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    Quote Originally Posted by WaltVB View Post
    Glad you guys made it safely and I'm ready for you reports. You always take such nice pictures of your meals when in Aruba, will you share some more pictures of your new home? The show didn't do it justice I'm sure.
    Thanks, Walt. The house is a wreck of disorganization right now so we'll have to wait on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schexc View Post
    We we have found it wise to avoid the grocery stores on Saturday. Huge shopping day.

    Enjoy...
    Good advice... Sunday was insane as well...

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    Day 1

    We've been running around like crazy since we landed (okay... not constantly... the siren call of the Pina-Colada-Pool-Devil nabbed us yesterday - give in to the Dark Side...)

    A few notes about the trip down... WestJet has this insane check-in process where you print your own baggage tags and then schlep your luggage to the drop off conveyor belts. It's pandemonium and they need to re-think it. I was irritated that the WJ nazi wouldn't let us go to the traditional check-in counter and be done with it. I've used the Lufthansa check-in at the airports in Hamburg, Frankfurt and Berlin and they were waaaaaay better organized. Ah, German efficiency! And, yes, I know there were some ironic choices of words in this paragraph. I hope WJ will get their act together - there's no way they're saving money with all the agents running around trying to get people through to security.

    Anyhoo... the flight was fine: very little turbulence and we watched "The Secret Life of Pets" on the way down. Had its funny moments but it could have been better done relative to other animated movies.

    Queen Beatrix didn't have a gate for us so we had to schlep down the steps to the terminal bus. Now... there are A LOT of retirees trying to get where we're all going and it's a borderline WWE match when this happens so... EVERYBODY! SINGLE FILE! YOU'LL GET THERE!

    Quick stops at SETAR and the rental car kiosk and we were on our way.

    As others have mentioned, it's hot as Hades right now - little to no breeze and a little overcast... a first for us on island.

    The in-laws are coming to Aruba for the first time in a few weeks and we decided to make a video of the drive from the airport to the house. Have you ever tried balancing a phone-cam on the dashboard while Google Maps screams out directions? The Spouse was like a contortionist... I, on the other hand, was saying things like, "Oooh! Look at the new store!" Let the Caribbean marital dispute begin! I'd left my phone-camera on 4K resolution so it went kaput due to lack of memory before we got anywhere near Oranjestad so we'll have to do it all over again.

    Arrived at the casa, dropped The Spouse off to unpack, grabbed the recyclable shopping bags and took off for Ling's. I mentioned earlier that the place was a madhouse... it was - they've plastered the whole place with Christmas decorations, sample tables and tons and tons of inventory - navigating the aisles was a little challenging... particularly the wine section. I took some shots of Bud Light prices for my forum consultant and then got out of Dodge.

    Back at The Manse and, having forgotten about the time difference, realized dinner was in ten minutes. Oops. Off we went. See review in "Culinary" for "The Restaurant" at Tierra Del Sol.

    In bed pretty soon after dinner... long day.

    Day 2

    I woke up and thought the bathroom was flooding around 7 a.m. Nope - it was rain! And a lot of it! This was good though as we wanted to see how the house would fare with some serious downpouring. All held up nicely but some pooling outside that was easily pushed into the shrubs with a giant squeegee.

    Off to Superfood to buy all the stuff I'd forgotten to get at Ling's (pandemonium makes me forget things... no, just irritates me and I bolt). Sundays are no better for groceries... lots of confused and jet lagged tourists for Europe this time. Made it though alive and headed back to The Manse to FINALLY get in the pool and see our neighbour. Ahhhh.

    Had a little dinner party with our neighbour - baked ziti, salad, a wonderful onion bread from Superfood bakery and The Spouse made barbecued pound cake with vanilla ice cream for dessert. OINK!

    Stupidly cut my toe coming back into the house on the slider rails. OUCH! Nothing some "medicinal" red wine and an elevated foot couldn't cure.

    Packed off to bed after another busy day.

    Some observations:

    - The inner island is VERY green right now because of all the rain (good thing).
    - Superfood upstairs is already wrapping gifts for the coming season.
    - People are in good moods...probably because the holidays are on the way (i.e. Vacation!!!)...

    Back to the grind!

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    thanks for sharing
    yes, it was odd yesterday waking up to rain.
    we spent the morning in and out of the pool and under the umbrella.
    i was thinking up til about 11 am that the day was going to be a wash out
    glad i was wrong.

    what is barbecued poundcake?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    thanks for sharing
    yes, it was odd yesterday waking up to rain.
    we spent the morning in and out of the pool and under the umbrella.
    i was thinking up til about 11 am that the day was going to be a wash out
    glad i was wrong.

    what is barbecued poundcake?
    Take a pound cake, slice it into one-inch thick slices, butter on both sides, put on hot barbecue grill, sear both sides and then serve with ice cream. It is oink-licious and incredibly easy.

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    oink-a-licious is right!
    my mom used to grill poundcake on top of the stove on a grilling pan.

    i bet the bbq grill gives it an extra bit of deliciousness.

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    Your forum consultant thanks you
    I'm with you on the crowded grocery stores. I can't handle it. The things we do for beer, and for you I'm sure it's limes. As always, love your reports!

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    I like grilled poundcake as well. Try adding a thin layer of strawberry jam on the poundcake jet before topping it with ice cream, yum!! Oh, and love your new avatar!
    Last edited by Pegmeister; 11-14-2016 at 08:12 AM.

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    So happy to have your trip reports back. Hope the toe is better today!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    As always.... lovin' your reports...!

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