by Angela (Oh She Glows) on March 24, 2010

Hello :)

Sorry for the delay in posting, we had some major internet issues and could not connect!!! Finally got it to work.

Our road trip around Florida began yesterday…


The weather was gorgeous and we were Fort Lauderdale bound.


We said goodbye to the parents until we return Monday!


OSGMOM packed us some lunch stuff and we ate it at a rest stop- fruit, wraps, chips, etc.


The drive was long and slow and boring!

Fort Lauderdale beach is GORGEOUS however…


It is definitely one of the cleanest and nicest beaches I have been on. Just amazing to swim in! Not rocky at all! Woot woot!

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I want to thank you guys for suggesting Hot Wire to book our hotel!!!! We had booked without Hot Wire previously but then Eric realized we could get a 4-star hotel much cheaper than what we booked with a motel, so we cancelled that reservation and took our luck with Hot Wire.

It was a VERY good turn out…

We got a $450++ a night hotel for $115 at W hotel!!!

It is SWANK.

and EPIC.

Let’s take a look at our balcony view…


Everyone at the hotel treats you like a celebrity too! I have never had better service in my life.


The bed in the room is the comfiest bed I have ever slept in. Pure bliss.

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It has a rooftop endless pool!

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Check out this pool picture (3rd pic) the stairs go through the pool.

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There is a two sided glass shower in the room!!!!!

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This was definitely a great first experience with Hot Wire.

We enjoyed a day swimming at the beach!

Around 9pm, Eric and I hit up Sublime restaurant for dinner. We are having a meet-up there tonight too with a bunch of people! Of course, I had to check it out to ‘make sure it was suitable for a meet-up’ ;)

The restaurant was soooooo amazing like everyone says.

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I got the ‘roll out the red carpet’ flight of reds


Then, the garden salad to start and it had the most amazing balsamic dressing on it that I have ever tasted. It was soooooooo good. I ate every bite.


Eric got the pizza, which was fabulous. He LOVED this pizza and would not stop talking about it!


I got the enchiladas which had brown rice, black beans, vegan sour cream + cheese, etc. They were not what I would normally order, but I really loved them.


After dinner we ended up at a local watering hole that was full of LOCALS!

We met many interesting people! :mrgreen:


Awesome bartender!


This is THE Jeff Darlington– a sports writer and reporter for the Miami Harald who is on TV all the time! He is super fun and showed us a great time. We all had a few too many drinks!


He gave us the lo-down on everything to do (and not to do) in Fort L!

We didn’t get back into out hotel until 4am!!! Those Floridians know how to entertain the Canucks! I’m too old for these late nights. I got up around 8:30am…ate a wrap, drank some swamp water and hit the gym. I did 30 minutes of HIIT on the Elliptical…and felt 1 million times better after I sweat my tush off.


Not sure what is on the agenda today (except for the meet-up tonight!), but I better get going…

Have a great day!


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sarah March 24, 2010 at 11:43 am

Come to NZ beaches they are clean and beautiful as well!!! Some good for surfing others are good for sun bathing or just a walk down the beach. Florida looks outstanding..You deserved every minute of it ^^


Lizzie March 24, 2010 at 12:38 pm

We have used Priceline for a lot of NYC trips and every time we end up with a great hotel room for a fraction of what it would normally cost. Enjoy the sun and sand .. . you deserve it after a loooong winter!


jojo March 24, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Oh yes, NZ beaches are gorgeous :) Florida looks beautiful!


Grace (Graceful Simplicity) March 24, 2010 at 11:45 am

I love your dress! It looks really good on you too. I can’t wait for beach weather to get to Nova Scotia (even then it’s always a little cold though:(


Heather (Heather's Dish) March 24, 2010 at 11:48 am

oh, i am so jealous! you guys look like you’re having such a great time…i would be on the beach every.single.day :) that dress is stunning on you too…i love seeing your beautiful smile! keep having fun girl :)


Paige @ Running Around Normal March 24, 2010 at 11:48 am

Wow what a FUN day! That hotel is amazing! The view is outrageous. So funny that the locals entertained you. Awesome :)


Jessica @ How Sweet March 24, 2010 at 11:48 am

Looks like you are having such a blast! I am so envious – I want to be at the beach!


alex March 24, 2010 at 11:49 am

so. unreal.
Love that you two are partying it up like celebs! You both deserve it!


Kelly March 24, 2010 at 11:51 am

Fort Lauderdale: Great place to visit, but not to live. I speak from experience as I grew up there…So glad you got hooked up with a great hotel! I’ve never actually been in an endless pool. What’s it like? Enjoy the rest of your trip!


