I’m back from The Keys…and not so happy about it. Although I have missed you all We went from this:
Whomp. Whomp. Whomp.
I’m not going to complain anymore though because we had a great time, ate delicious food, even better desserts and soaked up every ray of sunshine possible.
We rented bikes as our mode of transportation, so i used the excuse that since I was riding at least 12 miles a day I was “earning” my desserts. Yeahh…I’m ridiculous.
Every restaurant we ate at was recommended by a local – Here is the recap aka an insane amount of Food Porn
First stop: Flamingo Crossing – Homemade Ice Cream
Ordered: Mint Chocolate Chip & Cookies n Cream in a waffle cone
Grade: A+ – Perfect way to kick off the trip!
Dinner: Ibis Bay Lighthouse
Ordered: Old Bay (lie, only MD serves Old bay apparently) Shrimp – Special of the Day: Blackened Yellow tail snapper with black beans and yellow rice – Seared sesame tuna with spanish rice
Day 1: After dinner treat
Ordered: “Serendipity’s” Frozen Hot Chocolate
Grade: F for FAILURE. Hands down, the WORST dessert I’ve ever had. They claimed they follow serendipity’s recipe to the tee – but it’s a lie. This was basically icy water made to look like chocolate. Huge disappointment is an understatement.
Dinner: Conch Republic – huge restaurant on the water w/ great service and zero disappointments
Ordered: Appetizer: Cracked Conch (SEA SNAIL!?!?!?!) Dinner: Grilled Shrimp w/ Yellow Rice and Chef’s Veggies (which were the best veggies I’ve ever had at a restaurant) and Blackened Swordfish w/ yellow rice & veggies.
Grade: A+ – still can’t believe I ate a slithering sea-snail.
After Dinner Treat: Tempura fried strawberries rolled in cinnamon and sugar, drizzled with dark chocolate in a white chocolate cream sauce with a side of vanilla bean ice cream.
Grade: I. die. for. this. A++++++
Breakfast: Blue Heaven – Heaven on a fork and Sin in a glass.
Ordered: Eggs over easy with homemade wheat bread, bacon, potatoes, 1 blueberry pancake and 1 strawberry pancake with real maple syrup and a glass of chocolate milk.
Grade: If there was a grade higher than an A, this would take it. If you are ever in Key West – GO HERE. There will be a wait, but it’s worth it.
Linner: Sloppy Joe’s
Ordered: Pulled pork sandwich, Sloppy Joe sandwich, Bacon cheese fries
Grade: C+ – service..horrible, fries…cold, pulled pork was better than the famous sloppy joe. Wasn’t expecting gourmet food but still expected to enjoy my time there.
Post Sunrise Cruise Treat: Better than Sex Desserts
Ordered: Peanut Butter Perversion & Between the Red Velvet sheets Cheesecake
Grade: A. I loved the atmosphere – it was pitch black and they hand you a flashlight to review the menu, the waitresses are actresses and there are fun games at the table – The cheesecake was SO red and velvety it was a true treat. It takes their chef 9 hours to make and it just won a crazy amount of awards. Of course i loved the peanut butter pie as well because we all know peanut butter + chocolate = amazeballs.
Lunch: Green Republic – Regular, Vegetarian and Vegan Meals
Ordered: Mango Green Monster, Berry Good Smoothie, Vegan Avocado and swiss burger and steak and goat cheese sub
Grade: B – I thought everything was delicious but overpriced. It was $40 for the 2 sandwiches and 2 drinks. They also didn’t have any tables and you ate over your tray… I think they just opened so I’m sure they will pull it together!
**FORGOT PICS OF DINNER – THAI FOOD AT FLOATING RESTAURANT**
Cold dessert after spicy thai food: Mattheessen’s Eats, Sweets and Treats
Ordered: 1/2 pound chocolate chip cookie w/ Cookie Dough and Cookies n cream ice cream with pretty sprinkles (mine), 1/2 pound chocolate chip cookie w/ cake batter ice cream (Adam’s)
Grade: A+ – this was the FIRST dessert to ever defeat me. I’ve never not been able to finish a dessert….ever. No lie that I laid down in a booth for at least 10 minutes before my boyfriend had to pull me out of the restaurant because it was time to go. We should’ve shared one fo sho.
What I love most: Ice Cream – Polar Bear Homemade Ice Cream
Ordered: Strawberry Cheesecake and Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream in a chocolate dipped waffle cone
Grade: A+ – Key West clearly makes the best ice cream. I’m never going to be able to have ice cream anywhere ever again because it will never live up to this! I was so excited to eat this that my glasses became crooked.
We also had Key Lime Pie, various breakfasts/lunches we made from our grocery store visit, pizza and managed to polish off this baby:
Who wants to start placing bets on how much weight I gained during the trip? I did manage to get three 4.5 mile runs in, some weight lifting and all of the bike riding/swimming we did added into my daily routine but I’m still counting our eats as overindulging. As i sit here in the biggest pair of sweatpants I own, promising to get back to being healthy tomorrow, I’ve decided to start lent a week late. I’m giving up sweets… I know this isn’t going to be easy but that’s the point (in my mind). This means no ice cream, no cheesecake, no brownies/cookies/cupcakes/cake, fro-yo, etc. I can still have yogurt, granola bars, fruit, peanut butter etc (whew) but I haven’t decided if my frozen banana should be counted as dessert?? This is going to be a HUGE challenge for me but an extremely fulfilling one if I succeed. So, wish me luck!
It may be hard to believe but we did other things besides eat on our trip!
Went on a Sunset Cruise
Watched every sunrise and sunset possible
Made lots of funny faces & had the best time ever
We will definitely be back to visit Key West again (hopefully sooner than later) and highly suggest taking a vacation there if you haven’t.
You can find me at the gym working off the millions of calories i took in on vaca or in the kitchen creating recipes that will include anything BUT sweets for the next 33 days. I do have a couple of healthy dinner recipes I hope to post tomorrow… But for now I’ll be catching up on reading blogs! Hope everyone has a wonderful week
QUESTIONS: Any advice for giving up sweets? When you go on vacation are you more food or activity oriented?
Some sunrise/sunset favorites from Key West
Sorry for the picture overload!! I have about 50 more – if you want to see them you can check out my facebook page .