Island in the Sun + Giveaway Winner!

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Greetings from one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been, Negril, Jamaica!

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Where the sky is blue, the water is even bluer, and the mojitos pour free. ;)

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Ben and I have only been here for a full day and a half (at the time of this typing!) but have already fallen into somewhat of an island routine. :)

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We lazily sleep in, then check out the scene at the pool.

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Pass through the lobby to smell the fresh flowers.

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(I wish I knew what kind of flowers these are! They’re so beautiful and exotic!)

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Then head out for a long walk on the beach. 8)

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Our hotel sits at the end of a long cove so we walk about 10 feet into the crystal clear water which is warmer than BATH WATER, and head all the way towards the other end of the cove before turning around and coming back.

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The marine life we’ve come across on our walks is a hoot. I bought an underwater camera so I’ll share the pics when I get them developed.

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We see all kinds of fish though – short and fat, long and skinny, plus starfish, and even sea urchins!

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Once we make it back from our walk, it’s usually time for cocktail hour(s)!!! Ben and I are staying at an all inclusive resort, which means all our meals, and drinks are included in the price of the hotel.

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This comes in handy for Ben’s fondness for red stripe, and my obsession with mojitos. ;) Actually, it seems I ran the resort out of fresh mint on the first day, so I had to sample a few margaritas on the second day. Whoops!

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The food here is fresh, and plentiful. We’ve eaten everything from seafood, to the BEST jerk chicken,

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braised oxtail (which I actually loved!)

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and tons of exotic and unknown fruits. I still haven’t figured out what this avocado/oyster looking fruit is…

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but jack fruit is my new favorite thing on earth!

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Apparently it’s as big as a watermelon, and covered with these hedge hog looking spikes on the outside.

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The inside is pitted with almond-looking pits that you pop out, then eat the flesh that peels back in layers like an artichoke. It’s WILD, and tastes like a mix between a banana, coconut, and pineapple. Mmmm, so yummy. :)

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Well, back to the sun and fun I go! We’ve got an island excursion planned for tomorrow, and today we’re heading towards the famous 7 mile beach to watch and, fingers crossed, participate in some cliff jumping! Whee!

Hope you’re having a great week! :)

Giveaway winner

The winner of the Keurig Platinum Brewing System and box of Coconut Mocha K Cups is:

JennP: One of the most beautiful places I’ve been is Anguilla, but I’d sell my left arm to see Tahiti one day!

Congrats! Email your full shipping address to IowaGirlEats@gmail.com, and we’ll get your stuff right out to you!

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