Erinn March 24, 2010 at 11:52 am

Love that dress!! Where’d you get it? Florida is beauuutiful this time of year. I used to visit my brother who was stationed in Ft. Walton Beach near Destin, along the panhandle, every spring…bliss! Hope you have fun in your swank hotel :)


Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 24, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Agreed. That dress is sooo cute.


Katherine @ Lipgloss and Spandex March 24, 2010 at 9:36 pm

I’m totally loving the dress too! Angela, you must tell us where you got it :)

And it looks like you’re having an AMAZING time. I’m so jealous :P


mal March 25, 2010 at 1:46 pm

i think she got it at urban outfitters!


Shelly March 24, 2010 at 11:52 am

Fun! The W looks amazing!!


Sarah March 24, 2010 at 11:53 am

Wow it looks like you had a fun night :) I always love hitting the gym early in the morning after an over indulgent night. Sweat off some of the unhealthy food and booze makes me feel better. Plus I think it keeps hangovers away and yay for endorphins!!


Meg's Gut March 24, 2010 at 11:54 am

What a lovely hotel room!
Where did you get your dress!!?? I love it!


Ameena March 24, 2010 at 11:56 am

What a beautiful hotel and what an amazing price! I am defitely going to check out Hot Wire now. I have never heard of it before!


janetha March 24, 2010 at 11:56 am

oh man, the beach is beautiful! enjoy yourself!!


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 24, 2010 at 11:56 am

Okay, I have to ask– where’d you get that dress?!? SO pretty!

I am amazed that you got up and worked out after a 4:00 AM night…you are a brave woman!


Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin March 24, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Oooh I LOVE W hotels. Did you get Bliss products in your room??


Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 24, 2010 at 12:09 pm

You look so gorgeous, relaxed, and happy! Do you miss baking yet? :) I kid, I kid. Looks like you are enjoying every moment. Glad you feel better after a quality sweat sesh.


Chloe (Naturally Frugal) March 24, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Party Girl! What a fun time in Ft. Lauderdale, and those vegan enchiladas looks amazing. I think I might have to try and re-create those to go along with my dairy-free lifestyle.
LOVE the room, I’m always afraid of Hotwire but maybe on our next time we’ll go for it. Looks like it definitely paid off for you!


Lesley March 24, 2010 at 12:13 pm

So excited to meet you tonight! And WOW that pizza looks so good….I just might have to order it. :)


Deirdre March 24, 2010 at 12:14 pm

You partied hardy! Go for you! Hotwire is the BEST. When my mom visits me in NYC, she stays at 4 star hotels all the time that would normally run for 400-500 a night and she gets them for 150-250.


Jenny March 24, 2010 at 12:18 pm

that’s an amazing hotel! I can’t believe you slept four hours and worked out!


Charline March 24, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Ft Lauderdale looks awesome!

Is it just me, or has your site been SUPER slow for the last few days? Whether I go direct or read in Google reader, it takes forever to load.


Lex (sweettoothlex) March 24, 2010 at 12:26 pm

I am SO glad to hear Hotwire worked for you.

I’ve seen a lot of scary reviews online so I’ve ben hesitant – however I’m hoping to book a trip to ORL at the end of april and want to find the most economical way.

Did you book the trip online or over the phone with them?


Katy ( The Balanced Foodie ) March 24, 2010 at 12:29 pm

I have wanted to stay at the W back home, was trying to score it at christmas but we ended up with another nice hotel. Glad it worked out so well! Adam and I stayed at a W hotel in San Fran and Napa for our honeymoon, it’s by far our favorite hotels! Gorgeous! :)

My mom told me that Sublime closed down after I had tried, renovated, then reopened. I haven’t been in a while but I can’t wait to go back..

See you in two days!!!


Midgetkeeper March 24, 2010 at 12:41 pm

It looks like you guys are having a great time! Love your dress, the hotel looks beyond amazing.


Amanda March 24, 2010 at 12:45 pm

That is so great about the hotel! Have fun you deserve it!


Kelly Michelle March 24, 2010 at 12:54 pm

omg so excited for sublime tonight!


[email protected] March 24, 2010 at 1:04 pm

I LOVE that dress! It looks amazing on you. What a fun day/night :)


Urban Girl March 24, 2010 at 1:04 pm

So glad you enjoyed Sublime, and jealous that you get to go back again! Also, I agree with everyone else: your dress is amazing!!


Lisa March 24, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Your vacation looks perfect so far. I like the way locals can help you find your way around.


Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind March 24, 2010 at 1:20 pm

That hotel is so fancy pants. And awww BEACHES! There’s just something about beaches that makes me so happy.


