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First Wake Up in Great Exuma

Posted on November 24, 2017 by under Food and Drink, Travel.    

We got room number 9404, which is a beachfront walkout villa in the first 9400 building. I liked how the had really subtle lighting throughout the property. It was sufficient to find your way back to your villa after a long day of drinking but not overpowering so that you can still see the stars in the sky.

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This is what we woke up to the next morning.

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The view inside wasn’t bad either. I love watching Brian sleep… but not in a creepy way. I usually get up well before he does. He looks so adorable when he sleeps. It’s so peaceful. Even when he snores, it’s cute.

It was awesome to fall asleep and wake up to the sound of waves lapping on the beach. I took a short video for you guys but it’s not quite the same as being there to experience it. It’s the best I can do, though.

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Meanwhile, we wanted to enjoy the amazing view a bit longer so we decided to have breakfast on our patio that morning.

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Bacon, eggs, and potatoes for Brian.

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Omelet for me. It doesn’t turn out quite as pretty as when you’re eating at the restaurant because the butlers carry these around while they’re riding their bikes.

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The plus side is, it’s still warm when it arrives. If he had walked it over, that wouldn’t have been the case as we are on the far end of the resort.

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The fresh fruit was delicious and is one of my favorite parts of vacationing in the Caribbean. Fresh fruit is abundant and tastes so much better than the produce we get here at home.

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Bread assortment. I guess I could have asked the butler to swing by the cafe for the good stuff. They have chocolate croissants and Danish there. That wasn’t an option on the breakfast card, though, and I didn’t think to do it. I only realized it after.

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Later that morning we decided to hang out at the beach. Our butler reserved a palapa for us, which was not the one pictured above. LOL.

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I hung out at this palapa a good while before Brian came out and was like, “What are you doing over here? This isn’t ours.” Our palapa was a couple of palapas over. Brian and I had a good laugh about it.

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Our butlers were great and, anytime we were at the beach or pool, the would pack us a cooler full of waters and beers (usually Kaliks because Brian doesn’t like Sands). The Kalik Light is in there for Becca.

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Here’s a panoramic photo of the beautiful beach. It was a cloudy day and we probably shouldn’t have been out there. This was the start of several weeks of misery for me.

Apparently, the sand fleas come out when it’s dark (like at night) or cloudy (like that day). They’re kind of like chiggers and when you get bit the bits are super itchy. Most of the rooms at the resort have bug spray in addition to the usual toiletries that hotels provide. Ours didn’t have one. Brian and I brought our own bug spray and we sprayed but, I guess, it wasn’t strong enough. We did ask our butler for bug spray and he brought it out to the palapa for us but it was too late. I already got several bug bites. Sometimes you can see the tiny bugs but most of the time you can’t. So you really don’t even know that you’re getting bit until it’s too late.

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On the plus side, the beach is beautiful and so pristine. The sand is super fine. It rivals Bavaro Beach in Punta Canta.

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Obligatory beach selfie.

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Here’s another one with the villas as the backdrop.

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Just look at that beautiful, clear, blue water. We were told that, when you look down on the water on a calm day, you can see a hundred feet down.

The water is that clear.

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Here’s a pic of the horizon with my toes in the foreground. I took it while we were waiting for Jay and Becca to join us.

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Here’s a pic of Brian. We set up some lounge chairs for Jay and Becca next to us.

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Our butlers were Garth and Jackson. Garth was on duty that morning and he was very attentive. He came to check on us several times and even brought us food and drinks without prompting.

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Here he is bringing over some chips and salsa.

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He brought me a yummy frozen cocktail. I think this is called a Bob Marley.

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I really wanted a frappucino from the cafe, though, which he went and got and brought back to me and that made me really happy. Those frappucinos are yummy. I got so hooked on those drinks that I would have one (sometimes two) everyday on our way to breakfast.

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Anyway, we were very spoiled during our entire stay. I will post some more later. For now, this is how our first morning on the island went. Other than the bug bites, we were off to a fantastic start!

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Dinner at Il Cielo

Posted on November 23, 2017 by under Food and Drink, Travel.    

Pictures of our first dinner at the resort… but first, a selfie.

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You can tell we hadn’t been at the resort long because my tan line isn’t as pronounced. It’s just getting started.

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Here are a couple of pictures of the Il Cielo menu.

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Il Cielo is the Italian restaurant on property and it doesn’t require reservations.

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This is the Prosciutto e Melone starter, which isn’t quite what I expected.

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I think this is the Insalata di Cesare. The menu didn’t mention the anchovy but I guess that should have been a given because any decent Caesar salad includes it.

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This is the Pollo Parmigiana, which everyone ordered but Brian.

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Brian got the lasagna, which is probably not quite what he expected either.

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This is the fresh fruit Panna Cotta. We also got a tiramisu dessert (below).

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I’m thinking that I must have taken the menu pictures on a different day than when we had dinner because we had several things that weren’t listed on that menu. The restaurant must change their menu each day of the week or something.

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Anyway, here’s a picture of our handsome foursome at dinner.

