Thursday, May 01, 2008

Hook n' Cook


One of a plethora of watersport offerings at Hawks Cay is the "hook n' cook" option where if you hook a fish on a fishing expedition, chef Tony Glitz will graciously cook it for you for dinner. We dealt with choppy water on our 3-hour excursion and to my regret I didn't pop a motion sickness pill opting instead for the anti-nausea wristbands. Flash forward to me desperately pressing the gray wristbands to no avail as the boat sways like a teacup at the state fair. Fret not, I didn't bail my lunch and the water eventually mellowed a bit. I even caught a few petite yellowtail snapper which chef kindly grilled up for a satisfying fish feast. The pic above is actually a speckled grouper, (petite as well - it was a day for dimunative fish). Not big enough for dinner, but feisty enough for its closeup.

4 comments:

L2M said...

I'd been looking at places to go in the Keys for Memorial Weekend and had come across Hawk's Cay. Lo and behold, there you are? I've read good and bad things about the place but not sure who to believe. What's your rec? And is the restaurant open? That'll be key to the decision.

sara said...

l2m - Great minds think alike, right? The resort just underwent a $35 million dollar renovation so it's definitely a great bet. The last time I was here 2 years ago it was sub-par to say the least. The rooms have all been gutted and redone, the main pool was doubled, there are swanky white cabanas; it's definitely gotten the facelift it needed. Tony Alamilla's restaurant is *supposed* to open the end of May so hopefully it won't get delayed. We've feasted at the marina restaurant on site and if you do the hook n' cook, it doesn't get any fresher than that. I'll post more about our stay but what specifically did you have in mind for the weekend?

L2M said...

Was looking for somewhere to veg basically. Pool is key. Fishing, though my fiancee and I are not seasoned angler's, would probably be a good time. Basically just looking for somewhere close by where I can just park the car and not have to use it for the long weekend. Any suggestions besides Hawk's Cay?

sara said...

I'm not super familiar with other resorts out in the Keys, but based on what you've described Hawk's Cay would be a good option. It's definitely the park the car and veg type of place. There's plenty to do watersports-wise and plenty of chaise lounges where you can just take in the views and relax.