Not that its actually been planned, per se but I seem find myself in and on Fort Myers Beach quite a bit this summer, Memorial Day weekend and again for the Fourth of July weekend. Neither weekend was my idea, but I was all for a weekend getaway and those gorgeous white sand gulf beaches were pretty enticing. These weekend getaways had nothing to do with 4-star resorts, valets or fine dining but more like, “do it yourself”, yes we have a kitchenette in every room kind of ”getaway”. And believe it or not this really did appeal to me. I don’t have a grill. I can’t tell you the last time I cooked a decent meal, for myself or anyone else for that matter so the excitement of beers on the beach and a big fat grilled steak really, really seemed to be calling my name.
Kitschy beachfront Fort Myers places, The Outrigger and The Sandpiper are the places we called our own for the weekends. Clean, spacious, super friendly and with views of the gulf that taunted and tempted me to “just stay one more day” (which we did not).
What was important in our decision to book the respective hotels was whether or not they had grills for guests use. Both did and they served the purpose, I cannot say the grills or the BBQ areas were what we were hoping for because they were not, but we made do.
In the case of our Memorial Day Weekend grilling escapade , the steaks were bigger than the grill and we had to cook our food in shifts, which if we calculated the time by the National Institute of Standards and Technology it took two hours. I’m not sure which of us it was (go ahead take a guess) but an entire bottle of Cava was consumed as we grilled, (can you really blame me??)
By the time we sat down for dinner the moon was high in the sky, and not a creature was stirring, not even the mosquitoes.
And I’ll tell you, it was all worth it, this dinner was the best I’d had in a long, long time. No restaurant could compare. I had these ribeyes cut just for us at Smitty’s Old Fashioned Butcher Shoppe in Coral Ridge. I’ve known Dave for years and quality is the name of the game over there. It’s not cheap and nothing is on sale, but for that special splurge, it’s worth every penny.
Daytime was all about beaching it, floating on rafts and biking into town. I’ll tell you I have the best tan. I haven’t been this glow-y in a long time. The sun reflecting off the gulf’s sugar white sand will do wonders for those channeling the look of Alice Cullen, with proper SPF coverage of course and a very hippy-dippy beach umbrella to retreat under.
It was moments and views like this from our balcony that made me realize regularly scheduled weekend getaways does wonders for the soul and piece of mind.
My morning coffee never tasted so good, as it did in this paper cup with this view.
While the big dinner cooked on the little grill was the best I ever had, this dinner was my favorite; that view and ambiance stirred my soul (and mosquitoes).
We breathed breaths of calm.
Now that I’ve been bitten by the cooking bug; I want to know are you a weekend culinary warrior? Show us what you’ve got and we may use it in our Weekend Kitchen series, click here for more details.
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