Going to Virginia Beach to stay with the Imrich's during 4th of July weekend has become a family tradition. Chris is one of Scott's best friends from Hawaii. They worked (and even lived at) at the Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Lab on Ala Moana Beach Park, near Waikiki Beach, as dolphin trainers. Yup, they really got to live the quintessential childhood dream.
|Scott and Hiapo (2003)|
While sleeping steps from the beach is amazing, it's the hospitality and time with friends that keeps us counting down the days until the next trip.
After a long trip in the car it's so awesome to be greeted with warm hugs and fresh baked treats resting on kitchen counter. One of our favorites is Barb's addicting pumpkin bread recipe. She is always cooking up a storm, trying out new recipes from the paper or pinterest, and we all happily indulge in a week of glorious gluttony. Not only is she an amazing cook, but she is also a retired children's librarian! Hello? What more could you ask for when vacationing with a toddler? The house is full of vintage Fischer Price toys, musical instruments, bubbles and little science projects like watching butterflies hatch from their chrysalis on the back deck. The finest cruiseships and 5-star resort kiddie clubs will never be able to top the outstanding 'childcare' at the Imrich's.
If you are looking for great recipes or activities to do with children, especially recommendations for children's books, you need to check out Barb's pinterest page!
While the food is great at the house, there are several restaurants we love going to. The first restaurant I ever went to in Virginia Beach is Bubba's Seafood Restaurant and Crabhouse and it remains one of my favorites. I crave their blackened Rockfish! My new favorite restaurant is HK on the Bay, a locals hangout in Chic's Beach. My go-to entree is Dan Walker's (HK Top Chef winner) Tri Tip Chimichurri Sirloin served with a side of Lobster Mac 'n Cheese. (Here is a phenomenal lobster mac 'n cheese recipe you can make at home).
|Seafood Pot Pie, HK on the Bay|
|Morgan Devouring a scone from Flour Child Bakery|
|Seafood Penne, Leaping Lizard and Cafe|
|Shopping with Morgan (2012), Tin Soldiers Forgotten Treasures|
|Scott's First Catch of the Day|