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Just thought I’d share a few pictures of my hood these days. I stumbled across another LW’er blog — Lake Worth every minute — and it’s a great showcase of the local faces and places, and it inspired me to post some of my pics. 🙂

It’s always easy to point out the bad in a place, yet hard to remember to look at all the good! I know Lake Worth has so much character and community, and I’m glad it’s my first residence as a homeowner. I love biking downtown for a super cold beer at Little Munich, heading over the bridge for a day at the beach or taking a run through the neighborhoods and seeing so many homes with character.

Lake Worth beach

tacos from Lupita’s!

–t-shirt for sale at a local  downtown shop

–Lake Worth pier

Since we managed to make the three-year marriage mark, we decided to celebrate a little bit this year. We wanted to head down to Key West, but the drive was really turning us off. So instead, we just headed down to Key Largo. Just a couple of hours on the road and voila! The Florida Keys!

We stayed at the (in)famous Holiday Inn; it is what it is. Great location, convenient to food, supplies, anything you’d need really. And since it’s backyard is a also a marina/dock, several snorkeling/scuba/glass-bottom charter boats are parked right there. Seriously, we pulled up, checked in, I asked if any snorkeling boats were going out … 15 minutes later we’re motoring out.

The best part of catching the afternoon charter was that it made three stops — one of them being Key Largo’s Dry Rocks reef, home to the Christ of the Abyss Statue. I’ve always wanted to see this, and finally, crossed it off the bucket list. It’s so amazing to see things in person that you’ve seen hundreds, thousands of times in pictures, postcards and movies.  The Dry Rocks reef was full of life — fish, coral. It was definitely refreshing, as our last snorkel trip down in Key West was somewhat disappointing; just a lot of sandy bottoms and little fish. At Key Largo’s reefs, we saw two huge tarpon (at least, I hope, they were just tarpon!), fish everywhere, tons of conchs, plus varying and colorful coral types.

I love reading recipes. I don’t always make them, and I certainly don’t always follow them even when they are in front of me. So when my favorite Brazilian Mila invited us over to bbq this weekend and said she was making her beer margaritas recipe, I was intrigued. When we bbq, it’s usually caipirinhas, not margaritas. But, of course, I had to try this beer margarita at least once.

And … it wasn’t bad. It was refreshing, given the limeaid and us using Corona. (Mila specified Modelo Especial, but the store didn’t have any. So Corona it was.) And it was just the right amount of beer-taste combined with just the right amount of margarita-taste. I don’t think I could drink these all night, but … good times 🙂

And here’s the recipe we used if you are getting thirsty:

1 bottle of beer

1 small can of frozen Limeaid

4-5 shots of tequila

2 shots of Grand Marnier, Cointreau, or triple sec

In a glass pitcher, combine everything and stir! Pour over ice and ENJOY 🙂

Hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend!!!

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