January 4, 2013 by Nikko Azan
Its been a good little while since my last blog entry. Dominique and I have aged a little since last time as you can see lol. I’m only kidding, I don’t know them but they sure look like they’re having a good time right? Right? Well maybe not, but hey its the Florida Keys and thats what you do in the Florida Keys. A whole lot of nothing but maxing on relaxing!
For anyone who is actually listening…or…reading I should say lol…sorry for my mini hiatus, Dominique and I went home to Jamaica for a couple weeks for my cousin’s wedding and Christmas vacation! I actually logged in today to do a blog post on our trip and remembered that I had started this one back in December and kind of left it hanging.
So without further adieu, here is the Florida Keys post with our bestest of friends visiting from out of town that I promised last month during my IHOP blog post.
Yes…I bailed on work for them lol.
Dominique whipped up some breakfast for us before we set off on our way. She loves making breakfast, I just like eating it. I just realized that just about all of my blog posts have food in them…coincidence? Before in the other posts maybe, but with Mel and Tyler, definitely not.
All we do when we get together is eat~
This is Naomi. She is Mel and Tyler’s baby girl. She’s only one and is a full time eater too incase you couldn’t tell. We let her hang with us since she knows how to put away large quantities of food like we can.
Naomi clearly had the Miami thing under control!
Time for a coffee break.
Welcome to La Casa De Los Jugos…which translates to “The Juice House”. Mel, Tyler and I used to stop here for coffee on the way to the Keys during our bike rides back when they still lived in Florida….wayyy before Naomi was born.
In case you were wondering why we stopped at the House of Juice for coffee. We already knew they served it lol.
Inside The Juice House, Tyler sorts out some coffee for us and the comatose crew back in the swagger wagon. Being scarce of interesting things to photograph I head back outside to see what I can find.
Back in the swagger wagon Tyler serves up some intense shots of caffeine….see how awake they all are now? Even Naomi is wondering what the heck is going on!
Next stop —-> Islamorada Fish Company~
The Islamorada Fish Company is a quaint little seaside restaurant that we have been coming to for a few years. About an hour and half from the house it makes for a nice ride and lunch on the weekend which Dominique and I do a couple times a year.
And no I don’t mean bicycle ride, we’re skinny but that doesn’t mean we’re fit. Since D is more than likely going to read this at some point let me rephrase that…she is fit, I am definitely not lol.
I motor my way down here.
Accessible by land, water and air as this rather large pelican demonstrates, this is obviously the place to be! No matter what time of year you stumble in the sun will be hot, the water will be blue, the trees will be green and food will be delicious! They make a whole bunch of different stuff whether you’re into seafood or not…but me…I come for the oysters!
The part I hate most about oysters is sucking them out the shell. With that said here is a little trick that will kick your oyster eating game up a notch. I guarantee you’ll like it. Next time you order oysters ask them for a shot glass too. Scoop one oyster into the glass then add your condiments on top. We like garlic, lemon juice and the mysterious red sauce. Next grind up a little black pepper over it and top it off with about a half inch of your favorite beer. Yes…beer. Swirl it around a little, knock glasses with your significant other then tilt your head back and down the hatch it goes. DEELISHSUS! Don’t believe me? Try it out and get back to me!
Naomi who was also waiting somewhat patiently for her food got bored and decided she wanted daddy’s glasses. Having failed on several attempts she quickly turns to mommy’s…she always gets her way with Mel lol.
In order from the top…me, my ladies and another set of feet under the table for our lunch stop~
D plays with her new Fuji x10 that I got her a couple days before. This little brother to my x100 is just awesome! She was totally smitten with it if you couldn’t tell lol. I did return it this weekend however having found out that the successor, Fuji’s x20, was being announced this coming Monday. It now comes in two-tone silver and black like the x100 for a more retro look and will feature an updated EXR II processor and viewfinder with a digital overlay that is actually usable in comparison to the current glass box. Cant wait!! I really do love what fuji has been doing lately. My Canon kit has never been so rested~
When I first found out Mel was pregnant and that they would be moving to Ohio to be closer to Tyler’s family I was so upset. I was losing my very good friends…to an unborn baby!
After she arrived and blessed our lives all those feelings vanished. I wouldn’t have had it any other way…plus we’ve since been to Ohio to visit them and had a blast! I haz many loves for them~
One quick stop at the restroom before we hit the road…
On the way back to Miami we came up on this cool little place called The Rain Barrel. Ok I have to admit, it doesn’t sound that exciting or enticing. We actually stopped because they had a hugemongous lobster outside. Then once we stopped the girls saw a sign saying this way for the shops…and that was that.
Never let women see the words “shop” or “shops”.
Tiny or not, she sure does have a kung fu grip on daddy’s finger lol
Well thats all folks :) Thanks for reading along through another blog post with my x100 that I still love to pieces despite the upcoming x100s :( Ill wait and see how the reviews go before I decide to jump ship. The “split prism” focusing method really intrigues me being that a lot of my older cameras have that antiquated feature lol.
Stay tuned for some photos and stories from our Christmas vacation coming soon~!