This was originally posted in July 2016 in the BLOG section. This is its new home.
Once we nailed down our anniversary trip destination to Tampa, I went on the hunt for the perfect place to dine and celebrate 10 years.
I probably asked a dozen friends for a restaurant recommendation in Tampa. Every single one enthusiastically shouted Bern's! Every. Single. One.
So, I looked into it. I talked it over with Stu. He and I LOVE A good steak joint. He called and made a reservation for the night of our actual 10th wedding anniversary. The only hitch was that the reservation was for 10:30pm. That's about an hour after our usual bedtime (I know, we are wicked cool.).
On Sunday, we tried a new (to us) Italian restaurant in Jupiter. Bravo!- in Harbourside.
We loved it.
Sunday was supposed to be a big morning for Stu, so I went on the hunt for an excellent spot to eat. We usually get stuck in our Sunday lunch rut of Chilis or Ale House, but this was an important morning. Both of our parents came up to our church for the morning. Most of the "fancy" food spots in Tequesta and Jupiter are not open for lunch.
Plus, I always look at the children's menu online. My son has an allergy to eggs, and because of that, there are only so many things he will actually eat. Truthfully, I don't know if the pickiness is allergy or age related. Either way, the spots with no kids menus were immediately crossed off the list.
I like Chilis as much as the next person. And the Ale House is ok. But if I have to eat at either one, I'm going to scream. And don't even get me started on the crap food we have had at Outback lately.
I suppose we are in the worst food rut ever. My kids are obsessed with the three restaurants mentioned above. And because of that, we frequent those establishments. Momma needs a break.
There's been a lot of chatter lately about Millenials - you know, the generation of "I deserve it all even though I have done nothing to earn it" and "The hurts my feelings, I don't feel safe anymore." I have even helped spread the chatter on Facebook by sharing funny videos about the worst generation ever (I can say that because I recently found out I am on the older end of that group. Ugh).
Well, this week, I indulged in Millenial behavior. Yup. I sure did. And it was awesome.
My girlfriends and I have been in a few friendly (I use that word lightly) fitness/weight loss competitions lately. It started out as one month-long challenge to see who could burn the most calories. We are all connected on a few Apps, so we can see what the other chicks are doing. It's like an obnoxious form of peer pressure.
Anyway, what began as one challenge, eventually turned into 3 challenges. And 2 of those were happening simultaneously. Here's the basic breakdown:
The first two are over. We are in the middle of our May Mayhem 3rd challenge, I am laughably behind in this one. I didn't finish last in the first two, but my rank was not impressive either.
The 5 of us like to have a good time. We are social people. And if we are going to do this much work, there should be a reward, right? We decided that a dinner out would be the perfect thing. Picking the venue was the easy part. Trying to find a night when 5 Mommies could get away proved difficult. But we managed.
When I was getting ready to go out, Stu asked why I was going. I gave him a blank stare for a minute and incredulously replied, "Duh, it's girls' night."
He said, "No, I mean why are you going? You lost all the challenges."
Ouch, man. "Well, I am going to celebrate my participation and mediocrity."
If you are ever in the area...
We ate dinner at Echo, a restaurant owned by the Breakers. It was AMAZING. I didn't want to tell Stu, but it's probably the best sushi in our area. For a bunch of ladies involved in a weight loss competition, we killed the menu. The chicken lettuce wraps were so good - perfectly spicy. The two sushi rolls I ordered were divine (the Palm Beach roll and the Hurricane roll). For dessert, we ordered 2 of the samplers... and came pretty close to licking the plate clean. Yum. Yum.
After dinner, we shuttled over to HMF at the Breakers. It's a cool place. The people watching is worth the drive. And the ambience is wonderful. That hotel is so amazing. If you have never been, you need to check it out. I love the feeling I get when I walk in. It's incredibly grand and feels to me like the roaring 20s come to life. I love it.
We live where you vacation. Here, you'll find some things we locals enjoy.