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Old 03-11-2018, 11:06 AM   #1
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My Recent Vacation

My recent vacation had some highs and lows. It was a combination of flying to Florida and visiting with SO's son, granddaughter and great granddaughter; taking a 5day/four night cruise around the Bahamas and getting stuck in Florida because of the storms in New England. We were stuck longer than most because we were flying "free" because granddaughter is a flight attendant and non-revenue passengers get a low priority.

Our stay in FL before and after the cruise was mostly at the Hard Rock Resort and Casino in Hollywood, FL. A very nice place with top notch restaurants.

We also visited SO's sister who recently moved to FL and bought a new home. We spent a day helping prepare the new home for moving day.

The cruise was another story. I didn't enjoy it. I know I'm in the minority. It was crowded, noisy and the food was nothing to write home about.

Enough of all that. The real reason for this post is to share with you some great food we had at a Japanese restaurant at the Hard Rock.

Wagyu Beef Tacos spicy cilantro, soy, shallots, aji amarillo aoili

Tuna with Crispy Rice Pan-Fried Sushi rice topped with spicy tuna and caviar

Beef Shishito Tenderloin with ichimi jus

Beef Negima Ribeye, scallions yakitori

Pork Belly Berkshire pork with scallions, ginger, miso glaze

Duck Skewer

Hamachi Maki Roll

Ginger Pear Cake pear cream, almond sorbet, miso butterscotch

Japanese Doughnuts anko ganache, peanut butter, matcha anglaise


These were all delicious. We ate there twice.

The Tuna with Crispy Rice was one of the best things I have ever eaten anywhere!
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Old 03-11-2018, 11:10 AM   #2
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Andy - looks and sounds fantastic and EXTREMELY yummy!
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Old 03-11-2018, 01:22 PM   #3
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What pretty food! It sounds delicious!
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Thanks for sharing your beautiful food with us Andy. You know how we are.
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Nice!!
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Old 03-11-2018, 02:28 PM   #6
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yum and such nice presentations.
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Old 03-11-2018, 04:56 PM   #7
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Andy, what a wonderful way to finish off a vacation that wasn't all-that for you.
Andagi-Okinawan Donuts are a sore spot for me.
Back home in Kaneohe, the neighbor across the street from us always made them for holidays, and let me tell you, I'm not sure how she made them, but them sat in your stomach like lead balls ACK!
Oh MAN!! Now, DH and I say year for the past what? 1/2 hour, "what was there name again?"

Oh and I meant to say, DH and I did the 4 night cruise from Los Angles to Ensenada and we felt the same. Cramped, damp, musty, CROWDED, noisy, and not great food at all... we decided we won't be spending our vacay dollars that way.
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Old 03-11-2018, 05:15 PM   #8
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...Oh and I meant to say, DH and I did the 4 night cruise from Los Angles to Ensenada and we felt the same. Cramped, damp, musty, CROWDED, noisy, and not great food at all... we decided we won't be spending our vacay dollars that way.
Yeah, I'd rather go somewhere and enjoy that location - New Orleans, SanFrancisco, Quebec, etc.
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Yeah, I'd rather go somewhere and enjoy that location - New Orleans, SanFrancisco, Quebec, etc.
We whole-heartedly agree with you there Andy!
Five years ago we were going to take the Alaska cruise for our anniversary ...
gave the deposit, had a balcony room reserved, the whole nine yards.
And then I totaled up what everything was going to cost for a 10 adventure...
alot more money than we really wanted to shell out for only ten days.
Instead, we spent a month on the road seeing National Parks AND spent less money.
(just to ring my own bell, my blog is at this time re-visiting that trip if anyone would care to read about it )
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Looks great Andy!

I agree with you about cruise ships. Maybe we're both in the minority. Many years ago, I played in a band on a cruise ship for a total of 10 months. The cruise line asked us to sign a 2-year contract, but we passed. 10 months was way too long for me.
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