Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Anyway, so I'm a little food dorky, but I totally had a great time last night. AND they had free food from recipes from her book! Lucky me.
Its about time that I blogged my Florida trip. This last Christmas my Grandma planned on coming to visit us, but she wasn't quite up to it. Last year was so incredibly hard on everyone with my mom being sick, but I can't imagine how hard it was on my mom's family who live so far away. My Grandma hadn't seen her since she was first diagnosed with Leukemia. That's why my parents decided that my mom should go to Florida and that I should go with her. You know, to make sure she kept out of trouble. :-)
So my mom and I set off on a girl adventure. I'd always wished we could take a trip together, but I never thought it might actually happen. And better then that, for the better part of the trip it was just my mom, my grandma, my aunt, and me. All ladies! And boy did we do it up. We went from delicious food to delicious food, spent plenty of time by the water, saw some touristy stuff, and we even got to have dinner in the dining room of my Grandma's retirement community with all her girlfriends!
I'm ashamed by the fact that I spent a fraction of that precious time being crabby because I am just not used to moving at anything less then lightning speed on vacation. But I just know I'll forever be appreciative of the gift of time that I got with the ladies in my life. As promised, pictures...
My mom on an early morning walk on the beach. After we had breakfast on the beach:
These are some sponge-diving ships at Tarpon Springs, North of where my relatives live. Tarpon Springs is a must on every trip we make because its an entirely Greek community, which means the food there is to die for. Here's my mom, my aunt and me at Tarpon after some coffee and people watching at the docks:
We headed over to St. Pete's pier for some of the most delicious Spanish food I've ever had. The Columbia on the 3rd story of the Pier is so, so good, and the view is just as good as the food. Hilariously, there was a small group of Ron Paul revelers on the Pier who were holding their signs overhead like they were showing them to the sky. Turns out they were. A Ron Paul BLIMP kept buzzing the Pier.
After lunch we stopped by the floating chapel:
You can rent that thing out for weddings, and it looks just like a chapel on the inside. Nutso.
Besides all the eating out with the girls, my cousin invited me to watch football w/ the boys one night. Which I did happily because it meant beer drinking w/out offending anybody. :-) My cousin's backyard looks like a beach bar! Here's a picture from the last visit I made out there:
Awesome, right? Mark is known for his superior BBQ skills, and he didn't disappoint on this trip! On football night he made me grilled scallops, stone crab claws, and I stole a bite or two of steak from the plates around me. The next night he made us grouper sandwiches that I'm drooling now just thinking about.
The other big part of the trip was the boat ride to a popular waterfront beach restaurant for She Crab Soup and conch. OMG. Frenchy's has a boat valet! Can you imagine that life?
But what I'll take with me about this trip was the time I got with my mom, her sister, and their mom....
I'm Amanda. I'm an engineer in an industry full of men, a professional wedding and family portrait photographer, a firefighter's wife, a traveler, and a dogMa.