Good friends, good food, and plenty of sunshine.  What more do you need?

Thankfully, our weekend included all three.  We drove to Naples on Saturday to visit our friends Ankita and Jayesh.  They recently moved to Florida from Chicago (happy for them/sad for us!).  A trip in either direction was long overdue, and since Vishnu and I wanted to get away from St. Pete for a couple of days, we gladly drove down!

After dropping our stuff off at A&J’s place, the four of us headed to The Counter for a late lunch.  I decided to copy Ankita and opted for a veggie burger on top of greens, lots of veggies, and a grilled pineapple.  The guys ordered burgers off the menu.  We also shared shoestring fries, sweet potato fries, and onion fries.  Oh and Vishnu and I also shared the Salted Pretzel Nutella shake.  Everything was delicious, especially the veggie burger patty and the shake!

The Counter - Naples, Florida

Since it was a beautiful day, we decided to take a walk around the neighborhood when we got back.  Sunshine is good for the soul!

A&J had a work dinner to attend that evening, so Vishnu and I decided to make it date night and went to The Crust for pizza.  I can see why this place was so busy…the pizza was delicious.  The crust was thin and super crispy, the sauce had a sweet/tart combo thing going on, and the toppings were plentiful.  We decided to go halfsies – my half included marinara, mozzarella, green olives, and pineapple, and Vishnu’s included pesto, sausage, smoked Gouda, and jalapenos.

The Crust - Naples, Florida

We didn’t end up going to bed until 1:50 am because of all the deep (and good) conversation!

The next morning, we woke up, hung out for a bit, got ready, and headed to the local farmer’s market.  In addition to all the other stalls and booths, this market had a book sale going on as well!  Like hundreds and hundreds of books.  I bought Don’t Try This at Home, Happier at Home, and When Things Fall Apart for FIVE DOLLARS!!!

Farmer's Market book sale

Farmer's Market blueberries

Next up…a quick drive through downtown Naples and brunch at The Bay House!  Ankita and I shared a traditional eggs/toast/potatoes dish, while the guys shared the Claw Bar plate.  We also ordered the lemon ricotta pancakes for the table, and in my opinion, this dish outdid all the others!  The lemon curd was tangy perfection!

After more chit chat at home, Vishnu and I finally packed up all of our stuff and headed back to St. Pete.

I feel so refreshed after a couple of days away.  And it didn’t take a lavish vacation.   This trip proves that a little change in scenery is all you need to replenish your energy!

What did you get up to this weekend!?

By Parita

13 thoughts on “Weekend Recap – Naples, Florida”
  1. So much good food in one weekend- especially drooling at those blueberries and the sound of that shake (er WOW)! My weekend involved a massage, a trip to the cinema to see Carol, a bit of eating out and a friend’s baby shower- all in all a good time :)!
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    1. The shake was delicious! The salt + sweet combo really hit the spot 🙂

      And your weekend sounds amazing. I really need to find a good massage place here!

    1. I wish you could bottle up sunshine 🙂 It’s really the cure to so many things! Glad you had a vacationesque weekend!

  2. I saw your photos of the pizza on instagram, but the photo that really sparked my attention were the blueberries! How beautiful and fresh. Glad you had a fun weekend with friends 🙂 What a sad coincidence that they moved where you are and you’re moving where they were!

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