My life has been absolutely wild the past few weeks, as I have been finishing up summer classes, wedding planning, and traveling. And usually, I was doing all three of those things at the same time. It got really interesting when I accidentally left my laptop, iPad, and text books in North Carolina while I was back home in Georgia and had FOUR assignments all due in one day. Luckily, after all this craziness, I had a quick trip to Boca Raton to clear my head.
Lesson learned: USE GOOGLE DOCS FOR EVERYTHING so if you’re an idiot like me and leave your computer with all your work on it two states away, you won’t have to start over the day everything is due.
All the pain was worth it, however, because I got to fly away to the beach with my dad and stepmother last week. I had never been to Boca Raton before, but I will definitely be back. It was incredible!
Quick Trip to Boca Raton
We escaped to Boca to see my stepbrother, who is a year older than me, super cool, and also an Executive Chef at one of my new all-time favorite restaurants, Papa’s Raw Bar in Lighthouse Point. We were so lucky to be able to attend a beer dinner they hosted spotlighting 26 Degrees Brewing Company. There were six incredible courses. I barely made it to dessert, everything was so unbelievably good and I was more full than I have ever been. I even used chopsticks somewhat properly for the first time in my life. A very successful beer dinner, indeed!
I will be craving everything from this dinner until the next time I go back! One of my favorite menus ever!
Lucky for me, the fun did not stop there. We went back the next night and our chef spoiled us with this incredible appetizer platter. I have never enjoyed an appetizer as much as those fried Wahoo bites with Yum Yum sauce. So fresh, perfectly fried, and so delicious.
Aside from all the food, it was nice to go on a family vacation. I hadn’t been on one in ten years before this trip! It was so cool to get to spend time with my stepmother and my dad, they are two amazing people (with some really cool kids ;)).
And here is my favorite photo ever of my dad, he’s a pretty cool dude!
Below is a photo of Deerfield Beach. It is one of my favorite beaches I’ve been to so far. The water was the perfect temperature and it was so clear. I actually played in the waves -something I haven’t done since my childhood. If you’re looking for a great beach getaway, I suggest checking this one out! It was wonderful.
One of my other favorite parts of my quick trip to Boca Raton was (oddly enough) sitting at a bar attached to a Days Inn and talking to strangers. I met a really cool woman who was a local, another awesome woman who vacations there every year so she can go scuba diving. She was going on a big dive the next day and her energy and excitement was infectious .. or maybe it was the gin. The three of us had a pretty meaningful conversation about life, which is my favorite thing to do when I’m not exactly sober. It was a cool experience.
Normally, I let my social anxiety get the best of me and I keep to myself or anxiously scroll through my phone, but this time I opened myself up to the experience and The Universe did not disappoint. This seems to be a reoccurring theme for me this summer.
I say all this to say, if you have the chance to take a quick trip to Boca Raton, do it. It’s a little slice of paradise.
XO – Sarah