A Dessert Like No Other

A couple of my girlfriends and I wanted to get dessert somewhere, so we walked around the corner from my apartment, and went to Steak 954. I saw a picture of their baked alaska on their instagram, and knew that was what I wanted to order. This was one of the best desserts I've ever had in.my.life. It's a light key lime flavored ice-cream that is surrounded by porcupine looking meringue. All of that goodness swims in a pool of berry blended amazingness. Also worth noting - this was the only time EVER that my girlfriends and I have been silent while together, because we were too busy inhaling this masterpiece.

Key lime baked alaska
Key lime baked alaska

We also ordered the chocolate souffle. Of course Steak 954 has to go over the top with it (in a good way). A server breaks the souffle open in front of us, which in turn fills the air around us with a chocolatey scent. Then he pours this hot chocolate sauce INTO the souffle, which is what you see in the picture below. Oh, and it is served with salted caramel ice-cream. I think I just found the cure to PMS.

Chocolate souffle
Chocolate souffle

With it being a "cool" 70 something degrees (oh how I love south Florida weather), I wanted a warm drink to wash down my dessert. I opted for their Vietnamese coffee. The bottom layer is condensed milk, then coffee in the middle, and foam on top. Once you mix it, it's like a light and sweet coffee.

Vietnamese coffee
Vietnamese coffee

I don't know for sure, but I'm convinced there is some sort of sugar genius in the kitchen of Steak 954. Also - shout out to our server, Kevin! He had such a friendly, and accommodating personality - we'll be asking for him whenever we go.

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

Taste of Venice

...Venice, Florida, that is. This past weekend I took a little weekend trip to the "other coast" of Florida - the west coast. It was a great time had by all (met up with some pretty awesome people).

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In comparison to Fort Lauderdale Beach, Venice Beach had lighter colored sand, clearer water, a larger shore, and more of a "low key, vacation" vibe to it. It was kind of nice getting out of the hustle and bustle my neck of the woods for the weekend.

On Saturday, we grabbed some brunch at a charming place called Nokomis Breakfast House. It's a tiny little yellow house converted into a tiny little restaurant. The interior was simple, but bright. Every table had a white tablecloth, and painted chairs - green, orange, pink, blue, purple, yellow, etc. We were sat at the "purple table," which matched the nail color on my toes perfectly, might I add! Aside from my table, I would estimate that the average age was 72, and I honestly would not have it any other way. I loved it. I ordered Eggs Florentine (seen below). But I'd have to say that the chocolate chip pancakes that my friend ordered stole the show! (But only if you REALLY like chocolate ;) ).

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The highlight of the trip was when my buddies and I went to the beach during sunset. At first I wasn't going to go in the water since it had gotten a little breezy. But I ended up getting thrown over someone's shoulder and chucked playfully into the water. Not gonna lie though - I'm glad I was. :)

The ocean itself looked like a sea of gold. It was just spectacular.

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I also snapped this picture of a fellow swimming in the ocean solo. It's nice to have those moments of solidarity with ol' Mother Nature. Whenever I have those moments, I feel like a tiny fleck in this gigantic world of ours. It's humbling but still incredibly gratifying each time I get the chance to feel this way.

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It was also refreshing to see so many people come out to just watch the sunset, and appreciate the magnitude of its beauty.

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This trip made me realize a few things though:

  1. I love going to quieter places to "re-charge." But I could never live in a quiet place.
  2. I have a moderate obsession with pretty skies. So I am considering getting a "real" camera instead of my 5s (iphone) to better capture them.
  3. I have awesome people in my life.
  4. Road trips are always a good idea.

I'm already ready to go back again.

