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3rd Great Day in KW!   Leave a comment

Didn’t feel like walking this morning, so we splurged on the $6 cab ride to Blue Heaven. For the 1st time ever there was no wait for breakfast!  Had to order the BLT Benny and a Bloody Goose. Have to say 2 Friends is winning the Bloody Mary Contest so far! The Goose was good, but not great.

We walked back to the Pier House (didn’t seem as far walking back as it did driving there!). Sat on the beach for a bit and vegged. Most of the sea grapes along the wall were swept out by Irma, but they are busy replanting. It is very heartening to see the new leaves on all of the plants that survived. Nature rebounds! 

Somehow we had missed Santiago’s Bodega on previous trips, and it was time to rectify that mistake! We hopped on the free shuttle provided by the Pier House. Technically it only makes two stops; La Concha and the Southernmost Buoy, but the driver kindly dropped us on Petronia. We walked past a very busy Blue Macaw with it’s popular Bloody Mary bar:

Santiago’s is slammin’ at night and reservations are required. However it’s quiet in the afternoon, so lunch it would be. DH and I love tapas places and this is probably the best one we have ever been to. Everything was simply excellent and bursting with flavor. The sangria was phenomenal; light, refreshing and brimming with fresh fruit:

We ordered 4 plates total from the Key West pinks special (yum!) to the portobello stuffed puff pastry, the filet mignon and croquettes stuffed with potato. Every bite was a delight. We will definitely be back!

We caught the shuttle back to the hotel  (go to Duval and wave your blue wrist band when you see the bright blue shuttle), 

stopping at the newly painted, Southernmost Buoy.

(Look at that blue sky! Our streak of perfect weather continues!)

Eventually we would end up at happy hour at Hog’s Breath ($1 off beers and single-shot well drinks). We had a wonderful time chatting with everyone there (another  reason to love KW…everyone is friendly and there is no shortage of friendly banter) until we had to get ready for dinner at the Roof Top Cafe. Dinner was okay, not as wonderful as in the past (a bit bland). But I loved dining outside under their giant mahogany  (which is just getting it’s leaves back).

We finished up the day at the Chart Room. Last day is tomorrow. Boo!


Key West day 2!   Leave a comment

Got a late start (for us), but hey, it’s vacation! Went across the street to Two Friends for breakfast.  A couple of years ago I did a Mai-Tai tasting report while in Hawaii. I think this year a Bloody Mary report makes sense. Two Friends’ Bloody Mary won the 2016 People’s Choice award for the best Bloody Mary, so I had to give it a go.  Loved the pickled asparagus garnish!

DH had a steak omelet and I the ham and egg sandwich. Huge portions that we paired with the wonderful Stella’s hashbrown  (with cheddar cheese and sour cream).

We took advantage of the fantastic weather by walking around then vegged out at the Pier House pool. Walking around has been interesting. It is very quiet for Key West, so not a lot of people around. A combination of Irma and post Fantasy Fest lull. 

Lunch was our first time ever visit at El Meson de Pepe. While the mojito was great, the Cuban mix sandwich was good, but unremarkable. My fries were undercooked, but DH’s plantain chips were very tasty and crispy! 

After lunch we walked to Mallory Square. The wooden bridge is still out to Margaritaville  (formerly Westin) so we went around the long way. While the cruise ship pier is intact, much of the wooden docks took a beating here. Everywhere people are hard at work bringing the island back.  

Eventually we would walk to the Conch Farm for happy hour. Of course my Key Lime Martini was not part of HH, but it was deliciousness worth every penny. 

Little did I know we were about to have a culinary epiphany. A local had given us the tip that the Conch Farm had Royal Red shrimp, but they aren’t on the menu; you have to ask for them. So we ordered our Royal Reds, and they were spectacular! So tender! So delicious! Too delicate to dip in cocktail sauce (IMO), but marvelous dipped in drawn butter. DH said they are the Maine lobster of the shrimp world. I don’t think I will be happy with other shrimp again!

The fish dip was delicious too. 😉

Nearly forgot to mention we made it down to Mallory Square for sunset. Fewer vendors than usual, but were entertained by a guy juggling flaming batons while balancing on a ten-foot tall unicycle! 

Tick, Tock!   Leave a comment

Yes, the clock is ticking!  We will begin our journey tomorrow to the Norwegian Jade and a crazy, port-intensive cruise around the British Isles.

It is weird that we are flying out Saturday night (I am used to racing home after work and heading to the airport)!  I have so much time to pack that less than 24 hours out, I am not done yet!  But hey, I have over 20 hours before we are taken to the airport… 🙂

This cruise should be awesome!  Not only do we get several stops in the British Isles (two in England, three in Ireland, and three in Scotland), the ship is freshly out of a three week dry dock and major refurbishment.  Lots to discover and explore on all fronts!

I should be able to blog from the ship as we got “free Wi-Fi” with our booking (250 minutes) plus we get 60 minutes each for being “Platinum Plus”.

I expect this to be a fun trip, and hope you will join us!


Tip! Always Join Airlines Clubs!   Leave a comment

Little investment  (time) for rewards. So far I have earned free flights on Southwest, got $300 off a booking on Icelandair, and today a free upgrade from British Airways to business class on an international flight. What a pleasant surprise that last one was! I might actually sleep on a red-eye for once! 🙂

Posted February 10, 2016 by cubechick in Random Travel Thoughts

Happy New Year!   Leave a comment

Here’s hoping we all have fantastic and safe travels in 2013!

Posted January 1, 2013 by cubechick in Random Travel Thoughts

Merry Christmas!   Leave a comment

Hope everyone out there has a great holiday!

Posted December 25, 2012 by cubechick in Random Travel Thoughts

Packing for the Mouse   Leave a comment

Do you know what the biggest pain about business travel is? Too many clothes!    I try to pack light as a rule, but this trip will prove the exception.   Need clothes to visit the Mouse.  Need clothes for dinner. Need clothes for meetings. Too many clothes!  I’m actually going to have to check bags for a lousy three day trip.

Thank God I’m flying Southwest!

Posted March 16, 2012 by cubechick in Random Travel Thoughts

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