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Apr. 1, 2009 4:01 pm 
Updated: Apr. 9, 2009 2:54 am
I haven't blogged for nearly a month guessing I lacked either sleep or inspiration.  I have been to the Gulf coast & back however.  Last fall I made the remark that my kids (3 teenagers + a 3 year old) have never been on a proper road trip/family vaction.  I remembered the days where my parents loaded up the 1968 Ford Galaxy with 3 kids in the back & headed 1500 miles to Disney.  We had to stop every 100 miles or so to add oil & water to the car (Fords haven't changed much over the years) & I being the youngest, got the choice of riding on the floor in the backseat (dealing with the smell of my brothers feet), or the shelf in the rear window (I had a nice sunburn by the time we got there).  It was always an exciting trip.  Mammoth Cave, Stone Mountain, Roadside Attractions (Pet the Worlds BIGGEST Gator!) & and a greasy Waffle House with waitress' with big Southern smiles & very few of their own teeth ("How Yall Doin?").

Well, I'm glad (& sorry) to say the trip hasn't changed much.  We did try to eat at a Waffle house in Georgia, but we had difficulty beathing when we entered (cigarette smoke & greasy food days must be behind me).  We crossed the street to the IHOP (where does a one legged man work?) & Sallie, the best server in the South took us in (again, no teeth, but a really nice lady) & gave us a great meal. 

After 23 hours of driving (Do NOT EVER try to drive through Atlanta at 4pm Friday afternoon), we made it to our destination, jumped in the pool & had a great week.  I highly reccomend Sanibel Island.  Nice people, no drunk spring breakers, the best beaches I've ever experienced & great food.  I highly reccomend the "Bubble Room" on the North Captiva Island - great atmosphere, lots to look at (servers dressed at boy scouts no less, you've never seen anything until you've been served by a robust "Queen Latifa" in a boy scout uniform).  It was an interesting place to say the least.  I had a vegetarian sandwich (to appease my spouse) & it knocked my socks off.  The desserts they offered took two servers to haul out - big HUNKS of scratch cakes (which I split with my eldest daughter after my wife left) - were excellent.  Another open air restaurant called the Island Cow (I was very suspicious, but we were really hungry) had great service, smoothies & a huge menu for a little kitchen.  My wife had a clam bake that came out in the pot it was steamed in, I had pulled BBQ that was superb, & kids were all happy because they got to try alligator (tastes just like chicken, but a little chewier).

We brought home a bushel of seashells found at the beach, sand ground into the carpet of the van, bigger, slightly sunburnt bellies & a lot of good memories.  I hope to do it all over again next year.  My hairnet ladies didn't seem to miss me much (I had gone on a tirade about NOT serving meat that floats in broth & overcooked broccoli before I left) - I'm sure we were all ready for a week off from one another.

Time taken with your kids is never wasted

The Hospital Foodie
Apr. 2, 2009 6:31 pm
Sounds like a great time!! We head to Cape Sans Blas on the gulf every other year. When kids get older hopefully we will be able to do every year! I look forward to it everytime!
Apr. 2, 2009 8:23 pm
Happy to see another post from you-been missing your humor. Glad you had a great time.Was that Disney World? As I don't recognize any of those names as being around Disney Land. & my Ford has not used a drop of oil in over a year! I love it! That's one of the nice things about CA-there is no smoking allowed in restaurants, but we sometimes have to walk through a cloud of smoke to get in the door-LOL!
Apr. 3, 2009 2:37 pm
No this wasn't a disney trip. We were near Fort Myers on the gulf side of the state. Other than Hawaii, which I have yet to see, I'm guessing Sanibel Island has the best beach in the US.
Apr. 9, 2009 2:54 am
Our family has only been on 3 road trips...ever. The first one was when we were moving. We drove from CO to FL, via IN, and the boys loved it! The second one was from FL to IN but we had to stop in GA because the hubby came down with the flu. Once he was well enough to travel, we only had enough time to turn around and head back to FL. The kids really loved that one because they got a hotel room all to themselves lol. The third one was from northern FL to southern FL. Not much of a road trip really, but it was shortly after the failed trip to IN so, of course, one of the boys came down with the flu. Once he was well enough to travel, we did stop at the beach so it wasn't a totally wasted trip. We are planning another road trip this summer and, hopefully, we will 1( actually make it to our desired final destination and 2) make it to our desired final destination without anyone being violently ill. Your trip sounds like so much fun and I loved reading about your adventures!
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A generation "X"er who had the good sense to marry a patient woman, who happens to be a chef (those two characteristics rarely go together). I am one of the few men who have the ability & ignorance to claim the title "food service director."
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I enjoy grilling out & making soups & stocks from scratch. I make some mean salads too.
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Eating whatever my mom prepares - she was probably the reason I got into the food service business to begin with. Guess I can blame her.
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Implementing restaurant style menus & room service for hospital patients - my attempt at breaking the "Hospital Food" stereotype that it no longer deserves.
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I did set a char broiler on fire once (but that was on purpose, they needed a new one) & NEVER add liquid margarine to a chocolate fountain. Not a good idea.
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