Saturday, July 27, 2013

Another fun week at The Villages

It's been nearly a week since I've updated this I'll begin with last Sunday.   ( And for this one I thank Krystal for her pictures!).  The four of us went to the Olive Garden for their 2 for $25 specials.  This is a great deal that includes two appetizers/ or dessert, all you can eat soup/or salad and two dinners.  The Tuscan Chicken is excellent.
After dinner we invited Nate and Krystal back to our place.   I had prepared a pumpkin cheesecake for our dessert.  Put on a pot of coffee and we had a great time playing pegs and jokers.  Not very often that I can get Rich to sit an play a game at all, but he likes this one.

 On Monday Nate and Krystal took off for Wauchula, where Krystal helped out at the Horse Sanctuary for the week.    In the meantime I played pickleball most every morning, while Rich seemed to get rained off from his play most every afternoon.   I played Bunco a couple of times, we watched a few movies after dinner a couple of nights, and the Rays baseball games as they finally made their way to the top of the American East....

In the meantime, Buddy and Diane arrived at the Three Flags RV Park in Wildwood, so we made arrangement to meet up with them today (Saturday). We just sat and talked for a while, catching up on what each had been doing since we left Peace River.  Rich took Buddy over to check out a couple of the pickleball courts and then we took both of them on a tour of The Villages.

Our first stop was at Sumter Landing where we walked along the boardwalk, watched a couple people feeding the turtles, checked out some of the buildings and the town square.  From there we headed to Spanish Springs town center, showed them the golf cart bridge and drove through the oldest section of The Villages - Orange Blossom which is primarily modular homes.  Buddy found one perfectly located lakeside and just across the golf cart bridge from the pickleball courts!

Next stop was at Nate and Krystal's place to visit with them for a while before dinner.  Love this villa more and more every time we visit!

From there we headed to Wildwood where we had dinner reservations at the Cotillian Southern Cafe.  Reservation was for 4:30 but we arrived a little bit early.  The cafe closes between lunch and dinner - so we had to wait a few minutes before the doors were opened.   Below you can see Krystal and Buddy checking out the menu. 

The inside is old, but very charming; with true southern decor, southern
 cooking and southern hospitality.   Starting top right is:
 Diane's  Crispy Baked Chicken with Macaroni and cheese,
 Nate's Alabama Fried Catfish with coleslaw and their famous Georgia Ice Cream ( cheese grits), 
Krystal and I both had the Texas Country Fried Chick with smashed potatoes.  Buddy selected the Southern Style Meatloaf with smashed potatoes, and 
Rich the Cracker Chopped Steak smothered in onions, peppers and mushrooms and smashed potatoes.  
All were served with choice of soup or salad and corn-federate corn bread with whipped cane butter.  

ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!    If you are in the Wildwood Florida are, this restaurant is a MUST!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Donna,
    I really enjoy reading your postings. Your photos of delicious food make me hungry. I am glad you love Chinese food. I also love to dance, full body exercise. My right shoulder seems to bother me when I play too much pickleball. By the way, some people get itchy when they eat shrimp and shellfood (allergic). We just finished organizing the 2nd Pickleball Canada National Open which was too much work, we are trying to get a little rest now.
    Thanks for posting your interesting articles on the Villages (does Florida rain so much?) and your clinics, wonderful to see your photos.