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December 30, 2011

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Top 5 Tastes Of The Day

(Because deciding what to order is so hard!)

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Granola here is more like lightly toasted oats soaked in milk – sort of like overnight oats. We went to one of the sit-down breakfasts and I ordered this incredible parfait with layers of honey-lime yogurt and “granola” with fruit. LOVED it!

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It was an appetizer to my banana pancakes! Matt ordered a pizza for breakfast with goat cheese and bacon. He sure is rocking the savory!

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Have you ever sipped coconut water from the coconut?!

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Now I’m thinking I should plant a coconut tree in our backyard..

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Plopped on top of my salad bar were these lentils…….which were the best lentils I’ve ever had

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The lentils were better than all three of the desserts I tasted after lunch! Imagine that!

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This drink was on the menu as an Ocean 11. It was listed as ‘Papaya, milk, simple syrup and a hint of nutmeg.’ I asked for it without the syrup for cocktail hour snack time and it was an incredible papaya-milk smoothie. Must add more nutmeg to my vita-mix creations!

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The dessert on the right was called “Banoffee Pie.” I was expecting a coffee-banana slice of pie. But it turned out to be a TOFFEE pie served in a bowl. First smoothies in a bowl, now pie in a bowl!? Matt and I both agreed that the thick, sweet, chewy bites of toffee under layers of banana and pie crust were the best dessert we’ve ever had. We almost ordered another one, but by the time we finished the apple streusel and cherry ice cream we were stuffed.

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5 Top Moments Of The Day

Swim #2 in the ocean. We went for two separate dips and crab-walked around. I tried to swim laps but ended up just hovering in the surf :mrgreen:

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The Hunger Games was just too intense and dark of a book to read in the sunshine. Thanks to my phone’s Kindle app and resort wifi, I had a new book ready to go in 2 minutes! So many of you recommended She’s Come Undone in your favorite book of all time comments, so I downloaded it. LOVE it so far. Lamb has this magical way of transporting the reader back in time. The book is lots of description – which I love too. Wonderful characters!! Can’t wait to read more today!

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After hours of lying in our chairs reading, we went on two beach walks, one in each direction. The first took us through some of the other resorts and the second took us through Negril’s beaches. We got to see some of the local flavor. I wish I had money to buy some jerk chicken from a stand. I am glad I had no money though so the ganga dealers didn’t harass us too much ; )

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TIGRE SIGHTING!!!

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Orange cats follow us everywhere.

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Of course our final top 5 moment was cocktail hour!

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Matt’s reaction to his Mint Julep. [Best drink he had all week, he said]

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Dinner followed. It was not a top 5 moment of the day, but it was pretty tasty.

The sesame salmon I ordered for an appetizer was great

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As was Matt’s jerk pork

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The pumpkin soup was pretty disappointing. It tasted more like peas than pumpkin? Which I guess is a good thing since I love peas!

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The wines here aren’t all that exciting. They only have one red [Cab] and one white [Chard] so as wine lovers we were a little sad that they have Grey Goose Vodka in the bars but only one wine. One plus: your glass never goes empty! They keep filling it up until you tell them you’ve had enough.

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1 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife December 30, 2011 at 8:38 am

Oh WOW. Every piece of food looks amazing! Please soak it ALL up for me too ;)

Have fun!!

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2 Krissy @ Shiawase Life December 30, 2011 at 8:42 am

Enjoy enjoy! Loving the warmth projected from this post…

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3 Erin December 30, 2011 at 8:43 am

I have had coconut water straight from the coconut! It was good!! Although, I’ll never get it again because it was so expensive. :)

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4 Andrea @FrSeed2Stomach December 30, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Last time I was in Jamaica, the groundskeepers at the resort I stayed at would just give them to you as they chopped them down! We brought them to the bar and had them add some rum after we drank about 1/2 the water.

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5 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 30, 2011 at 8:45 am

I want to recreate that banana toffee thing ASAP. I love bananas in dessert and especially with that toffee!

She’s Come Undone was a great book – I read it years ago and still have pages marked just because I love the way Lamb phrases things.

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6 Hillary December 30, 2011 at 8:50 am

I giggled a little when I saw that She’s Come Undone is your “lighter” read—from what I remember, it’s pretty intense! But glad you’re enjoying it : )

Soak up that sun—I’m already jealous of your tan!

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7 Lu December 30, 2011 at 12:02 pm

I laughed when I read that, too! It’s a wonderful book but oh man, so heavy.