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

S3 (Sun Surf Sand) Review

I have a new favorite restaurant, and it is right around the corner from me! It's attached to the Hilton Hotel, right on Fort Lauderdale Beach, and called "S3" which sands for "Sun Surf Sand." My girlfriends and I went to this tapas style restaurant on Friday, and we all loved it! First up, the almond crusted Goat Cheese Croquettes, served over a red chili guava sauce. I can't even begin to describe how delicious these balls of holy goodness were. The sauce it was served with was unlike anything I've ever had before. Also, it was not spicy (I'm a huge wuss with spicy things, so I get scared when I see the word "chili" in the description). Absolutely fantastic.

                                    Goat Cheese Croquettes ~ Almond Crusted ~ Red Chili Guava

                                    Goat Cheese Croquettes ~ Almond Crusted ~ Red Chili Guava

Next came the Rosemary Fittes, served with a parmesan aioli.  They were "good." But I've had better fries elsewhere. I liked the aioli more than the fries. 

                                                           Rosemary Frittes ~ Parmesan Aioli

                                                           Rosemary Frittes ~ Parmesan Aioli

One of the girls that was at dinner, LT, truly cannot turn down an opportunity to order deviled eggs. So she selected the Deviled Fresh Farm Eggs which are served with smoked sea salt, and espelette (yea I don't know what that is either). I didn't try any, but Lauren said that they were very good. And unlike most deviled eggs, she said these were light, and had a good pickled flavor.

                                            Deviled Fresh Farm Eggs ~ Smoked Sea Salt ~ Espelette

                                            Deviled Fresh Farm Eggs ~ Smoked Sea Salt ~ Espelette

Then we had some mac & cheese with smoked gouda and crispy prosciutto. There was a lot of fuss made on yelp about how good the macaroni is here. I can see where a lot of people would like this dish, but it was not for me. Joy pointed out that the "crispy prosciutto" tasted just like bacon bits - we all agreed. But if you are someone who likes really "hearty" meals and flavors, you would probably enjoy this better than we did.

                                               Mac & Cheese ~ Smoked Gouda ~ Crispy Prosciutto

                                               Mac & Cheese ~ Smoked Gouda ~ Crispy Prosciutto

Last but not least, was my favorite dish of the night! Grilled octopus! It was served with gigande bean, tomatoes, and a salsa verde.  Hands down, this is the best grilled octopus I've ever consumed. It was not rubbery at all, and all of the flavors went beautifully together.

                                                    Grilled Octopus ~ Gigande Bean ~ Salsa Verde

                                                    Grilled Octopus ~ Gigande Bean ~ Salsa Verde

All in all, I'd give S3 a 4.5/5 . The dishes that we liked best were phenomenal, and the ones that we didn't like as much were still quite good. The service was good (Shout out to Dylan who wasn't our server, but stopped by our table and had such an awesome personality that we are going to request him next time!). They offer indoor/outdoor seating.

I'd order the goat cheese, and octopus again for sure, but also can't wait to try some of the other menu items!

                                                                               The view.

                                                                               The view.

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

Rok Burger Review

Recently, I went to Rok Burger, which is a "burger bar and gastropub" in Fort Lauderdale.  I went with my friend Lauren, as we had both been wanting to try it for quite some time. It was funny because once I got there, I had realized I had actually been there before, back when I had first moved to Fort Lauderdale in May, 2013. Luckily, I remembered that both my mom and I had enjoyed it quite a bit when we went. So I was  excited to be back! Lauren and I were craving some fried appetizers. So we ordered three appetizers to share. We selected the truffle fries, fried pickles, and lobster corn dogs.

                                               Fried pickles on the left, lobster corn dogs on the right.

                                               Fried pickles on the left, lobster corn dogs on the right.

Out of the three, my favorite was the fried pickles! I LOVE pickles in general, so it was a treat to devour the thick fried slices dipped in the smoked ranch dip. The lobster corn dogs were good... both the breading, and the meat was bit on the sweet side. The dipping sauce they paired it with was a spicy mustard, which I'd compare to a smoother Goldens. They were good... but I wouldn't order them again.

