Dolce Tesoro – Simply Cupcakes

I am pretty happy to wrap up these Sanibel reviews it feels like they are all I seem to write about (which is kinda true after so little posts I have…haha) Anyways! I am pretty excited to write this post. It was by far the best place we ate while on our Sanibel vacation. I didn’t get the best pics but be assured that this place it AMAZING. I was totally blown away by the service. It is by far the best service I have EVER gotten at any restaurant…period.

Dolce Tesoro – Simply Cupcakes- Yep, a small cupcake shop in a small shopping center knocked the socks off all the other places we ate it 🙂

This was a must must do for me on our trip, because hello I love anything sweet (esp. cupcakes) and second it was rated #1 on tripadvisor.

Upon entering, Dave (he and his wife own the business) greeted us and made us feel welcomed answering all of our questions and telling us all everything they had to offer. I could write a 5 page paper telling you about how kind and just down right nice this guy was, but I’m sure you anxious to hear about all the yummy goodness.

The Sanibel Key Lime- *Their websites description- This paradise offering matches a sour cream cake with freshly prepared key lime curd, white Italian buttercream, and is topped with grated lime zest and graham cracker crumbs.  This is our “signature” cupcake.


This was light fresh and well amazing. I can totally see why this is one of their best sellers. The curd was amazing and the buttercream wasn’t too rich. Seriously YUM!

The Funky Monkey- *Their website description Moist banana cake, creamy peanut butter filling.Topped with chocolate ganache and peanut buttercream. Banana chip garnish


Now I’m not gonna lie. This one was just okay for me. I’m not a huge fan of chocolate ganache, which I knew was on it but decided to go for it anyway because I love me some peanut butter filling and peanut butter buttercream. Even with the ganache, I still really enjoyed it.

We also enjoyed a coffee (hubby not me) and a small serving of Queenies cinnamon icecream. Both of which were great.


As you can obviously tell I would totally recommend this place to all my friends and would have loved to go again if we would have found it before our last day on the island.

Before I close I have to share the story that shows just how wonderful the owner Dave was to us. I didnt mention earlier that we arrived RIGHT at closing time. He had literally just locked the door when we walked up. I was a bit dissapointed and looked at the hours for the next day. He saw us looking and came in and offered to let us come in anways. (Yes, I get that we are paying customers so it would be silly to turn us away, but I’m sure many other business owners would have done this anyway just to put an end to their day.) Not only did he let us in he also made us feel 100% welcomed despite it being closing time. Through all of his descriptions and just general conversation you could really get a feel for how passionate he was for his business. After placing our order we went outside to sit down and enjoy.

After about 10 minutes of enjoying our cupcakes, icecream and coffee,  Dave walked out with a bottle of water for us saying, “I’m not saying our cupcakes are dry but I thought you might enjoy some water with your treats.” I was in awe yet again. It’s the small things that makes a business successful and this place know that. Great treats and customer service…we will be back


Island Cow- Sanibel Florida

I really need to get a move on with these Sanibel restaurant reviews so I can start with our Orlando reviews from our September trip.

Next up : The Island Cow

Another restaurant that kept getting recommended on Sanibel was the Island Cow. It was on my must do list and I was very anxious to give it a try.

The location is right on Periwinkle along with most of the restaurants on the island. Upon driving up I could tell that it was a relaxing and fun place to have dinner. It wasn’t too busy when we arrived (around 5pm) and we were seated immediately.


There was one thing that we were really looking forward to eating here tonight, the deep alligator bites. Unfortunately, we were greeted by this sign when we walked in so we knew that wouldn’t be happening. Spoiler- (We finally got to try gator on our last Orlando trip)


After looking at the menu I decided on one of  the “Waterside Fun Sandwiches” that came with fries and slaw. I honestly can’t remember if it was the Flounder or Swordfish bronzed. My memory is telling me swordfish…but I could definitely be wrong. Either way it was amazing. I absolutely loved it.


Not one for seafood my husband ordered the BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich. It was pretty much your basic pulled pork but he really enjoyed it and it was huge 🙂


I highly recommend this restaurant. The food was great and the menu is huge. So there is tons to try. We will be back on our future trips

Zebra Frozen Yogurt-Sanibel Island

Surprise, Surprise another more reviews of sweets we ate while on vacation in Sanibel. We really did eat healthy things….really we did 🙂

Our next stop was for frozen yogurt.


Zebra Frozen Yogurt

This is a place that I knew nothing about before visiting the island. I actually found out about it in some coupon book we got. When we pulled up we were happy to see this sign


I’m sure you can’t read it but it says. “Buy one FroYo, Recieve the second one 1/2 off” WOO HOO! Yep, I was a happy girl in froyo heaven.

I was a little dissapointed to find out that this wasn’t one of the pay by the ounce places. I have come to love getting to pick out my own flavors and mixing and matching them…all well sugar is sugar and I shouldn’t complain.

