Pancakes, stank and parfaits

22 May

Some of you commented on my last post that my sister and I look alike which I find hilarious since everyone says that but I just don’t see it! Oh well, she is cute, so I will take that as a compliment Smile My second day on the west coast of Florida was a much needed beach day.  Before that, my sister made breakfast-chocolate chip pancakes! Now that’s what I’m talking about. The fact that they were Mickey Mouse shaped made it even better.

We left the dogs to their sunbathing to do some of our own.

We made our way over to Manasota Key to rest, relax and get some sun. However before any of that, the first mission was to find coffee. My sister and her boyfriend don’t drink coffee, which is a completely foreign concept to me. They had soda at their house but soda just doesn’t give me the same jump as coffee does. Seeing that on a normal day I have two to three cups in the morning, no coffee in my system is not a good thing nor does it make me a happy camper. My sister went to Places on her phone to see where we could get some java goodness and soon found a Dunkin Donuts and all was right in the world.

I almost made her stop at this shopping center when I saw the sign


Then we arrived at the beach, it was serene and had a good number of people but it didn’t seem crowded at all. And what the hell is up with the creepers on the west coast of FL?As my sister and I were getting our stuff out of the car, this old man walked past us and said “Hope you girls brought your bikinis’” We just smiled and did a nervous laugh but I really wanted to say “No, creeper, I didn’t bring my bikini. I think I’m being nice by not doing so because the amount of cellulite on my ass would give you a heart attack!” In the first ten minutes we were there, we saw a group of people crowding around watching the water. At first I thought it was a situation like on Seinfeld where the whale washes up on shore with a golf ball stuck in its blow hole but no go. We soon found out that a dolphin was swimming near the shore—it was so cool to see one up close!

The water was more shallow and calmer that on the East Coast of Florida not to mention cooler. It wasn’t blistering hot yet, which made for an enjoyable day at the beach. After that, we went to The White Elephant Pub.

My other sister has been here before and said the food was good but the atmosphere was gritty. I said hakuna matata for I love bar food. But bar food  in a beach atmosphere? It’s go time! We walked through the indoor portion of the restaurant and found a table on the patio. But that I found out what my sister meant by gritty—- it smelled like some concoction of hot trash, bad cheese and homeless. Yes, all three co-mingled together in a funky harmony. No matter what I didn’t I couldn’t escape the smell and it just reeked.
As unpleasant as the odor was, the food was great! They had a sweet selection of seafood baskets and entrees, burgers and appetizers. I got the fried grouper finger basket which came with a generous portion of crinkle cut fries and cold slaw.

White Elephant is not all about saving the earth as they don’t have condiment bottles at the table–just packets.My sister and I went to town on them!

And if you don’t think I swiped any, you would be wrong. The food plus the view we had definitely outweighed the negative of the stink in the air. Peep the gorgeous view we had from our table!

By the time we left, it was really starting to get hot out. I told my sister I wouldn’t be opposed to stopping by a Dairy Queen for a cool refreshment. Sadly, the Dairy Queen went out of business but we found something even better—a locally owned establishment called Swirls-N-Curls Ice Cream!

They had pretty much everything any other chain place can offer such as ice cream, soft serve, their version of the blizzard, shakes, parfaits, etc. I got the strawberry parfait and it hit the spot! Seriously, how delicious does this look?

I kept digging into it and it seemed endless and then bam-it was done. Sadface. Parfaits make everything right in the world and anyone who doesn’t like parfaits is a communist in my book. They have a cute little patio area with chairs, tables, games with oldies music playing in the background. The fact that they are doggie friendly and serve doggie ice cream treats made it all the better.


The rest of the day was very relaxing-I took my obligatory nap after being in the sun, had dinner then hung out and watched tv. You would think that after a day of being in the sun, I was tired but nope, Lincoln appeared to be even more tired than I was by practically perching himself on my shoulder.



Right before I went to bed, I found a plain, gold band sitting on the kitchen counter. I know they are planning a wedding but I thought it was weird to see one sitting out in plain sight. So I did what any 31 year old single girl would do and tried it on.

