Dear Food Diary:
Winter storm Saturn is starting to take over… more cold winter days!? help me!
To soothe myself and hopefully you guys, I’m taking a visual trip back to my short but sweet sunshine filled 48hrs in Ft. Lauderdale. Just a short flight away from NYC, it’s an easy to plan, fun getaway from the chills of the city. It’s no Caribbean, but hey, I’m not complaining about the warm sun, mahi mahi and gator bites.
Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa 3030 Holiday Drive · Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316 USA
Since StalkerBoy and I both been to Ft. Lauderdale before, we didn’t need to explore. We just wanted to be beach bums. Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa has their own beach which was perfect and hassle free. Specially since I had my soft cast on (sprained ankle).
Their pool is nice and relaxing too… not too crowded in general…
Breakfast in the hotel was good. We didn’t have much sunshine time and wanted to squeeze every bit of it at the beach. A la carte food. Eggs Florentine and your usual eggs benedict with crabmeat. But the Corn Flakes French Toast was pretty unique and worth mentioning. Soft center and extra crunchy and sweet exterior. Made sense.
Most of our time was spent drinking Frozen Pina Coladas and just chillin’. Since I had my little “fashionable” cast on, i couldn’t go in the water. Which was fine, no white sand, turquoise waters anyways. Though, I did make new friends because of it. People would either say “oh poor girl” or “I know your pain”, which was comforting and creepy at the same time.
For lunch or whenever we got hungry (which was pretty often), we just ate at the beach. Their Blackened Mahi Mahi Burger was fantastic! Really fresh and just juicy and tender. Enough flavor from the spices without overpowering the meaty fish.
If you’re lucky, you might find treats in the afternoon by the lobby. I stood there for a while (don’t judge me).
Lazy as can be… For our 2 dinners we took a cab to nearby spots… easy breeze…
Cornmeal battered and perfectly fried. The texture is like fish and chicken combined. I love that little chewy factor with that tangy mustard dipping. Way better than popcorn chicken! It’s a really lean protein, too bad you don’t see if enough in NYC.
CRAB CRUSTED MAHI MAHI
Even though we had mahi mahi for lunch, I just couldn’t get enough of that sweet, flaky, tender love from the ocean. Pan roasted with lumps of crab and a umami filled lobster sauce, tasted like they used the lobster head to tail, roe and all. Creamy with chives sprinkled all over. Made me want to lick that plate clean!
3049 Alhambra St Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
These reminded me of the good old days when Mara’s Homemade was still in the city (they’ve moved to LI), though Mara’s were better, these weren’t too shabby. Buttery, with tons of garlic and spices to coat the sweet, delicate crab. Dunking the soft bread into that butter and soaking it all up. Finger lickin’ moment.
I love conch, so I had to order them to take my tastebuds to the Caribbean. These had a sweet corn batter. It was aight.
GRILLED MAHI MAHI topped with lump crab
Since it was our last meal, we thought we’d go with the theme. I guess I had my full year’s worth of mahi mahi in 48 hours. Fresh and basic, but I’d say the beachside Mahi Burger and the version I had at Casablanca Cafe were far superior.
KEY LIME PIE
The waitress highly recommended and for good reason. Light, sweet and tart. Citrus bliss with that buttery and crumbly crust. It was a nice way to end our short stay in the sunshine State.
429 Seabreeze Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316