Long Time, No Post
Wauchula, FL - Events of Saturday, October 7 to Friday, October 27, 2017
Wow! It's been a long time since we last posted so it's finally time to catch up on the last three weeks. We've been busy doing a lot of little things around our site, running errands, and taking care of some pre-season responsibilities around the co-op. As co-chairman of the Landscape Committee, Paul was working on a budget proposal for his committee that had to be submitted to the Finance Committee; and as editor of the newsletter, Margery was working on gathering information and preparing the first official issue of the newsletter of the season. We have been too busy to do any sightseeing, but we always seem to find time to eat out. In fact, the busier we get, the less time Margery has to cook so eating out becomes an even higher priority. We're enjoying expanding our repertoire of restaurant choices.
We arrived at the co-op on Friday, October 8, and we headed out to Dee's Place in downtown Sebring on Saturday afternoon for a late lunch. Dee's has really good diner food including big, juicy, half-pound burgers. The price including one side is only $7.09 ($7.59 with cheese). Paul had his burger with cheese, and Margery had hers without. Yum!
In between our co-op responsibilities, we have been running a lot of errands. We usually try to time our errands so we'll be able to stop someplace to eat on our way back to the co-op...any excuse to not have to cook, says Margery. (Typically, a woman never really gets to 'retire' from the responsibilities on the home front Paul acknowledges.) After our errands on Monday, October 9, we stopped at Giovanni's Main Street Kitchen in Wauchula.
We like the pizza at Giovanni's. It's has a lot of flavor, the crust isn't too thick so it isn't too filling, and it's made in a wood-fired oven. We had a pizza with sausage and mushrooms preceded by side salads and garlic bread. Everything was delish!
One of our errands took us to Bradenton, which is about an hour to the southwest of the co-op. We ended up only a couple of miles from the Anna Maria Oyster Bar on Cortez Blvd. in the late afternoon so guess where we went for lupper.
Margery had a fried clam strip basket with slaw and onion straws, and Paul had a 4-piece fried fish basket with slaw and red potatoes. It was another delicious meal!
On another day, we ran some errands in Lake Wales, which is about an hour to the northeast of the co-op. We stopped for lupper at a restaurant in town called the Lake Wales Family Restaurant. Lake Wales Family Restaurant serves breakfast and lunch and is only open until 3 p.m. They specialize in diner food.
Margery had a fish strip basket ($8.99) with fries and slaw, and Paul had a Philly cheese steak with sweet potato fries ($8.99). The fish, which was grouper, was delicious. The Philly cheese steak was huge, and it was also delicious.
On one of our many errands to Walmart over the last three weeks, we picked up some sunflowers to brighten up the 5th wheel. Freeway was very curious to see what was in the vase, so we let him have a sniff.
We drove about an hour to Lakeland located to the northwest of the co-op last Thursday for more errands. On the way back, we stopped at Fred's Market Restaurant in Lakeland. Fred's also has restaurants in Plant City (west of Lakeland), Riverview (east of Tampa), and Lake Mary (north of Orlando).
Fred's food is served buffet-style only. The all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet is $7.97 on weekdays and $9.98 on weekends. There is also a one-trip breakfast for about $2 less. The all-you-can-eat lunch buffet (11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) is $11.57 every day. Also offered are various combinations of one-trip plates to the salad bar, the hot bar, and dessert table for discounts of about $2 to $4 from the full buffet lunch price. The all-you-can-eat dinner buffet (after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and after 11:30 a.m. on Sundays) is $14.97 with various one-trip combinations for about $2 to $5 less than the full dinner buffet price. It was 3:00 so we had the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet.
The salad bar was excellent - almost as good as Der Dutchman's in Ohio. There were all sorts of fixin's to go with the lettuce including ham cubes AND bacon bits (real bacon, not the stuff that comes in a jar). There was a wide selection of dressings. We both like blue cheese, and theirs was excellent - nice and thick with lots of big chunks of blue cheese. There was also cottage cheese, pasta salad, Waldorf salad, potato salad, fresh fruit, and more.
The hot bar had fried chicken, turkey and gravy, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, pulled pork, mac and cheese, fried fish, broiled fish, and several vegetables including a number of southern favorites like turnip greens, rutabagas, black eyed peas, and okra. Some of the hot foods were better than others. In our opinion, hot buffets are rarely as good as freshly-prepared food made to order. For dessert there were brownies, pecan pie, and hand-dipiped ice cream with several kinds of toppings.
We definitely want to try Fred's for breakfast. If we go back for lunch or lupper, we would probably get just the salad bar.
Even though the seasonal activities at the co-op didn't officially start until November 1, the members who were here earlier were organizing their own activities. Several days a week there were afternoon get-togethers on the porch by the pool for wine, snacks, and conversation. We try to join the group once or twice a week. We also enjoyed the pool on several hot afternoons. The group goes to the Main Street Grille in Wauchula every Tuesday for tacos. They have three hard tacos for $3 or three soft for $4. We joined the group for Taco Tuesday two weeks ago. The tacos were yummy, and the conversation was lively.
Last Friday, a group also went to Oscar's Family Restaurant in Sebring.
Oscar's has a taco bar for lunch on Fridays for $7.95, and it was great. There were soft and hard tortillas, tortilla shells for taco salad, shredded pork, ground beef, chicken fajitas, refried beans, lettuce, tomato, pico de gallo, salsa, cilantro, and much more. There were also cinnamon-sugar tortilla chips and fresh fruit for dessert.
Although we were too busy the last three weeks to do any sightseeing, we did manage to find time to eat out numerous times as you can see. We have already tried several new restaurants so far this year, and we plan to try even more. Stay tuned.