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Arizona To Florida Road Trip October 2019 ~ Part 5

Panama City Beach Florida was, interesting. It wasn’t what I had expected it would be, but all the same, it was great. Very low key, nothing fancy about it. Folks get around mostly in souped up golf cars! FUN! It seems like a very nice family orientated town, loads of stuff to do for the kids, besides the beach.

 

 

Even for big kids like us! We love miniature golf, or what we call Putt Putt Golf. Even though it was oppressively hot and humid out, we had a blast. We started to keep score, but DH had a terrible time with the three water hazards. So we just called it even and had a good laugh along the way.

 

 

I even left this adorable Painted Rock that I made.

 

 

Oh, and speaking of Painted Rocks, this is the group that I brought along with us to “hide” at each stop.

Our hotel was a small place, beach front and we were lucky enough to get a ground floor room. We had a nice sized room with a `fridge and micro, charcoal grill and picnic table right outside our door; since we wanted to spend most of our time on the beach, we brought supplies with us. It was mostly picnics and microwaved dinners, that worked.

 

 

On our last day in town we went over to Jesse’s Place for a big breakfast, YUM! 

I totally forgot to say, that was my very first time in the Gulf of Mexico!
The water was so nice, especially with it being so hot & humid there at the time. We thought that we had timed our visit to Florida for the “cooler season” but this year it came late  Thank goodness for paper folding fans and washcloths to mop ones brow 

 

So it’s time to move on again …

Arizona To Florida Road Trip October 2019 ~ Part 3

Next Overnight Stop …

Slidell Louisiana

We figured out that it took us a total of 13 driving hours JUST  to get across the State of Texas, WOW!

Believe it or not, we wanted to avoid New Orleans, yup. We’re not really big city type of folks, we don’t party on, anymore, so we took a wide turn off the path.

We found our hotel, which was a feat in itself, and went looking for some dinner.
I had a restaurant all picked out, but trying to get to it on the other side of the Interstate was going to be a bit more tricky than we cared for after a long days drive.
I spy …
Fuji Yama Hibachi & Sushi
AH, that’s the ticket! Our sort of comfort food, let’s try this.

 

 

must  have beer with Japanese food.

 

 

Both of us ordered dinner specials, which included Miso Soup and a Salad,
I love that dressing! A chef-y friend of mine gave me the recipe for it.

 

 

DH was pretty hungry, so we also ordered some Sushi. One Cucumber and One Asparagus Maki Roll, meh.

 

 

DH’s Chicken Katsu, not so good. I’m not too sure what they used for the coating, but I’ll tell ya, it wasn’t Panko.

 

 

My Beef Teriyaki, ack!

We’ve learned that when eating out and you do not care for your food, ask for a take-away box. Once you find the appropriate receptacle, deposit there. We don’t send it back, you have no idea what they’ll do to your food, just sayin’.

Tomorrow is another day …

Arizona To Florida Road Trip October 2019 ~ Part 2

Florida Here We Come! …

We like to plot out our Road Trips long before we leave.
We map out the roads we’ll take, the hotels we’ll stay at and look for attractions as well as places to eat.

Well, there was a small hic-cup the night before we started to head East towards Florida.

I got an email from the hotel we’d booked in Key West Florida, right across the street from the Atlantic Ocean. It seems that they were closing their pool and were so sorry for any inconveniences this may cause.
I thought, oh well, that’s okay, there’s the beach, right?
My husband thought otherwise…

“Nope! You need a pool when you’re in Florida, it’s just too hot and humid. Call them up and cancel our reservation, we’ll look for something else.”
It’s a good thing this happened actually, because I found an even better place that was cheaper! A fairly new hotel/resort, so there you go. But we’ll talk about this more once we get there…

So off we go …

Our first overnight stop was in Ft. Stockton Texas.
I had thought ahead and made us one of our favorite meals prior to leaving that lovely apartment with a gas grill: Teriyaki Chicken, Steamed White Rice and my Quick Cucumber KimChee.

 

(file photo-I forgot to take a snapshot, I was too tired)

 

This made the long day of driving easier, let me tell you.
We’ve learned that it’s better to have a pre-made meal that can be microwaved once we set-up camp in our hotel for the night.
Sitting in a restaurant sometimes can be unpleasant at times like these.
It was a fast continental free breakfast the next morning and we were off to …

San Antonio Texas.

