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Mother’s Day, a bit tardy

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.

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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?


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  • My sister and I spent the entire Saturday with my mom – we went to the Chocolate Spa (at the Hotel Hershey) and got treatments and had lunch, then we met up with our husbands to watch the Kentucky Derby, and then we went to the dance show that my sister and I were in for 10+ years. A really fun mom-filled day!

  • Sounds like a wonderful day! All the food looks just delicious. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to see my mom this Mother’s Day.. missed her so much!

  • Your dads food looks incredible..drool. It looks like you guys had a great mothers day. From reading your past posts on WB and on your blog I can tell you and your mom are very close (as are me and mine) and Im sure she appreciated the whole day you planned for her!

  • I still need to try Ocean Prime! I’ve heard great things about it. Also, I’ll be making the Pioneer Woman salsa for the first time this weekend! 🙂

  • You and your mom are adorable! That beach picnic sounds and looks awesome… as does that bread and butter. NOM! You’re right, it could make a meal!!

  • What a wonderful mothers day!!! You guys are too freaking cute together! Unfortunately, I was out of town for mothers day so I had to take my mom out for dinner a few days early. It was fun, but I felt so guilty not being there on the actual day of.

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