Thursday, April 30, 2015

Washington DC

On April 25th, we headed to Washington DC for a one night only trip. We have really enjoyed these one night only trips especially when our Facebook friends tell us where we should go. We got into town around 1 o'clock and headed over to a Facebook recommended restaurant Zatinya, a Jose Andres restaurant specializing in Middle Eastern food. We enjoyed some great eggplant dishes and the experience reminded us of our time in Turkey. After lunch, we met up with our dear friend Caitlin at Capitol City Brewing. It was great to see her, but Capitol City Brewing is a disaster. The service is terrible and the beer was not good. After a lovely catch up, we went our separate ways.

We headed to the Museum of American History - a Smithsonian Museum. We were so impressed with this museum. We toured the presidential exhibition which was amazing especially the special exhibition on first ladies. They had an incredible war exhibit about all of the wars that America has been in since we were founded. We also enjoyed the pop culture exhibit. Glenn got to check seeing Archie Bunker's chair off his bucket list. Overall a fantastic visit. After the museum we headed to Facebook recommended Lincoln for dinner.  The restaurant was very cool and the food was wonderful. We had the tasting menu so we got to taste some of the great dishes they have available. The service was odd. We ordered from a server. Then runners would bring our food and just throw it on the table and walk away. Since we had the tasting menu we actually didn't know we were eating half the time. After dinner, we headed to a bar around the corner from our hotel since it was raining. Maddie's Pub turned out to be a good find with a nice beer list.

Sunday morning, we had plans to meet up for breakfast with our friend Frank and Dahlia and their two boys at Ted's Bulletin. It was a beautiful day so the half an hour wait outside didn't seem too bad. Inside, the food was fantastic. They make their own pop tarts. We had a great time catching up.
Then Glenn and I headed out on our own walking tour of Washington DC.  We walked by Ford's Theater and the White House. The weather was gorgeous!

We met Kelli and her family for lunch at Pearl Dive  Oyster House. We had some great oysters and it really fun time catching up with Kelly and her family. After lunch, we went on a mini bar crawl stopping in a few bars and then headed to the airport.

We will definitely be back to Washington DC what. We have lots of friends who live there. Plus it's a really great city with lots of fun restaurants, bars, and museums.

Red Sox Home Opener 2015

On Saturday, we headed up to Boston for the Red Sox home opener. We stayed at Beacon XV. Was a great boutique hotel right on Beacon Street. It felt more like an apartment then a hotel room. Saturday afternoon we headed over to the Museum of Fine Arts to check out the time tech capsule that had recently been unearthed. It was a great museum and the time capsule was interesting - mostly coins and some newspaper clippings.

After the museum, we headed back to Beacon Street and met up with some friends at a dive bar. We shared some good local beers and oysters. Then we headed to Emmett's pub for dinner with our Boston friends and family. The dinner was great. It was so fun
 to have everybody in the same place. We missed those who are not able to join us.

On Sunday we had a good breakfast near our hotel and then we headed off to tour the city on a duck boat. I hadn't been on one before so it was really fun. After the duck boats we wandered around Boston doing lots of fun exploring. We met up with our friends Brenda and Kevin at a barbecue restaurant - Sweet Cheeks BBQ -  Glenn have been wanting to try. The chef is Tiffany from the first season of Top Chef. Her claim to fame is the biscuits and they were very good.

Monday was the big game day. Unfortunately Glenn sister broke her foot so she wasn't able to go. I got to take her place. It was a beautiful day for baseball. We had lunch at Sweet Caroline's and then headed into the game. Tom Brady threw out the first pitch. Children's choir sang the national anthem. And the Red Sox won. We headed to a great Italian restaurant and then had a beer at the oldest tavern in Boston.

Tuesday we took the first flight back to Florida. Overall, it was a wonderful weekend seeing all of our great friends and family.

