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Friday, August 22, 2014

Destin - Yummy Food

When we arrived to Destin, the one thing mom and I decided is that we didn't want to cook - we wanted to go out to eat.  We wanted a vacation too :)  I had a few recommendations from friends who have visited or who live in Destin.

Our first night we stopped in at Shrimp Basket, which was really good and reasonable.

Sunday night we headed to the famous The Back Porch.  I had always wanted to eat here, because one of my college friends who lives in Destin is always eating there.  We were a little worried with the length of wait because this is a very popular place.  They told us about 1 1/2 hours but we were in within the hour even with a party of 15.  The restaurant is located right on the water and you can literally walk up from the ocean and grab a seat.

My cousin Jeff really wanted to go get fresh seafood, so he and Jason headed to the local market and brought back dinner for one night.  He and Jason grilled up shrimp, scallops and Amberjack fish, while my Aunt Yvonne cooked a pork tenderloin, potatoes and a bunch of other sides.  It was so good!!

Tuesday night we headed to nearby Seaside, which is the town where the filmed The Truman Show.  It was about a 40 minute drive from Destin.  This is THE cutest town and I can't wait to go back for a weekend with Jason.  Jason had heard about a restaurant from someone at his work "The Great Southern Cafe" and that we HAD to eat here.  The wait was about 1 hour and 45 minutes but they have a really cute little town square you can walk around while you wait, so I didn't mind waiting.

So the only picture of Jason and I and it's blurry.  Guess that is what I get for not looking at it closer.

Part of the Mason family.

Isn't this the funniest picture?

While Jason and I walked around Seaside, here is where we left these 3.

Right in the middle of Seaside in their square.  What a fun place for the kids to run around and play.  They play movies here a lot of times.

We walked down to the ocean so we could see the sunset.  A beautiful sight

Definitely the mode of transportation around Seaside.

The restaurant's specialty was their Grits a YaYa.  This was my first time ever eating shrimp and grits and it was very good.  I highly recommend.

Wednesday night we decided to grill hamburgers and hotdogs so we could enjoy the water a little longer.  Afterwards we decided to take the boys to play putt putt since they had been begging to go all week.

Thursday was our last night in Destin so we decided to go to Dewey Destins.  After a fulfilled day at Big Kahuna waterpark, we were definitely hungry.

The boys were so excited to go here.

These slides were so fast and Brody had no problem riding them.  These and just 1 other slide were the only ones that Trevor couldn't ride.  This was an awesome park and had so much packed into such a little space, but I highly recommend this place.  I know when we go back to Destin the boys will definitely want to go back here.

 Brody had begged and begged to ride the Honolulu Half Pipe all day.  Jason and I weren't really sure about it especially after watching a few of the kids ride it.  This is where you get on a boogie board and ride the simulated wave.  If you fall off the board the water will push you pretty hard back over the top.  Definitely don't try to stand up because it could hurt as it hurled you over the top - we saw several people do it.  Jason prepped him for it and told him to not cry if he fell off.  I was so nervous but thankfully he did great and really enjoyed it.

That night we headed to Dewey Destin for dinner.  Of course we had to wait, but what's new in Destin.

We had great seats - right on the harbor.  Unfortunately this restaurant didn't make the list to come back to.  We felt the prices were way to high for what you get.  A piece of Mahi that costs $18 should not come with fries - just saying.

 We even had a firework show at the end of our dinner - a perfect way to end the evening.

This is how most of our nights ended - 2 tired boys who we had to carry up to bed.

So sad we had to leave a day early from our vacation due to a very busy weekend coming up.  We had such a great time and made a lot of memories.  We are all looking forward to returning.

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