Laidback Key West – First Day in Paradise

Southernmost Palm TreeIt has been more than a week of fun and sun since I last posted and I am eager to share my family’s good times in Key West with everyone. I wanted to give a day by day post but unfortunately we did not have a working internet connection (I think I had withdrawal symptoms!)

It was a beautiful week as always with temps in the low 80’s and nights in the low to mid 70’s – just perfect for our water activities and walking (read shopping and partying) around town.


Snooks Bayside Key LargoWe drive down every year from our South Florida residence and always stop on the way to get ourselves in the Keys frame of mind. First stop was at Snooks in Key Largo for lunch. They just reopened several months ago after having burned down and the new place is spectacular! All outdoor dining either under the tiki hut or out under the umbrellas with every seat in the house having a grand view of Florida Bay.

Snooks Bayside Fish Dip

The food was outstanding starting out with the fresh fish dip with flatbread through a lunch of Pistachio Encrusted Mahi Wrap with Mango Salsa and a blackened Fish Sandwich. I would definitely stop again and hope I will be in town when they host their monthly Hawaiian Luau & Pig Roast.

Opening our windows and playing that laidback Keys music (Jimmy Buffet et al) we travel the last few hours to the furthest place in the US from the mainland – Key West!

Windward Point  Key WestA few pina coladas and some time in the pool and we are as relaxed as we can be and decide to try a relatively new Colombian restaurant for dinner, Colombian Grace.

Colombian Grace Restaurant





Set on Petronia Street, in the Bahamian Village section of the city, this small, quaint restaurant offers up authentic versions of Petronia Chicken at Colombian GraceColombian specialties and homemade sangria. Our waiter was friendly and very attentive and even helped us with portions of appetizers large enough to serve both of us and didn’t mind when, having eaten all we could, we asked to share a dinner. The appetizers of Arepas topped with Chorizo and Meat Empanadas were very good but nothing spectacular however, their Petronia Chicken dinner was simply heaven. ¬†An ample portion of tender seared chicken breasts that are glazed in orange juice, rosemary, brandy and a little spicy sugar cane syrup sauce was more than enough for two and definitely a dish to order again! And the Colombian coffee was a great end to our savory meal.

McConnells Key WestNow you can’t go into Key West without a stop on Duval Street for some after dinner drinks and music so we ambled on over and hit a bar we hadn’t been to before, McConnell’s Irish Pub (aka Southernmost Irish Pub), with music that was just drawing us in. Very comfortable and casual place with bar seating, several long wooden bar tables and just a few high tops as well as a pool table in the back. Enjoyed the two-man band with a guitar player that looked a lot like a young Elvis and his partner who played some mean spoons!

That wrapped up our night, and feeling all mellow, we headed back to rest up for our second day in paradise and our family’s arrival.

More to come!

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