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Appetizing Adventures & Beautiful Beaches January 19, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Nature, Travel & Leisure.

Florida is full of Appetizing Adventures and Beautiful Beaches.

One sunny day, we wandered up the coast to Clearwater Beach and Dunedin, stopping at Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill on the Beach for lunch.

Located on white sands overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, the view from the Rockaway took our breath away.

I dove into a piled high fruit salad of bananas, kiwi, grapes, cantaloupe, and honeydew served with a slice of warm banana bread and a scoop of melt-in-your-mouth lemon sorbet cradled in a chilled bowl.

BFF enjoyed Fish and Chips (fried grouper and French fries).


After lunch, we walked out onto the pier to catch the Gulf breezes, before heading further up the coast to the town of Dunedin (Dun-ee-din), a small Scottish enclave residing next to the Greek enclave of Tarpon Springs.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Quote:  My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living. ~ Anais Nin

Related posts: Dunedin’s Snug Pub * PiP’s A to Z Challenge


1. Victoria-writes - January 19, 2012

Gorgeous photos! And yum fish and chips 😉

nrhatch - January 19, 2012

Thanks, Vix! We are so fortunate to live on the gorgeous Gulf.

2. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - January 19, 2012

Ninja turtles! Love the photos.

nrhatch - January 19, 2012

I was wearing my Ninja outfit this morning . . . hy~yah! 😀

3. Andra Watkins - January 19, 2012

I bought some amazing sponges in Tarpon Springs. MTM’s brother-in-law coaches at the high school there. You’re right. The coast there can salve the buffered soul.

nrhatch - January 19, 2012

It sure can! Blue skies, turquoise seas, and pristine sandy beaches. 😎

4. Gracie Sam - January 19, 2012

Oooh, I love white sand beaches! The photo is gorgeous… roll on summer! 🙂

nrhatch - January 19, 2012

Glad you enjoyed this pic of summer sands, Gracie Sam!

5. suzicate - January 19, 2012

It’s cold here today…I want to be in Florida; ahh, good old visualization warms me up!

nrhatch - January 19, 2012

Exactly how I felt until we finally moved here in 2008. We’ve had gorgeous weather this winter ~ a few “cold” days for variety.

6. spilledinkguy - January 19, 2012

What a BEAUTIFUL place, Nancy!
Sure beats the cold and dreary views that have been haunting the outside of my windows recently! 🙂

nrhatch - January 19, 2012

It is a gorgeous place. We have never 2nd guessed our decision to move here. We love it.

7. sufilight - January 19, 2012

Beautiful, clean beach! Can almost smell the fresh air in my mind. 🙂

nrhatch - January 19, 2012

The beaches on the Gulf Coast are wonderful . . . perfect for long meditative strolls.

8. Carl D'Agostino - January 19, 2012

There is still some charm left in Florida on the Gulf Coast and upper half of Atlantic. But Miami Dade and Broward are the pits and nothing is pristine or uncontaminated here from the beach to the people. I think there are 17 of us left that know who Joe DiMaggio was.

nrhatch - January 19, 2012

We haven’t made it over to Miami yet. I do want to see it . . . but I’d probably enjoy the Keys more. I’m not really a “city gal.”

BTW: I know who Joe DiMaggio was! 😉

9. Piglet in Portugal - January 19, 2012

This is my type of beach!

nrhatch - January 19, 2012

The beaches on the Gulf Coast are perfect for us ~ thanks for inspiring me/us with your challenge. 😀

10. barb19 - January 19, 2012

It looks absolutely beautiful Nancy, such white sand!

nrhatch - January 19, 2012

Thanks, Barb. One of our favorite things about Florida are its lovely wide white beaches.

11. thirdhandart - January 19, 2012

That’s a gorgeous beach Nancy! And, it’s the perfect setting for a fresh fruit salad. I’m missing Florida now. But, thank you for the short vacation from winter in Missouri.

nrhatch - January 19, 2012

You’re welcome, Theresa. Florida is a tough place to beat in the winter months. 😎

12. Tammy - January 19, 2012

How beautiful! I love Florida. Glad you had such a nice day.

nrhatch - January 19, 2012

Thanks, Tammy. Me too! Best place I’ve ever lived . . . especially in the winter.

13. jannatwrites - January 19, 2012

Looks relaxing 🙂

nrhatch - January 19, 2012

It is, indeed. Most times, anyway. 😉

14. Perfecting Motherhood - January 20, 2012

Fruit salad, yummy yummy. Sorry, I have to refer The Wiggles, I have kids… Beautiful beach photo, looks like the perfect weather.

nrhatch - January 20, 2012

Do the Wiggles say “yummy yummy”? 😀

15. Lian - January 20, 2012

Woah, that looks beautiful! I wish I lived over there to enjoy this every day…

nrhatch - January 20, 2012

We don’t visit the beaches every day, but we do visit a few times a week . . . for medicinal purposes only, of course. 😉

16. viviankirkfield - January 20, 2012

Nancy…thank you for the beautiful photos…your description of the lunch made my mouth water. 🙂
We all make choices…and you have definitely made a great one! My husband and I are thrilled with the Colorado Rockies and have never regretted leaving the cold dreary CT winters…it gets cold here…but it is almost always sunny.

nrhatch - January 20, 2012

The Rockies are gorgeous. My younger brother lives in Fort Collins and LOVES Colorado. He’s been there about 15 years and doubt that he would ever move back east.

