Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Fort Lauderdale Feasts

Justin and I just got back from our much-needed vacation to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Mainly we wanted a beach to lay on, and yes, Hurricane Debby did put a dent in our plans. We were still able to hit the shores everyday since Debby was mostly northwest of us (and then later northeast), but in the interims between pool time and beach time, we indulged in a lot of eat time.

The section we were at on Ft. Lauderdale beach was pretty quiet, but there were some pretty amazing restaurants within a block of our hotel. The OceanView Delight was a true delight. Homemade food made from scratch with inspirations from Turkey, South Africa, and Venezuela. 

Justin had a watermelon and feta salad that we had to reproduce at home, and their wraps were fresh and flavorful. I had an Ahi Tuna wrap, a Middle Eastern wrap, and a veggie burger over the course of several days. All of them were A+. 
The veggie burger

Justin had the hummus, Israeli salad and homemade pita one day — incredible. I can't describe how perfect the balance was between smoothness, tahini, tangy vegetables, and soft pillowy pita. We're not even vegetarians (obviously), but we mostly ate veggie dishes here.

Hummus with Israeli salad and pita

Another great restaurant was Thai on the Beach. We tried the green curry, the Pad Thai, the sushi (sooooo good), and the Thai iced tea. All of them were delicious, flavorful, and thought I'm no expert on Thai food, it all seemed very authentic. Their steamed buns, chicken wings, and red dragon roll were exceptional. We're totally having Thai night in our house soon — stay tuned for green curry and thai tea.

Red Dragon Roll

Thai Iced Tea

Other notable eats: Southport Raw Bar (great seafood), LuLu's Bait Shack (amazing smoked fish dip and Mahi Mahi tacos), and Primanti Brothers (good pizza).

Most importantly, we've come back from the tropics refreshed, revived, and inspired to create more in the kitchen.


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