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    At one time Sole Mare and Gianni's was the same owners,is it still?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DANNYO View Post
    At one time Sole Mare and Gianni's was the same owners,is it still?
    Azzurro, Gianni's and Daniel's Steak & Chop House are owned by the same people. They sold Sole Mare a few years ago. (2010?).

    Sole Mare has been getting some great reviews on Tripadvisor.

    Thanks for the reviews explorer.
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    Tues 10/23...aahhhh Linda's...can't get enough of their crepes...my standard bananas, walnuts, whipped cream, but added fresh strawberries this morning. Wife had a plain, doesn't know whats she's missing. Left Linda's full to the top and drove up to the lighthouse looking for new construction and remodeling along the way. Saw real nice improvements on some places. Stopped in at the new residence apts being built just down from the Phoenix to talk to their sales office. They're called Blue(bluearuba.com). They showed us around and sat down with the pricing. Really beautiful places with reasonable pre-construction prices. Just not sure if we're ready for that commitment. Just another thing to dream about while working those cold winter days in the northeast. Now here i sit on our beach telling the family that's our new place. Another beautiful day on the beach. I am not taking the sun for granted! Had to leave a little early as we had 6:30 resv at Madame Janette's. Gotta get home to catch the first game of the world series. Madame Janette's was wonderful tonight as usual. We were seated outside near the singer on a beautiful breezy evening. The first I've heard this singer with his guitar player and they were very good! Now, on to the meal. Wife had their signature Almond Crusted Grouper which was crispy and delicious, SIL had a very impressive skewer of shrimp with some kind of diced fruity sauce that she loved, BIL-plain chicken(I don't know what else to say), and I ordered, for the first time ever, rack of lamb. I've always taken a bite here and there but decided to give a full order a try. Not sorry here! Very tender and moist with a nice demi glaze along with their great potatoes au gratin. Topped it off with the special dessert, brownie with cracker jack ice cream. Wonderful meal! I know there have been a few negative reviews with them lately but not from this guy. Made reservations for next Wednesday on the way out. Hurried home just in time to see the Sox score 3 in the first inning. Great day!!! Looking forward to tomorrow morning. No...not Linda's again but almost as good. DW, SIL, and I are going to Fanicita Spa(nafanny.com) for massages. A first for any of us in Aruba and first for me anywhere since Hawaii 8 years ago. Long overdue. Can't wait to tell you about it. Won 8-1. Good night!!!

    Go Red Sox!!!
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    Love these reviews!! Sounds like you could be a judge on the Food Network with your reviews. My review of last night BLT, Chips and a pickle. Weather here in eastern Pa a whopping 30 degrees, and 1-3 inches of snow expected for the folks up north on Friday. Enjoy your trip, and thanks for sharing.
    Next Aruba trip to the Marriott Surf Club July 2018.

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    Ha, love me some BLT but as soon as you said 30 degrees I moved out to the balcony. Sorry, but what a beautiful morning here!

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    Thurs 10/24...Ate some snacks sitting around the kitchen then headed towards Alto Vista Chapel to Nafanny Spa. Read a lot of good things on Trip Advisor so thought we'd get our first massage in Aruba. What a nice place! Fanny will pick you up at your hotel, but, we drove there and were greeted in her garden area. Very nice husband and wife business. My wife and SIL both got the hot stone massage at $100 for 80 mins and said it was worth every penny. Even better than Hotel Hershey Spa. For myself, having delivered packages for UPS for over 40 years now, I chose the 30 min back and 40 min foot reflexology. Wow was that great! Love getting my feet taken care of. We will definitely do it again next year. I can't really compare it to any place else in the area but my wife said it was the best massage she ever had. Ate a chicken caesar wrap at our place, Pure Beach, then spent the rest of the day sunning. I'm a little behind on the tan this year. Beautiful sunny day but a lot of wind. Not breeze...wind. Not complaining though! Gonna head to Matthews a little early so I can catch most of game 2. Got to Matthews at 6:45 to a half full restaurant. This may be the least crowded time we've seen in Aruba. We ended up taking an elderly man who we met on the beach. He's been coming to the island 33 years and just lost his wife 2 years ago so thought it would be good to give him some company. We like it there mostly because of the setting, but enjoy the food, too. DW and "Walt" got lasagna that was "very good", SIL got linguine with clam sauce that she really enjoyed, BIL got spaghetti he said was very good, and I got chicken parm that I thought had very good flavor. Topped it off with complimentary tiramisu that was also good. Enjoyed our meal and new company. Already looking forward to my crepe at Linda's tomorrow. I'll need a pick-me-up since I don't think my Sox are going to pull this game out. Not happy right now! Enjoy your Friday! Good night!

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    Fri 10/25...So upset from the Sox losing I just couldn't go to Linda's for my crepe. Ha, just kidding! Not a chance. Bananas, walnuts, whipped cream, and added some fresh papaya. Just what I needed to get me out of my losing funk. My wife had a plain and both were perfectly crisp around the edges. We went down to Ling's to pick up a few snacks and drinks then headed back to park our butts on the beach. Broken record...another beautiful sunny day. Again, a little more wind than usual. The gusts would whip up the sand every now and then but we just moved our chairs down closer to the water and were fine. Came off the beach around 5 for a 7:00 resv at Daniel's Steakhouse. We discovered this place last year and went twice so we were looking forward to it again this year. Just a fantastic meal. SIL had a mixed grill with filet, chorizo, chicken, and shrimp. All were very good. DW, BIL, and I all had filet mignon, all were perfectly prepared. I also had a 4 cheese risotto, and roasted potatoes with bacon, onion, and rosemary...outstanding! Such a good meal, we will be back next week. We then walked around the mall and got some Haagen Dazs ice cream and back home to sit on the balcony to enjoy a beautiful quiet evening. Excited to see a new batch of friends come in tomorrow with nothing planned. Have a great Saturday! Goodnight!

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    BIL hasn't had chicken in 2 days! Is he okay? Just kidding, I really enjoy your reports and food reviews. Please keep them coming!

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    very observant. he's ok with red sauce and no meat and said he'd do 2 steaks in our 2 weeks. saving them both for daniel's

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    2 steaks in 2 wks. Is he a seafood fan?
    Quote Originally Posted by explorer213 View Post
    very observant. he's ok with red sauce and no meat and said he'd do 2 steaks in our 2 weeks. saving them both for daniel's

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