17. jeanne - January 20, 2012

Now that’s one beautiful getaway…I know you enJOYed the day.

nrhatch - January 20, 2012

We did! 😀

18. Mands - January 20, 2012

My mouth is watering… *Smile*

nrhatch - January 20, 2012

Hope you have some appetizing adventures of your own this weekend, Mands! 😀

19. Team Oyeniyi - January 20, 2012

I love the white sand. So appealing!

Yes, my mouth is watering too. I have to go have breakfast now, but Bircher just doesn’t sound nearly as tempting. 😦

nrhatch - January 20, 2012

We love fruit . . . and often add an apple or orange to our plates no matter what else we are eating. Is “Bircher” a type of granola/breakfast cereal?

Team Oyeniyi - January 20, 2012

A type of muesli but I couldn’t remember how to spell it so I just improvised by leaving the word out!


20. kateshrewsday - January 20, 2012

Nancy, what a stunning view! Glad you had such a great meal in such a gorgeous place. What a wonderful place you live in…

nrhatch - January 20, 2012

It really is, Kate. We are so glad that we made it “home.” 😀

21. eof737 - January 20, 2012

Wish I were there! Sand and beach look divine! 😉

nrhatch - January 20, 2012

The beach here whispers to me too.

BTW: I just found your comment in my SPAM folder . . . along with a comment from Cindy. Very odd.

ElizOF - January 25, 2012

Yes, hence those two posts I wrote on the issue… Poor PiP and Hugmamma had the same problem. Glad it’s resolved now. What a nightmare! TY! 😉

nrhatch - January 25, 2012

I’m glad it’s sorted now. I can’t imagine why a comment like this would be viewed as SPAM.

And this is the only one of yours that ended up in the SPAM folder. Odd.

22. Pocket Perspectives - January 20, 2012

Oh, Nancy, what a wonderful day…the beach and water look so beautiful…oh, I’d love to walk on beaches like that…and the lunch? mmmm….yummy too…so happy you had such a special day…. : )

nrhatch - January 20, 2012

Walking on the beach here is such a treat, Kathy! And NO high rises on “our island.”

23. Nancy Curteman - January 20, 2012

We visited Dunedin in New Zealand. The city in Florida is completely different from Dunedin, NZ.

nrhatch - January 20, 2012

I’ve never been to New Zealand . . . you are a more seasoned traveler than me. 😀

Team Oyeniyi - January 21, 2012

My brother lives in Dunedin, New Zealand.

I’ve been there a few times. They get snowed in during winter!

24. granny1947 - January 20, 2012

Hmmmmmmmmmm….fruit salad….methinks a visit to the shops is on the cards.

nrhatch - January 21, 2012

A refreshing repast for one of your warm summer days, Granny.

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27. adeeyoyo - January 21, 2012

What a lovely outing, Nancy. Food for the soul in more ways than one!

nrhatch - January 21, 2012

Yes! Man does not live by bread alone . . . we need spiritual nourishment too! 🙂

28. sweetdaysundertheoaks - January 21, 2012

Sounds perfect! Simply perfect. Second photo is bee-u-tiful!

nrhatch - January 21, 2012

Thanks, Pixie. I’m sure you’re looking forward to being back on the Gulf Coast for a mid-winter getaway.

29. bluebee - January 21, 2012

Beautiful photos, Nancy – do you ever dive or snorkel in the Gulf?

nrhatch - January 21, 2012

I have never done either ~ my brother and sister (and their spouses) got certified with s.c.u.b.a. and have done quite a bit of snorkeling as well. It is a beautiful place to engage in underwater adventures.

30. dearrosie - January 22, 2012

I havent been to your blog for a couple of months (I don’t know how others do it, but I can never catch up with all the blogs I’m trying to read!) but when I saw your comment on Cin’s blog that your happy place includes sun and water I knew I’d met a kindred spirit. Love this post. You live in a beautiful part of the world.

I’m also glad to see someone else who signed up for the stop censorship ribbon. I’m be coming over more often.

nrhatch - January 22, 2012

Thanks, Rosie! Glad you made it back to visit a “kindred spirit.” I understand completely . . . the blogosphere has so many worthy sites and posts that one could get lost down the “blog hole” for hours on end.

Due to neck issues, I am determined to step away from the keyboard more often . . . perhaps to enjoy my “happy place.”

Visit whenever the spirit moves ya! 😎

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