Friday, October 12, 2012

Yet More Tales from Jacksonville

As I eluded to in my last Tale, my visit to Jacksonville has been a tad disappointing. There doesn't appear to be much to do here, at least not in the vicinity of Chip's job site.  You should know that I'm a nervous driver, hate highways and bridges, so unless Chip is around to chauffeur me, I don't venture far from our "home base." Just down the street from us is a Wal-Mart and a Home Depot, neither of which hold much appeal. Last week the weather was terrible - hot & rainy, which led to a muddy campsite, not fun for Loki or myself.  So, I've been stuck alone in the RV for the most part, amusing myself with internet surfing (thank goodness we have wi-fi), reading and cooking.

Fortunately, the sun came out, the temperature dropped, and we relocated our motor home to a nicer space in the park, allowing for a much more pleasant camping experience!

Our view, when not obstructed by other RVs!

We also did a bit of research, learned that Jacksonville Beach (half an hour east) would be more to our liking, so we made some time for exploration.

Wednesday night we took advantage of a wonderful Groupon offer, went to dinner at the Buddha Thai Bistro(You know how much I love my spicy food!) They were recommended by Happy Cow, so I knew I'd find some veg-friendly options, but I looked up the menu beforehand just in case. I was thrilled to find a separate menu listing all of their vegan options, making my decision so much easier!

When we arrived we were immediately impressed by the modern yet cozy decor, charmed by the Halloween decorations mixed in with the abundance of Buddha statues. 

Spooky Buddhas!
 Our waitress was so polite & helpful, the service was impeccable! We each ordered an appetizer, vegan egg rolls for me.  The presentation was gorgeous, love the carrot rose garnish!



I also enjoyed a lovely cocktail called Thai Love Potion, a mixture of vodka, cranberry and other deliciousness. 

Alas, I have no personal pictures to share of my amazing Green Curry; the dim lighting at this point was perfect for romantic dining but not so much for food photos. I didn't want to ruin the moment or disturb fellow viewers with a flash, so you'll have to trust me on this: not only was this the best curry I've ever eaten, it was also the most beautiful! I've never seen this particular shade of green, just stunning.  The presentation was so lovely, it was a shame to eat it! I snatched a photo from the restaurant website, wish you could see (and taste) it for yourselves!

We sat right there...and here's the Green Curry I so enjoyed!


Between the appetizers, generous entree and a bottle of wine, neither of us had room for dessert, so we forced ourselves away from the table with a promise that we will definitely return to Buddha Thai during our stay here!

Since Chip had to work Thursday night, we took the opportunity to explore beachside again, this time during the day.  Our first stop was Joe's Crab Shack, located right on the beach.



While it was a lovely view, there is absolutely nothing veg-friendly on the menu so we had a drink and moved along.

a shot of Crown Royal with a beer chaser for Chip




Fortunately, there was a Mellow Mushroom just across the street. Since we had a nice experience at the location in Macon, I had high hopes for this one.
I was not disappointed!

From the funky decor...

Patio Mural


next time I want to sit in the Magic Bus!

to the pleasant outdoor dining...



to the delicious veggie pizza and cold beer...



it was a a perfect lunch! I really hope they open a Mellow Mushroom in our area, think it would be quite welcome in Daytona Beach. 

Today we pack up and head south for the weekend, looking forward to hugging my kids and cuddling my critters. We have a busy weekend planned so stick around for more tales!

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