After the first day of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, we went to downtown Hollywood to eat dinner at Runa’s Peruvian restaurant, which I highly recommend. The area seems to be mostly folks from Peru, Colombia, and Venezuela, and has many wonderful places to eat.
There is a lot of neat street art in downtown Hollywood – here are a couple shots.
The bar menu at Runa’s has a lot of Pisco cocktails. Pisco is a type of brandy that is produced in the wine-making regions of Peru and Chile, invented by Spanish settlers in the 16th century to replace orujo from Spain. It is fantastic.
I ordered a dish of beef tenderloin strips with risotto and a béchamel Huancaina paste, simply amazing. The mixed ceviche was out of this world too (with a wide variety of seafood, including octopus). Even before the food came out, Elise was thrilled that they brought out a dish of fried corn kernels to munch on.
A view of the Atlantic from Ft Lauderdale. The water was beautiful, but I have never seen so many jellyfish in my entire life. Needless to say, we did not spend much time swimming. (Though we live on the beach, so it’s not like it ruined our trip.)
This is pretty much the view anywhere along the ICW in Ft Lauderdale. Boats, boats, boats everywhere.
One of the yachts at the boat show. I was impressed by the balcony off of the stateroom.
So many screens.
On our way out of town, we grabbed some pastries and whatnot for breakfast. Elise was less interested in a croissant than orange mousse. Breakfast of champions.
I ordered what seems to be a Latin American version of baklava.
You know you are in South Florida when there are iguanas everywhere. Some are quite enormous and will run out in traffic.
And that’s the end of our long weekend in Ft Lauderdale.