Mix Juicer and have dinner.

I had my eye on the Vita-Mix Juicer for some time, and it just so happened that Mike was thinking about getting the Juicer as well. So, luckily the gentleman at Costco was doing a demonstration of the Juicer and we were sold!!! I can’t wait to juice in it tomorrow.

Then we headed to Wasabi-Japanese Steakhouse for dinner and invited Mike’s son to join us. While we were waiting 45 minutes for our Grill side seats, I sat at the bar and ordered small Cold Sake. Then at the table, I ordered another one.

Something I thought was great! When the chef started to make the Fried Rice, I asked him to make a little with no egg in it. And he complied. I was thinking about asking him to use no butter on a handful of vegetables, but I thought I might be pushing my luck. So, I took what I got and was very happy (Inside I was jumping up and down!).

Then it was time for the hour-long ride home 😦

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Since my girlfriend left on Sunday afternoon, it’s been a leftover eating frenzy. I was eating the Better Than Tuna with a slice of Whole Wheat bread and a side of the Almond Cheese for my meals.

Almond Cheese

Almond Cheese Spread

Better Than Tuna

Better Than Tuna Bread Slice

PLUS…. as a gift my girlfriend brought some chocolates with her. And guess who’s been eating them!!!

Tuesday we hit the road at 7:30am and got to FLA. At 7:30pm. I think I did really well at the beginning. I poured the remaining Carrot Juice into a travel tumbler and drank that and didn’t even want a Starbuck’s. YEAH! I also packed a zip lock bag full of Almonds and a couple of flat bread pieces made with White Flour.  

Then for lunch we stopped at an Arby’s in South Carolina. We just crossed the state line and we were hungry, so I got a Turkey Sandwich with no Cheese and ate some Curly Fries. To go along with the Turkey eating, I had Mike stop at McDonald’s about 80 miles later to get an Oreo McFlurry. As soon as I ate it, I knew there would be serious backlash.!!!! When we finally got home, unloaded, unpacked and relaxed, I made myself a plate of Better Than Tuna, Almond Cheese and a couple of pieces of Whole Wheat Bread. Just enough to fill me up and not too much to lie in my stomach.Wednesday, I Juiced some Carrots and Apples because that’s all we had, and rushed out of the house for an appointment and then to meet a girlfriend for lunch. She took me to a small little sandwich shop in Daytona Beach. A place we’ve eaten before, so I knew there would be a lot of meat sandwiches available. I didn’t really trust the Salad making skills of the place, so I ordered a Turkey Sandwich with no Cheese, Mayonnaise on Wheat Bread. I did get an order of Sweet Potato Fries and an Orange Soda Pop!

Dinner was at the Outback Steakhouse, where I seriously indulged with a Margarita and since it was happy hour, I got one & the Second One was Free. We ordered for an appetizer Shrimp on the Barbie of which I had 2 pieces and a couple pinches of the Dark Rye Bread.  And here’s the worst part… once we got home from the restaurant I started eating the Cherry Filled Chocolates my girlfriend gifted us in Washington.

Knowing I ate more Chocolates than I should have, Thursday morning I woke up early and took to the streets for a brisk 45 minute walk around the neighborhood. After I got back, Mike poked his head into the Chocolate box and shouted who ate all the Chocolates? Apparently it was obvious I had a few. And he said the box is almost empty?? I fessed up and said I ate more than I should have last night!

I was able to properly Juice Carrots, Celery I bought from the store yesterday and some Apples. I finished the first 8oz Juice this mid morning and am rushing up to drink my second one now.

Potato & Carrots

Potato & Carrots

 

Green Salad

Green Salad w/ Kidney Beans

But before that we stopped at Golden Coral for lunch. It’s a place I hate to go to, but Mike likes it! So I said what the heck. I ate a great Green Salad with Kidney Beans, Chick Peas, Red Onions, and an Oil & Vinegar Dressing. I also added a Baked Potato, some Boiled Carrots and Salsa to put on my Baked Potato.

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I woke up this morning with my entire right leg in pain… it wasn’t muscular but rather a pinched nerve causing the problem. So, in an effort to not make it worse, I laid on the heating pad today.

I missed Pilates Class… because I didn’t know if I could do it this morning.

Instead, I had a breakfast of Whole Wheat Toast, Butter and Avocado Slices. I toasted two slices of Bread and made the sandwiches. Then I had some Carrot Juice, which was very refreshing. 

Mike brought home some Pizza from Tally Ho Restaurant and I ate two Slices of Onion and Cheese Pizza. Not my best meal plan for one day!!

I’ve been working on the computer all day and have my bottle of water… and now I’m getting ready to go downstairs and make some dinner. What that will be, I don’t know!

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Christmas Day… with no one in the house but Mike and I, and all the presents already opened(the one he bought me!), we decided to brave the freezing temps(totally my suggestion).

It really didn’t feel like Christmas to me, so we left the house and went to go find someplace that was open serving food. We found a local place called Silver Dollar Cafe. It looks like a silver 50’s mobile home… and the food is about that same timeframe. I had a Vegetable Chili Soup and a Turkey Sandwich with Cheese. I forgot to take the Cheese off. I also drank some HOT TEA… because it was sooo cold out.

Then we made our way over to the movie theatre and bought our tickets for “It’s Complicated”. Such a great movie. It seems that’s all Mike’s willing to do when we are hear…. everything else is such a battle to do:(

Then on our way home, we thought we’d see if Safeway Grocery Store was still open for some food. Well it wasn’t:( so we went home.

Where I had the left over Garden Green Salad and Potatoes & Onions for dinner. Then for dessert, I remembered we had Berries in the frig, so I made a Berry Parfait with Flaxseed and Whipped Topping.

The whipped topping followed by a piece of Hershey’s Chocolate Bar with Nuts & Peanut Butter were my absolute downfalls. And my stomach reminded me later of what I’d done!

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