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Beach Memories

Good morning! I hope you are enjoying a relaxing start to your Sunday. I just inhaled an apple fritter and some scrambled eggs and I’m on my fourth cup of coffee so I’m feeling extra peppy today! 😀

I woke up at 6:30 this morning and there was no way I was going back to sleep. It gets so bright so early here and my internal alarm said, “let’s go!” I was happy to wake up feeling good because I felt pretty rough for most of the day yesterday. I blame this.

I ran four (seemingly effortless and slow) miles yesterday morning but it was really hot and humid. I was drenched head to toe when I arrived back.

Even though I felt pretty good after my run, I knew I should be mindful of my hydration and electrolytes so I had an Ultima. This is my favorite electrolyte replacement for hot yoga and long runs. Despite my hydration efforts, I ended up with a bad headache around lunch that stayed with me until early evening.

I thought maybe food would help but not so much. Lunch yesterday was mayo, mustard, avocado, pastrami, spinach, tomatoes and cheddar on sourdough with kettle chips and watermelon.

I spent the afternoon on the beach reading and napping before finally coming in around 5 for a shower and more Excedrin. I finally started feeling better after my shower. I was thankful because we had plans to go out to one of our favorite restaurants for dinner.

When I was growing up we came to Destin for two weeks every summer. We rented the same condo, met up with the same friends, ate at the same restaurants, did the same activities every year. The tradition was really special to me. Our yearly beach trip was definitely the highlight of my year and I have so many good family memories from the trips. It feels kinda full-circle that my parents have moved down here. I’m happy for them.

The Louisiana Langiappe was our yearly restaurant tradition for the “nice dinner out.” It’s situated on the Destin Harbor with stunning harbor views, especially at sunset.

My parents have always encouraged us to be diverse and adventurous eaters so we never ate off the children’s menu here. My very favorite thing to order growing up was the Tournados of Beef (medallions of filet mignon topped with sautéed jumbo lump crab meat and shrimp, finished with béarnaise sauce).

My other favorite thing about eating at the Lagniappe (embarrassing story time) was the cute water boys. All of the servers are assigned assistants (a.k.a. water boys) who make sure that your drinks remain full and your table stays clear. My best friend started coming to the beach with me when we were in high school and my parents were forced to give us a limit on how much water we drank due to our sudden insatiable thirst that may or may not have had something to do with keeping the cute boys coming over to the table. Oh the teenage years. 😉

I behaved myself last night. Times have changed.

Although I did not behave myself around the hushpuppies. How can you?

Salad with house vinaigrette.

For dinner I chose the Pan Sauteed Grouper Louisianne. I had the choice of having the fish grilled or pan sautéed and the waiter suggested the sautee. I was a little surprised to find that it was more pan fried than sautéed but it was delicious regardless. It was topped with jumbo lump crabmeat. They serve the best stuffed potatoes alongside all of their entrees and it brought back so many memories (funny how a potato can do that, huh?). I love this restaurant and thanks to my parents for a great dinner full of fun memories!

We deemed ourselves too stuffed for dessert (disclaimer: I ate more cookies and cream after lunch!) and headed home. I was pretty wiped from my headache and ready to call it a day.

Beach time!

{ 20 comments… add one }
  • 1
    Karen July 8, 2012, 11:40 am

    What a beautiful dress!

  • 2
    Jackie July 8, 2012, 11:45 am

    Very cute dress and pretty hair!!

  • 3
    Danielle @ clean food creative fitness July 8, 2012, 12:00 pm

    Enjoy the beach!!! It’s my favorite place in the world 🙂 I love Ultima as a replenisher too! So awesome!

  • 4
    ~Jessica~ July 8, 2012, 1:11 pm

    Wow. You have such a defined top half. I literally tried for about fifteen minutes to get a shot of me where I could even see one muscle from that angle/pose (I was flexing like crazy…) and all I got was a lot of unflattering shots of underarm fat 🙁 You look brilliant though – I wish I was that skinny!


  • 5
    Sana July 8, 2012, 1:13 pm

    What exactly are hush puppies? They are pretty good!

