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.

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.

At the Cabaret, where we saw Outlaws and Angels, a musical revue

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.


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!