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8 Tracy December 30, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Agreed!

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9 Lucy December 30, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Especially compared to The Hunger Games, which is a good book but basically just an action movie in book form! Brain fluff.

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10 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) December 30, 2011 at 8:52 am

OK that “Banoffee Pie” sounds amazing and I don’t even prefer toffee. :) Loving all your vacay pics!!

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11 Andrea December 30, 2011 at 8:52 am

I just LOVE the first pic of Matt, especially contrasted with the last photo of Matt! The photos of the food are awesome and make me hungry, even though I am eating breakfast. Enjoy your last day!

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12 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles December 30, 2011 at 8:59 am

It seems that if I were making this trip I would have to make a top 946! :)

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13 Khushboo December 30, 2011 at 9:02 am

Yess drinking out of a coconut is so much more fun- only way I drink coconut water here!

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14 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious December 30, 2011 at 9:06 am

WOW. The pictures…the coconuts..honey and lime yogurt…your cocktail hour dress…the beach…the cat…the smoothie…WOW.

Keep posting…

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15 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 30, 2011 at 9:07 am

If you’re loving She’s Come Undone, you HAVE to read “I Know This Much Is True” his other book that I thought was way better. It actually was my favorite book for a good 10 years until Hunger Games gave it a run for it’s money ;)
Enjoy your last day!

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16 Amy December 30, 2011 at 9:07 am

I agree with you about the books — I went to Hawaii last year and brought Mockingjay with me. Bad move! Wally Lamb is a much better choice, I love that book.

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17 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! December 30, 2011 at 9:13 am

Again, sounds like you two are having an amazing time! Did you go horseback riding on the beach!? I’ve always wanted to do that! I love horseback riding!

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18 Meaghan O'Connor (My Spoonful of Inspiration) December 30, 2011 at 9:14 am

I’m living through your breathtaking photos and soaking it in right along with you :) Enjoy!

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19 Allie@LiveLaughEat December 30, 2011 at 9:18 am

Isn’t it fun getting cooking ideas at resort buffets? I can’t believe you never tried banoffee pie when you were in the UK! I even had banoffee flavored yogurt–so good! Enjoy your last day, Kath!

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20 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count December 30, 2011 at 9:22 am

Looks like you’re having a fabulous time. Good Job!

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21 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 30, 2011 at 9:29 am

Oh wow, Kath, this looks like heaven!! I absolutely adore banoffee pie. One of my mum’s friends makes an amazing one and I haven’t had it in far too long. And speaking of nutmeg in smoothies, I’ve got some in my green smoothie right now – you’re right, SO good! Enjoy your day!

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22 jenna December 30, 2011 at 9:31 am

what a lovely spread of food!! how wonderful! oooo and my 6 year old would be so jealous she has been dying to drink out of coconut!! lol lol it’s the little things in life! have a great New Year

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23 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot December 30, 2011 at 9:31 am

I first saw Banoffee flavored things all over London and fell in love with the combo there! It’s funny that they have that in Jamaica as well as I have never seen it anywhere else! I think I might need to try a banoffee pancake or something sometime ;)

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24 Laura December 30, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Its not really that odd… considering Jamaica is part of the Commonwealth, hence still has some British influences in their culture harking back to the Colonial years. Definitely seek out some banoffee cheesecake if you ever make it back over to the U.K!

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25 Sonya December 30, 2011 at 9:37 am

I love the food and I especially love your beach cover up. Where did you get it? It’s the green/aqua/blue one. Thanks! (Don’t forget to share which resort you went to, it’s perfect, despite the cig smoke!)

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26 Janine @ThePurpleGiraffe December 30, 2011 at 9:39 am

You’re making me want to fast forward to my next vacation!

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27 Anne P December 30, 2011 at 9:40 am

Haha I went to Jamaica for spring break my senior year of college and remember the ganga dealers well. It was always: “weed? weed?” and then we’d say no, so for some reason they’d assume that well, if they don’t want weed, they probably want: “cocaine? ecstasy?” Lol.

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28 Jodi S December 30, 2011 at 9:46 am

Jerk chicken is the best! It is so delicious.