My husband booked us into a wonderful historic hotel just a coupla blocks from The RiverWalk and The Alamo.

 

 

I think this was one of the nicest places we’ve stayed yet! 

 

 

The included breakfast at our hotel was a full hot meal with the coolest Waffle Iron!
Can you see the selection of syrups? Man!
I didn’t take a picture, but I had THE BEST Grits that I smothered in Sausage gravy, scrambled eggs and sausage on the side.

 

 

After breakfast, we wandered down to The RiverWalk, and really just walked around, beautiful!

But man howdy dowdy let me tell you it was sooooo humid! 
I had some forethought though and brought along my paper folding fan that I had bought at Marukai back sometime ago… do you know how many folks remarked “smart gal!” YUP! I also stashed a washcloth from the hotel into my bag so that DH could mop his brow. 

 

 

It was so hot and humid that we were in search of any sort of air conditioning we could find!
Landry’s Seafood Restaurant on The RiverWalk had just opened, so we scooted on in. We were the first guests for the day and got a fabulous table, inside, overlooking the water.
As we looked over the menu both my husband and I agreed that when possible on this Road Trip, we would eat fresh seafood as much as we could; we were in the right place!

 

 

We also decided that we would each order a starter and than share an entrée, if we were still hungry there’s always dessert.
DH ordered a dozen Oysters; I had a Caesar Salad and we shared the Snapper, marvelous!

The following day, we walked over to The Alamo, WOW!

 

 

This was so worth the short walk in the humidity, but now we needed AC!!! 

 

 

Schilo’s, what a find!
This was not on my radar but so glad that we found it.
Homemade Root Beer, Soft Pretzels with yummy Hot Mustard and the biggest Chef Salad I’ve ever seen in my life, which we shared by the way.
Our waitress was so nice, she brought us an extra bowl and two different salad dressings.
Didn’t know that you get refills on the Root Beer, so dessert was out of the question. What a fantastic lunch! 

 

 

We waddled back to our hotel and decided that since this was our last night in San Antonio, we’d stay in. In the lobby were many different frozen meals and dessert items, 💡 DING!  Dinner’s covered.

Tomorrow we ride at dawn …

 

 

 

 

A Cross Country Road Trip ~ June/July 2018 ~ Part 1

I have been most neglectful of my blog, yet again, but I have good reason, a road trip across the United States.  We went from Northern Arizona to Western Virginia and so many other places, but Virginia was the main event… A Family Gathering.

This is Kona, our nephew’s pup enjoying the Lake

My husband’s large-ish family planned a wonderful Lake Side week in Huddleston Virginia, so we had to hoof it!  `Remeber now, we’ve just gotten back from a month in Hawaii … In all, there were 25 folks planned for this get-together, phew!

Our first stop was Tucumcari New Mexico.  We’d stopped for an overnight stay once before and checked into the same hotel.  I won’t bother to tell you which one `cuz it was horrible and we’ll never go there again, for sure!

Next up was a two night lay-over in Fort Smith Arkansas, wow, that was a long drive, EIGHT HOURS  to be precise.

We spent the better part of our second day at the Fort Smith National Historic Site, fascinating by the way-you should go, and then started to look for lunch.  I chatted up the Park Ranger Pat, and she suggested Bricktown Brewery.

YUM!

We started out our meal sharing an order of Bavarian Pretzel Sticks, served with a White Queso for dipping and then my husband and I each ordered the Bricktown Burger, again, yum!  This ¼ pound patty is served on a Potato Bun along with your usual suspects, oh and Sweet Potato Fries dipped in the leftover White Queso.

I also enjoyed a draught Beer, although I’d be hard pressed to tell you which one, but it was perfect with my meal.

Stay tuned for more of our month long adventure…

Our Great Western Adventure ~ September 2013 ~ Installment #11 ~ Movin’ On Again

Cody Wyoming.

The morning that we left Billings, heading towards Cody, it was pouring buckets! It was very difficult to see the road; its good thing we have a GPS device, especially since there has been no Cell Phone reception for the majority of our trip. In fact the rain stayed with us for most of our time in Cody, but that didn’t dampen our adventurous spirit.

@ the Whitney Museum in Cody Wyoming

We took the Cody Trolley, which included entrance to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, WOW! Five museums under one roof.

