Thursday, April 2, 2009

Food, Food, and more Food

Jim and I are headed down to Longboat Key this weekend to celebrate #26. Longboat Key holds a special place in our hearts. It was the first beach Jim took me to when I first moved down to Florida and little did we know we would be getting MARRIED there. We haven’t been back since our wedding day and I can’t tell you how ready I am to relax and enjoy Longboat Key.

Longboat Key is close to Sarasota, it’s about 1 ½ hours south of where we live now. They have wonderful restaurants and shopping! I have all my meals already picked out. Sorry girls, I don’t know the Weight Watcher calculations but I thought you might like to know what I will be eating over the weekend.

My first stop, Friday night dinner at the Chart House located on the pass. This restaurant has beautiful views of the boats headed out to sea. They have this wonderful salad bar equipped with palm of hearts (one of my favorites..and 0 points!). The dressings are made fresh. For my main course I’m choosing the Spiced Yellowfin Ahi, Cajun spiced and grilled, ginger soy butter, wasabi cream, spinach & bok choy. This can’t be that bad for you!

MORNING…LBK has wonderful breakfast choices and I will be getting my usual, Lox. It’s my favorite; I could eat this for breakfast, dinner, and supper!

My next stop is for lunch in downtown Sarasota…I must visit this place every time I’m in town. It’s GREEK and the name is EL GRECO. Here is where it gets bad…Souvlaki lunch Platter - Marinated Bits of Pork Tenderloin in a grilled pita, garnished with onions, tomatoes and House Made Tzadziki Sauce. Served with rice…YES! I know I’m going to Weight Watcher hell.

To top things off for my last dinner down south we will head to MOSAIC. Now, this is a tricky menu because every item sounds delicious. Here are a few I might choose…what sounds best to you?

-Tagine of braised petite veal shank with cardoons and root vegetables
-Pan-roasted Chilean sea bass and homemade herb papardelle with tomato anchoyade beurre blanc
-Pan-seared diver scallops and heirloom tomatoes with fennel and lemon anise vinaigrette
-Papardelle pasta with rock shrimp, blue crab, and scallops with sauteed ribbon vegetables

Hope everyone enjoys their weekend! I really don’t think this trip will do too much damage to my tummy. I guess we will see in the WEIGHT INS to come!