Flop it like it’s hot

21 May

I packed up on Wednesday to go to the west coast of Florida. Even though we moved to Florida when I was seven years old, the west coast is pretty foreign to me. We vacationed there a few times and I remember it being more mellow than the southeast coast of Florida with not as many NY/NJ people and not as much to do. My sister recently moved to the west coast of Florida and I wanted to see her before I trekked back up to Charlotte so on my way I went. While I was making multiple trips back and forth between the house and car (with a lot more stuff than I remembered bringing), I saw this huge turtle sitting up my car.

And when I came back he was gone. At least I have visual evidence he was there and that I’m not losing my mind. I had to make sure I had all of Lincoln’s stuff packed up and treats ready to go.

I had to say my good bye to this guy

Oi vey, that face. Mickey is going to be 13 this summer and I don’t know how many more times I will see him since he his health isn’t what it once was. This is one of the saddest good byes I’ve ever had to say. I know he is a dog but in my family, dogs are family. He has been there with me through college, mini, breakups, happy times, sad times, etc. I held him in my arms, rubbed his belly and said good bye. It was so emotional that I had to put Lincoln in the car beforehand so I could have some time with my Mick.

After that heartbreaking scene, we were on our way ready to go west side. It only seemed appropriate that we jam to Tupac not Biggie

 Like his momma, Lincoln is all about the east coast and not west,. RIP Biggie Smalls. Mental note to self: Must download Get Money by Junior Mafia, that used to be my job!

I got to my sisters place is no time then we took a drive over to Punta Gorda

 

 

Yes, I most definitely think I need to move to a city near the water. I miss it so much! What I don’t miss? The sketchy creepers that come with the beach. As my sis and I were walking onto the pier our dresses were flying everywhere with the wind and this creeper in daisy dukes walked past us andleaned over and whispered “Beautiful dresses” then walked to the end of the pier. We were in the middle of the pier at that time and we stopped there to take pictures because we didn’t want to become a CSI episode.

We stopped by a few stores and shopping centers, tried samples of fudge and perused shops

We stopped for a drink at the Wyvern Hotel roof top bar, which had an amazing view of the water. Give me a nice view, cold drink and cushioned seats and I really don’t need much else in life!

We had a great bartender who was quick with a pour (or twist of a cap) and gave us the 411 on the Punta Gorda area with solid restaurants and spots to check out and others to stay away from.

One of his recommendations was Asuka Japanese Steakhouse in Port Charlotte.

We sat at the sushi bar and when we came in there were two people making sushi then it dropped down to one right as the dinner crowd was coming in. Sushi chef was helpful but seemed a bit in the weeds cranking out the sushi. I don’t like when you go to a sushi place and there is a roll on the menu with no description—especially if it’s an obscure name that doesn’t give you any clue as to what it is such as the Snow White roll. WTF is a Snow White roll? Could it be white and black or full of seven dwarfy things? The sushi chef seemed a little irritated when we would ask him what something was then he finally got one of the waitresses to bring a menu. Annoying people is one of my strong points so push me to and I will. They had your traditional rolls along with special rolls for the evening. Most of their specialty rolls feature avocado which makes me shimmy since I heart omega three’s! I got the Chili Roll and Port Charlotte Roll—I love seeing both made right in front of me and both were on point with freshness and spiciness!

My sister go the Dynamite roll and a salad

I don’t know what’s up with Florida but the main thing that irked me was watching the sushi chef make all the rolls…..without gloves. Do food prep workers not have to wear gloves in Florida? I should know this but I have no clue. I saw him wash his hands a few times but it still skeeved me out.

How many siblings do you have? I have two older sisters but always wished I had an older brother.

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21 Responses to “Flop it like it’s hot”

  1. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg May 21, 2011 at 2:43 am #

    Aww, you and your sister look so much alike!

    • Valerie @ Life 4 me by me May 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

      Anna I was thinking the same thing. Adorable ladies.

      I am a bit skeeved by the no gloves too. Yuck!

  2. Vixter2010 May 21, 2011 at 3:18 am #

    Wow Florida looks lovely, I wish I was there! You and your sister look so much alike, cute! I’m an only child 😦

    • simplyshaka May 21, 2011 at 10:21 am #

      Ha, everyone says that but I don’t see it. Being an only child can be a good thing, no drama!

  3. MelissaNibbles May 21, 2011 at 5:42 am #

    You had great weather! You also need to download “Slow Motion” by Juvenile. Trust me.

    • simplyshaka May 21, 2011 at 10:20 am #

      WOW. I forgot about that song, thanks for the throwback!!

  4. lookingupwhileslimmingdown May 21, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    Funny about the turtle! Sad about Mickey!! 😦 I agree with you. Dogs ARE family!!

    Glad you had fun with your sis. I hate creepers.

