so long sarasota

The last few days have been utterly relaxing and very worthwhile. You might recall that I roasted a whole chicken. With the leftover chicken, I made an Asian influenced chicken salad.
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Ingredients:
1/2 roasted chicken (from the fridge) ripped into small bite-size pieces
3/4 cup low-fat mayo
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
1/2 cup finely diced red pepper
1/2 cup finely diced celery
5 green onions chopped (just the bottoms)

Combine all ingredients, put in container, place in fridge for a few hours so flavors marry, eat for lunch.

We had a lot of fun.
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At the Cabaret, where we saw Outlaws and Angels, a musical revue
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We went to Ophelia‘s for dinner on Friday. It reminded me that, as Sarah has noted before, butter is not always the answer.

Back to my city where it’s a brisk 42 degrees.

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sitting on the dock of the bay

Yes. I am leaving my fair city for warmer climes on Saturday, but only for one week via Delta to Sarasota, Florida; specifically Siesta Key, which has smelled the same since I can remember. I will be staying with my grandparents and working on a tan (while protected by sunscreen) and not doing much else besides eating and making food. I am most excited about local produce! It’s Florida! Oranges and Mangoes ACTUALLY grow there!

One of the funnier things about going on vacation to the same place since I was born is that I usually go to the same places. Favorites include: Mar Vista Restaurant , Anna’s Deli, Surfrider (which has closed but is delicious). There are tons of other places, but those have been my favorites since I was 4. Wow! That was 21 years ago.

My grandparents condo development is on the beach. Their unit isn’t featured on the website, but you get the idea. It’s a roll out of bed, put on a swimsuit, slap on some sunscreen and lay on the beach kind of place. Last time I was there I read some reallllllly good books (ahem, Dan Brown). Go to the beach with the biggest tumbler of iced tea you can carry and relax.

I haven’t been on a vacation for 2 years. It is about time!