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    Thanks for thinking of me. I've been dreaming of Linda's pancakes since getting home. 332 days left for me. Sounds like you're getting out and doing a lot of things. Keep the reports coming. I look forward to hear all you do and eat. Enjoy MJ's, our favorite place!

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    Wednesday,

    Another awesome day,

    Went snorkeling early and beat the rush. Came back and headed to Scott's Brats for lunch. Two brats and two red stripes for $16...Life is good. Hit the Pelican for a bucket of brites and enjoyed the view. Back to the Surf Club and kept the party rolling at the beach. The fisherman Caroline brought in about 8 tuna and two massive Wahoo about 40-50 each. I use Tuy when I fish.. Go Get em, but Peter at Melina, and Marceleno, Caroline are all great fisherman. Went to MJ's and had an awesome dinner. Enjoyed the Goulash as an appetizer follow by the Butcher Cut Filet cooked perfectly. Wife had the Almond Crusted Grouper which was amazing. Stopped by to make my deposit at the casino. The buffalo was still rolling and a lady was planted there all night. She had that machine over $500 when. If you are facing the back wall standing at Buffalo there are Three "Panda Machines" Third one from the left hit for 2000 last night. I enjoy the video poker over slots but I may have to see the power of the Panda tonight.
    Next Aruba trip to the Marriott Surf Club July 2018.

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    hahahahaha panda and buffalo.

    cannot beat Scott's Brats for brakfast, lunch or a snack! The owners are such fine people........no pretenses about them...regular hardworking wonderful people.
    i am so happy that their business is doing well.

    here it is 7:53 am and i am salivating while thinking of MJs almond grouper........with that wonderful creamed spinach.

    i know i have said it before, but i do want you and all to know, that so many of us are grateful for your sharing your trip with us.
    we are grateful and appreciative to all forum members that take the time to share.

    now........get out and enjoy the day.

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    Love the insider's tips on the casino!!! Taking notes for our next trip. Hope you win a bundle!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    Marriott casino

    in the area where the entrance used to be before renovation
    Thanks Andrea!

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    Thursday,

    Went to Mangel Halto snorkeling. Had a great time and really enjoy snorkeling at this location. But please be aware there are some strong currents and it can be dangerous. The best way to snorkel Mangel is Aruba Bob bladefish scooters or take the tranquilo boat tour. Stopped at Zeerovers for a beverage, and then went to Lagrundga for lucnch. Great local place with good food and great prices. Back to the Surf Club for Serenity pool followed by a sunset with an old friend Tuy who is a fisherman at the docks. Went to Cunuchu for dinner. Wanted to try something diffent without the kids, and it was a disaster. I dont want to vent my frustration on the forum, but be assured trip advisor will be getting a letter when I get back. We left Cunuchu before we even ordered and went to Aqua Grill. Had the red snapper with a mango sauce, and the wife had the Chilean Sea Bass. Both were awesome and the Flan was amazing. Yes night cap at the casino. Buffalo Bill has a twin brother I found and he likes to run as well. He is located over by the machines that looks like a giant coral reef next to the let it ride table by the old Pulled $100 from buffalo and hit the 4s on a double double machine in the back room near the cashier stand. Have a great day.
    Next Aruba trip to the Marriott Surf Club July 2018.

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    HAha cool !!

    as I had said earlier we have not been to old conucu in yrs. guess I missed nothing there.
    Please tell us what happened there.

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    Ok I dont want to get to detailed but since I came up to fill my cooler with Balashi I will take a quick minute out of the sun. Pulled in the parking lot at 7:30 and there were six cars in the lot. The waiter was about 14-15years old. I ordered a glass of pinot and he looked at me like I had two heads. He had to go to the other room and ask. Came back 15 minutes later with our wine. At this point we asked him what the catch of the day was? He again proceeded to look at us like we were aliens. He then again went to the other room for guidence. Seats a few other tables and starts to get them drinks. He then said the Catch was Grouper and my wife asked what is the market price for the fish and he said he will have to ask. At this ponit I am done and needed to talk to a manager. I finally talked to the manager and his exact words were... "this is is first night as a server ever and we need to give him a break"!!!! I said someone needs to train him, and he said he doesnt have time, and had his own tables to take care of!!LOL got in the car and drove to Aqua Grill. Stay away until further notice.
    Next Aruba trip to the Marriott Surf Club July 2018.

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    Forgot all about this and I am not sure how. A real nice couple had their rental car stolen at Mangel Halto. She approached us and asked if we witnessed any teenagers stealing the Toyoto Corollo they have rented. She said the group of teenagers were watching them as they were entering the water. No one had a phone, so we drove to Zeerovers and called the Polis for them. Felt so bad and helpless for them. She said she is on the forum and will post something. Sorry didnt get her name or username during the mess. Hope everything is okay.
    Last edited by mattmorr; 11-22-2013 at 07:00 PM.
    Next Aruba trip to the Marriott Surf Club July 2018.

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    Friday,

    Went snorkeling in the morning and there was a brief shower at lunch. Last night on the island and with the wife packing we just ended up with a pizza and pitcher of Sangria at Tomato Charlies. While we were there the King and Queen drove by in a motorcoach and were waving to everyone. They pulled into the Hyatt I am guessing for dinner. Off to the Ritz to check out the opening night. Words are tough to describe how spectacular this resort is. Place was packed with tourists and locals. I will leave you with three items I took away from our visit. Pool/chair cushions are more comfortable than my bed. More Marble than the Taj Mahal. The sand at the beach is just different from anywhere on Palm Beach. They must have brought some sand in or did a good job of screening the sand. It is very soft and silky. Oh well heading out at 4pm. If I think of anything else I will let you know. Otherwise hope you enjoyed the trip reports.
    Next Aruba trip to the Marriott Surf Club July 2018.

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