Sunday, May 24, 2009

Lazy Sanibel Sunday

I know what you're thinking, and you would be right. Everyday on Sanibel is a 'Lazy Day'. The temperature got up to 87 today, which is a little too warm for me to be sitting out in the sun. I'm ok with it, as long as I'm walking along the edge of the water and there is a breeze. The beach was a busy place today, probably due to Memorial Day Weekend. Lots of people were out wading, and seemed to be enjoying the 80 degree Gulf water. There weren't many shells in this area.

About mid-afternoon it was nice sitting at the West Wind Inn Pool Bar in the shade. But, after talking to friends for a while, the sun had moved enough that I lost my shade. I was ready to go where there was air-conditioning. It was also dinner time, so we went to the Jacaranda.

On the way there, I noticed clouds coming over the island again. But we didn't get any rain from them.
Going East on West Gulf Drive

North on Tarpon Bay Rd

East on Periwinkle Way


I was sooo ready for a good glass of iced tea!

Dinner was excellent. A couple appetizers were ordered. SanCap Shrimp, which was
jumbo shrimp sauteed with spiced rum, coconut cream and Florida orange juice; the other, was a cup of New England Clam Chowder, both were delicious. I had Baby Back Ribs and the others had, a Fillet, and Grilled Grouper. A hidden Mickey, a slice of red pepper, was found under the Grouper, which was quite a hit! :-) The food was enjoyed by all of us. Kudos to our friend Sander, the Chef. We had a very nice server, Rob, who took very good care of us. Any younger ladies who are visiting, might want to ask for him. :-)

This was a whole pound of ribs, they were in a double layer. YUMMY!!

After dinner, as we were leaving, we saw the Jacranda tree that stands in the middle of the parking lot. (There's actually a little story about this tree on the Jac's website.) It had some blooms on it and this is actually the first time that I had noticed it blooming. There weren't a lot of them on the tree, but my guess is that the rain may have made most of them fall or since they usually bloom in May, it may be nearing the end of it's blooming period. The photo doesn't show the tubular lavender blue flowers very well and it doesn't give you the sweet smell experience either. The foliage resembles the lacy green foliage of the mimosa.

Best viewed in HD on YouTube by clicking on the screen below.


Betsy from Tennessee said...

Looks like a wonderful day in Sanibel, Tootie... Your dinner sounded wonderful... I would love that Grouper. We have to drive to NC in order to get fresh seafood... We love the beach---but that FRESH seafood makes the drive worthwhile.


Little Black Scrap Cat said...

Sounds like you had a perfect day. Every blog I read today is about a perfect day!!

Pam said...

Wonderful post, Tootie! I enjoyed the drive to the Jacaranda. The SanCap shrimp sound amazing and all the food shots have me positively drooling. We haven't eaten on the island for several years, although we do have a tradition of stopping at Pinocchio's for Sanibel Crunch cones to enjoy on the drive home.

Tink *~*~* said...

Hey, that car in front of you? I think I've seen that car before.... ;)

Tink *~*~*

Regina said...

Happy memorial day! Nice post.