WIAW: Vacation Edition

Hey, gang!! Smile

I feel so far removed from the blog world right now.  Brandon and I have been vacationing down in Marco Island, Florida for the past week, so I have no idea what’s going on in your lives!  My Google Reader is about to burst with unread posts! Smile with tongue out  I can’t wait to catch up!

Today I thought it would be fun to do a slightly different version of “What I Ate Wednesday.”

Let’s call it … What I Ate on Vacation!!

(I know, so creative. Eye rolling smile)


Our breakfasts mostly consisted of Life cereal, whole-wheat Bagel Thins, bananas, and peanut butter.  My mom had kindly packed us up some groceries for the week, so that we could save a little money.  Thanks, mom! Thumbs up


On the day we arrived in Florida, we made a pit-stop at my mom’s house in Sarasota for a quick lunch, before continuing on our way to Marco Island.


My mom grilled up some filet mignon, and served it with potatoes, green beans, and garlic bread.  Delicious!

For dessert, we ate cake that was over 365 days old! Winking smile


That’s right, folks … we busted out the top tier of our wedding cake!


Don’t blame Brandon for the cheesy pictures … my mom and I take full responsibility for the cheese-factor.


Our original cake was made by Pastries By Design in Lakewood Ranch, Florida and it was ah-mazing.


It was a vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream and white chocolate in between the layers. 


And believe it or not, after a year wrapped up in the freezer, it was surprisingly delicious!


However, that didn’t stop Brandon from being a little skeptical of the whole “eating year-old cake” thing. Shifty

While at our resort (we stayed at the GORGEOUS Marriott Beach Resort … I would definitely recommend it!), our lunches were typically pizzas bought at one of their restaurants (400 Pazzis) and eaten poolside. Sun


Both the BBQ Chicken pizza and the Hawaiian-Style pizza were delicious, and relatively affordable, in comparison to most resort-eats!


Dinners on vacation could be summed up in one word.


We didn’t start out the week planning on getting sushi 4 out of 5 nights, but that’s exactly what ended up happening.

And we loved every minute of it! Winking smile

Dinner #1: The Crazy Flamingo.


This place is uber-casual, and honestly, the bartender who waited on us was cranky downright rude.

However, neither of us cared after we tasted our first roll. Red heart



We got the Funky Roll, the Marco, and the Nitro Shrimp Roll.  All three were delicious, and we agreed that it was the best sushi we ate during the trip! Thumbs up

Dinner #2: Korals Sushi at the Marriott


The verdict?  Good, but way overpriced.  $18 for one roll?  Does it come with a side of diamond earrings??

Dinner #3: Verdi’s … An American Bistro.

Verdi’s is a small, cozy restaurant in Marco Island.  It was a bit pricey, but we had good service and delicious food.


I chose one of their “small plates” of shrimp and scallops, served with linguine in a lobster tomato gravy.  Yum!!

After dinner at Verdi’s, I also enjoyed a Key Lime Cupcake from Simply Cupcakes.


The owner was so nice and incredibly helpful.  He even gave us tips on other restaurants to try on the island.


He said that their Key Lime Cupcake was their specialty.  It’s a sour cream cake with Key Lime curd filling, whipped cream frosting, and finished with sprinkles of graham cracker and lime zest!


Key Lime pie isn’t my usual dessert of choice, but this cupcake was incredibly tasty.  I enjoyed every bite! Smile

Dinner #4: Sushi-Thai in Naples.


This restaurant was a recommendation from my friend, Lauren, who is my “sushi-guru.”  Brandon and I loved both the sushi and the reasonable prices!

Dinner #5: Tokyo Inn


This restaurant is actually a Japanese Steakhouse, but they also serve sushi.  The owner of Simply Cupcakes recommended it to us, and I’m glad he did!


Since it was our last night, we stuffed ourselves silly on the delicious rolls.



Delicious, and beautiful! Thumbs up

I plan on writing more about the trip later this week, but hopefully this post gave you a “taste” of what we encountered while visiting Marco Island!
(Get it?  Taste?  I think I need some sleep … Who me? )


Question for ya …

Catch me up, peeps!  What’s new??

What did you do for New Years Eve?

When you go on vacation, do you typically spare no expense?  Or do you find ways to pinch a few pennies?

Anyone else ever eaten sushi that many days in a row??

Oh and P.S. I hope this goes without saying, but I wasn’t paid or given anything to talk about those restaurants!  That sure would have been nice, but nope, everything written was just my opinion based on our experiences! Winking smile

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27 Responses to WIAW: Vacation Edition

  1. Shannon (Healthiful Balance)

    Aw, this is so sweet! :) Looks like you two are having a great vacation! :)
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  2. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

    Loving your eats! Your wedding cake looks awesome!

