Timing (and flights) worked perfectly for the next stop on our U.S. Family and Friends Summer Tour: Fort Myers, Florida to visit my dad for Father’s Day.
We kicked off the long weekend at the downtown Fort Myers Music Walk, an outdoor music festival with bands set up on nearly every corner to entertain the crowds. We got a bit of a history lesson regarding one of Fort Myer’s most famous residents, Henry Ford, with dinner at Ford’s Garage. In classic American style, the burgers were enormous – as was the extensive selection of local craft brews.
We celebrated Father’s Day with brunch on the beach at Pink Shell Resort, which included made-to-order omelets, waffles and an exceptional view over the Gulf of Mexico. We spent the rest of the day going through old photos and retelling some of our best family stories – most notably of my notorious first time driving when I was about four years old and backed our Volkswagen Bug down the driveway and into the neighbor’s yard.
For most of our visit we were content lounging around the house (read: escaping the heat and humidity) and waiting for the afternoon storms to blow through. We stayed busy and well-fed by creating homemade, savory dishes like enchilada casserole, Osso Buco with fried apples and my dad’s legendary fried potatoes. Somehow, we made room for desserts and were delighted to be introduced to Norman Love’s phenomenal truffles and gelato.