Happy Sunday all! Thanks for all the great comments and recommendations for things to do during our week in South Carolina. I can honestly say we had a blast in the South and can’t wait to go back….and to eat at Mrs. Wilkes! LOL…..Yesterday, we finally made it to Florida for our next adventure in Kissimmee!
We have one week of fun here before we head over to St. Lucia!!!
I snapped a few pictures of our resort on our morning walk to Starbuck’s.
We are staying at my parents Time Share and it’s pretty darn awesome!
There are 2 bedrooms that look pretty much the same…..
The view from our room ~ by the way, an alligator hangs out in that lake and we saw him today!
1 of the 6 pools!
Ok, enough about this place ~ let’s just say, I am really spoiled on time shares
This morning start out with a delicious fruit cup….
Plus a Venti Iced Coffee with 1 pump mocha ~ it totally hit the spot since it is hot and humid here today in the mid 80’s. (1 points+)
We decided to pick today as a total relaxation day since most of yesterday was spent driving in the car. For lunch, we headed over to the Oldest Restaurant in Florida ~ Columbia Restaurant.
You have your choice of indoor or outdoor seating…..
We decided to sit outside since our table was in the shade. As soon as we sat down we were each given bags with hot, freshly baked Cuban bread and butter. Delicious!!
Cuban bread is super crunchy/flakey on the outside, but, light, airy and soft on the inside.
I remembered completely LOVING the Cuban Chicken Dish we had in Florida on our way back from the Bahamas so I decided to check out the Arroz Con Pollo with yellow rice.
I ended up giving the chicken to The Husband…..so I could have his plantains
Then, I gobbled up all of the sticky, yellow rice with peas, peppers and onions. I LOVE yellow rice!
After lunch, we decided to go to Publix to order our Thanksgiving Feast. While we were there, I found TWO NEW to me products to try.
1st ~ the drink you all all told me to try ~ Cheerwine!
2nd ~ Wickles!!! I have been eyeing these all week every time we see them.
1 points+ a serving…..
Decent ingredient list (sans the last 2)
I may or may not have bought these just because they had peppers inside the jar!
I NEVER knew I could LOVE a Wickle so freakin’ much!!! Seriously, you all have to try these if you have not….they are light bread & butter pickles (probably better!) with a little spicy, garlicky kick.
I totally ate like half a jar with my Cheerwine (which is also tasty cherry soda!)
I actually think I might be ordering some of these to send home because there is NOTHING like Wickles in California!
We spent the afternoon lounging around, reading and pondering what we want to do this week. My dad actually requested an Italian Food dinner so we decided to google a few ideas.
Bruno’s Italian Restaurant came up with great reviews from several people and the menu looked tasty. You know you are at Bruno’s when you see this sign along the street
I think what makes Bruno’s place pretty cool is that it a local place that you won’t find anywhere else and it is run by Bruno and his family.
Bruno even comes out of the kitchen to say hi and make sure you enjoyed his food.
He actually is a pretty funny guy who can make some pretty amazing food too!
As soon as you sit down they bring out these super soft, hot, homemade Garlic Knots that literally melt in your mouth as soon as you sink your teeth into them.
Each meal includes the garlic knots and simple salad with homemade Italian dressing.
I LOVE that they put “a must try” in red letters right next to the Bruschetta description on the appetizers.
If you try one appetizer at Bruno’s try the Bruschetta ~ it’s unbelievable. I would honestly go back just for this appetizer!
The bread is perfectly toasted, but, not hard and then it is topped with the creamiest ricotta that blends with the garlicky pesto and sweet tomatoes.
I asked our waiter about the 3 dishes I was pondering and he said out of all of the ones I listed the Penne Verdi was his favorite. I have to admit, after tasting The Husband’s baked pastas and my mom’s eggplant parmesan (which were both delicious with their homemade red sauces), that I made the right choice.
Penne Verdi is crisp, lightly steamed broccoli with fresh spinach and penne tossed with fresh roasted garlic and olive oil. For being such a light dish, it pacts a delicious sweet garlic olive oil flavor throughout the entire dish.
I think we might head out to Universal Studios tomorrow and then maybe the Kennedy Space Center the next day.
For all those out there ~ what are your must try places to eat and things to see in Orlando/Kissimmee, Florida?
Quick side note ~ doesn’t this recipe look good? I am so adding it to my must make list!