Lusk Spring Break 2015 - Universal Studios

On the Wednesday after Easter, we picked up my cousin and his family at Disney World and all of us headed to Universal Studios. We stayed at the Cabanna Bay Resort. I was very impressed. The pools were amazing and the rooms were great. They really embraced the retro vibe even down to the shampoo and soap. We headed over to Universal Studios so that the Lusk family could get their first look at Harry Potter. We went to the wand store and Jack was picked and got a special one chosen just for him or actually I think they say the wand chose him.

On Thursday we had a leisurely  start to the day since we were able to see so much the night before. We had another great day exploring all that the Harry Potter world had to offer. Then had a nice afternoon by the pool. Again Thursday night we got to see a lot of the park and go on several rides. Friday we spent a little more time in the park and then drop the Lusk family off at the airport. It was great to be with people who really appreciate all the work in detail that went into Harry Potter. Plus the Lusk family is super fun.

Easter 2015

Easter this year coincided with Connor's first birthday. It was a great opportunity to head back to Indiana to celebrate. Glenn and enjoyed a great weekend seeing all the family and really enjoyed watching Chloe search for eggs. What is great is that she narrated what was happening. Conner had a great first birthday. He was so happy to just look out the window with whoever was holding him at the time. Also - my sister got a selfie stick.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Celebrity Summit Cruise

We went on a 7 night Southern Caribbean cruise with our good friend Tom and Margaret and my parents. It was a blast!! 

Here's Glenn's review of the cruise overall. 
Stayed in Sky Suite 6100. Great location. First time in this class cabin and enjoyed the extra space and amazing closet!! Food and beverages were overall very good. Beverage quality varied a lot from bar to bar for the same drinks which was disappointing. Food was very good in QSine and excellent in Normandie. They were offering unlimited free speciality dining for suites since Luminae was under construction. MDR had best food quality of any of my three Summit cruises. Ate in Bistro on Five three times and had good service and food all three times. They have the new menu at lunch hours with daily specials and many more entrees. 

The entertainment needs some work. There wasn't any Beyond The Podium talks as there had been on the past two Summit cruises. The cruise director was Ken Mills and there seemed to be some running joke that was only known amongst the cruise activity staff and not shared with the guests. Kind of an uneven schedule of events. The 70's party and the ice party were fun. Karaoke had several "ringers" who were singers in their own bands which didn't make it enjoyable for me. Lots of trivia (three times a day). Michele Balan was the comedienne and she was excellent. Had both PG and adult shows. iMagic show was very interesting. Didn't go to others since I had seen them before. 

The night before we stayed at Chateau Cervantes. My parents were upgraded to the huge Presidential Suite! We had a lot of laughs calling my dad Mr. President during the week. 

We spent the afternoon exploring San Juan. We enjoyed a great happy hour and then had dinner at a fun restaurant with a Tango show. 

Chateau Cervantes, San Juan, Puerto Rico

 We had a great time on the cruise. In St. Kitts, we took the rail and sail. It poured down rain during the rail, but thankfully it cleared up in time for our sail. 

I was able to arrange a visit to the bridge. 

We had fun with all the activities on board. 

Dad made friends with the casino staff. 

Another great cruise! 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Girls' Weekend

The first weekend on March Marisa came to visit and we headed up to Cedar Key for a fun quiet weekend. We stayed at the Island Hotel and Restaurant.  It's a great historic house that operates as a restaurant, small lounge, and a bed and breakfast. The best part was the huge second floor wrap around porch. We enjoyed exploring the Key and playing board games on the porch.
We even had a lovely dinner at a gas station!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Jon and Jackie visit Florida

We love visitors!! Jon and Jackie flew down for a quick one night only trip, but we fit a lot in! After breakfast at Castile where the food was good and the service was slooooowwww..... We headed to downtown Tampa for the Bourbon and Beer Fest. It was so fun to surprise Jon and Jackie with two of their favorite things in a downtown park on a beautiful sunny day.

After the beer fest, we headed to our favorite brewery - Rapp Brewing  - and then home for dinner. 

Sunday we went to lunch at Ulele. The food was great. Jon took one for the team when the server spilled a beer on him. We all got a free round of drinks. 

We stopped at Chart House for one last view of the Bay and a spot of sunshine!