 I was very impressed when I saw the menu. They had multiple flavors to choose from including: Tahitian Vanilla,Strawberry Sensations,Strawberries n’ Cream, Dreamy Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt Caramel Pretzel, and Chocolate Covered Pretzel.

A bonus to these choices was the options to “add a stripe” which is basically like adding a flavor swirl to your yogurt. They also had quite a few options for this as well: Banana, Mango, Black Cherry, Blue Goo Candy, Butter Pecan, Peanut Butter,  Pina Colada, and Peach.

Along with all the flavors and stripes they also had your standard large amount of toppings available as well. The day we were there they were offering free bobas as a topping. I will get to explaining those in a little bit 🙂

It didn’t take me long to figure out what I wanted.  Vahitian Vanilla with a Peanut Butter Stripe and Cookie Dough.


Okay, here come the sad part. It looks a little better than it tastes. Not to say it was bad, it just wasnt great. I think the part that lost me was the stripe. It didnt have have the true peanut butter taste I was looking for. Now,  I should disclose that I am pretty much obsessed with peanut butter. I am picky when it comes to how peanut butter should taste. The cookie dough was a bit off too. It just seemed a bit dry and crumbly for my liking.

Next up was my hubby’s pick:

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I believe he got the strawberries n’ cream. He also decide to get the free topping of the day which was the bobas. These were new to us. I have seen them at toppings bars before but hadn’t ever wanted to try them. He and my son actually ended up really liking them. Everytime my son would eat one he would get a big grin and say “Pop!”. Now when we visit yogurt shops we always try to get a few for him 🙂 I also took a bite of my husband and I would say it tasted alot like a Creme Saver hard candy. ( I’m not not if they still sell these, but I remember when they were everywhere.)

All in all it must not have been that bad because we planned to return later on our trip 🙂

Pinocchio’s Italian Ice Cream

My Sanibel restaurant reviews continue….

As I’ve stated probably 100+ times, I am a huge fan of all things sweet. This of course includes ice cream. Soft serve, custard, gelato, a regular scoop from a big ole tub of ice cream…I love them all. With this in mind finding some yummy ice cream on vacation was a must 🙂

After just a few searches, a clear winner came into view. Visiting Pinocchio’s Italian Ice Cream would become a must do.


Pinocchio’s Italian Ice Cream is located right on Periwinkle Way which is the main road where most restaurants are located. When we pulled up, there was already a line starting to go out the door. Considering it was super hot out, I wasn’t surprised.

It actually took us quite a while to decide on what to order. There were a few flavors we wanted to try so we decided to order a large (3 scoop) ice cream bowl. Hubby would have loved a waffle cone but, with that heat it just wasn’t happening, it would have been a melted mess all over our laps.

The three flavors we decided on were: Sanibel Krunch, Dirty Sand Dollar, and Butter Pecan…which I believe is seasonal?



Once we got this bowl of yumminess we decided to head outside and find a bench on the porch to dig in.

World Famous Sanibel Krunch-  This was pretty good. The websites describes it as follows: Vanilla ice cream with toasted coconut enrobed in Chocolate and Gourmet Mixed Nuts. This is a fair description. We enjoyed it but it didn’t have any wow.  I will admit I’m not a huge coconut fan so this may play a part in my review.

Dirty Sand Dollar-Caramel based ice cream with malted milk balls “whoppers” & chocolate flakes. I was shocked I didn’t love this. Okay that was TOTAL sarcasm. Truth be told I do not like caramel or whoppers and I’m not really a huge fan of bits of plain chocolate.  With that said, why on earth did I order this? They told me it was a favorite and I knew my husband would like it. The good news is that he did indeed really like it, so if you are a fan of said ingredients you will love it. If you do not like the ingredients you wont… shocker I know. And you are welcome for reviewing this flavor.

Butter Pecan-Overall I would rate this ice cream pretty well. I think my husband would rate it super duper great becasue the flavors were more up his alley. Maybe I just need to kick my cookie dough and reese cup obsession to the side and get some grown up ice cream taste 🙂

Oh my goodness, I almost forgot how could anyone not love these awesome trash cans. Normally throwing away an empty ice cream bowl makes me sad, but throwing it away in these awesome trash cans left me with a smile.


Home From our Trip

We are now home from our anniversary trip. It was an absolutely amazing trip. We had an wonderful time visiting Sea World, Aquatica, Discovery Cove, Art of Animation, Disney Resorts, and of course TONS of Orlando’s restaurants. I will take a few posts to close my Sanibel reviews and then work on squeezing in a few Orlando reviews here and there over the next few weeks…ok let’s be honest it will likely take me months.

My transition to a healthy lifestyle crashed and burned on vacation, but I am working to get back on track. I even took the time to get in a few runs so far this week. 🙂

The Bubble Room-Orange Crunch Cake

Another restaurant we visited while on vacation was The Bubble Room. This restaurant is actually in Captiva, which was a short drive from where we were staying in Sanibel.


