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What I ate {and drank} in Key Largo

I’ve mentioned before that I feel that vacations are all about the food. My husband and I had a disappointing food experience at our honeymoon (Dominican Republic) and after that I vowed that I would never do the all inclusive thing again! It’s just not my thing. I’m not a “quantity over quality” type of person when it comes to my food.

The food in the Keys did NOT disappoint!  Omg, fresh seafood and delicious key lime pie. Not to mention the drinks. I know you’re just dying to find out what I ate. I endured being “that person” taking pictures of every meal and drink for this so enjoy!

I think the first night there I had my best meal at Snappers. The whole time on the plane I was craving a margarita so that’s what my first drink was! It was fine but pricey for how small it was! My meal made up for it though.

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It was the restaurant’s special- Hogfish (I’d never heard of it before) with a conch (pronounced CONK) crust and a key lime sauce. OMG! It was supposed to be over mashed potatoes but I subbed sweet potato fries because duh.
I obviously had to end my meal with key lime pie.

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The next morning we hit up a restaurant for breakfast that had great reviews on Yelp (Made to Order Cafe). It also had some of the best food we ate there. We ended up going twice! The first day I had the “Country Eggs Benedict” which was eggs Benedict with BBQ pulled pork underneath. I had to have grits on the side since I was in the south! The grits were probably just boxed and not really worth it but the eggs Benedict was out of this world.

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That afternoon while laying on the beach I had to indulge in this:

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Because why not?

In Key West we went to another recommended restaurant called Pepe’s cafe, which looked like nothing from the outside.

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But it was amazing!! I started the party with the drink special which was a strawberry blueberry screwdriver. Had a couple of those, one accidentally ended up on my (and my husband’s) lap.

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For breakfast I went with the special which was another version of eggs benedict. It had scrambled eggs on the bottom, hogfish with hollandaise sauce and spinach and tomato. On the side was a scallion potato pancake.

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That night at dinner in Key West was pretty good. Another yelp recommendation- Southernmost Point Cafe. The view was excellent. I got pork tacos with corn on the cob. I don’t know why I didn’t stick with the seafood theme!

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We also got some great key lime pie in key west at Kermit’s Key Lime but I was too busy shoving it in my face to take a picture. It was the best key lime pie I had there (or ever).

And I guess I didn’t take any pictures of my food the third day! We ended up back at the same breakfast place since it was so hard to decide the first time we were there. And I think I was too cold at dinner to worry about taking a picture! The view was nice but the wind was cold!

I love doing these recaps because it makes me realize how much fun I had! And how much food I ate and drank!

Do you splurge on food and drink while on vacation?
What are some good places you’ve been in the keys?

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Key Largo Vacation 2015

Back to reality and below zero temperatures this week. A terribly rude awakening considering I spent last week enjoying temps that were 60+ in Florida. Nothing like a vacation to make you question why the hell you ever chose to live in the Northeast. Spring is coming. Spring is coming. Spring is coming. (Just keep telling yourself that).

I wanted to share, more for more sake, some of the wonderful times I had last week in Key Largo and Key West with my husband and in-laws.

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We stayed at Ocean Pointe Suites, which is a condo complex in Key Largo. I was worried because the reviews seemed to be hit or miss, depending on who owns your condo. We lucked out because ours was amazing (clean, beautiful, large and right on the water). Sorry I didn’t take pictures of the inside but this was the view from my deck. If you found this blog from a search of the place, we had room 4416 and it was awesome.

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The first day the weather was beautiful! We hit up a local state park for some kayaking. No pictures because I didn’t wanna drop my phone in the water. Shortly after we were done I took up camp on the beach!

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Ahhhh……to be right there again.

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The first day was really warm and I managed to get sunburn on my legs. Oh well. The following days weren’t quite as warm, but I’ll take 65-70 degrees over the balmy 2 degrees it was here today. The next day we drove from Key Largo to Key West (about a 2 hour drive). We planned on eating, walking around, shopping and enjoying some drinks! I’ll share more about the amazing food I ate on WIAW this week (or next week if I don’t have time).

There were chickens everywhere in Key West! I don’t know why I was so interested in them considering I owned chickens.

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Hogs Breath Cafe was cool.

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Duval Street. It was raining when we got there 🙁

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Drinks for breakfast!

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Cutting in line at the southernmost point:

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This was the view from the restaurant we ate at Key West. It cleared up in the afternoon but was still a little chilly by Florida standards.

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The next day was beautiful but also a little chilly and windy. It was about 60 degrees and it was hilarious seeing everyone in Florida wearing winter coats, hats and gloves! I kid you not! It was unreal.

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We did a little shopping and ended up at a restaurant in the afternoon. There was a little disappointment over the weather but I mean looking at it now you can’t really complain. I’d give anything for it to be at least 30 degrees here!

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This was Robbie’s Marina, there was a restaurant, a Marina where you could rent boats or charters, and a cute little section of shops. It was fun!

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Another highlight of the trip was the Islamorada Brewing Company. I was surprised there weren’t more craft breweries around and the bartender explained that there are a lot more regulations to get around than in NY.

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Their beers we really light and delicious. After a misunderstanding about just how many flights we should order, I was forced to drink all of these. Pull my leg, I guess.

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Later that night for dinner I went to a restaurant one of my friends recommended. The sunset there was beautiful, but once the sun went down the wind was COLD which made it hard to enjoy our food. We quickly boxed up our food once the sun was down. Couldn’t beat the view!

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All in all despite some less than ideal temperatures the Keys were awesome! Now I’m back suffering in the cold. Help!

