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.

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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

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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.

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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 🙂

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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.

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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?

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YUM!

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.

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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.

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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:

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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