Beach Menu

June 7, 2013

Our family always has too many cooks in the kitchen. We begin planning our vacation menus the second dates have been reserved for a trip. Ironically, we often have the same meals every year at the beach: pizza, low country boil, tacos, and dozens of sandwiches for lunch. While this beach trip was a bit different than usual with a bachelorette dinner, rehearsal dinner, wedding day lunch, wedding reception and Sunday brunch in the mix, here are a handful of our beach meals.


Eggs, toast, fruit, coffee (Nectarine season- wahoo!!)


French toast with sunbutter


Eggs, toast, fruit v.2


Coach’s Oats with sunbutter and banana




Potato chip, cheese, avocado + pickle sandwich


Roast beef sandwich with salad


Salad with a little of everything


Wedding day lunch spread:


With wedding day beverages!




First night: taco salad


Night Two: Bachelorette dinner (more tacos!)


Night Three: Rehearsal dinner Southern specialties – they were all incredible, especially the corn + bleu cheese salad and cornbread!


Night Four: Wedding Reception deliciousness. Everything from smoked shrimp dip to brandy peach pork shoulder to flank steak and shrimp and grits. Larbs and Matt had two kinds of wedding cake: vanilla with raspberry Chambord and carrot cake. Both were incredible, and I had several slices with lots of icing!



Night Five: Matt Pizza Specialty


With Andouille sausage and mushrooms


And salad


Anniversary/wedding celebration cookie cake for dessert!


Night Six: Out to dinner at the new cantina, Delphina’s, for chips, margaritas and more tacos


Shrimp + pork


Night Seven: Low Country Boil




And we ended the week with Larbs’s famous ice cream pie!


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1 Lauren @ The Highlands Life June 7, 2013 at 8:08 am

Matt’s pizzas always look so delicious!

And your beach eats all look wonderful. I love beach eats. They’re always so refreshing when you come inside drained from the sun or go out to dinner after a fun, relaxed day. Vacations are the best… even if there was a little work involved since ya’ll had the wedding.


2 Evelyn June 7, 2013 at 8:13 am

wow…seven nights away!! Life is good :)


3 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh June 7, 2013 at 8:21 am

How can I have just eaten a full breakfast including a banana nutella crepe and want to dive into every pic like I haven’t eaten in 12 hours!? Looks like you had some delicious eats!


4 Beth @ Mangoes and Miles June 7, 2013 at 8:25 am

Your potato chip, cheese, avocado + pickle sandwich sounds REALLY interesting. When I’m at Subway, I tend to put chips on my sandwiches because, well, it’s yummy. But I’ve never thought about putting the four of those together. I’m really tempted to go out and buy all 4 of those (it’s the end of the week–there’s barely any food in the house!) and make one for lunch today!


5 Cait's Plate June 7, 2013 at 9:00 am

Looks absolutely perfect!


6 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 7, 2013 at 9:14 am

Oh wow, looks like a delicious spread all around! You can’t go wrong with tacos and seafood in my opinion, and the wedding reception food looks amazing!


7 Susan H @ The Food Allergy Chronicles June 7, 2013 at 9:35 am

What fun! Tacos seemed to be a hit. I recently had a fish taco with corn salsa…so good! Okay…vanilla cake with raspberry Chambord and carrot cake…heaven! :)


8 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries June 7, 2013 at 9:35 am

I’d love to be on your family vacations with all of the fabulous food and cooks around! :)


9 Nikole June 7, 2013 at 10:29 am

The cheese, avocado pickle and chips sandwich looks yummy! I eat cheese, mustard, pickle and cool ranch Doritos sandwiches every once in a while and I love them!!


10 Tonya June 7, 2013 at 10:30 am

okthat pickle + cheese + avocado sandwich had me wondering if Maze was gonna be a big brother, but you were redeemed by the rest of the meals! LOL


11 KathEats June 7, 2013 at 10:53 am



12 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) June 7, 2013 at 10:37 am

So I am now basically craving chips, tacos, taco salad and pizza. Ha! All your meals look delicious.


13 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen June 7, 2013 at 11:20 am

My family is the SAME way. We are all about “What are we going to EAT?” instead of “What are we going to DO?” [Obviously what we are going to do is eat. ;)]

Looks like a whole lot of goodness…


14 Jo June 7, 2013 at 12:22 pm

the avocado, potato chip sandwich looks amazing.


15 sara @ Fitcupcaker June 7, 2013 at 12:23 pm

ok so next week im making french toast, oats, and taco salad :)


16 Atsuko June 7, 2013 at 1:00 pm

All looks so great. I am craving all foods you described here, especially cakes!!! I am planning to pick up a cake today.


17 cathy June 7, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Potato chips make a sandwich! Are you Mexican’d out now? Matt’s pizza’s always look SO good!


18 [email protected] for the soul June 7, 2013 at 1:22 pm

I want everything on this post! Especially the taco salad meat and low country boil. That’s so much fun all at once, haha. I bet you guys are pooped!


19 Nicole @ Serenity Sometimes June 7, 2013 at 2:40 pm

OK the cheese pickle avocado and chip sandwich has my name all over it. It’s all about the crunch factor!


20 NurseJulie June 7, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Everything looks so delicious! I love your anniversary cake/cookie!


21 nicole June 7, 2013 at 5:22 pm

cookie cake & ice cream pie — dessert matches made in heaven :) looks like a ton of delicious summer eating! i’ve never tried shrimp & grits before, but your wedding reception plates looks fantastic. chips inside sandwich reminds me of my younger years, i need to start doing that again!


22 Emily @ Life on Food June 7, 2013 at 7:00 pm

That pizza always makes me so hungry.


23 Sarah Williams June 8, 2013 at 12:38 am

I just wanted to tell you how incredible that dough recipe you guys have is!! I found some article you or your husband wrote ages ago?? I dont even remeber where or who wrote it it was so long ago, and its THE ONLY dough recipe we ever use….everyone who tries it asks for the recipe too!


24 jodea @ June 8, 2013 at 2:12 am

Wow, looks like a wonderful few days. I love the sound of the vanilla and raspberry cake! I’m off to a wedding reception tonight.. Not sure the food will be as fabulous but it is by the sea and the sun is shining :)


25 Vanessa June 8, 2013 at 2:34 am

Looks so good!!!! Love the breakfast options…by far my favorite meal of the day!


26 cyndy June 8, 2013 at 8:01 am

Everything looks delicious and perfect for beach eating! Larbs ice-cream pie looks like a wonderful summer dessert – I tried to search on her blog for the recipe but sadly, no luck. Did she post it and if so, can you give us a hint on when or post title? Or maybe she’d be willing to share here? Thanks!


27 Saffron June 8, 2013 at 10:30 am

I’d love to hear more about the bachelorette party! Details please. :)


28 Jessica @ Chocolate Covered Chickpeas June 8, 2013 at 11:05 am

I’ve been looking for Coach’s Oats forever! (they don’t carry it here where I live.) Then miraculously, I found them at Costco yesterday. Needless to say, I bought a huge bag that will last me for a while! Can’t wait to try all of your oatmeal recipes!


29 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More June 9, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Vacation eats are always the best, especially when tacos are involved! :)


30 Alyssa June 10, 2013 at 9:23 am

Looks delicious! I love vacation food :-)


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