    You know I have 2 younger bros who all my friends think are hot. Ew. I never wanted a sister growing up but now that I am older I really wish I had one. Good thing I have awesome friends like you though who are like sisters to me. 🙂

    Oh and you know the sushi chef didn’t wear gloves just b/c you annoyed him. You should have checked for green boogers in your wasabi. 🙂

    • simplyshaka May 22, 2011 at 7:39 am #

      Ha, luckily I don’t eat wasabi so joke’s on him!!

  5. Abby May 21, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    I know I sound like a lame-ass every time I comment about your dog(s), but seriously…they make my heart so happy. If you couldn’t tell from my blog, animals are my sanity saver and yes, a huge part of my family. I love your little ones and love that you take Lincoln everywhere. (Sidenote: How awesome would it be to be so little you could curl up in that comfy pillow bed anywhere you wanted?)

    Anyway, yes, you and your sister look like twins, avocado can make even a sushi roll filled with midget fairy tale characters delicious and great bartenders make for great times. I’m an only child and prefer to think they stopped at perfection–or spared the world another force of nature.

    • simplyshaka May 22, 2011 at 7:41 am #

      You don’t sound lame at all, I am the same exact way with other peoples blogs and their dogs. I just love the furry friends so much, how could someone not?? I would totally love if I could plop down wherever while someone drove me around, must be nice right?

      I love your view about you being an only child, that is just great!

  6. SandySays1 May 21, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    Hmmm, its nice to see someone enjoy the area in which you live. My human and I live a few miles (as the crow flies) from Punta Gorda. While few folks will confuse Punta Gorda for New York, we live on Pine Island which is several more clicks slowerrrrrrrrr on the time clock living’s measured on. Visit Matlacha, Bokeelia, or St James City for life on the water and an every-day pace the would make your turtle friend look like a sprinter. Oh, the gloveless “chef” is part of the keep Florida slim movement. Things that go down in such restaurants tend to come back up. Luckily we don’t have many of those.
    Sandy
    http://www.sandysays1.wordpress.com

  7. thefitacademic May 21, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

    Gorgeous photos! I totally know what you mean about the dogs as part of the family. Growing up my parents didn’t want pets but I’ve had my own dog for 6 years now and I swear he is like my son. As he’s aged I think about the future and the inevitable that is going to happen some day and it just breaks my heart to even think about it! Can’t imagine what it must be like after an entire 13 years! That’s a pretty significant chunk of life!!!

  8. Katie H May 21, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    Aw, I’m sorry about poor little Mickey’s health. 😦 Bailey’s five and I’m in denial that he will ever get old. He is going to live forever!

    How random that a turtle was chilling under your car! Definitely don’t see that in the North.

    That’s cool that you have two older sisters! I always wanted a sister. I have a stepsister but she’s a bit of a cray. My little brother is 26 and acts like he’s still in college. Ah, if only haha.

    • simplyshaka May 22, 2011 at 7:42 am #

      Haha, thats awesome about your brother! I am the same way with Lincoln, he will be 5 this yr but I still like to think he is 2.

  9. fitinthemidwest May 21, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

    Cute pic of your sis and you! You do look alike.

    I am the youngest of seven kids–I have four brothers and two sisters. And yes, they are all from the same parents, no step-siblings. Unfortunately, recent years have brought more family drama and I tend to get in the middle of it a little too much for my liking.

    • simplyshaka May 22, 2011 at 7:43 am #

      Wow, seven kids! I can’t imagine having that many siblings and guess family drama would be inevitable.

  10. Laury May 21, 2011 at 11:20 pm #

    Mickey is so cute (Lincoln, you know I think you’re adorable too)…I can’t believe he’s going to be 13! He looks like a puppy! They both do. I bet Lincoln would’ve had a field day with that turtle!

    Hope you enjoy the West side of FL. Never been. I have friends that moved to FL, where all the Philly peeps are 😉

  11. One Healthy Apple May 21, 2011 at 11:48 pm #

    Micky is adorable. I wish dogs lived forever and they are so family. I can’t believe I ever thought otherwise.

    Can I just say how awesome it was that you listened to Tupac in reference to going to the westsiiiiide? It made me laugh.

  12. Ashleigh May 22, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

    Mickey is SOO cute I just want to reach through the picture and hug him. Im sorry his health isn’t that good though 😦
    Looks like you and your sis had fun! I have one brother.. of course I have always wanted a sister!

  13. According to Gus May 22, 2011 at 10:16 pm #

    I can only imagine how hard it was to say farewell to Mickey – here’s hoping it was not your last! I bet you gave Lincoln an extra squeeze. 😀

    I have an older brother and younger sister – I’m the dreaded middle child.

  14. janetha @ meals & moves May 23, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

    MICKEY.

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