After publishing my morning blog post and packing a small bag for the weekend yesterday, I hopped in the car with Ryan and Sadie and made the 2.5 hour drive to my mother-in-law’s house in Sarasota.
The drive itself wasn’t too bad. We didn’t run into any traffic and we had some pretty stellar road trip music.
“Heeeeey, yeah, I wanna shoop baby!” (Does anyone else picture Ellen singing “Shoop” whenever they hear this song? Love her.)
While Ryan and I had fun jammin’ to ‘90s music, Sadie exercised her pitiful expressions and tried to guilt me into letting her join me in the front seat.
She was very, very frustrated with me at this point, and touched her little wet nose to my elbow every other minute. She’s a treat.
Once we arrived in Sarasota, my mother-in-law, Diane, greeted us with two barbeque pulled pork sandwiches that she bought from Alday’s food truck.
My sandwich was incredible!
I am picky when it comes to good barbeque, but Alday’s knows what they’re doing. The sandwich includes a half pound of the most succulent pork and Ryan and I inhaled our sandwiches. I let Sadie have a few bites of my pork because I started to fill up once I was 3/4 of the way through. It was big and beautiful. Mmm!
We spent the rest of the day with Diane and her boyfriend, Les, before driving to downtown Sarasota for dinner at Selva Grill at 6:30 p.m.
To start, we split the maya shrimp ceviche and Les let me try a bite of his mushroom soup.
When I hear “mushroom soup” my initial reaction is “no thanks,” but Les’ soup ended up being my favorite dish of the evening. It was so creamy! It reminded me of a bisque of some sort.
For my entrée, I ordered the ahi tuna and cleared my plate.
After dinner, we decided a stop at SweetBerries for some frozen custard was necessary. Ryan took me to SweetBerries during one of my first visits to Sarasota when we started dating and it quickly became tradition for us to grab custard during every visit to the area.
We were all pretty full from dinner, so Les and Diane split a cup of the Sarasota Sunset custard (vanilla custard with lots of berries) and Ryan and I split a cup of butterscotch custard.
It was the perfect ending to a fabulous day!
I’m currently sitting at the kitchen counter blogging away but better sign off to help with the preparations for today’s fall birthday brunch.
I hope your Sunday is a good one!