However I don’t think I’ll ever top the vacation to Charleston where Austin and I got engaged, and once we got back from Florida I started begging him to go back to Charleston! I hope we can next year.

Have you been to the Florida Keys? What were your favorite spots?

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What I ate Wednesday: Pulled Pork

I ate some pretty delicious food that I couldn’t help but share today, so I’m linking up with Jenn for What I ate Wednesday!

Another crazy thing was me actually remembering to take a picture of (mostly) everything I ate (Tuesday) Be sure to check out the link up to check out her and many many other blogger’s eats for the day.

I’ve been trying out A LOT of different things for breakfast since school started in the fall. First I started with just smoothies since I was working out in the morning….then when I stopped working out I started doing full on meals again (went well with my Whole 30). This week I am doing hemp smoothies with two hard boiled eggs for some extra protein. We were away last weekend and I wanted something quick and easy instead of prepping my usual egg casserole. I am enjoying this fast and easy breakfast as opposed to trying to stomach a whole huge meal.

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I use three tablespoons of Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein, a tablespoon of cocoa, a banana, coconut milk and a tablespoon of flaxseed. Not the sweetest, milk-shakeyest smoothie out there but full of real food!

(Two un-pictured hardboiled eggs!)

Lunch- leftovers from the night before

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{Cilantro Shrimp Stir-Fry from the 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook}

Yes that is some white rice! It was only about 1/4 cup. This was the first time I included white rice with my dinner since going Paleo! It’s usually a food-with-no-brakes for me. It was mostly laziness. Cauliflower rice is SO messy!

Also with the leftovers for lunch I enjoyed a yummy salad of greens topped with tomatoes, cucumbers, LOVE beets, and roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes I cooked up on Sunday. Sprinkled with pumpkin seeds.

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When I got home I had a chiropractor appointment, so I enjoyed a quick spoonful of Paleo cookie dough before running out the door. I rushed to the appointment only to sit there waiting for a half an hour. #aintnobodygottimefodat

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Dinner was really what took the cake…..all day I had a huge pork roast in the crock pot (I followed the kalua pork recipe from Nom Nom Paleo Cookbook) which resulted in this pulled pork deliciousness:

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{cue Hallelujah music} I don’t know if people realize how easy pulled pork is. I had this sitting in the crockpot all day and came home and it was done! Love easy dinners like that.

I made BBQ sauce from Well Fed 2and topped it with jalepenos. Alongside some plantain fries, of course.

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Such crappy photography, but such delicious food.

And after I finish this post I will end up eating some banana bread from The Paleo Kitchen. SO that’s everything I ate Tuesday. So delicious! I have been feeling a bit more upbeat lately and I’m glad. Maybe it has to do with the fact I WILL BE IN FLORIDA IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS! Yes we just got hit with a snowstorm but I feel like I can see a light at the end of the tunnel. Anyway, enjoy your hump day!

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What was the best thing you ate yesterday!?

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Paleo Cookie Dough + Weekend Eats

Everyone has time for a blog post when it’s a snow day! I really did just need a good snow day. One more day to ignore responsibilities of work, languish around doing nothing and not feel bad about it. That’s what snow days are for!

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I could definitely use one considering we did a lot of traveling and were out and about in Syracuse this weekend. It was an amazing weekend filled with friends and eating all the things. Also, my first sip of alcohol since New Years. Contrary to what I said or promised on January first, I’m not never drinking alcohol again. March is coming.

Anyway I got a chance to try out a great new restaurant and an old favorite this weekend- Notch 8 in Jamesville.

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I was going back and forth between this (Salmon with arugula salad and sweet potato puree) and a burger. This was absolutely delicious albiet I was still hungry afterwards! My sister got a burger that I was subsequently drooling over. But it left room for gelato for dessert! No picture, sorry.

The next day we visited the obvious Syracuse choice, Dinosaur BBQ. OMG is pretty much all I need to say.

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Ribs, BBQ brisket, coleslaw, turkey neck collard greens and cornbread. The cornbread was everything. Obviously, my Whole30 is dunzo. I had a beer along with my meal that was called “Smoked Dino Porter”. The waitress said they use the wood that they use to smoke the meat to make the beer. Yum. After that we hit up Middle Ages Brewery for some more deliciousness. No picture again, sorry I fail.

After that weekend I was glad to get a call this morning letting me know I had another day off! Snow days call for breakfasts like this:

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Eggs with hot sauce, plantain fries with sun butter. Perfect!

Anyways I was bored and had some random leftover ingredients left to make a delicious “paleo” treat. I was supposed to make snack balls but when I pulled it out of the food processor it really looked like cookie dough so I went with it. If you’re craving an egg-less paleo friendly cookie dough you can enjoy right off the spoon- this is it! Super easy to make and just has 4 ingredients! It’s gluten free, refined sugar free and BS free!

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paleo cookie dough

 

Paleo Cookie Dough
Serves 1
Eat it with a spoon! Just 4 ingredients!
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup raw cashews
  2. 1/4 cup coconut butter
  3. 5-6 dates
  4. Handful of chocolate chips * for full dairy and soy free use Enjoy Life
  5. *If you have super-human self control or want more servings this can be easily doubled or tripled!
Instructions
  1. Place the cashews and the dates in a food processor and pulse until the mixture starts coming together.
  2. Add the coconut butter and keep processing until the mixture is uniform.
  3. Fold in chocolate chips. Enjoy!
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What do you like to do on Snow days?

Have you ever been to Dinosaur BBQ?

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