Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Dining under the Full Moon

There's nothing better than having date night during the week. There's just something about going out during a "school night" that makes it extra special and somewhat adventurous. Earlier this month we had the pleasure of having a spectacular spring dinner at OCEAN2000 inside Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale. Florida.  

Each month, the beachside restaurant hosts a unique event called “An Evening Under the Moon.” Nowhere else in Fort Lauderdale can you dine just steps away from the Atlantic Ocean on sand dunes simply lit by moonlight and a few strategically placed tiki torches. We sat so close to the water that we could actually hear the crashing waves and smell the sea salt. It was glorious. Although the weather was murky all day, the evening brought a cool breeze and soft clouds that made the night incredibly romantic and set the tone for surprises the evening had in store. 

As soon as we arrived, we felt relaxed and at ease at the sophisticated yet laid back hotel with an Old Florida vibe. We began our evening with two glasses of sparkling wine and butler-passed horderves during the cocktail hour on a beautiful terrazo-tiled private balcony. There were three telescopes lined up against the white railings overlooking the gleaming water and night sky. On the night we were there, there was a full moon and it happened to be the night after the blood moon made its appearance. The moon was absolutely breathtaking and awesome. 

Chef Todd Lough prepared a three courses dinner made with fresh ingredients and inspired by the season - a starter, main dish and dessert. In between the starter and the main course, we were treated to a granita to cleanse our pallets. It was hard to choose just one of each dish, but thankfully there's two of us and we get to share and try our two favorite picks. 

We choose the burrata and octopus salad for starters, filet mignon and lamb for the main dish. The soft burrata was served with peppery arugula, crisp yellow tomatoes and balsamic glaze. The octopus was fresh and very tender. The filet mignon and lamb was cooked perfectly.

We shared a chocolate parfait and passion fruit panne cotta for dessert. Panne cotta is one of Mr. P's favorite desserts and he couldn't get enough of it. The parfait was also delicious. The food was just as good as the view and atmosphere. 

We were pleasantly surprised to learn that an astrologist was reading people's auras during the event. Although we can be a bit skeptical of fortune tellers, we took a chance and met with her. Right away, she mentioned that we are both very creative and leaders, not followers. Check, check! Then, she asked us to pick a card from the upside down stack on the table. The card was "The World," which means all of our stars are aligned and we are grateful for our blessings. She said that we have great things in store in 2014 and 2015! We can't wait to find out!

For more information on Pelican Grand Beach Resort, visit www.pelicanbeach.com. 


  1. Such a beautiful "date night" to have! The view and the food look like a wonderful experience. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  2. What an enjoyable way tos pend a "school night" love it! Glad everything turned out so well.


  3. What an enchanting evening with beautiful scenery and delicious dinner. Mmmm the chocolate parfait looks so decadent. Love your pretty green dress :)

  4. A wonderful romantic get away and a gorgeous dinner under the stars.
    Can't get much better:)

  5. You look lovely.. that green dress is beautiful!

  6. A beautiful night shared by two beautiful people.

  7. That' a lovely way to celebrate a night at the beach, you are such a cute couple!
    The dinner looks delightful too.

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