  3. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    I was actually just thinking about you this morning! I’m glad to see that you and Brandon made good use of your vacation time, and I love that you picked South Florida to vacation in! Too bad Marco Island is still far from me :( Boooo.

    I actually just recently heard about this cake-saving thing for the anniversary, and I love that you two love birds did it too! It does make me skeptical, but that wont stop me from doing it on my wedding day :D
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  4. Tiff

    Mmmm, that cake still looks awesome to me. :) Then again, so does that pizza!
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  5. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries

    all of your eats look so delicious!! i am a huge lover of sushi… i could it everyday for sure. all of your rolls look amazing. glad you’re having a great time girl! ;)
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  6. Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health

    Just from reading this post alone, it sounds like you and Brandon had an awesome trip!! I can’t wait to hear more about it. And I’m glad that your wedding cake still tasted great :D . One thing that is new with me- Chris and I set a wedding date and booked our venue!! Yay!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Yay!!! I’m so glad you got a venue booked! Have you blogged about it yet (I still haven’t gotten a chance to sit down and read all my friends’ blogs!)? Can’t wait to hear about it!

  7. Sam

    mmm, i love vacation eats!! sushi most nights sounds great to me :)
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  8. Kat

    oh my goodness everything looks amazing!! It looks like you guys are having an awesome time :)
    we actually busted out our top tier the night we got back from our honeymoon :) We ate it while we opened up our wedding gifts with our family. We had a small freezer, so there was NO way it was going to sit in there for a year! Plus I guarantee I would have had a few “samples” throughout the year ;)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Hahaha I love that you ate the top tier right after your honeymoon. Honestly, if it hadn’t been in Florida and we were in Ohio, I probably would have done the same thing!

  9. natalie @ southern fit foodie

    Girl – that is MY kind of vacation! I could eat sushi (good sushi, of course) at every meal. I love it!

    I’m so glad y’all had a great trip together!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, Natalie! I could go for more sushi right now! ;)

  10. Ali @SeeAliEatSeeAliRun

    I love that you ate your cake! I think that’s an awesome wedding tradition.
    And that sushi looks soooo good! Boyfriend and I are taking a vacation to FL next month and I cannot wait for fresh fish (we’re currently landlocked!)

    • notsodomesticated

      Aww have fun on your vacation! Hope the weather is great for you!

  11. Sarah

    Yum! That all looks delish!

    When we go on vacation we try to budget $x for the whole trip, and then figure out where we want to scrimp (lunches from Subway/breakfasts in our room) and splurge (nice dinners, attractions, souveniors, etc). It’s worked out for us so far!
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    • notsodomesticated

      That sounds similar to what we did! :)

  12. Andrea @ Andrea Out Loud!

    oh my gosh, i already know not to come read your posts when im hungry but three of my FAVORITES today?! cake, pizza, and sushi? mmmm!
    looks/sounds like you guys had a great time which is marvelous! :)
    We spent new years in which was nice and relaxing (but not exciting i know) and sometimes on vacay i am cheap (depending on how much we spent on our room/travel there/etc) but otherwise we go all out!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Our New Years Eve wasn’t too exciting either … we were in bed by 10:30 haha! ;)

  13. Qi Ting @ A Dessert Diet

    Love the variation in your eats! I’ve eaten sushi many days in the row before, but not with those raw stuff. I can’t believe that cake is one year old!
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  14. Pamela

    Kristen, so glad you had fun in Marco Island.. but I can’t believe you didn’t tell me you were here! I live 30 minutes from there and would have totally loved meeting up with you! Plus I know of a great Italian restaurant just about 2 blocks from that Marriot ;)
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    • notsodomesticated

      I thought I had told you about it … we weren’t meeting up with anyone, other than a quick lunch with my mom. It was supposed to be a “romantic getaway,” so I didn’t think it was fair to Brandon to do meet-ups with my friends. ;) Believe me, I would have loved to see you otherwise!

  15. Katie @ Katie Without Restrictions

    Wow, what some fabulous eats! And happy anniversary! We saved our cake for our first anniversary, and it came with us on a road trip, to another (out of town) wedding, on a train, in a cab, and into our hotel in Chicago for two nights before being consumed on the big day. It was a little funky after all that… We pretty much just posed for the pictures, took a bite, and called it a day ;)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Haha I think Brandon would have prefered to just take a bite, too! ;) But I insisted on eating the whole piece … plus some of his!

  16. Jessica

    The sushi looks amazing, I am totally craving it now!
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  17. Fawn

    Wow! Just stumbled across your site and am officially hungry — and I just ate dinner! Not a good sign. I think I’d better go get some sort of tasty treat after looking at all the scrumptious vacation food. Enjoy!
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  19. Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie

    Both that sushi and wedding cake look amazing!
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