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29 Elizabeth December 30, 2011 at 9:51 am

Banoffee pie is so easy to make! Tons of recipes on blogs/pinterest. Jenna posted a simple recipe a while back…

http://www.eatliverun.com/book-club-uncensored-and-banoffee-pie-recipe/

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30 Johanna B December 30, 2011 at 9:51 am

I’d never heard of Banoffee Pie til your post and then a few minutes later this link popped up in twitter:

http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/chuck-hughes/banoffee-pie-recipe/index.html

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31 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) December 30, 2011 at 9:52 am

Officially, this post made me jealous as I am about to go to work and it’s cold/overcast here in Atlanta today. Enjoy your trip Kath. Looks like heaven!

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32 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles December 30, 2011 at 9:53 am

Your post is warming me up…as I look outside to minus 11 degree weather…was minus 17 yesterday! All the flavours are inspiring!

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33 Blessing @ Working Mom Journal December 30, 2011 at 9:56 am

Totally loving the vacation photos, keep em coming

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34 Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy December 30, 2011 at 9:57 am

As always these are wonderful pictures! Looks like you have been having a blast in Jamaica! I am loving your necklace and dress you wore for cocktail hour! You look great!

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35 Kavi @ Lab to Fab! December 30, 2011 at 10:03 am

Fresh coconut water is the best! Super jealous as I’m sitting here sipping my boxed VitaCoco ;)

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36 Angel7 December 30, 2011 at 10:05 am

I want a coconut tree in our backyard!

Looks like you are learning some new ideas on what ingredients to use more of in your recipes.

The.Best.Food.We.Ever.Had.Vacation :)

I am telling you, Kath… The orange cats like you, because they know you like pumpkin (LOL) You exude pumpkin :)

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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37 Cait's Plate December 30, 2011 at 10:05 am

I looooooved She’s Come Undone! By far one of my favorite Wally Lamb books (though The Hour I First Believed was also really good).

All the food looks so incredibly fresh and delicious – I can’t get over it. I think your posts have convinced me to take a Jamaican vacation in the future (though I don’t know that I could handle the open smoking at the resort so I might stay somewhere else)!

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38 Hannah @ eat, drink, and save money December 30, 2011 at 10:16 am

I remember being let down from the beer and wine at an all inclusive before. I have never been much of a liquor drinker, but they really seem to stock up on that and forget about the wine and beer lovers! At least they make up for it in the food! Glad I wasn’t the only one who felt that way.

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39 Allison December 30, 2011 at 10:23 am

Honey-lime yogurt sounds divine [and very topical]!

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40 Roxanne December 30, 2011 at 10:37 am

Glad you’re having a great time relaxing and enjoying yourselves…. it’ll be difficult to come back and work again!

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41 Elisabeth December 30, 2011 at 10:40 am

Ok, I think I’ve said this every day of your vacation, but…your dresses are so cute! If you like the Wally Lamb book, read his others – they’re all good. Oh, and so odd the way you two attract the orange cats… ;) Keep on having a great vacation & happy New Year to you, Matt and your families!

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42 seana December 30, 2011 at 10:40 am

cute dress!! loved that book as well!

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43 Meagan December 30, 2011 at 10:47 am

Wow! You guys have done alot! Looks like an eatacation!

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44 Meaghan December 30, 2011 at 10:48 am

I love She’s Come Undone, but it’s incredibly intense! Not a light beach read at all, haha. Just a warning. Your trip looks very relaxing!

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45 Mom December 30, 2011 at 10:53 am

Love all the pics! So glad you’re having fun.

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46 katie @KatieDid December 30, 2011 at 10:55 am

Wow to every food item you ate yesterday, they all look fresh and incredible. You’ve lucked out with the foodie heaven you stumbled upon!!

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47 Alyse December 30, 2011 at 11:06 am

You are going to love “She’s Come Undone”! I’m actually on my third copy since I first read it in 2000. Wally Lamb’s second book “I Know This Much Is True” is pretty wonderful, too. After one more read through it I might need a new copy of that, as well.

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48 Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous December 30, 2011 at 11:10 am

It’s great when you can eat delicious foods on vacation and they are still healthy!

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49 faith December 30, 2011 at 11:21 am

One time we were hiking through the jungle in Costa Rica and Tate kept hacking the tops of coconuts off and drinking them. Let’s just say that he found out the hard way that coconut water is a great laxative if you drink enough!

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50 Sarah December 30, 2011 at 11:26 am

I hope you let us know what resort you’re staying at in a later post! (Maybe you mentioned it in the comments section but there are so many posts to look through at this point.) I never thought an all inclusive resort would have such healthy, delicious food! Suddenly I’m feeling the lure of the tropics…

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51 Andrea @FrSeed2Stomach December 30, 2011 at 11:35 am

Love adding nutmeg! It always perks things up in a different way. Everything looks delish! I can’t wait until Sunday when I’m in Jamiaca!

