BIRTHDAY DINNER AT THE ROYAL PIG PUB

 

One of the things we were looking forward to most during our Florida vacation was visiting some of our favorite restaurants. The Royal Pig Pug was absolutely one of them. Alex and I love everything about this place. From their burgers, to ribs, to their apps and their schooners, we have worked our way through their menu and have never left disappointed.

Not only is the food delicious, but the atmosphere is so much fun. As soon as you walk in, you feel like you’ve walked into an old school pub, with vintage lighting, black and white portraits throughout, and brick walls. The  ambiance is just the beginning and it sets the stage for the amazing food that you are about to enjoy.

We had an opportunity to speak to Chef Stanton whose fun personality is a reflection of his food. He described his dishes as upscaled southern food and praised his staff for all of their hard work day after day.  He was kind enough to check in on us a couple of times throughout our meal and was pleasantly surprised to see that Alex finished his entire plate of “Porchetta.”  Honestly, it was so good, it didn’t stand a chance.

 

 

They offer a wide selection of signature cocktails.  We have enjoyed some of them in the past, however Alex and I started off with their craft beers. I ordered their Funky Buddha Floridian Hefeweizen and Alex had their Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale.  Both were exceptional and they were served in their 16 oz frosted goblets.  Also, the best way to enjoy your beer, is to drink it out of one of these frosted vessels!

 

For appetizers, there was no way we were going to let their award winning Mac & Cheese pass us by. It was voted 2016 best of South Florida and it definitely lived up to the hype.  The Mac & Cheese comes loaded with cheddar, parmesan, chihuahua cheese, their house tasso, and andouille bread crumbs.  To make it even more amazing, they topped it with a mountain of the best brisket I ever did taste.  It was out of this world.   We also ordered their Blackened Ahi Tuna.  Slices of Ahi tuna blackened, served on top of their house potato chips, truffle ponzu, cucumber watermelon kimchee, and their bacon fat avocado mousse.  It was such a creative way to serve the Ahi tuna and it was perfect for sharing and fun to eat.

 

Check out the frost!

 

Our main course was as incredible as we had hoped. I was a little hesitant to order their House Smoked Baby Back Ribs, because I was wearing a white dress.  However, I quickly overcame my fear and went for it!  Every bite was better than the last.  Chef Saton serves hormone-free Duroc baby back ribs with brussel sprout choucroute, and the most dense and flavorful amaretto cornbread pudding.  Alex ordered their Braised Pork Shoulder “Porchetta” and he just kept asking me why he never ordered it before.  It was an experience watching him work through his dish.  They served a pork belly wrapped pork shoulder with braised vegetables, Idaho & sweet potato mash, pork cracklins, horseradish creme fraiche, and elderflower pork “jus” that disappeared before our eyes.  It was garnished with micro-greens and it was cooked perfectly. There was a moment during our meal where Alex and I just sat in silence and enjoyed our food. We put our phones and camera down and didn’t say a word.  We took it all in.  The flavors, the atmosphere, each others company.  It was perfect in every way.

I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of sitting next to this guy.

I thought about ordering cake, considering we were here for my birthday dinner. However, I couldn’t pass up their Burbon Bread Pudding, made with Bulleit Bourbon and pecans all drizzled with a salted caramel sauce.  There’s also a vanilla anglaise that is spread over the top of the entire dessert that I may or may not have stuck in my purse. Just kidding I didn’t, but it was so good!

I am really looking forward to visiting The Royal Pig Pub again.  We had such a great time and the service was incredible. If you go, and you should, ask for Shawn… he was knowledgable and such a great server.   Here’s to birthday dinners, amazing food and visiting our favorite restaurants!

 

The Royal Pig Pub

350 E Las Olas Blvd Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
954-617-7447

 

//Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by The Royal Pig Pub.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  Thank you guys for supporting our sponsors and for all of your support!!!!
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OH FLORIDA, WE LOVE YOU

 

We just got home from Florida and have tons of pictures and stories to share. First off, we were so extremely happy to be back in the south. So much so, that everything that once bothered us about Florida (heat, humidity, the blazing sun) was not even that big of a deal this time around. We enjoyed every minute we spent there, and did enough beach going and pool splashing to last us until next summer. We celebrated Grace’s birthday, my birthday and spent a couple of days relaxing kid-free!

We spent our last few days with my parents in Weston Florida, growing gills and eating all of my moms delicious food. I wanted to share some pictures of our pool time in Weston. There were a couple of moments where I just looked up and tried to take mental pictures of all of the palm trees, scents, and sounds in the effort to save them deep in my memories for when I feel homesick again, or for those few weeks in March when the cold just won’t let go.

The kids had an amazing time swimming and although we had a pool when we lived in Florida, we opted for puddle jumpers to make sure everyone felt safe. We don’t go swimming as often as we did back home and we were all a little out of practice. Needless to say, puddle jumpers are the best invention ever! We only had to hold on to Emory and were able to play with Grace and Haddon handsfree (I linked our favorite one below).  I’m sharing tons of pictures below.

 

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CURRENTLY IN FLORIDA

 

If you have been following along with us on our Instagram, you know that we are currently in Florida visiting our family and taking advantage of what’s left of summer. We are loving every minute here, including the humidity that we once used to loathe. We’ve already crossed a few things off our list and still have about three more days of activities to plan. I’ll be sharing with you more about our trip. But for now here are a few thoughts about our time back home.

  1. Grace had a princess party this week. All of her cousins came over and had an amazing time bouncing around, slipping and sliding and eating cupcakes.  She was thrilled that her grandmother was going to celebrate her birthday and invite all of her cousins over.  We all sang happy birthday, she opened gifts and hasn’t stopped talking about it (more pictures to come) She’s also gotten a chance to hang out with her cousins and play for hours at a time.  We don’t have an opportunity to do that in the mid-west, so she is really basking in all the playtime.
  2. Emory went to the beach for the first time on Monday. The water was a little choppy but it didn’t stop all of us from jumping in.  Grace and Haddon built sand castles and we all left just a little bit tanner and with sand everywhere.
  3. We have been eating so much good food.  Our moms have been making all of our childhood favorites and we may be heading back to NE a few pounds heavier, which we are not that sad over.
  4. Alex and I spent a few days without the kids at Margaritaville and we had such a wonderful time relaxing and chatting without interruptions.  It was such a fun time with my brother and sister-in-love enjoying the beach, the hotel and eating all of the good food!
  5. Tomorrow we’re hitting the ocean for the last time and then it’s packing mode.
  6. There’s something to be said about palm trees lining walkways, the beach, the pool and every corner of every street.  It’s so refreshing seeing tropical trees and eating all of the mangos that were left over from the season.

We are looking forward to the drive back home.  Alex and I get a chance to talk and catch up during the drive and the kids are always crazy about watching movies in the minivan.  We have had such a wonderful time and although we are excited about getting back to our routine, we are loving our time here at home.

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A SIMPLE MORNING MAKEUP ROUTINE

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I shared earlier that one of my goals for the year is to spend a little bit more time focusing on myselfand one way I like to do that is by putting on makeup every morning. Because I take off running as soon as I wake up, I like to stick to a simple morning makeup routine that doesn’t take much effort and helps me feel put together throughout the entire day. Also, for some reason, I end up getting a lot more work done if I feel a little better about the way I look, and I also end up sharing more Instagram stories than usual.

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