We checked out the Mai Kai last week for dinner and a show. I had this spot on my South Florida Drink Guide, but now I'll totally be adding it to my Eat Guide too. While the food isn't exactly top notch, it's decent for a place that sits 600 people (that's A LOT of food!).... and really, who cares about the food when you're sipping on barrels of rum (with fresh squeezed juices and homemade syrups) and watching people twirl fire around in the air. It was a ridiculous night. An absolutely ridiculously cheesy time warp blast of a night. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to not take things too seriously. If your veg or vegan, ask for the vegetarian menu, because the regular menu is a vegetarians nightmare. We made friends with the table next to us, because the same way the tables are set up, make for awkward nights otherwise. And we made sure to pick up some Hawaiian stuff for M and two mugs for ourselves at the gift shop--- yes, doesn't every restaurant have a gift shop? Heh. On the way home we stopped at another spot, that I'll be also adding to my Drink Guide. I debated about it before, but after our last visit, it totally deserves recognition. A little pricey, but it's a really nice spot to grab a drink. Sitting at the bar instead of a table was the right choice. My brother recommended the Whiskey Ultimatum--- I tried it, it was delicious. For my second drink, I told them what I like and told them to make something nice. I believe they came back with a French Quarter--- but I'm not sure, but I do know it was light, not overly sweet (phew) and delicious. So fun to enjoy fancy drinks together in a dark bar, it makes me want to buy swizzle sticks and actually put something better than my sparkle paper covered boxed wine on my liquor bar :) I need more date nights in my life. The last one we had was our staycation, all the way back in January. That's almost three months ago! And before that, maybe october? Jeez. This last one was so ridiculous, it might hold me over for a while, but I'm still looking forward to summer. More date nights or bust.
**also, three months ago, on the staycation, I was attempting the no poo method to combat the awfulness that was/is my hair with the hard-water in my new house. I didn't get very far, which is a-okay with me. This past week I ordered and tried this hard water shampoo.... holy crap, my hair is human again. This hard water hair kit is such a life saver. Best thing in the world. And amazingly, still vegan and sulfite-free. A-maz-ing.