We've been in Florida since about midnight yesterday after having the wrong size plane show up, then having a "unscheduled maintenance opportunity", and then about 30 minutes of de-icing. Not to mention Budget rent-a-car completely messing up our car reservation (thanks to Avis for coming through with some real customer service). Anyway, it is hard to complain when I can now do this …
This was my basic view about 4:15 this afternoon. My big foot and a book I am reading by the pool with the palm tree, my kids and wife in the pool, and the tiki hut preparing frosty beverages pool-side. Literally not a cloud in the sky, but not quite 70 degrees (80 by Friday).
I have my first recommendation of the trip – it is a restaurant called Sweet Tomatoes (http://www.sweettomatoes.com/ ). The main theme of the place is "fresh" ingredients – they are making everything in real-time in front of you. They have the biggest salad bar I have seen (with just salad stuff on it) with every vegetable known and lots of other toppings. Then a pasta area, 8 fresh made soups, bakery stuff, and deserts. It is all done basically buffet style. So if you have a family who eats different foods, and need something fast, healthy, and a very fair price – this is the place. It'd be a great place to go to lunch or an informal dinner. I am sure we will go again before we leave.
BTW, it turns out it is a franchise or at least a chain. I'd be first in line to help invest in something like this if it came to West Michigan. I know we have some soup and salad places in town now, but nothing done so well.
sweettomatoes rocks. i ate there once in atlanta during a biztalk trip and i was super impressed by the place. its definitely a healthy alternative to a majority of the places we tend to eat while on vacation.
OK, I wasn’t envious until I saw that picture. The sky is so BLUE and the water is too! Have fun! …and post more pictures…envy or not…it’s nice to see. Connie
We miss you too. The weather looks wonderful. Enjoy your trip:)
Thank you for sharing. This was a very interesting read.