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Posted on Jan 27, 2011 in Dear Diary, Food | 6 comments

Final Vacation Post – Adios Miami!

Before I jump into things, has everyone had a chance to see the article on Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen! in the Falls Church News-Press today? Okay, sorry, had to do another shameless plug. Onto the actual post!

Well, here we are mi amigos, the final (and extremely belated) vacation post! Where we last left off, we had just finished the final port stop: Roatan, Honduras! All that was left on the cruise was a final day at sea (sorry, not too many pictures taken of that rainy day!) and then our couple of days left in Miami before heading back up north!

We did get to have one last delicious dinner on the cruise that day, but because of I was so stuffed from eating throughout the day I only partook in 2 of the customary 4 courses, hahaha.



A delicious, perfectly cooked medium-rare filet mignon (wrapped in bacon, naturally!) with a pea puree pyramid and carrot mash.



An almond amaretto cake. Mm-mmm. It a nice portion (a small sliver) and I looooove almond-flavored anything! It was the perfect finish to all of the amazing meals we (over)ate while cruising.

Admittedly, it wasn’t as good as the almond-pistachio cake we ended up having at Icebox Cafe in Miami, but then again, Oprah did declare their cake “the best cake in America” so I don’t think our sweet little cruise could compete.

Here’s a photo of that deliciousness that Ben took while while we were visiting Icebox:

Seriously, Oprah. You know your cake.

We spent the last two days of vacation lounging around Miami Beach, including eating at the famous Joe’s Stone Crab in South Beach! We hung out by the pool, walked along the beach, and got to check out the awesome Art Deco fair that they had going on!


Hokay! So, here we are. I promised you pictures of me, lounging in all my swimsuited glory. While yes, you have probably a few already via some past cruise posts (here and here), the fact that I was wearing a swimsuit was kind of incidental. So I forced myself to pull out all my knowledge from watching 16 cycles of America’s Next Top Model, channel my inner Tyra, and posed for a couple of pics. Mortifying though it may be is.

Click the “Read More” to see them… if you dare (does this qualify as “NSFW”? I have no idea. Well, at least you’re prepared.) And try not to judge too harshly. I’ve still got at least 30 pounds to go! And also bear in mind how hard I would have laughed in your face had you asked me to do this 40 pounds ago.


This is me digging into my deep love and adoration of Marilyn Monroe, given the sweet retro cut of my one-piece (from Target).

And here is the moment of truth:


Thank goodness I’m lying down, that’s all I have to say about that! 😉 Anyway, just imagine what I’ll (hopefully) look like in another 6 months!

Thanks for sticking through aaaall these vacation posts, y’all! Don’t worry, there is no imminent vacation anywhere in the near future (saaaaaaaad!) so you won’t have to hear me brag for quite a while. Well, not about amazing, relaxing, sunshiney vacations, at least! ‘Til next time! 🙂


  1. I’m proud of you Gretch 🙂

  2. you look beautiful!

  3. You look fantastic, Gretchen! And I love your hat. :o)

  4. You look awesome! Love the retro one-piece.
    And may I say that you look better in a two piece than me. 😉

  5. You look ah-mazing! You’re doing so well, I love reading your blog 🙂

  6. Looking fab 🙂 Love the red hat with the black suit!


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