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We capped off the evening by hanging out in the games room next to the Drunken Duck pub, where we enjoyed some drinks and a few games of ping pong.

Incidentally, our friend Jay decided to buy a ping pong table for his basement because enjoyed playing so much. I think he wants to practice and get better so he can kick my ass next time we play. LOL.

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First Meal at the Resort

Posted on November 14, 2017 by under Food and Drink, Travel.    

The four of us were pretty hungry from our trip so lunch was the first order of business upon arriving at the resort.

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Our first meal at the resort was at this restaurant on the beach called Barefoot by the Sea, where shoes are completely optional.

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The restaurant is also open for dinner but the menu is completely different. Here’s their lunch menu.

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Jay and I both had the fish tacos, which was delicious but not quite what we expected. We were expecting the fish to be breaded.

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Brian went the safe route and just ordered chicken bites and fries.

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These are the jerk chicken quesadillas, which I think were also Jay’s.

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This is the fish sandwich, which I think is what Becca had.

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Another Year, Another Birthday

Posted on November 5, 2017 by under Food and Drink, Life.    

Last month was a very festive month. We celebrated almost every single day. Then again, I guess that’s just kind of how we are. We love living life and celebrate every moment. Here are some of the things that happened leading up to our trip to Great Exuma, Bahamas.

Birthday Card from the Greater Wichita YMCA HR Team

First, there was our escape room adventure with Kate and Deanna. Remember how we tried to do it last month but couldn’t do it because Escapology changed their hours on me so they were closed on the day we went? Well, we finally made it happen. We did the Cuban Crisis room and we escaped!

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We couldn’t have done it without Kate, though. She was whiz at the puzzles.

Carrabbas - Meatballs

We also hit all of our favorite restaurants during my birthday month.

P.F. Changs - Crab Wontons

We really shouldn’t have been eating out but your birthday month is a good excuse to fall off the wagon. Anyway, I won’t post all of the food pictures. I’ll just post one picture from each place and let you guys figure out where we went.

Bonefish - Crab Cakes and Bang Bang Shrimp

Besides our favorite restaurants, we also had the opportunity to try a new place we’d never dined at before when we met a couple of my Leadership Wichita classmates (Teresa and Jason) for lunch a couple of weeks ago. I will post all of these food pics because it was a first for all of us.

Okra, Anyone?

Fried Sweet Potatoes

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We ate at the Rail at Union Station because Teresa wanted to try one of the restaurants in the area as she hadn’t tried any of them yet. I suggested the Rail since I’d already been to the Kitchen. I actually suggested Mumbai Rail, which confused the heck out of Teresa who got there first. Apparently, Mumbai Rail is no more and has been rebranded as the Rail Scratch Cocktails.

We were all very worried at first because there was no one else at the restaurant besides our group for lunch. You know how the really great places are always busy and the terrible places are dead? We were sort of thinking along those lines. But we were already there and it was too late to back out.

Anyway, the food was surprisingly fabulous. At least, my meal was very tasty and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The quality of the food was definitely not representative of the restaurants lack of patrons. I later found a news article (through my friend Alicia who told me that she thought the restaurant had closed for good) that said the restaurant would no longer be open for lunch. The article was written back in June. I’m guessing people still don’t know that they’re open for lunch.

Which was good for us because it meant great food and no wait. LOL. Probably not great business, though. I hope the restaurant survives because I really did enjoy our lunch. Of course, the great company had a lot to do with that but I really did like their food. I actually want to go back at some point.

This was on Thursday, October 26, final day before departure. We flew out of the Wichita airport very early the next day.

Anyway, I’m sure you’re really anxious to hear about our trip to the Bahamas. I’ve got a few other things that I need to catch up on and then I’ll be able to devote some attention to a full-fledged trip recap. I hoping to do that by the end of the week so check back soon.

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Kneaders Bakery & Cafe

Posted on October 3, 2017 by under Food and Drink.    

There’s a new restaurant for you to try in Wichita. Brian and I got to check it out last week before they opened thanks to an invitation from a friend.

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It’s not in the best location (because we all know how much we despise Rock Road) but at least it’s on the East side of town, which is the correct side. LOL.

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Brian and I ate outside because it was a lovely evening but I did take some pictures of the inside of the restaurant while we were waiting in line to order food.

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It’s like a cross between Panera and Cracker Barrel.

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If you hate carbs, or at least are trying to stay away from carbs, then this isn’t the place for you. I seriously felt myself gaining weight even before we sat down.

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Here are some pictures of the food we tried. Brian didn’t deviate from his usual French dip.

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I tried a little bit of everything. I had some soup (which Brian actually had some too but they forgot to bring it at first), salad, and a chicken salad croissant sandwich.

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I also had a piece of carrot cake which I ended up taking home.

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Brian had the chocolate mousse mound, which we actually got to sample while waiting in line. We all know how much he loves chocolate so this shouldn’t have come as a surprise.

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We enjoyed our food so much that we hardly noticed the sun set. It was dark by the time we waddled our way back to the car.

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I don’t know about Brian but I severely overindulged. I plan on going back but I probably won’t order or eat as much next time.

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