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52 healthy ashley December 30, 2011 at 11:37 am

I feel like I’m there with you with this post :) You look adorable!

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53 Jess December 30, 2011 at 11:42 am

So jealous! I know I shouldn’t be since I’ve seen a lot of Europe this year, but I <3 tropical vacations. Must convince Irish husband that the beach isn't bad!

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54 Tami@nutmegnotebook December 30, 2011 at 11:42 am

Looks like so much fun! At the Asian market I buy young coconuts and they come with a straw to drink the coconut water!

Happy New Year!

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55 Hope December 30, 2011 at 11:50 am

Ahh..I’m so jealous right now! Jamaica looks amazing!! :) Have a great time!

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56 Jess December 30, 2011 at 11:56 am

‘She’s Come Undone’ is one of my top five favorite books of all time. It DEFINITELY gets darker as the story progresses, but yes, aren’t the characters, description and writing just amazing? The most incredible thing about the book to me is that a male writer is able to so accurately depict a woman’s life and her reactions/emotions…. Ah, I could go on and on :)

Love seeing the bites and drinks of your vacation.

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57 Jen December 30, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Is it a serious, romantic book? “deep”? I can’t believe I haven’t heard more about it and want to check it out now!

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58 Rachel L December 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Hey Kath, you’re vacation looks amazing! but, im from Malaysia so we ALL drink coconut water from the coconut itself so its really weird if we drank from a can or bottle here. hahah its funny how we do things in different countries! :D

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59 Emily December 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I think it’s funny that you said you’re switching from Hunger Games to She’s Come Undone because Hunger Games is too intense/dark for the sunny beach. SCU is one of my favorite books, but it is SUPER intense/dark, haha…made me laugh.

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60 Christine @ BookishlyB December 30, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Hahahaha- when your first picture under top 5 eats was Matt I thought you were trying to suggest something ;) Keep enjoying… the pictures look amazing!

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61 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl December 30, 2011 at 12:24 pm

The food is amazing! So you’re gonna grow a papaya and coconut tree, huh (ya, I think you need to throw in the papaya. lol). Just the smoothie options alone makes it a worthwhile trip. ;)

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62 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 30, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Did you choose this place based on its food, or did you just luck out? I’ve never seen resort food look so good!

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63 Ashley J December 30, 2011 at 12:41 pm

I would also recommend ‘The Hour I First Believed’ by Wally Lamb, as well. You’ll find his books to be very thoughtful. I remember having to put one of his books down one or more times just to sit and think about what he wrote in a deeper sense. He’s incredible.

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64 Jennifer December 30, 2011 at 1:06 pm

I had one of those coconut drinks in Honduras. Aren’t they fantastic????? I’m sure you are getting lots of ideas of things you can try to replicate back home.

Those foods all look sooo delicious.

Too funny about El Tigre being there. What are the odds of that? You guys constantly running into orange cats must mean something. (haha)

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65 Ellie@Fit for the Soul December 30, 2011 at 1:07 pm

So much delicious food! And how interesting that their granola is actually more like voo! I’m sure we’ll be seeing the re-make of that on your breakfast menu soon!~ Right? :) And a horse at the beach! That’s awesome, and I’ve always dreamed of galloping on the sand, but first I gotta learn how to lol.

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66 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco December 30, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Yes! I am planting a coconut tree in my backyard. Well maybe the fact I live in LA doesn’t help…

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67 susan December 30, 2011 at 1:22 pm

‘She’s Come Undone’ has been my favorite book for years. Enjoy!!

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68 Namaste Gurl December 30, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I’m so jealous of your unique journey! What fun you guys seem like you’re having, and you both most certainly deserve it :)
And yes, there really is NOTHING like drinking out of a fresh coconut. You’ll never go back to packaged again, promise :).

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69 Christine (The Raw Project) December 30, 2011 at 2:14 pm

So fun and the food looks amazing!

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70 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio December 30, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Wow Kath! Every moment there seems amazing. Do you mind me asking what resort y’all went to? I’d love to take my fiancee on a surprise trip one of these years.

