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Friday, March 18, 2011

Florida: A Foodie's Dream

Reader Be Warned:
This is an extremely photo heavy post.
But one that is completely worth it!

It is an absolutely beautiful day here today.  Like the most gorgeous day I have seen all year.  It makes me remember back to a week and a half ago when I was having the time of my life in Florida.

And I thought it was high time I shared all the details with you.

So without further adieu, enjoy!

Our first stop for breakfast in Clearwater Florida.

Our food here was beyond amazing.  I'm typically not a yogurt for breakfast girl, but when I saw my mom eat this last year, I knew when I came back this had to be mine.  (And of course I ordered a scone on the side - this is me we're talking about).

Next up that day was a trip to see my boys!!

We saw Roy Halladay pitch and all of our favorite starters except for Chase Utley and Chooch.  This is my third year coming to spring training and everyone should try to make it down there sometime.  It is such a good time.

Even though the Phillies lost and we didn't get an autograph, the girls still had an awesome time.  

The next day for breakfast we went to my second favorite place for food in all of Florida, Word of Mouth.

Gram was clearly overwhelmed by how amazing her muffin was.  A coconut-pineapple love muffin to be exact.  I have to say I agree with Gram.  Words don't do this muffin justice.

As for myself, I opted for the strawberry banana crepes with fresh fruit and whipped cream.

Then came Monday.  Not only the beginning of our journey to Key West, but also our FIRST time of the trip visiting the holy grail of all eateries.  Yoder's Restaurant.  My happy place.

We've been coming to Yoder's for years, and I really wish I could convey to you how passionate I am about it.  Its food is all amish cuisine and just basically the best stuff I have ever eaten period.

The waitress looked at me a little funny when I took a moment to admire my pumpkin bread with apple butter.

I had never had sausage gravy and homefries until Yoder's and I refuse to order it anywhere else.  It is seriously the food of the gods.

Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of my blueberry cream cheese stuffed french toast.  As you could imagine it was beyond amazing as well.

After Yoder's we were off on a long drive to my new favorite city in the whole world.

Key West.

Key West is the very last spot on the Florida Keys.  Mile marker 0 to be exact.

And let me tell you....

It was beyond beautiful. 

The view from our hotel!

Our first stop at Key West was at the famous Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville, where margaritas are not even questioned.

I'm actually 100% positive that my mom hasn't stopped singing Margaritaville since this moment.  Her and Jimmy Buffet share a birthday.  I think it's fate.

Key West also has some amazing wildlife.

native roosters!


As well as some amazing food options.

Lucky for me we happened to be there on Fat Tuesday, so I just had to indulge.

It was my duty.

Then after some sight-seeing, (Ernest Hemingway hung out here!)^

And a quick stop to the southern most point in the continental U.S., we packed up and headed back to Sarasota and then back to Pennsylvania.

Our trip went so fast, and I was sad to see it end.  

But with my stomach and heart both so full, I couldn't help but plan next year's trip.

Key West, Yoders... you sure as hell haven't seen the last of me. :)

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