@ the Whitney Western Art Museum in Cody Wyominf, this a Remington!

I personally liked the Whitney Western Art Museum , where as my husband enjoyed the Firearms Museum. It worked out well being indoors on this portion of our trip, because it was still raining!!

Granny's Family dining in Cody Wyoming

I found Granny’s Family Dining while doing my research prior to our trip, and we weren’t disappointed. I didn’t take any photos of our wonderful meals, plural, we ate here on three occasions. This was the type of Mom&Pop diner ‘where everybody knows your name’ and I didn’t feel like I should be breaking out the Kodak. Our waitress Sue was wonderful (thanks Sue), she reminded me very much of my mother. I have to say that our favorite meal here at Granny’s was breakfast. Their biscuits and gravy, oh my!

We needed to get more picnic supplies and LOOK! There’s a Walmart, let’s go!

Oh my gravy all over my two scoops rice (that’s OMG! in my world) I found Aloha Brand soy sauce and some of my other favorite goodies from Hawaii… IN CODY WYOMING!! Did you know that Wyoming is the LEAST populated state in America, and yet the Walmart has Shoyu!? 😀

After dinner one night at the restaurant in our hotel, which will remain nameless (we didn’t care for their food at all), we went looking for dessert and found Bubba’s Bar-B-Que Restaurant (that’s right, the same as Bubba’s in Jackson Wyoming).

Chocolate Buttermilk Pie @ Bubba's Bar-B-Que Restaurant in Cody Wyoming

I had THE BEST pie I’ve ever had! Chocolate Buttermilk Pie. I have to learn how to make this, for sure.

Ice Cream Sundae @ Bubba's Bar-B-Que in Cody Wyoming

My dearest husband wanted Ice Cream. Would you look at that Ice Cream Sundae? MAN!

This was a delicious stop in our journey, but it’s time to mosey on down the trail.

A Lunch Date At The Grand Canyon National Park

Since DH and I moved to Central/Northern Arizona, we are now so much closer to one of the Seven Natural Wonders, The Grand Canyon.  What makes it that much better is, we purchased a Senior Pass back a-ways when they were still only $10 for a lifetime of entrance to any of

¹  “… recreation sites managed by six federal agencies: National Parks Services, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, US Forest Service, US Army Corp of Engineers’.”

The card holder, in a private vehicle (as we were) can even take along 3 other adults, FREE! WOW!  We were trying to think how many times we’ve used DH’s America The Beautiful Lifetime Senior Pass over the years as well as how many other folks have tagged along for the ride… a lot!

As of the end of August 2017, the price changed to $80, but if you think about it, that’s still a great deal.  Here’s a good example of that value: it now costs $30 per carload of 4 to get into the Grand Canyon, which went up too.  Both of us were pretty sure that it was $20 or $25, so there you are.

Last week, DH and I were talking about a day trip somewhere, seeing as we hadn’t gone or done anything in a while.

My suggestion was to start out really early in the morning on a car trip; we could have lunch at the El Tovar Restaurant in the Grand Canyon.  YEAH, let’s go!

What a fascinating building.  Originally a Harvey House, servicing the Santa Fe Railway, the El Tovar Hotel was built in 1905 and is still in operation more than 100 years later.

We decided once we got up to the hotel that we’d walk around for a while, along the South Rim Trail.  **Hint: You’re at over 6772 feet above Sea level, take your time, it’s not going anywhere – walk slowly and take small sips of water to overcome becoming dizzy.

There are some very unusual rock formations for sure.  Everywhere you turn is a wonder.

DH and I are still trying to figure out why there are pennies embedded into the pathway every so many feet???

Okay, so are you hungry yet?  😀

The restaurant in the El Tovar Hotel is “white linen service”, but don’t let that stop you from having lunch or breakfast for that matter.  It’s much more relaxed during the daytime hours.  And that view, I mean, come on man!  Be sure to go early and ask for a table near the windows, or call ahead for a reservation.

Sylvia, our server today, took our order and promptly brought us a basket full of these heavenly rolls.  I’m not sure exactly what was in them, but do try them.  And I think that it was salted BUTTER  to schmear all over them.  We asked for a second basket.  😉

DH had the Chicken Cordon Bleu sandwich and I, the Rib Eye sandwich.  Both were very good and generous.  We were stuffed.  So we walked around a bit more, exploring the gift shop and then out to the veranda to simply sit in their Rocking Chairs and stare at the beauty.  I requested a glass of wine and DH a coffee.  Aahhh!