From all I read online, this is pretty well known restaurant. It does seem to be a love it of hate it type of place though. After reading lots and lots of reviews the one thing that got consistent good reviews were the cakes. Now I am a huge lover of sweets. I love cookies, cakes, ice cream and pretty much anything with a cup of sugar and stick of butter in it.

After taking into consideration all of the reviews, I decided our best decision would be to just stop in for desert. I was very excited to learn that we could order the desert to go. No reason to wait an hour for a table just to eat some cake.

Upon arriving to the restaurant we found out just how bad the parking can be. I think we arrived around 6:30pm. It felt like  every parking spot within a one mile radius was taken. Luckily we finally did find a spot and made our way to the restaurant. It was indeed very busy that night, with lots of families waiting outside to be seated.

We made our way into the restaurant and found the take out counter immediately on the left when we entered. (Due to all of the people heading in and out of the restaurant I was unable to take a peek of the restaurant like I had originally hoped.) We quickly ordered what seemed to be the most talked about cake online. The Orange Crunch Cake. Now I will be honest all of the cakes looked absolutely amazing but at something like 7.00 a slice and 800 calories a bite, you gotta be choosy.

We took our cake outside to enjoy. The cakes wrapping wasn’t anything fancy. Paper plate with saran wrap….fine by me I’m no Mrs. Fancy Pants.


Now what you have been waiting for…the first bite. Oh my goodness. It was AMAZING. After that one bite our original plan of just taking a few bites and saving the rest for later nearly went out the window. It was just too good.

Now I’m sure the Bubble Room will not love this comparison but for me it was like eating an orange hostess cupcake and multiplying the yumminess by 100.

We were able to eventually stop eating and did save a few crumbs for later :).


My final thoughts: We will be back to the Bubble Room on future vacations. I can’t imagine the other deserts tasting as heavenly as the Orange Crunch cake….but I am up to the challenge of trying them all.

Cheeburger Cheeburger Review- Sanibel Florida

I am the type of person that considers restaurants and meals part of the total experience of vacation. I spend hours and hours looking up reviews and making plans of every restaurant I want visit. To some this may sound crazy but for me it is part of the fun and allows us to avoid the “I cant believe we ate there” moments….most of the time 🙂

Our first trip to Sanibel two months ago was like most others. I researched and made a list of all my favorites and got a chance to try most of them. Over the next comple of weeks I will be posting reviews of my experiences.

First Up: Cheeburger Cheeburger

(Photo found on TripAdvisor)

Now this actually was NOT on my list of must dos when leaving home. After a few hours at the beach and talking to another family about our love for a good burger they pointed us to Cheeburger Cheeburger. Wedecided to give it a try and arrived for an early dinner around 5pm.

First Impression: Nice Exterior. Connected to a little shopping center with a few stores. At first we were thrown off my the empty parking lot, but realized that was likely due to it only being  5 o’clock  and most people being on island time…haha. However our impressions were lowered once we were actually inside the restaurant. Was it terrible? No. Everything just felt a bit past its prime. I’m sure most people wouldn’t mind the condition at all, maybe I just had high expectations??

After taking a few minutes to look at the menu we decided that we weren’t all that hungry so we would share a Semi Serious Burger (1/3lb) and order a medium “Best of Both” (fries and onion rings serves 2/3). One of the highlight of the burger was the endless free toppings. Boy O Boy, we took advantage of that.

I think we ended up getting: Lettuce, Tomato, Onions, Pickle, Mayo, BBQ Sauce, 2 Onion Rings (really!?!),Banana Peppers,Coleslaw,Pineapple, and Relish. Ya, we went all out. 🙂 Our server also offered to have it cut in half which was really nice.

Cheeburger burger

Sorry about not so great picture. This was taken before I had any intention of reviewing our meals. (Yes, we have always taken pictures of our food on our trips…we are weird like that). Although quite messy and not all the appetizing in the picture, we enjoyed this burger. Was it the best we have ever had…no. Would I make it a must do on future trips…no. But all together it was pretty good.

Now along with our burger we had this monster:


This is the “Best of Both” basket. This is where my review goes downhill a little bit. I will admit in the picture they look pretty darn tasty… But in real life, not so much. The problem we had with these was the grease. They were SO greasy. This is probably the time I should point out that I LOVE french fries. I have been known to order a salad and a side of fries for lunch. You give me a good fry and I am a happy camper. I really wanted to love this basket but I just didn’t.  The onion rings weren’t quite up to par either. I like a nice thick onion though, so that may have been the problem there. A few other people in our group decided to eat here a little later in the week and had the same experience with the grease , so I felt better that we weren’t alone in our thinking.

All together I would say that we had an okay experience at Cheeburger Cheeburger. I’m sure you can come to the conclusion that we likely wouldn’t put this on our must do list, but are glad that we gave it a try. If you have any questions feel free to ask