Lisa March 24, 2010 at 1:33 pm

AS IF you only slept 4 hours a night and you’re on vacation.
I would have stayed in bed till at least noon ;)


Crystal March 24, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Looks like a beautiful place for a vacation! Although, I would have skipped the gym and slept in… you are on vacation, afterall! ;)


jen trinque March 24, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Oh my gosh! That looks like so much fun and your hotel is absolutely amazing. You sure know how to have a fun vacation. And awesome that the restaurant had something vegan that was fun!


Lauren @ Eater not a runner March 24, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Looks like you are having a blast, and that weather looks amazing!!


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman March 24, 2010 at 1:45 pm

That is an awesome dress. Where’d you get it?


erica March 24, 2010 at 1:54 pm

love all your vacay pictures! glad you’re having fun :)

LOOOOOVE that dress!!!


Stina @ Girl Can March 24, 2010 at 1:56 pm

I’m definitely going to have to try hotwire next time I travel (or possibly even for a sweet staycation in Chicago). I’ve always been leery since they don’t tell you what hotel until after you book it, but it sounds like it might be worth a try!

More importantly though, I LOVE your dress!! It is adorable!


Natasha March 24, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Great dress! That hotel looks awesome, and you guys look so relaxed! :-)


Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) March 24, 2010 at 2:06 pm

That dress looks great on you :)

The W hotel?? Amazing! Looks like so much fun!!



Anais March 24, 2010 at 2:09 pm

I absolutely LOVE your dress!!! Where did you get it, if you don’t mind me asking?? It’s seriously so pretty!

I’m totally using hotwire from now on. That pool is inSANE!

And here’s a thing not to do in Florida: Don’t take the bus!!! It is one of the sketchiest things I have ever done. The central station is absolutely creepy, most of all when you’re a single gal (although you’ve got Eric so it would probably not be as bad!).

You’re making me miss Florida :)


Kris March 24, 2010 at 2:27 pm

WOW!!! Awesome night! :)


Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 24, 2010 at 2:28 pm

OH wow…. that’s all I can say. The hotel, the beach, your dress… all incredibly gorgeous. And dinner sounds amazing!!


sarah (the SHU box) March 24, 2010 at 2:35 pm

love the dress, love hotels, and love that you went out and partied with NO regrets! yeah!!

ps: for hotels i’ve used priceline a bunch, always with great results!


Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] March 24, 2010 at 2:42 pm

I wish I had your GLOing skin!


Grace aka Triathlonbabe March 24, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Love Florida, stayed in Ft. Walton Beach 2 years ago and absolutely loved it! It’s amazing that the gulf on the west side of Florida is so beautiful, as I am from TX and the gulf on the TX coast is like what you call “swamp water”…LOL!

I may have to try Hot Wire for our future vaca’s.

Thanks for a great website, great recipes, gotta order the green monster movement shirt as I am delving into the green monster land and all the great info you offer.

Ps. How do I go about posting a profile pic.?


jessica March 24, 2010 at 3:03 pm

I really appreciate your ability to show us how you can stay out late and have a great time while still maintaining your healthy lifestyle, eating well, and exercising!


Betherann March 24, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Love your dress!


kate March 24, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Looks like you guys are having a blast! I love your dress, where is it from?! So gorgeous!


Krystina March 24, 2010 at 3:12 pm

I wish I could be enjoying the beach right now, it’s so windy here. :( Those enchiladas look amazing.


Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ March 24, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Love your dress, it is so cute. I want it :)


Samantha March 24, 2010 at 3:34 pm

That dress is gorgeous! Oh man I used to say “Swank” in middle school!! Nice!


Jen March 24, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Please change the title of your post, I completely misread it and thought… what?!?!
I think it’s a British English thing though…


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 24, 2010 at 3:40 pm

haha omg I didnt even see that


Lynne March 24, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Hahaha, I’m British too, and it was the first thing I noticed! :-) Looks like you’re having an amazing time. I am so envious of that hotel!


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 24, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Hey everyone! Thanks for your comments! :)
The dress is from Urban Outfitters :)


Kelly March 24, 2010 at 3:54 pm

That hotel is absolutely gorgeous!


Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 24, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Wow what a fun day! That view from your balcony….GORGEOUS!


Jenny March 24, 2010 at 4:12 pm

I love that dress!! Any chance it’s available in the states?!


Eliana >^..^ March 24, 2010 at 4:25 pm

OMG, you are TOO much. I can’t believe you went to Sublime last night to check it out, LOL, we should have known better. I love that place, it is my favorite restaurant in the world!! :O) I always thought about you visiting that place and loving it, I am glad that was the case. I am so looking forward to an amazing evening. Can’t wait to meet you and all the other “blog” people. :O) Too bad you couldnt have brought sketchie.

