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The Pier House

Sunday night Mom and I were on our own as my cousin and Aunt had flights back that day.  We hadn’t yet gone to Mallory Square to see the sunset, so we dropped off our bikes back at the rental place and walked to Mallory Square.  I love that you can pretty much walk from one side of the island to the other.  We got there about an hour before sunset, which was a good idea because it filled up with people really quickly!

Another feature on my iPhone 6?  Panoramic pictures!

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We got a drink and some appetizers as we were still going to have dinner. 

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It was such a gorgeous night.  And when the sun finally set, everyone applauded!  We paid our bill and then I wanted to find the Pier House.  I still had some more of Tony’s ashes and I wanted to put them in the water near the hotel. 

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When we stayed there, the room we got cost $250 and was the most deluxe hotel room I’d ever stayed in.  Now the rates are over $550 a night!  As soon as I took that picture above, the doorman came running out and said kind of rudely, “can I help you?”  I remembered that Tony and I ate at a restaurant at the hotel that was on the water, and he pointed us in the right direction.  We get to the host stand and see that there is only one other table in the whole restaurant.  At 7:00 p.m. on a Sunday night.  A restaurant on the water.  In Key West.  Huh?

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Nearly every other place we went to earlier in the week had wait lists and a sea of people.  But we ended up staying and guess what?  It was delicious!  The had one of my favorite pinot grigios on the menu – Mom, here is the link to try to find it here – it’s super reasonable at $12.99 a bottle.

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I got fried calamari for my appetizer – I didn’t realize my Mom liked it to – the dipping sauce was a sweet and spicy sauce, and then there was a wasabi sauce that was delicious.

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And we both ended up getting the spinach and goat cheese salad as our entrée – check out how much goat cheese?!  It had a super light, not overly sweet raspberry vinaigrette – so good!

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And it was nice having my Momma all to myself that last evening.  You know, because I am her favorite and all.  I really do need to get her a custom coffee cup that says “Of all my kids, Biz is my favorite.”  You know, just a gentle daily reminder when she pours her coffee in the morning.

Well, I thought I was done talking about Key West, but my last installment will be tomorrow. . . talking about the 36 hour trip home from Key West because of shitty Silver Airlines.  If you ever go to Key West, do not book through United because their sister airline is Silver Airlines – we had a four hour delay getting there and our flight was Monday morning and we didn’t get home until Tuesday night! 

Stay tuned and make it a great day!

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  • Jacky
    March 12, 2015 at 7:27 am

    OMG, I almost spit my coffee out with the coffee mug bit for your mom. So funny! Glad you had such a great trip, your soul needed that. Love reading all about it.

    • Biz319
      March 12, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      Ha – love it – glad I could start your day out with a laugh 😀

  • Roz@weightingfor50
    March 12, 2015 at 10:38 am

    I love reading about your trip! LOL at being your Mom’s favorite!!!! Have a good day Vat. Hug

    • Biz319
      March 12, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      Thanks Roz – I am hoping to put Vancouver on my places to go next year – think of all the fun we’d have! 😀

  • Louise
    March 12, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Beautiful panoramic pictures. And I loved that everyone applauded when the sun went down. Everyone recognized the beauty of God’s creation 🙂

    You look so calm and content….I am sure this vacation was just what the Doctor ordered. Food looks good, except for the calamari….not a fan.

    • Biz319
      March 12, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      Thanks Louise – I think just getting out of our arctic air was the best part!

  • Kym
    March 12, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Look no problem leaving comments from home:) I guess I’ll just have to get my Bizzy fix in the morning and return in the evening for comments. Anyway… LOVE the photo of your Mom. She looks so kind and content. I think the trip was good for the both of you. I know she was happy to see your spirits lifted. Amazing photos with your new iphone. My husband tried to give me his older one but sadly it is locked to Verizon and I can’t use it unless I change carriers.

    • Biz
      March 13, 2015 at 6:33 am

      Yeah on being able to comment from at least one computer! Yep, my Mom had a great trip too, but how couldn’t she since she was hanging out with her favorite child 😀

  • Kim
    March 12, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Gorgeous pictures!!! So weird that the restaurant was deserted on a Sunday night – looks like a really good place!

    • Biz
      March 13, 2015 at 6:33 am

      I haven’t looked at the Yelp reviews about the place – maybe that would explain it?!

  • Kimberly
    March 12, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Your pictures are so pretty! That salad looks delicious. I’m glad that you were able to go to Key West. I’ve never been there but would like to.

    • Biz
      March 13, 2015 at 6:34 am

      Thanks Kimberly – Key West is so laid back, which is one of the things I love about it.

  • Abbe @ This is How I Cook
    March 12, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Those were fabulous pictures. You looked awesome. I’m sure coming home hasn’t been easy, but hopefully soon you will be able to go back. Just wait until when it is cold again!

  • Biz
    March 13, 2015 at 6:35 am

    I agree Abbe – winter is the best time to go there. I will definitely go back 😀