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Delray Beach Florida
We go to Delray about once a year for about 7-10 days to get away and relax. Unlike many of our trips to Europe, Alaska, Asia, Nova Scotia and the vast majority of places we have travelled to, Florida is one of the few places when we really just relax. The beach is beautiful, peaceful and a place my family can easily stay at for five hours or more. It’s amazing how time flies when you are on the beach talking, swimming, playing in the sand, reading, walking along the beach and just staring at the ocean.

We are all very busy these days and sometimes you just need to relax. Delray is a great place to do that.

Our condo has a beautiful pool that the kids love to swim in. There is a great biking/running trail outside the condo to get some exercise in early in the morning before hitting the beach. After a day in the sun and sand we always go to our favorite stop, Kilwins ice cream and candy shop. Its heavenly sweet candy smell lingers outside before you even step into this sweet shop. The owner always remembers us from year to year which just adds to the special feeling you get when you return each time. My favorite, the macadamia caramel chocolates!!

One of my favorite places to take the kids is Butterfly World; this is a spectacular butterfly and bird sanctuary that has lovely gardens to stroll through. You can spend several peaceful hours walking around the grounds and having a casual lunch in the outdoor café.

Publix is the local grocery store to stock up on the staples and of course there is a Target nearby. A great place for all you foodies is “The Boys” it is a Farmers Market combined with a great wine store, amazing cheese shop featuring cheeses from around the world, great seafood, delicious bakery and amazing produce. Just take a walk through and let the great ingredients inspire you to cook a great dinner. (see recipes below)

There is a great playground for the kids, a pottery place, in case it rains, fantastic shopping in Boca and out of this world fantastic shopping in Palm Beach, the Calypso store is wonderful and one of my favorites, The Breakers, an old world gloriously upscale resort with the best gift shop I have ever been to in a resort. It is a great place to shop and have lunch.

Some shops I love in Delray are The Snappy Turtle, a clothing and specialty gift shop that has been there for around 30 years and I have been shopping there around 22 years! They have Harvey's on first another charming gift and accessory shop, and The Love Shack, which caters more to the teenage crowd, although I have found a great dress or two there!! Salutation's is my favorite stationary store in the world, I even have them ship my cards and gift wrap to New Jersey. A must stop is From Rohm with Love, an enchanted floral, and garden gift shop, that is filled with beautiful objects and fragrant plants and flowers. I always find something for my home there and our online boutique.

Some fun places to eat are Rosalitas for good Mexican food in a casual environment. I enjoy the Acapulco Fajitas; a delicious dish filled with scallops, shrimp, and chicken, vegetable all sautéed in a light wine butter sauce. Bush’s can’t be beat for the view from the outdoor dining area. It is situated on the inner coastal and the kids enjoy watching the draw bridge go up to let all the boats pass by. The lobster is great. Two great casual bar/restaurants are Boston’s on the Beach and The Upper Deck; they are casual and have decent food and reggae night once a week. We bring snacks and drinks to the beach and order our lunch each day from Luna Rosa’s Café; I order the chopped salad with Cajun grilled shrimp almost every day on the beach.

Please view our recipe and blog section for some recipes that were inspired from our travels to Florida:
Asparagus delight
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Chopped salad recipe with cajun blackened Shrimp
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Crepe with berries and mascarpone cheese
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Photo: Crafts I purchased at Kiribati with my family a few years ago.

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