June 12th, 2010 by Shayne Benowitz

A busy day on the parasail docks.

by Shayne Benowitz

There is no denying that this island has heated up in a flash over the last couple of weeks. While many lament the humidity and the sweltering sun, most of us at Fury are thrilling over ideal conditions on the water. Hot sun, cool ocean, soft breeze, calm seas, and unlimited visibility at the reef.

Working in the sun can sometimes act as an appetite suppressant, but we all need fuel to get through the day. This time of year, we’re craving cold, fresh, and filling treats and meals. There’s not always a lot of time, so we’re big fans of anything that’s mobile and delivery is a must. Here’s a quick guide to some Fury-tested and approved quick bites to take the edge off the summer heat:

COFFEE

I am done with hot coffee for the summer. There is nothing eye-opening about a hot cup of Joe in 90 degree heat. Fortunately, Key West is flush with iced coffee alternatives. I’ve been a huge fan of the Coffee Plantation’s iced latte with skim milk and Sugar in the Raw since my earliest days at Fury. New to the scene is Old Town Bakery with their strong iced coffee and an assortment of delicious baked goods.

The Coffee Plantation on Caroline Street.

LUNCH

When we’re truly jamming on the parasail docks, we can spin through the entire day without a break. Sometimes a liquid lunch is the best alternative. Captain Shon and I have decided that smoothies are the only way to go on days like these. We’ve recently become big fans of the Cuban Coffee Queen’s Re-Hydrator, a blend of bananas, mangos, and mixed berries. I’ve also been a faithful of Help Yourself’s Tropical Green smoothie with pineapple, mango, banana, cucumber, cilantro, spinach, and lime. Both restaurants also serve up super hydrating coconut water, which I am pretty much in love with!

Help Yourself on the corner of Fleming and Margaret.

Becky and Kayla, a couple of our check-in gals, are fans of the newly opened vegetarian lunch spot Green Republic. The menu is extensive, but the girls rave over the California Dreamin’ wrap with hummus, provolone, lettuce, tomato, avocado, green pepper, and sprouts. Sounds pretty yummy to me!

HAPPY HOUR

Of course, frozen drinks on a tropical island is pretty obvious, but it’s not something I drink everyday. I met our cruise ship liaison Nicole and Fury Surf Shack’s Meredith for post-work drinks at Sunset Pier yesterday. Nothing sounded so refreshing as a pina colada mixed with strawberry daiquiri. Meredith was on board with the frozen drink craving and opted for a margarita while Nicole ordered a frosty Red Stripe. The setting on the water is exactly what you want in a tropical bar, not to mention its prime location where Fury boards the Ultimate Adventure and the Commotion on the Ocean. Grab your drink to go!

ICE CREAM

I’ll admit, I’m not a huge fan of ice cream, but when the temperatures heat up, I crave lemon sorbet. Head to Flamingo Crossing or Gelato on Duval for this or any other ice cream flavor you can dream up!

Nothing beats the heat like the sea breeze or a cool dip in the ocean, so of course, let Fury be your Key West guide. See you this summer!

Shayne Benowitz is a Fury crewmember and freelance writer. For more travel stories and a daily dose of what’s cool around the globe visit her Wanderlust Website at http://web.me.com/shaynebeth.

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