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Thread: Trip Report - March 15-March 22, 2010

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    Yes, it a bit upsetting, but luckily we found out the day before and had time to scramble. Your situation is harder, especially with your husband's MS. I think you did the right thing. 40 minutes is not a long time in any airport, especially Newark. We barely made our connection coming back and we had 45 minutes in Atlanta! I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't leave the resort!! I always feel so bad as everyone raves about all the restaurants in Aruba. We were actually sitting on the beach on Sunday - our last full day - trying decide where to go to eat. I finally said - why not stay here and go casino hopping after dinner instead. That was it - ha! We promised ourselves that next year we would leave the Divi for dinner at least once!! Have a great vacation - once you get there it will be all worth it!!!

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    Brown lady

    [QUOTE=hockeymom;170514]Here's the Brown Lady recipe that Arubalisa posted last week...yuummmm...haven't tried making them at home yet, but will soon!!!

    Brown Lady Drink
    Original Recipe Yield 2 servings
    Ingredients
    2 tablespoons vodka
    2 tablespoons Irish cream liqueur
    2 tablespoons rum cream liqueur
    2 tablespoons coffee flavored liqueur
    1/4 cup coconut cream
    1 1/2 cups ice cubes

    Directions
    In a blender, combine the vodka, Irish cream liqueur, rum cream liqueur, coconut cream and ice cubes. Cover, and blend for about 1 minute. Pour into two glasses. "

    http://pattimack.tripod.com/Happyhour.htm
    "Brown lady:
    1 oz each of vodka, Kaluha and Baileys. l/2 oz of coco Lopez. Blend. Add ice. Blend till thick and creamy.

    OR

    1 oz each of: Coconut Cream, Coffee Liqueur, Irish Cream, Vodka

    Thanks for the recipes for the Brown Lady; I will have to try this one soon.... sounds really good and cold... refresher on a hot lazy day in Aruba...

    Lisa
    First trip to Aruba down; many more to come

    Lisa

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    We have always stayed in the high rise area, non AI and have enjoyed trying all the different restaurants. This year we are staying at the Divi, and i am looking forward to just staying on property and eating. With 3 kids it started becoming stressful going out to eat every night. As long as we enjoy the food at the Divi, I will not feel bad at all. It will be especially nice not to worry about how much the bill is going to be, my husband and children are not cheap dates!!
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    I think the kids will love it. To be able to go up to the bar and get a non-alcoholic frozen drink seemed to be a big hit with the kids while we were there. The ice cream machine and pizza seemed to be a blessing to the parents. I thought the food was good - maybe not what you're use to if you've done the restaurants - but it's available whenever you want it - or more importantly, when the kids are hungry. The beach is so much better than the high rise area. You'll be amazed -have fun!!!

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    We always stay at the hotel and don't venture out. This year, thanks to this forum, we are going to take a tour. I have just learned so much here. I scheduled it early in the day, so we won't miss a lot of pool and beach time. LOL We MAY go out for dinner one evening, but I haven't made any reservations. I just hate to plan something, then feel like we HAVE to go. LOL How lazy I get when I go to Aruba. We stay at the Occidental Grand, and we upgrade to the Royal Club--if you don't want to go to dinner, they will bring it to you. How lazy is that?? When I get back home, I just can't talk my hubby to bring me dinner. LOL What is up with that!!?




    Quote Originally Posted by hockeymom View Post
    Yes, it a bit upsetting, but luckily we found out the day before and had time to scramble. Your situation is harder, especially with your husband's MS. I think you did the right thing. 40 minutes is not a long time in any airport, especially Newark. We barely made our connection coming back and we had 45 minutes in Atlanta! I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't leave the resort!! I always feel so bad as everyone raves about all the restaurants in Aruba. We were actually sitting on the beach on Sunday - our last full day - trying decide where to go to eat. I finally said - why not stay here and go casino hopping after dinner instead. That was it - ha! We promised ourselves that next year we would leave the Divi for dinner at least once!! Have a great vacation - once you get there it will be all worth it!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by katherine View Post
    It will be especially nice not to worry about how much the bill is going to be, my husband and children are not cheap dates!!
    This is the biggest reason why we switched to all inclusive. Our dd has expensive tastes. We also are not nickled and dimed over sodas and snacks. Her standing order at the Red Parrot is Dutch Onion soup or Caesar Salad and Coconut shrimp.

    If you do feel like splurging for a special dinner one night, try Windows on Aruba. For $35 pp you have a choice of 3 course meal off of their regular menu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    This is the biggest reason why we switched to all inclusive. Our dd has expensive tastes. We also are not nickled and dimed over sodas and snacks. Her standing order at the Red Parrot is Dutch Onion soup or Caesar Salad and Coconut shrimp.

    If you do feel like splurging for a special dinner one night, try Windows on Aruba. For $35 pp you have a choice of 3 course meal off of their regular menu.
    Definitely like the fact that my children are not picky eaters, but it is not cheap when they opt to order lobster or crab legs instead of chicken nuggets from the kids meal. My husband has also turned them all into big sushi eaters - i myself do not enjoy it - but we ring up some hefty bills at the Japanese restaurant.

    We are definitely planning a grown up night at Windows - very excited to check it out!!
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    They will like Ginger at the Tam then. They have sushi on the appetizer menu. My boyfriend had it twice. I'm not a big sushi person either. They'll enjoy the reservation restaurants then if they're good eaters. I heard the coconut shrimp at the Red Parrot was really good but always found something I wanted more when we ate there...every meal we had was great. As I said before, not overly found of Paparazzi, but growing up in the Boston area with the North End nearly, we get spoiled! Aruba italian and Boston italian - not the same!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hockeymom View Post
    aruba italian and boston italian - not the same!
    amen! :d

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    Back from Aruba on Friday (26) wonderful flights down 45 minutes early each flight. Must have caught a tail wind Return flights early also I guess we'll stick with US Air Weather 90's plus. Was there for the island wide black out on Wednesday at 4am until around 2pm when marriott got power back. Not a real inconvenience just hung out on beach as usual most places had generators so could get coffee at Dunkin Donuts. First time staying in our time share at Surf Club, it was great couldn't ask for a nicer place to stay staff always helpful front desk always answered when I called them. Never a problem getting a hut in the morning. Water was clear no seaweed collected lots of shells. Madam Jeanettes wonderful, pizza at tomato cjharlies good La Petit Cafe dinner was good prices not to bad. Iguana Joes lunch was good just being in the village is always fun. Aruba dreamin already.....

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