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71 Heather @ Run Eat Play December 30, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Everything looks amazing! There’s a new fiction book coming out in January called 150 pounds by Kate Rockland. It’s about two food/fitness bloggers who paths cross when they meet on the Oprah show, and one outweighs the other by 100 pounds. I can’t wait to read it – looks like a fun and easy read.
Have a wondeful rest of your vacation. Its cold and rainy here, so I love looking at your pics!

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72 Mom December 30, 2011 at 4:23 pm

I just sent that to Kath! Read a review in PW. I also sent it to my agent, since I’m writing a kids’ blogging novel We’ll all need to read 150 pounds and discuss!

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73 Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine December 30, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Last text send to Mom: “Let’s go to Jamaica! KERF is making me jealous.”

Fo realz.

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74 Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine December 30, 2011 at 2:28 pm

*sent

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75 Ngoc December 30, 2011 at 2:44 pm

I just came back from Thailand where I had a fresh coconut like that with every meal. Best thing ever! I love that your vacation meals are still very healthy. Have fun!

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76 Julie December 30, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Both your breakfasts looked amazing! I like the idea of lightly toasted granola with milk and fruit – looks delicious, and how can you go wrong with banana pancakes. I think I’ll have to make some for… dinner tonight!

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77 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 30, 2011 at 3:04 pm

The views, the pace, the food, all the pictures..thank you for sharing it all.

Makes me feel like my vacation is still going…at least a little bit :)

There is something about smoothies, too, when in the Caribbean that I could drink nonstop. But blogging about them in December when most people are shivering stops me from going too overboard but sometimes I just have to. Lol

Glad you’re having a great time!

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78 Lisa (bakebikeblog) December 30, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Pure bliss!

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79 Leslie December 30, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Kath- Where are you getting your outfits? I’m loving the laid back adventure travel island look. I’m going to Mexico for a wedding in May and have no clue where to get some beach wear.

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80 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama December 30, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Love the pic of Swim #2 in the ocean. I can feel the warmth of the sand and sun! Also, where did you get your dress from cocktail hour? It looks so comfy and cute!

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81 kristen @ verbs and vignettes December 30, 2011 at 6:49 pm

matt’s face! hahaha. the first photo of him is one of my favorites. hilarious. and that papaya drink sounds delightful.

i don’t care for the coconut water drinks, but we hacked into a real coconut a few years ago, and it was so amazing! i haven’t done it since… it was way too tough. haha.

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82 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles December 30, 2011 at 7:05 pm

I love cool little novelties like drinking coconut water out of a coconut! Those are the things that really make an experience!

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83 Lucy December 30, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Ha, I guess you’ve never been to a Chinatown in a big city! Coconuts with a straw are a very popular snack from sidewalk vendors.

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84 Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon December 30, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Once again, GREAT PICTURES!!!
And I actually have drank from a coconut before–isn’t it incredible!!!!!

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85 Hilary @ PureSimpleGood. December 30, 2011 at 10:32 pm

She’s Come Undone is on of my all-time favorite books. You’ll love it! Enjoy!

You look so pretty in your cute beachy sundresses! I’m bundled up in a huge sweater as I type this. Ha!

Also. Now I want some lentils.

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86 Josie @ Skinny Way Of Life December 30, 2011 at 11:43 pm

Ok, so I’ve been signed off since Christmas due to a stomach bug and It took me awhile to realize what was going on, at first I thought “oh that’s nice Kath found a coconut in winter” and “hm, wonder why she’s wearing a dress in winter?….ooooh she’s not here” I’m a little slow but now that I see you’re in Jamaica I hope you and Matt are having a great time with all that great food and weather!! : )

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87 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) December 30, 2011 at 11:46 pm

Matt and I have so many food interests in common: Bread, bread, and bread, and savory foods for breakfast! It’s like we were separated at birth, or not. :) Everything you ate looks absolutely incredible! I must find an island to drift away to sometime soon!

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88 Clare @ SweetnSimple December 31, 2011 at 12:02 am

Looks incredible there! Loooove your pictures :)

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89 J Lo S December 31, 2011 at 6:12 am

You both look so sweet! + I love Mat’s t-shirt! :)

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90 Liz Davis January 12, 2012 at 12:51 am

So, I am not sure about Jamaica, but my husband is from St. Vincent, and we have a pumpkin vine there…the taste of pumpkin there is just totally different… Much more squashy…slice, steam and add salt and pepper kind of squash… but I digress… Maybe u come to St. Vincent next time, stay in our guest house and have permanent tour guides??? Any excuse for a trip to the islands!!!! :D

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