Friday night dinner and hanging out at the bar

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Dinner tonight is at Toni’s! Toni’s is a favorite for a lot of people. It is the surf and turf. Most of the time the food is really good. There have been a few misses, but most of the time it is really good. The rib eye is my favorite. It is a very thin rib eye, but very tasty. I haven’t been into eating a huge slab of steak since I was in my 20’s anyway.

I wear a dress I got from Express. My daughter and I decided to share it. I wore it tonight and when I got home I gave it to her. I am way too old to be wearing a dress this short. For tonight, it would have to do. The shoes are Kate Spade and I bought them just about a year ago when I was in San Francisco for my birthday and visiting Nicholas. The necklace is from BCBG and I got it on sale years ago. There are not a lot of dresses or tops I can wear it with.



Appetizers are the seafood selection for me — a favorite, but be warned, it is served cold — and Zung has the lobster soup.

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Zung has the classic surf and turf and I have the arrachera.

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Zung has the apple custard for dessert. I will have my dessert at the lobby bar.



We see Raphael and Gabriel (general manager and assistant GM) while we are at dinner. It seems they are everywhere, all the . time. They are extremely conscientious about their jobs.

We head to the Lobby Bar. We see Heidi and Luis. It is their last evening. We say good-bye. We see Brian and Chad and asked them how Playa was. They enjoyed it. They are leaving tomorrow also. We say good-bye to them. I want to say again how nice these guys were.




The single guy we saw last night is there again. I ask him if he is there alone and how he likes the hotel. He is there with his parents. He is 23 and his name is Ben. he says it is okay. He hasn’t found a good crowd to hang with. He went over to the Maya/Lindo and there were too many screaming kids. He went to the disco and there was a group of graduating seniors, and they were too young. We chat with his mom for a while.

The question pops up often in the forums, people asking if their younger adult kids will have a good time. The time we brought our kids here they really enjoyed it. It depends on your kids, and it depends on the crowd that is not only at the Grand but at the neighboring hotels. It’s going to be hard to find an adults only hotel with a young crowd. It really varies. The one downside (I actually consider it an upside) is the proximity of the hotel to Playa. If you’re at a hotel that is closer, they can go to Playa to look for some action. Like I said, I considered this distance a plus when I was here with my kids. The boys wanted to go to Playa, however, they wanted me to pay for their transportation, and probably for their drinks. I nipped this in the bud when I said I wasn’t going to pay for anything and itemized how much it would cost them. They lost interest in that idea quickly.

We also spoke to a guy who said he was celebrating his divorce. I would have applauded this lemonade out of lemons attitude, except, he had tears in his eyes when he said it. I gathered this trip had been originally planned as a couples trip with his wife. Sad.

Daniel makes me a cucumber martini. I miss Daniel.

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Zung has a margarita. Zung misses Daniel’s margaritas.



A large group of people come in and come up to the bar. They are loud, so we go back to the room.

It has been a nice day. Tomorrow should be better. It is Saturday and Zung will not be going to work. Yay!

I have to tell you, I had a few moments of panic while I was writing this. I took copious notes on my iPad notes app when I was on this trip . I had my iPad open to them when I was writing this and one of our cats came over and stepped on it and deleted the notes. I said some bad words and then googled “retrieving deleted iPad notes” and found them in my mail. So, if this ever happens to you, you’ll know where to find them. (Stupid cat).


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