This seems to happen to me quite often: I bring my camera along with me to an event, take photos, and then my images are held hostage on my camera for at least a week or so. At some point, I realize that a long time has passed and a recap of the event looks ridiculous when it is a month later.
So…Mother’s Day was 2 Sundays ago, and I haven’t shared the day with you yet. It was a great day though, and I hope you’ll indulge me as I share our experiences from the day, despite the fact that they are tardy.
We had quite a full day of Mother’s Day fun scheduled on Sunday. In years past, we’ve considered hitting up a Mother’s Day brunch, but for some reason making reservations would evade us, and we’d end up being shut out (darn you, procrastination!). I wasn’t going to let that happen this year. After doing some sleuthing of Tampa area restaurants, I discovered that Ocean Prime was open for Mother’s Day brunch, and they had an insanely delicious-looking menu to choose from. I quickly booked a table for us.
This brunch certainly did not disappoint. Ocean Prime is amazing for dinner (remember when I told you about it?), and it was equally delicious for brunch.
We started with a basket (actually, more like 3…let’s be realistic) of their sourdough bread with whipped butter. I could pretty much just sit and eat the bread alone. I don’t need a meal…seriously.
Then came an appetizer of calamari. Absolutely delicious. I want to bottle up the sauce they toss the calamari and vegetables in and take it home with me.
Mom ordered a cucumber gimlet: her favorite cocktail of choice at Ocean Prime.
When it came to order our entrees, it was a tough decision! Mom ordered the turkey club on toasted brioche.
Justin ordered the shell fish “cobb” salad – it featured chunks of shrimp, lobster, and crab. He was a happy boy.
My choice was the chicken chop salad, which included chopped chicken, asparagus, goat cheese, and corn. It was delightful.
Finally, my dad couldn’t help himself: the King Crab Benedict was too tempting to pass up: English muffins, pancetta, arugula, poached eggs, King crab meat, and paprika hollandaise. It was gorgeous.
After brunch we all took a siesta, and then reconvened for the second half of our Mother’s Day fun. Part 2 involved Honeymoon Island State Park…aka the beach!
We towed a cooler and some chairs along with us and camped out by the water to watch the sunset. We enjoyed a few treats…some fresh made guacamole and Pioneer Woman’s restaurant style salsa (if I’m making salsa this is the ONLY recipe I use).
We also enjoyed a little bit of punch…margarita flavored punch…cough cough.
We talked, we dolphin watched (there were a few sightings!), and watched the beautiful sunset at the end of a great Mother’s Day!
So – even though it is late, did you do anything special with your mom on Mother’s Day? Who else out there enjoys an excuse for a day-long celebration?