What an afternoon!

*Hint # 2 : I suppose folks think that there’s going to be a ton of snow, ice and general crummy weather at the Grand Canyon’s South Rim (the North Rim closes from October through May) in the Winter.  Check the weather reports before you do go, but we had a spectacular, sunny, warm day (it was in the sixties).  And guess what?  There were very few people.  That was the first time that DH and I have not been elbow-to-elbow with humanity at the Grand Canyon!!!

 

¹ Quote from http://www.nps.gov

El Charro Norte In Chino Valley

When we first moved to this area, we were renting up North, while our new home was being built.  Our friends who live up there took us to El Charro Norte, the sister restaurant to El Charro in Downtown Prescott on Montezuma.  We haven’t been to the place in town, but if it’s anything like Norte, we should probably go there too!

Let me first say that their Sangria is fantastic!  Also try the Skinny Rita.  Oh yeah, the food’s good too.

We ordered for the table a Taco Salad, a Guacamole Salad, Shrimp Taco, Chile Rellenos with beans and rice and a Roberto Burger.  Oh man, that was good!  We’ve gone back many times and have always had a great meal, fun times with our friends and a wonderful cocktail.  We’d like to go back this winter and sit on the outdoor patio with the fireplace and enjoy the countryside.

This is a little off the beaten path, but worth it.

La Bruzza’s Italian Ristorante In Prescott Arizona

WOW!

It’s delicious, plentiful, reasonably priced and best of all (IMHO anyways), it’s BYOB!

My husband and I have been to La Bruzza’s many, many, many times and it never disappoints.  That’s saying something coming from my American-Italian husband, if he likes it and we keep going back!

Each table will get a large bowl of House Salad (which is excellent!) to share and Bread with Garlic Butter as soon as you sit down.  There is always a large board with the day’s specials that the gals take around the restaurant.

Wine glasses are provided should bring your own wine; they’ll even open it for you.

We’ve tried just about everything and it’s all good!

They do not except reservations (I think if you have a party of 8 or more they will), so come early to avoid waiting, but you won’t terribly long, they turn their tables quickly.

Mangiamo!

Sweet Potato Café In Prescott Arizona

We had another early appointment and as our reward, we took each other out to breakfast.  This place has been on my “to try” list ever since we moved to the area… Sweet Potato Café.

I like to look at a menu online prior to going to a new restaurant, so I know what I’d like to eat and make a suggestion to my husband as to what I think he would enjoy.

As you can see, DH attacked his plate prior to the photo op … HA!

For my DH, it was the Got To Have It Skillet:

2 eggs (soft scrambled please) and Potatoes with Bell Peppers, Onions, Sausage, Bacon, diced Ham, hold the diced Tomato please, and Cheese; choice of one: Sweet Potato Bread, Toast, 1 Biscuit & Gravy or 2 Cakes (Pancakes that is, Buttermilk or Sweet Potato).

For myself it was the Steak Skillet:

2 eggs (once again soft scrambled), Mushrooms, Onions, and Cheese, also with choice of one: Sweet Potato Bread, Toast, 1 Biscuit & Gravy or 2 Cakes.

DH chose the grilled Sweet Potato Bread and I chose Whole Wheat Toast.  Coffee and OJ were also on the table.  It was very plentiful and delicious!  We’ll need to go back again to try out some of the other wonderful dishes.

It’s Aloha Friday Once Again!

This calls for some Hawaiian Food from Young’s Fish Market in Kalihi Hawaii.

Starting from the top/center of the tray, Opihi.

To the right of that is the Combination Plate: Laulau, Kalua Pig, Lomi Salmon, one BIG scoop Rice and Okinawan Sweet Potato.

Then you’ve got a bowl of Squid Luau, MMM!

To round it all out, the Kalua Pig Plate with Poi and Lomi Salmon.

DH and I shared this tray of ono~liciousness between us and inhaled every bit of it!

Not shown was a piece of Kulolo and Haupia for dessert.

Now, if we only had a Beer to wash this all down with, that my friends would make it perfect!

ALOHA!  Enjoy your weekend!