Felt very constricting, hmmmmm…..

What’s your favorite summer time treat?

Beach: Love it or hate it?

18 Responses to “Pancakes, stank and parfaits”

  1. thefitacademic May 22, 2011 at 9:48 am #

    sounds so fun – I love your story-telling ability. Hilarious! And OF COURSE I’m “pro” beach. If anyone is against the beach then THEY are a communist in MY book ; )

  2. Katie H May 22, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    I love your beach photos- they’re so pretty! That’s awesome that you got to see a dolphin up close.

    What is up with the old geezers? Seriously, so creepy.

  3. Kace May 22, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    OMG I was JUST thinking about chocolate chip pancakes!!! Mickey would make them even better : ) Jealous of your beach days, I havent touched an ocean in 3 years. Clearly that needs to remedy itself soon.

  4. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl May 22, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

    Sounds like so much fun! If I could make a career out of sitting on the beach, I definitely would!

  5. christina May 22, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

    i want ice cream! i love that you still say hakuna matata. you freak of the jungle! just kidding. wait..the safari? sahara? wtf is it?

  6. Abby May 22, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    “Swirls and Curls” kind of sounds like it could be a janky beauty shop, but it looks like the alternative was a much better decision. My favorite is boring, but I love soft serve twist cone with sprinkles. Chauncey also loves his doggy sundae 😉

    And the beach is “meh” for me. Maybe it’s because there’s not one super close by, but it could also be because of sea gull poop, sand in the bathing suit and screaming kids.

  7. MelissaNibbles May 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

    My fave summertime treats are fried whole belly clams and a vanilla chocolate swirl cone. Not together obviously. Looks like a relaxing day!

  8. Jessica May 22, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

    Fact: Iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts makes everything better. Old men creepers however do the exact opposite (unless free drinks are invovled.) 🙂

  9. Diana@mymarblerye May 22, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    Lol felt constricting! Anyways thank gawd it was a delicious icecream parfait!! I thought it was gonna be a snooze yogurt parfait!! Glad you are soaking up some vitamin d! These past few weeks of not working have been so mind cleansing for me and I’m seeing it for you too!

  10. Ashleigh May 22, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    Does everyone in your family have a super cute dog or what?!
    I LOVE THE BEACH!!! It’s my favorite thing in the world to just lay out by the beach.

  11. actorsdiet May 22, 2011 at 10:18 pm #

    i do love the beach, but only on vacation. otherwise, i get all pissy – the sand, the sunscreen…

    i used to make mickey mouse pancakes! i am getting very nostalgic!

  12. According to Gus May 22, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

    I am definitely pro-beach. We went to the coast last weekend and I literally could have sat there Gus loathes the water and was so over the sand blowing in his eyes that we left earlier than planned. He runs our life! But we wouldn’t have it any other way. 🙂

    Glad to hear you had such a great visit with your sister!

  13. squigglefloey May 22, 2011 at 11:24 pm #

    Goodness, that strawberry parfait would definitely give me a happy tail.
    Yea, I LOL’ed at your comment about the ring. I don’t know, for some reason, the older I get the more moments I have where I just want to be…freeeeeeeeeeee, and do when I want, when I want to…y’know.

  14. Ally @ Sweet & Savory May 23, 2011 at 4:25 am #

    I’d love to be at that beach – definitely need a relaxing day like that:)

  15. leashieloo May 23, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    I am dying that *creepy man* is one of your tags. I heart your antics.

  16. vixter2010 May 23, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    Yay Mickey Mouse pancakes!

  17. Mindy@FindingSilverLinings May 23, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    I’m craving chicken fingers & icecream! Um, I’m jealous of your pink toes in the sand….it’s raining here! Lucky girls!

  18. LeilaQ May 31, 2011 at 5:12 pm #


    You + Wedding Band = WEIRD! But if/when that day comes… you need white gold/platinum, NOT yellow gold. Period.

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