Cooks on Vacation

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One of the great things about vacation is that all of your meals are at a relaxing pace. There is no hurry through lunch to catch a business meeting or meet a school bus. Dinner doesn’t happen between the soccer field and the bath tub. For foodies and home cooks alike, vacation is a time to eat the foods you finally have time to eat.

Summer is the season for local street markets overflowing with fresh local produce. Local treats , like honey, BBQ sauces, herb mixes, and mustards, sold in small boutiques jump off the shelves at the chef in your family. It’s actually miserable for a cook to have to pack up jars and bottles of untasted goodies and be forced to wait to get home to experiment. This is why you need a kitchen for your next vacation. And not just any kitchen either. Pick out a gourmet vacation home complete with a lavish and well equipped kitchen.

This is really the set up your family chef wants: an island vacation home with both an indoor and outdoor state-of-the-art kitchen. Since this is island living, you’ll have plenty of fresh seafood to choose from. This outdoor kitchen is perfectly equipped to help you get your fresh catch clean and on the grill while enjoying the gorgeous summer weather. There is no need to go back and forth from the main kitchen. This is truly an outdoor kitchen and dining space with a refrigerator and wet bar. You can sip cocktails and enjoy the sunset. Cobia can be caught off Florida‘s coast in early summer. If you’ve got a fisherman in your vacation group, bring him along with the cook! You could be enjoying fresh caught sashimi, gently poached fillets, or a spiced and grilled whole fish made in this gourmet paradise.

The boasting meal is never the Friday night dinner for a cook on vacation, it’s the breakfast in bed. You’ll need the indoor kitchen for this one. Whether it’s baked brioche french toast stuffed with fruited cream cheese or an eggs Benedict twisted with local Key limes and tarragon, this is the kitchen that will get it done. You can even plan your meals in advance and arrive to a fully stocked fridge. This rental home has an option for a grocery delivery and put-away service.

Of course, if you get tired of cooking but can’t risk a mediocre meal, Captiva Island has 6 restaurants as well as boat service to other islands for additional dining. This home has 6 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, and plenty of space for a multi-family vacation. You’ll also have a heated pool, hot tub, outdoor shower, game room, and multiple balconies to enjoy the ocean views.

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