    • 6
      Jen July 8, 2012, 2:57 pm

      fried balls of cornbread batter. mmmmmmmm

  • 7
    Erica { EricaDHouse.com } July 8, 2012, 1:32 pm

    Omg running down here is INSANE. We played tennis on Saturday morning and were drenched within 20 minutes. It’s so hard to train in this heat and I’m still learning on how to deal with it after living down here for 23 years!

  • 8
    russg July 8, 2012, 2:06 pm

    Your mom is hot (if she reads your blog I meant ‘your mom is beautiful’)!! I know it is hard to do but always hydrate when running in the heat, much better to stop and pee than get dehydrated and have a bad headache or worse and have to visit a hospital.

  • 9
    Katie July 8, 2012, 2:25 pm

    Where is that adorable dress from?!?

    • 10
      Jen July 8, 2012, 2:58 pm

      anthropologie…but like 4 years ago!

  • 11
    Lisa July 8, 2012, 3:15 pm

    I’ve never heard of hushpuppies before. Have fun at the beach, it looks so gorgeous! Haha, four cups of coffee will definitely make you peppy for the day;)

  • 12
    Sandra July 8, 2012, 3:23 pm

    This is such a lovely post. There is something so wonderful and nostalgic about having similar experiences as we did in childhood/reliving family traditions. It’s both wonderful and sad at the same time for me. The memories sometimes make me think about where I am today and where I thought I would be and though I try not to have many regrets, it can be extremely difficult. Not sure why I am sharing this, but the changes that have happened in my life over the past year have really made me take stock in all that is going on currently. I had built a life with my ex over seven years, only to have it not work out last year. One year into single-hood, I think the greatest accomplishments of this past year were buying a place on my own and getting a new job. Both those things have helped immensely but there is a certain sadness that I never will achieve what my siblings have – a partner and children and essentially a family of their own. Anyway, it’s just funny how remembering the past can bring up so many other unexpected memories.

  • 13
    Candice July 8, 2012, 4:58 pm

    Good run! That is exactly how I was yesterday after my run.. with the sudden humidity I almost feel as if I’m running under water.. ugh. but hey, it felt good to get a few miles in.
    That restaurant looks amazing. Water boys? Yes, please… 😉 haha!

  • 14
    Agatha July 8, 2012, 6:00 pm

    I dream about the beach!!! Happy for you to catch up with your family 🙂 Lovely dress!

  • 15
    Holly July 8, 2012, 9:36 pm

    Interesting. I have never heard of that hydration drink before. Can I say I’m totally jealous of your workouts and vacation. My hubby and I just moved into our first home so I have literally been doing house projects, cleaning, painting, etc. for 3 weeks now. Hopefully I’ll get to blog again soon… and run!

  • 16
    Amy July 9, 2012, 6:30 am

    All the times I’ve been to Destin, we have never been to that particular restaurant! Always pass by but never go in. We go to our favorite ones and rarely venture to new ones 😉 We love the Fisherman’s Wharf. Looks like you are having a fabulous time!

  • 17
    ashley July 9, 2012, 3:07 pm

    Your family vacations are very similar to mine! We always went to Orange Beach, stayed in the same place year after year and always had at least one meal at Louisiana Lagniappe! That’s hilarious about the water boys. Glad to see that you’re enjoying yourself! Hoping my parents pick out a place on the coast soon! I would love to spend holidays on the beach!

  • 18
    Courtney @ Fitness With A Fork July 9, 2012, 3:21 pm

    Their hush puppies are the best! 🙂

  • 19
    Catie July 9, 2012, 7:59 pm

    I, too, grew up spending my summers in Destin and Louisiana Lagniappe is still my favorite ‘special’ dinner spot as well. Sadly I don’t live as close as I used to, but I’ll be there in August and my mouth is already watering. The grouper almondine is my go-to!

  • 20
    Jane April 22, 2013, 4:56 pm

    Hi Jen,
    My name is Jane and I’m with Dwellable.
    I was looking for blogs about Orange Beach to share on our site and I came across your post…If you’re open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
    Hope to hear from you soon!

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