What a wonderful and relaxing day I had yesterday! It was the first day of my twenty-eighth year and I so relished kicking my feet up, floating in the pool, spending a lazy day at our new home and being treated to a fabulous dinner by my handsome husband. Life is surely sweet and I’m currently riding a blessed sugar high.
We spent the morning in the pool, splashing in the water, laughing and watching the clouds roll by. It was heaven. Emery was well slathered in sunscreen and her bright pink hat while I was hoping for a sun kiss.
How cute are those pink ruffles and giant chubby cheeks?
It takes her a little while to decide that she likes the water, but once she does, she can’t get enough. She even tries to lick the water droplets off the float or her hands.
After lunch we took a family ride in the mule down to the scuppernong vines. Hunter’s grandparents owned a nursery years ago and still pride themselves on the variety and deliciousness of these succulent fruits.
We eat them right off the vine.
…and take a bowl-full home to snack on later.
Hunter had to stop at one of his deer food plots and toss out a new bag of corn.
He takes his hunting preparations very seriously.
Meanwhile, Emery and I hang out in the mule and she sees how tightly she can ball her fists.
Then we head back to the pool. It is August after all and just under 100 degrees. There’s our house in the distance! Can you see it?
More fun in the pool, this time without the pink ruffles.
Before I knew it, the day is done and we were dropping off Emery at my parents’ house. Being treated to a romantic date with my hubby was just what I needed!
The sunset over the bay was gorgeous!
Of course, we had to stop at Bud & Alley’s before dinner to watch the end of the sunset and reminisce.
It wasn’t all that long ago that we were enjoying our second first date at the rooftop bar and even less time since this handsome man was down on one knee with a shiny ring in his hand. It’s definitely a special place for us and one full of fond memories.
Cheers to all of the fun we’ve had and all the fun to come! (If you’ve never tried the Mo-garita, you’re missing out!)
We went on to dinner at V Seagrove and proceeded to indulge in more tasty cocktails and delicious food than two people should be allowed to enjoy. Our taste buds and bellies were happy!
We love to support local farmers and fishermen!
Our seats were at the Chef’s table, which overlooks the kitchen and gives an amazing, fast-paced show of organized chaos while we ate. I loved it!
After an appetizer of shrimp…
… I had the tuna…
… and cheese grits…
… while Hunter had what he said was one of the best steaks he’s ever eaten. (And he’s eaten a lot of steaks!)
By the time dessert rolled around, my iPhone died and I was enjoying myself way too much. It’s probably better that there isn’t photographic evidence after this point. It was a wonderful dinner with my man, a perfect day with the family and a birthday treat I was so thankful for.
I finally made it to Gravel Road for breakfast – twice. It’s that good. If you haven’t been yet, then believe me when I say you’re missing out. Everything is delicious. So far I’ve tried the 3 eggs plate and the Pigs in a Blanket with Hunter opting for short stacks both times. They open at 7 AM, so it’s the perfect stop on the way to work. It sure did make an early morning seem a little nicer! Make sure you say hi to Jesse and tell him I sent you! They even have drawers with coupons and goodies for some of the locals and I’ve got a free dessert with my name on it. Now I just need to swing by a little later in the day…
I’m so excited! Not just because today is Friday, but also because my friend Jesse’s restaurant Gravel Road is now open in Seagrove! They’ve moved from Uptown Grayton and have taken over the old Yianni’s location here. They’ll be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner! If you’ve never tried it, I can vouch that it is absolutely delicious. Their grouper sandwich is practically world famous, but you can’t go wrong with any choice. Jesse and company even hosted my sister and her husband’s rehearsal dinner last May, which was fabulous. I think we’re still hearing raves about the food and atmosphere. Here’s what I can take away from all this: with options like Gravel Road, I have one less reason to learn to cook. Agreed?
After a long day at work and more cold weather, Hunter and I headed to the Fish House Wednesday for more sushi, a cold beverage and the GMAC Bowl on ESPN. I think he’s been slightly addicted since we went to the Shrimp Boat in Panama City a week or two ago and he finally tried sushi for the first time. (I don’t know how you grow up at the beach without trying sushi.) My friend Steven Adams plays football for Troy University and since we didn’t make it to the game, we had to catch him on tv. He’s like another brother. Here are all the boys playing Rock Band 2 at Christmas:
He played really well! Troy lost a close one, but it was really cool to see Steven on the screen and hear his name being called over and over by the guys on ESPN. I was very proud! As always the sushi was delish and I ate more than I should have. Edamame, crab salad, a taste of a roll here and a a few bites of a roll there… I was stuffed! All I could do after that was call it a night!
Even though the Seagrove Coyote has only been open a few weeks, it’s already one of my favorite places to grab a quick dinner or lunch on the weekend. It’s next door to La Botana (near the fork) and is delicious but inexpensive mexican fare. I love anything with avocados right now, and the guacamole didn’t disappoint. It was so good I could’ve eaten just a bowl of it by itself.
The chicken quesadilla I sampled and the Coyote Burrito I tried to finish were so tasty and filling. Not only is the food really great, but the people are nice, the music is fun and I can usually make it out without spending over $10 bucks. Fabulous!
Who doesn’t like a little cool, delicious gelato after the sun goes down? I snapped a photo on my camera phone of the neon gelato sign outside the Fish House
when I was walking Teddy tonight, then had a little fun paying tribute to Andy Warhol. The colors make me imagine all the tasty flavors I could be sampling. Mmmmmm… Don’t you want some? They’re open late!
Wednesday is Date Night (instead of the usual Girls’ Night) at La Botana
and I’m excited! In addition to fabulous food, door prizes and giveaways, the Seaside Rep is announcing their 2009 season and Balder and Jennifer Saunders will be adding to the mix with their live music. Fun, fun, fun! Plenty of dates. Supercool atmosphere. Tasty food. Great wine. What’s not to like?
The doggy and I started on our walk with dark skies and a few sprinkles, hoping we could beat the rain. Just look at the clouds in this pic of Eastern Lake. We kept going and lucky for us, by the end it was clear and sunny! What a gorgeous January beach day!
The Fish House always has amazing grouper and sushi. Always. You just can’t go wrong at the sushi bar. We were there for dinner tonight and I just wanted something light, so I went with the crab salad. I’m pretty sure I could eat that every day and it actually goes a long way. I only had my camera phone, so the snapshot isn’t great, but hopefully you get the picture. Crab salad is my new Fish House favorite!