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Breakfast at Hoyt House and Dinner at España Restaurant & Tapas {Amelia Island, FL}

Posted Jun 09 2013 7:47pm

I’d read about the breakfasts at Hoyt House on TripAdvisor.com, especially…

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…the sticky bun. Oh yes. You get one of these as a starter every morning. Drooling yet? The sticky bun is served hot, with a sweet syrup and topping of dried fruit and pecans. This was more than enough for the two of us to share.

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And for the rest of breakfast, you get to order off of a menu, complete with a daily special.

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Coffee is individual, French-press.

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Rock sugar stirrers are a sweetener option.

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And you get another starter, in addition to that gooey, sweet sticky bun. Hubby got the citrus salad, while I got the…

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…Greek yogurt parfait.

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And for the main event, hubby got a Belgian waffle with sausage on the side.

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I opted for the omelet of the day with lots of cheese and bacon. It was delicious, and I loved the way they cooked the omelet. Yum!

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After breakfast, we checked out the pool area, which became our favorite hangout spot at the B&B. Since there were no other patrons outside, we brought Bailey with us. The pool area was very picturesque with lots or flowers everywhere and plenty of seating. There’s even a hot tub and hammock for anyone really wanting to kick back.

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Around midday, we headed one mile down the road to the beach – Fernandina Beach. I’d heard it was beautiful from friends and co-workers, and it really was.

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And I even got to see a little girl see the beach for the first time. It was so cute. As hubby and I were headed back to the car, she ran up from the parking lot and exclaimed, “A real beach!”

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For dinner, we checked out another recommendation from our innkeepers, Myrta and Deborah – España Restaurant and Tapas .

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We got a table near the back, which had a great view of the outdoor patio.

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We shared a couple tapas dishes and one of the entrées. First up – Ensalada Jardinera – “Romaine hearts, tomatoes, onions, palm hearts and olives dressed in homemade balsamic vinaigrette.” I loved this simple mix of salad ingredients. It was light and a great summer salad.

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We also had some olives, and…

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one of the restaurant’s best sellers, the Gambas Mozambique (Shrimp Mozambique style) – “Sautéed shrimp topped with a spicy coconut milk sauce and fresh cilantro.” The color of the dish was eye-catching in a blazing orange. I really enjoyed the light coconut milk sauce, and the shrimp were large, plump, and cooked just right.

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And hubby and I tried our first paella for our main dish – Paella Valencia (Chicken and Seafood Paella) – “Clams, shrimp, mussels, chicken, white beans and Spanish sausage.” I really liked it! I’ve always been hesitant to try paellas because I’m not a fan of clams and mussels, and they always seem to be in this dish. But, hubby likes those types of seafood, so it was a great dish to share. I really enjoyed the mix of different ingredients all in one large pan. The rice soaked up the combined flavors, and I liked the little bites of peas.

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We both really enjoyed this one. Clearly.

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More post fun from our Florida trip here:

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Next time – more Amelia Island eats! Thanks for stopping by!

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