sSometimes all you need is vacation after vacation, which is exactly what I experienced a few weeks ago while visiting my hometown of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This trip, to spare you the whole saga, involved almost a year of talking to family and friends in just a few days. (Visiting family is really ever considered a relaxing vacation? Asking a friend!)
Don’t get me wrong, there are few things that make me happier than spending quality time with my loved ones, no matter how exhausting it may be. But in the spirit of honesty, I was extremely relieved to have planned a quick escape to the Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa, a short drive north of Fort Lauderdale, at the end of my trip home. Perfect time to avoid the post-travel blues and enjoy some moments of true relaxation.
A calming breath of fresh air
While visiting the resort (which overlooks the crystal clear waters of Manalapan, a beautiful little town in Palm Beach County), I had the opportunity to recharge and enjoy some much-needed me time.
When describing Eau Palm Beach, they say it’s an intimate ocean retreat; a breath of fresh air, an opportunity to refresh yourself and the perfect place to rediscover the weather that couldn’t be more appropriate.
The hotel sits on a seven-acre oceanfront property that has a private beach overlooking the Atlantic. Being on the East Coast, this means that every morning is blessed with a beautiful sunrise slowly creeping over the calm, glassy waters of the ocean. On the horizon you will see stand up paddle boarders crossing the sea or a dolphin passing by (if you are lucky).
Frankly, I could have spent all day being soothed by the small waves that methodically lapped the shore from the many beachfront vantage points the hotel has to offer: From my balcony room, designed by Jonathan Adler, the Club Lounge (which had some of the best *unlimited chocolate chip cookies*) or while doing yoga on the lawn are some of my favorites. That said, I found more peace connecting with the beautiful outdoors while snorkeling off the coast with the snorkel gear I purchased at the poolside concession stand. The amount of juvenile fish I saw was surprising and really made me feel like a Florida kid again.
A chance to refresh my soul
As a food writer, food is always on my mind, which is lucky considering Eau Palm Beach had so many dining options to offer. There’s a classic steakhouse, Angle; Bken, an intimate chef-driven omakase experience; and Polpo, which serves Italian cuisine.
To make this: Blend a quarter cup of peanut butter, a half cup of almond milk, half a banana, a heaping tablespoon of ground flaxseeds (hello, omega-3s), and a quarter cup of ice until smooth. homogeneous. and creamy.
That said, sometimes the simplest dishes still leave the most lasting impression. For me, this time, it was the brunch at Polpo that sealed the deal. Crab eggs Benedict, a *smoothie* flight, and a mango fruit plate (!), need I say more? Of course, I won’t keep you waiting without trying some of what they have to offer.
How to Make an Easy Banana Breakfast Smoothie That’s Rich in Omega-3s and Tastes Like a Vacation
Here’s Eau’s simple, nutrient-dense PB + banana smoothie recipe that will (hopefully) make you feel like you’re soaking up the Florida sun, no matter the morning.
To make this: Blend a quarter cup of peanut butter, a half cup of almond milk, half a banana, a heaping tablespoon of ground flaxseeds (hi, omegas), and a quarter cup of ice until smooth and creamy. .
Now, one trick I learned from the lovely team at Eau Palm Beach is: why choose one smoothie flavor, when you can have them all? So from now on, when brunch is at my house, I’ll be serving smoothies, featuring every delicious smoothie combination I can imagine, so everyone can try them all (and reap their nutritional benefits, too).
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