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Re: Philrad's Phoodie Thread

Postby Philrad71 » Sat Feb 20, 2016 8:35 am

^ This will be our first trip, Bert!

We are flying out of Buffalo to JFK and then a straight shot from there to the island. We are staying at the Aruba Beach Club for a week with my partner, his sister and her wife, their best friends (straight couple) and a lesbian friend - we all have separate suites only steps away from the beach.

I did some initial research regarding restaurants in the area and immediately picked up on the Bavarian restaurant! I will have to also check out The Paddock and see where it's proximity is to the resort as I don't think that we are getting a rental car.

One thing we have to avoid are restaurants with nothing but seafood - Michael doesn't do anything that lives in water! :lol:
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Re: Philrad's Phoodie Thread

Postby Duff » Sat Feb 20, 2016 10:26 am

Whipped up one of my favorites the other night: coconut tilapia. If you've never made it, give it a shot.

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Re: Philrad's Phoodie Thread

Postby Philrad71 » Sat Feb 20, 2016 11:58 am

^Looks great!

My partner won't touch fish so I would have to have it when he's not here, or if he's doing fasting the night before blood-work. ;)
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Re: Philrad's Phoodie Thread

Postby bert425 » Sat Feb 20, 2016 12:24 pm

Philrad71 wrote:^ This will be our first trip, Bert!

We are flying out of Buffalo to JFK and then a straight shot from there to the island. We are staying at the Aruba Beach Club for a week with my partner, his sister and her wife, their best friends (straight couple) and a lesbian friend - we all have separate suites only steps away from the beach.

I did some initial research regarding restaurants in the area and immediately picked up on the Bavarian restaurant! I will have to also check out The Paddock and see where it's proximity is to the resort as I don't think that we are getting a rental car.

One thing we have to avoid are restaurants with nothing but seafood - Michael doesn't do anything that lives in water! :lol:


you'll have a wonderful time. . and you'll HAVE to go get this pic (which is not too far from the Cruise Ship port. . . right where the Paddock is (and it's painted like a cow. .so it's THEMED. . LOL)). . the City Hall and lots of shopping -- as well as a few casinos are right there too.

definitely worth the trip just for the giant letters pic tho :)
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Re: Philrad's Phoodie Thread

Postby Philrad71 » Sat Feb 20, 2016 2:09 pm

^ Cool...I will have to check that out as it reminds of the big sign in Amsterdam!

I know that we have a casino directly across the street from our resort, but not sure if it's one of the ones near that sign or not. Michael's sister and wife have been going there forever and have 5 weeks of time share per year (they are giving us one of those weeks)...although I don't think that they go off-resort very often.

Mostly beach, pool, casino & repeat. lol
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Re: Philrad's Phoodie Thread

Postby bert425 » Sat Feb 20, 2016 6:41 pm

Looking online for you, the Aruba Beach club is right up the coast from downtown (where the I <3 Aruba, shopping, and other stuff I mentioned is).

not walking distance, but prolly a $10 cab ride along the beach to the Cruise ship terminal. . and then everything else is walk able from there :)

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Re: Philrad's Phoodie Thread

Postby Philrad71 » Tue Mar 08, 2016 5:13 pm

Hi folks,
Well, I'm saddened to say that our Aruba trip has come to an end. Although I have to say that this vacation was the true definition of paradise! Perfect water, beaches, drinks, food, fun, relaxation...what more could one really ask for?

Although we got screwed out of one day at the resort due to a plane malfunction in Buffalo, at least we were able to spend 6.5 days there just enjoying everything mentioned above.

Sooooo....is anybody hungry?
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We now do the park, sleep & fly in Buffalo due to the fact that we are 1.5 hours from the Buffalo/Niagara airport....and one never knows what kind of weather will be encountered in Western NY in late February/early March. Unfortunately, it wasn't the weather that delayed us this time though (stupid plane, anyway).

On our last trip to Hungary, Czech Republic and Austria, Michael and I started the trip out in style by eating at one of the most posh restaurants in Buffalo - Salvatore's Italian Gardens. Russell Salvatore is somewhat of a legend in Buffalo due to this restaurant. Since opening Italian Gardens, he has opened two hotels as well as this place - Russell's Steaks, Chops and More (attached to Salvatore's Grand Hotel). Probably one of the swankiest places in all of Buffalo!

We got to meet him as he is the greeter at Russells...a true definition of an older gentlemen. In past years, he has bought out hundreds of thousands of Buffalo Bills tickets that were remaining for non sold-out games...just so fans could watch the games on TV before the blackout ban was lifted last year.

He would then donate those tickets to Boys and Girls Club as well as our veterans of foreign wars. A real class act...you don't see multi-millionaires that do things like that on a regular basis anymore.
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This is the bar area where they had music videos with great music, including live performances of David Bowie (RIP).

I particularly like the wine bottles on the ceiling & walls! :-)
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Even bread and butter is exotic at Russell's.

An olive blend that was absolutely delicious accompanied by whipped regular creamed butter and one with (I think) rasberry compote mixed with the creamed butter (in the middle)
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Here is the Arugula Berry Salad with strawberries, warmed roasted red peppers and toasted pecans topped with a peach habanera glaze - OMG OUTSTANDING!
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My meal was the Filet Au Poirve which had cremini mushrooms, brandy and peppercorn sauce with a veggie accompaniment.

I am salivating just looking at these photos again!
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Michael opted for the 10 oz filet with a Bearnaise sauce on the side.
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The five cheese Au Gratin potatoes were almost as ungodly as the filet mignon....soooooo good!
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And if you say medium rare...you will get just that!!!
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Ummmmm yeah....better bring your American Express card with you.
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Yay....we finally made it to Aruba!
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No food, but almost like food porn....I give you - beach porn.
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Here's a pic of our resort taken from a sunset (booze) cruise.
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First meal of the night was a bacon cheeseburger at the resort next door.

Is this the real cheeseburger in paradise?
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Meh....it was good, but nothing outstanding. Guess that I should have posted this in the MMMMMMM.....burger thread? ;-)

More Aruba coming soon...thanks for reading!
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Re: Philrad's Phoodie Thread

Postby bert425 » Tue Mar 08, 2016 5:23 pm

glad you had a good time, even with the plane issue!

and thrilled to see you got to the giant Aruba sign :)
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Re: Philrad's Phoodie Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Tue Mar 08, 2016 7:03 pm

^^ I don't think you should post anything in the Mmmm.....Burger thread, unless you thought
the burger was actually.... good enough for you? Doesn't sound like it was, from your caption.

The other food? <droooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool>

And the PRICE of the other food? :omg:
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Re: Philrad's Phoodie Thread

Postby Philrad71 » Wed Mar 09, 2016 3:15 pm

^^ Thanks Bert...after seeing the photo of the sign you posted, we both wanted to get downtown to get a photo for a must-do opportunity. While we didn't get into The Paddock across the street, it certainly looked like a very cool restaurant!

^ Bill....yes, Michael and I both about crapped when we first saw the total of the bill. But keep in mind that we had 2 Crown Royal Manhattan's each and a "nightcap" of B&B before we left. Those damned liquor tabs are what will escalate any dinner bill in a hurry! ;)
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