                                                                                  Truffle Fries

                                                                                  Truffle Fries

I'll be honest. I'm not a huge potato person (weird, I know). But these fries were fantastic. They also had parmesan cheese all over them, which was awesome. The serving was huge, and enough for 3 people to share.

I'd give Rok Burger 4/5 stars. The service was great. The decor was really cool with lots of exposed brick, and lots of variety of seating arrangements (inside, outside, bar, regular booths, huge booths, etc.). The food was fantastic, but I just wish those lobster corn dogs were paired with a different sauce. But Rok Burger is definitely a place to go back to!

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

Birthday Brunch - Steak 954 Review

So for my 25th26th27thOK FINE 28th birthday, I wanted to have a ladies birthday brunch at a place on Fort Lauderdale Beach. As soon as I saw Steak 954 post a picture of their homemade pop tarts on Instagram, I knew that was exactly where I wanted to go! I am SO glad my friends and I went there.

We sat outside because it was one of those sunny-but-not-too-hot days. You could see the ocean from the table, it was beautiful.

                                                      View from the front steps

                                                      View from the front steps

In addition to a shitload of mimosas, I ordered the smoked salmon benedict served with dill hollandaise for brunch. It came with a small light salad, and some potatoes on the side. The smoked salmon benedict was phenominalllllll. The dill seasoning was not overpowering, it was perfect.

                                        Smoked Salmon Benedict

                                        Smoked Salmon Benedict

After we enjoyed the main course. We ordered a bunch of the homemade pop tarts to share. There was a strawberry crumb flavor, and a nutella and bourbon banana flavor. The five of us classy ladies straight up ravaged them. You would have thought we were a group of death row prisoners fighting over the last crumb of their last meal.

                                                        Homemade Pop Tarts

                                                        Homemade Pop Tarts

And just as I thought we were wrapping up the feast, our server (Hi Edward, we love you!) brought out a cupcake with a candle in it! I don't know if one of the girls told him, or if he overheard the birthday toast, either way - props!

                                    Birthday Cupcake

                                    Birthday Cupcake

Needless to say it was a successful birthday brunch. I was a little uneasy about this birthday, as it was the first one being away from my family (and The Pods are big on bdays). But my friends stepped up big time, and made the kickoff to my 28th year one I'll never forget.

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

Oui Oui Croissan Time

My friend Lauren (aka "LT") and I are on a quest to try to experience all that South Florida has to offer. About once a week or so we get together and try a new restaurant/bar.  Leading up to our expeditions (with the way we drive, it's always an "expedition") we hilariously bicker about where we want to go. You see, Lauren has an addiction appreciation and respect for chain restaurants. She has a pile of favorites which include Cheesecake Factory, Maggianos, and McCallisters. LT loves knowing exactly what to expect each time she goes. I, on the other hand, avoid chains at all costs (except Dunkin Donuts). I love experiencing local restaurants, and seeing what people build and create with their own minds.

But every now and then Lauren and I will have a spot we both want to try. In this case, it was Croissan Time in Fort Lauderdale. I first heard about this Croissan Time from my French realtor who spoke highly of this place. This gem is tucked away in a tiny strip mall, and I would have probably never known of its existence had my realtor not mentioned it. This is what you see when you walk in:

                                                          

                                                          

They sell bread, cakes, pastries, wine, cheeses, and off fresh salads, coffee beverages, and sandwiches. Everything they had on display looked flawless. Naturally, we went in for the kill. We wanted the good stuff. The pastries.

                                                               Blueberry tart

                                                               Blueberry tart

Sweet. Baby. Jesus.

                                     Don't know the name of this... but it was my favorite!

                                     Don't know the name of this... but it was my favorite!

Both treats were incredible! The first was a blueberry tart, and as you can see, they were not sheisty on the blueberries. The second was this small square container with a raspberry layer on top of this super light vanilla flavored custard stuff. It took all the will power I had to not get more. I don't have pictures of what Lauren got, but she also loved her goodies.

Needless to say, this will be a spot that LT and I will always agree on.

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.