Fancy Brunch

This morning I woke up determined to get in a quick workout before attending a special brunch with my family.

Around 8:40 a.m., my sister and I drove to the gym to sweat it out for 30 minutes.

Our workout included one round of my favorite cardio circuit before doing a fast 20-minute workout on the treadmill that looked like this:

 

Minutes Incline Pace
0-5 1.0 6.8
5-15 2.0 9.0 for 20 sec., 4.5 for 40 sec.
15-20 8.0 4.5

I wish I could’ve spent a little more time at the gym, but we had to rush to shower if we were going to make it to brunch at 10 a.m. Still, this quick 30 minute cardio session got my heart rate up and had me sweatin’!

Fancy Brunch

After a quick shower at the gym, my sister and I met my parents and their friends at the Renaissance Vinoy (where we held our wedding!) for a fancy brunch.

Brunch is the best… But fancy brunches are even better!

I’ve only been to a fancy brunch one other time in my life on my parents’ 30th wedding anniversary, so when one of my dad’s friends and his wife invited my family to Sunday Brunch at the Vinoy, I couldn’t wait to go! 

This brunch is one of those amazing brunches where there is all-you-can-eat gourmet food.

The various stations held a variety of amazing foods including croissants and bagels with lox…brunch 001Fresh fruit including mango, papaya, pomegranate and strawberries the size of my hand…brunch 011A full tapas station with artichokes, grilled vegetables, marinated olives, duck quesadillas and more…brunch 005Sausage and bacon…brunch 004A carving station with prime rib, specialty soups and eggplant parmesan…brunch 007Coconut-crusted sea bass and grouper with mango salsa…brunch 008The most amazing display of crab legs and crab claws, oysters and shrimp (hand’s down, my favorite station)…brunch 009An omelet station and cheese bar went unphotographed, but I couldn’t let the amazing display of desserts go undocumented.

brunch 013brunch 014I filled my plate with bites from nearly every station. brunch 016My favorite items from my first plate included the crab claws and the eggplant parmesan.

I went back for another plate of samplers. brunch 017Those two little round things on the skewer are actually mini glazed doughnuts. I probably had seven doughnut skewers throughout the brunch. They were so, so good!

We chatted away for a while and let about 30 minutes pass between brunch and our dessert course.

We decided to each fill our plates with the sweets and share. I ended up eating all of my fruit topped with the most amazing cream and half of the Three Musketeers cupcake I snagged (but all of the icing). brunch 019

brunch 022My dad and I also split a fantastic red velvet cupcake and I had half of a piece of a light and fluffy coconut cake.brunch 021

By the time we left I was stuffed. I almost needed to be rolled outta there!

We arrived home to a dog who wanted some lovin’. brunch 027We all took turns showering her in hugs and kisses. brunch 031Then I headed into my room to pack my bags. I got word from Ryan that his cruise had docked and he was waiting for me and Sadie in Orlando.

We made it to Orlando in less than two hours and arrived home to hugs and kisses from our favorite guy! Though I was sad about leaving my parents and sister, it feels great to have our little trio reunited again.

Off to spend some time with Ryan. I missed him so much!

Comments

  1. Gill (snaxandthecity) says

    oh my gosh – brunch is my FAVE thing in the entire world! i have never seen such an amazing spread though. crab claw!? yes please!! wow – you lucky thing!
    glad you’re all back together again :)

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  2. says

    I LOVE fancy brunches although I’ve never been to one with such an amazing dessert station! I went to one at the Gaylord Palms a few years back when I wasn’t a ‘foodie’ and I seriously regret only eating pancakes, eggs, and bacon! What was the chocolate ball on the top of your cupcake?

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  3. says

    Wow! That brunch looked amazing! Brunches are one of my favorite meals because you can typically eat more since you’re combining both breakfast and lunch : ) The coconut cake looked like it would’ve been my fave. I heart coconut.

    Glad you had a fun time with family and hope you are enjoying yourself back at home with your hubby and puppy. Happy (almost) Monday!

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  4. Krista says

    That brunch makes my breakfasts look LAME! I would like to sit there all day and enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert! Looks so good.

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  5. says

    I haven’t had a “quick” gym session in forever but it’d actually be kind of nice. I usually get wrapped up in things and stay there for at least an hour though. But at least you were able to get something in!

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  6. Caree @ Fit-Mama says

    Even though I dread mondays with going back to work and leaving my kiddos, I do love getting back into a routine (especially with healthy eats)! I too ate way too much this weekend celebrating the hubby’s birthday with cake and icecream. I can’t even count how many pieces or servings I had. :( time to detox with lots of fruits and veggies!!

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