I cannot believe it’s December already. I’ve done so many Christmasy things, and it’s only the 2nd of December. I’m proud of myself 🙂 The beginning of the week was nuts, so it was nice to see my friends and relax. I went to the Nutcracker performed by the Charlotte Ballet on Thursday, and last night, I did the Holiday Home Tour! I will be sharing all of the Christmas festivities soon! I need to first blog all about my second half of the Thanksgiving trip. This post is filled with so many fun photos, and I hope you enjoy the read!
Kyle’s mom took us to the Venice farmers market early Saturday morning. I was in heaven because nothing makes me happier than a cute farmer’s market.
I had a green juice while browsing all the little tents. This Island Organics juice had ginger, lemon, apple, cucumber, celery, spinach, and kale. This is almost the exact combo I do at home! Instead of celery, I usually add oranges. The juice was so smooth and fresh!
How delicious does this seafood paella look? It smelled so good!
After browsing the farmer’s market, we walked over to grab breakfast at Burgundy Square Cafe.
We walked past some charming stores and restaurants along the way. The Croissant and Co looked so cute inside! We are going to try this place out the next time we are in Venice. The breakfast at the Burgandy Square cafe was so good.
I ordered a vegetable egg white omelet with wheat toast. The omelet was giant and stuffed full of veggies. That is my kind of breakfast!
We headed over to the Jetty by Nokomis beach after breakfast.
It was such a gorgeous day!
Kyle’s mom took us to the courts to kick our butts in tennis.
I had so much fun playing tennis. I think Kyle and I are going to start playing together because Charlotte has great public courts. It’s also an amazing workout! I was zonked after the afternoon tennis, and my afternoon coffee was calling.
Leo was so cuddly
And then Leo found someone else to lay on…
Later that night, we all got ready and headed to the beach to watch the drum circle.
The drum circle is filled with drummers and people dancing while the sun goes down. It was really fun to watch! I shared it on my Snapchat but forgot to take actual photos!
I love watching the sun go down.
We headed to downtown Venice to have dinner before the Christmas parade! All of the palm trees were lit up. It was so pretty!
We had the best dinner at Cassariano Italian Eatery!
I ordered the salmon ai Ferri, which was grilled salmon with spinach in a lemon sauce. The salmon was cooked so perfectly. That was a dish I’ll never forget.
Kyle had pollo scamorza e Pomodoro, which is chicken scaloppini, smoked mozzarella, and tomatoes. This dish was so good too!
We split some gelato after dinner!
I also ordered a little cappuccino:)
Christmas parade time!
We took Leo to the dog beach on Sunday morning after breakfast. Venice has the best dog beach I have ever seen! I was shocked at how brave he was, especially after going into the pool. He was inquisitive! I had to get some Starbucks afterward!
Grumples hung out with Moe! 🙂
Kyle and I heard a squeak and turned around to this! It was the cutest thing!
We headed to Fin at Sharky’s for dinner. I was so sad because this was our last night there:(
We all took a walk along the pier.
We all started with some appetizers. Crab cakes first 🙂
And delicious calamari.
The bread was deadly. SO GOOD with all the fun little dips.
I ordered a salad with grilled shrimp on top.
My salad had strawberries, grilled shrimp, mixed greens, fried goat cheese, and roasted sunflowers seeds with a red wine vinaigrette. IT WAS SOOOOOOO tasty!!
Kyle ordered the filet mignon sushi roll. It’s as good as it sounds.
We split ice cream again because of…vacation.
Our trip to Florida couldn’t have been any more perfect. We can’t wait to get back there soon!
We headed back to Charlotte at 8 am and decided to drive all the way through.
I grabbed some breakfast snacks at Starbucks.
Always my road trip go-to! Siggi’s yogurt + almonds!
We made it back to Charlotte around 7 pm, took the pups for a walk, and rested up because it was about to be a long week!
Questions for you!
- Did you get any fun deals during Black Friday or Cyber Monday?
- Have you done anything festive yet?