The pics are amazing, love the hotel.


Naomi (onefitfoodie) March 24, 2010 at 4:27 pm

umm first of all I am obsessed with your dress, do yo mind me asking where its from? i LOVE IT!! I also love ft lauderdale I was just there with my mom a few months ago and loved the beach and that side walk along side itt. I went on so many nice runs there!! sublime looks truly sublime! So good!!


Danielle (Coffee Run) March 24, 2010 at 5:13 pm

It looks like you’re having such a great time!! I LOVE your dress :D


Christine (The Raw Project) March 24, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Wow, this post is loaded with extra awesomeness! Love the hotel, so jealous of the pool. So great that you’re having such a good time!


Lauren March 24, 2010 at 5:37 pm

What a fabulous vacation you guys are enjoying. I’ve stayed at the W in New Orleans before, and they handed out green apples at check in. Thought that was the cutest ever. And seriously, your dress is fantastic!


caronae March 24, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Fl looks so deliciously warm and fun! Wow. And beautiful dress. I want some enchiladas now :)


Salah[email protected] March 24, 2010 at 6:07 pm

your dress is soooooo cute! Where’d you get it?


christina cadden March 24, 2010 at 6:38 pm

How fun!


Allison @ Food For Healing March 24, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Wow that room looks AHmazing! Good choices!


Meredith (Pursuing Balance) March 24, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Yay, glad you liked Sublime! Their quiche is seriously the best I’ve ever had. And so funny you mentioned the W hotel . . . my friend was just talking about it today because her sister’s bachelorette party is going to be there this weekend!


Susan March 24, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Seriously – OSG’s Mom could pass for your sister!


Sophie @ yumventures March 24, 2010 at 8:45 pm

The beautiful weather, the amazing hotel…I am so jealous right now!! Have SO MUCH FUN!!


Kelly March 24, 2010 at 9:08 pm

You look absolutely FABULOUS in that dress!! It is perfect for Spring and just gorgeous!! I am so envious of this trip!! It looks so warm and beautiful down there. And can I just say wow to that hotel?? I am impressed! That shower looks perfect. OK I feel like I am gushing so I should cut this off! haha. Enjoy the rest of your trip!!


Candice March 24, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Love love love you dress! It is so cute on you, and you look beautiful. So glad you guys are having such a great time. Vacations are so refreshing!


Leah March 24, 2010 at 9:50 pm

That hotel looks amazing!!
Im LOVING the pool.


Jolene March 24, 2010 at 10:15 pm

That dress is SO nice, and it looks beautiful on you!!!


Lauren March 24, 2010 at 11:15 pm

So is Sublime vegan or vegetarian? I checked out the menu online. Looks awesome!


Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble March 24, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Wow! What a great deal on a great hotel!!! Y’all look like you’re having a blast!!! Enjoy, you deserve it!


Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15) March 25, 2010 at 1:07 am

That dress is gorgeous!

Glad you had a great time! Hehe, Florida peeps know how to kick it.


Emmanuelle March 25, 2010 at 4:35 am

I am so jealous right now :-D
Enjoy your vacation, make the most of it, yeah!


Kerry March 25, 2010 at 4:58 am

lovely pics! you have great skin! xx


Joanne March 25, 2010 at 7:34 am

What a great recap of your day.
It looks like you had a super time.
Keep having a safe trip and have fun with


Meghan March 25, 2010 at 7:50 am

I think I’m echoing what everyone already said but a) you are beautiful b) you and eric are sooo cute! c) looks like so much fun! I’m jealous!
have a great day angela :)


[email protected] March 25, 2010 at 8:26 am

looks like a perfect vacation :)


Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries March 25, 2010 at 8:38 am

Angela –

I am new to the foodie blogosphere and just came across your site. I, too, am finally learning to let go of all of the obssesive tendencies and am relying on all-natural, wholesome foods. While I am not vegan and have not given up processed foods altogether, I am slowly getting there and your “About Me” section is just the kind of inspiration I need to keep going. So, thank you for sharing your store. And have THE BEST vacation!!


Majl March 25, 2010 at 8:51 am

The W hotel is wonderful, but you can get their base rooms for about $199US per night depending on when you want to go…the higher end rooms tend to be more expensive.


Krysta March 25, 2010 at 2:34 pm

As an echo to everyone else: that dress is so pretty and looks amazing on you! Have a great rest of your vacation!!!


*Andrea* March 25, 2010 at 4:36 pm

your dress is stunning! elegant and pretty. love your style :) what a fun trip! you deserve this. enjoy every moment!


ari March 25, 2010 at 8:33 pm

oh, fort lauderdale. my hometown<3 i lovelovelove it.


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