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I joined Poul on his layover in Fort Lauderdale, and one of the days we rented a small Cessna and went for sightseeing along Florida’s coast. None of us have a valid certificate for small piston engine airplanes, so we went up with an instructor. It turned out to be a really good idea, because then we had our hands free to take photos and videos of the beautiful flight.

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Fort Lauderdale Beach

After a short stop at the hotel to change our clothes, we went straight down to Fort Lauderdale Beach. This part of Fort Lauderdale Beach is very similar to JBR Beach in Dubai. There are lots of restaurants (and tourists) and if you have a thing for luxury cars, you will also find plenty of eye candy cruising the promenade, even though the Ferrari-per-capita ratio might be slightly smaller than in Dubai.

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Joe's Stone Crab, Miami

Joe’s Stone Crab is a South Beach classic that we didn’t want to miss. I love crab, but I’ve never had stone crab before. In Denmark, the most common kind of crab at restaurants is brown crab, and while the stone crab claws actually looked a bit like brown crab claws, I found the flavor slightly sweeter and the claws bigger and more meaty.

We had a set consisting of 2 big claws, a lobster tail and a big lump of crab meat as well as a lobster roll on the side. So much delicious food! I had to pinch my arm to make sure I was awake and not in the middle of a seafood fairytale dream.

The staff were warm and friendly and greeted us as if we were regulars. Who knows, maybe they mistook us for someone else? Even though we were full, they strongly recommended that we also tried the key lime pie, and I’m happy that they insisted, because that was the most amazing key lime pie I’ve ever had. It was served chilled, so the zesty, tart lime pie almost tasted like gelato. If you visit Joe’s whatever you do, don’t miss the key lime pie.

We were at Joe’s for lunch, and even though the restaurant was empty, when we arrived, it filled up quickly, both indoors and outdoors, so a table reservation is probably a good idea if you consider going.

The restaurant is only open October to May, reflecting the stone crab season.

Joe’s Stone Crab, 11 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, Tel: +1 (303) 673 0365

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Jet Runway Cafe, Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport

Thursday morning, we went to have breakfast at Jet Runway Café, which is located right by the apron at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. You would think that as an airline pilot, you get more than your dose of plane spotting at work, but no, not Poul, he never gets tired of looking at airplanes.

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La Bonne Crepe, Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale

After our dinner at American Social, we went for a walk along Las Olas Boulevard. We didn’t take many steps before we stumbled upon La Bonne Crepe, and even though we were both full after our dinner, we also knew that there’s always room for a crepe or two. They were about to close down for the night, but if we were just having dessert and didn’t mind them cleaning up around us, we could some inside.

My Crepes Suzette might not be the most visually appealing, and at several times during the flambéing, I feared that the waiter was about to set his fingers on fire. The crepes tasted really good though, and there were no traces of barbecued fingers.

Poul’s Peach Melba looked like something from a dessert fairytale. The crepe was light and crispy, and it was delicious together with the ice cream and the (canned?) peach. We didn’t want to stay for too long, but it was a nice little place, and I wouldn’t mind going back some other time during ordinary hours.

La Bonne Crepe, 815 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale

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