Vacation Destination: Destin, FL 2010

Hey there!  Sorry I was gone for so long. 😉 We went on our yearly family vacation to the beach! This year we went to Destin, Florida.  Destin is on the Gulf of Mexico.  Fortunately, we only had a half-day (we got to the beach late that day) where we couldn’t go into the water because of these:

tar ball

It was really bizarre.  The beach was clear, and then 15 minutes later there were tar balls as far as the eye could see.  We were staying at the Sandestin Hilton and the employees rushed to put up a fence when it happened:

But it was down the next day. It is very upsetting to actually see the devastation in person, because you know that eventually, the oil will follow…. 😦

We had a great time on vacation, though!  We also did a lot of eating and shopping. 😀 We ate at the Hilton every morning at the breakfast buffet and I tried to keep with what I eat at home instead of all of the glorious, fatty, unhealthy food that was spread throughout the restaurant.  I tried to stick with a protein (mostly eggs) and a carb.  I suspect that the eggs I was eating at the hotel aren’t as healthy as the ones I make at home.  The addition of butter (although unnoticed for several days because I wasn’t paying attention) into the frying pan before adding the egg whites (yes, I still ate the egg whites!) was a concern for me…because I tend to eat very little butter.  The following are different pictures of my breakfasts at the hotel.

Sunny Side Up 🙂

on an English Muffin……….and………..

Egg White Omelet

Egg white omelet with mushrooms, scallions, and cheddar cheese….and….


Bagel with a clean cream cheese.  The regular cream cheese had no artificial ingredients where the fat free had several!

another egg white omelet.

With jalapenos, mushrooms, tomatoes and onions.  It was fantastic! 🙂  One day I even snuck some of this onto my plate:


Who can resist bacon?  I also ate orange and grapefruit slices every morning. 🙂

I also tried to eat some seafood…our first night there I ordered a “seafood bowl for 1″…

It has soooo much seafood in it, I could have fed the whole family!


In this bowl for 1 (hahaha) there was a whole lobster, snow crab, crawfish, mussels and clams.  It was the first time I had ever had crawfish! (I had to ask the waitress what to do with it….lol!)

In between we enjoyed the beach:

The boys declared that they were "best friends" when I took sweet!

and of course Sophia was all about playing in the ocean:

Of course there is the annual picture of one of the kids buried in the sand:

This year it was Sean!

There was one night where I was craving vegetables. I will never take my veggies for granted again.  Not one of our meals (besides breakfast) had vegetables offered.  All the restaurants offered were french fries and occasionally corn.  The family was having pizza one night so I decided to roam the hotel in search of healthy food:

Veggies from the little deli in the hotel, and….

My fave.

My fave, sushi!  The sushi came  from the Japanese restaurant in the hotel.  YUM!

Then there was some food that wasn’t exactly healthy…it is so hard to eat healthy when you are eating every meal in a restaurant.  So I figured, everything in moderation!

There was a burger from Fudpuckers where they also have alligators at the restaurant:


we viewed these on our way in:


We went out one night for chicken wings:

Buffalo Wings. Not bad 😉

and yet another night we had BBQ.  All in all the BBQ wasn’t that bad for me…

Pork BBQ

Along with the pork there was a plain baked potato that I added a smidge of butter and sour cream to, and corn.

However, as I said, everything in moderation…some lunches I had protein shakes at the beach:

BSN Syntha 6

with a side of plain yogurt:

So it all worked itself out. 🙂

Jeremy and I even got away for one night by ourselves to have a fancy dinner at the restaurant in the hotel where we had a wonderful time.  It was a steak and seafood restuarant.  I had the filet, and a bit of twice baked potato:

It was absolutely delicious!  There was some of this:

and some of this:


Followed by a run on the beach the next morning. 🙂  This was the first time that I actually ran on the beach and it was!!!  The only downfall to my run (3 miles) was that I did it barefoot and now have some wounds that I am nursing:

blood blister.

It was really bizarre, because I had them on the same toe on each foot.  I went for a run the day after but did it on the sidewalk because of the tar balls and it just wasn’t the same.  It wasn’t as much fun, and it was HOT!!  We roasted that day!

That’s 5:19 pm. Craziness!

I hope y’all enjoyed the vacation edition of my blog.  I still have some traveling left to do this summer, so my eats should be interesting.  I’m just a real person, blogging about eating in the real world.

I like my world to have my family, rainbows, sunshine and sand. 😀

Sunshine and sand. 🙂




One Response to Vacation Destination: Destin, FL 2010

  1. kbwood says:

    HOW FUN!! This looks like such a blast. i LOVE the beach! you manage to eat GREAT while you are on vacation!! thats awesome

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