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Pre-/Post-Cruise Doral (Miami) Day Three
Tuesday, November 15, 2016  

I slept a little later than normal today, partly because I was really tired and partly because the bed in our suite is so dang comfortable. My typical routine is to get up early, make coffee (I travel with my own coffee and French press), and spend a couple of hours working on our blog. Yesterday, I requested a hot water kettle (for my French press) from our housekeeper, and within an hour, one showed up in our suite. One sign of a five-star property is: if you ask for it, you will most likely get it.

Hot water kettle delivered to suite

For lunch today, we decided to visit BLT Prime, located just off the resort lobby. The atmosphere at BLT Prime is casual during the day and there is seating indoors and covered patio seating outdoors. We chose a large, comfortable booth looking out over the Blue Monster golf course.

BLT Prime

Soon after we were seated, our waiter arrived with BLT's signature warm and crusty popovers. The popovers are served with butter and sea salt and are addictive. As you can see from the photo below, I could not even wait to take a picture before attacking one of the popovers.

BLT signature popovers

The lunch menu at BLT Prime is quite extensive. A variety of salads, appetizers, steaks, entrees and sides should satisfy any taste. A word to the wise: appetizers are large enough for two people to share. We learned the hard way by ordering Tuna Tartare and a Roasted Beet appetizers. The Tuna Tartare was a large mound of fresh Ahi tuna chunks sitting atop avocado, all floating in a soy lime dressing. Delicious.

Tuna Tartare appetizer

The Roasted Beets were marinated, roasted and served with a salad of endive, verts, Gorgonzola cheese and candied walnuts. Rickee loves beets, and found her way through half of the earthy chunks, being careful not to accidentally drop one onto her brand new TRUMP t-shirt!

Roasted Beets

After the popovers and the appetizers, we began discussing how we were ever going to get through our main course. I ordered the Black Angus Beef Short Rib Burger and Rickee ordered the Beer Battered Black Grouper sandwich. Both sandwiches were served on toasted Brioche buns and served with a huge portion of crispy French fries.

Burger and Grouper sandwich at BTL Prime

Both sandwiches were delicious, but way too big for us to finish. We should have held off on the popovers and shared an appetizer! Nevertheless, we are convinced that BLT Prime is a "prime" location for lunch or dinner at Trump National Doral.

After lunch, we decided to visit the Royal Palm Pool. There are two pool areas, one for families, and another "Relaxation Pool" reserved for adults.

Adult-only Relaxation Pool

When we arrived at the pool, we were greeted by a smiling attendant who prepared our loungers for us by covering each chair with a terrycloth lounge cover. Two fresh towels were also provided. Soon, Alan, another attendant, arrived with two cups of delicious and refreshing watermelon water and a menu for the pool restaurant, the Palm Grill. It is a bit cloudy today and looked like rain was coming, so the pool area was nearly vacant. The temperature was perfect and made for a relaxing afternoon.

We spent the entire afternoon relaxing at the pool. Alan stopped by frequently to see if we needed anything and was very personable. I can think of no better way to work off a big lunch at BLT Prime than by laying out by the pool!

For dinner this evening, we visited Champions Bar and Grill. Champions is open each day from 11am to 11pm and is the property's sports-themed bar and restaurant. There are flat screen TVs lining the walls with sports playing on each. The menu offers American cuisine and cocktails. Guests can choose from an array of appetizers such as the Jumbo “Red Tiger” Shrimp, "Chicken Lollipops," and Artisan Meats and Cheese Board. Specialty entrees include the “Big Boy” burger with sirloin pulled pork con mojo, aged gruyere and mushrooms, and the “St. Louis Ribs” with spiced rub, house barbeque pork, cheddar grits and a vinegar slaw.

Champions Bar & Grill

We were so full after our lunch at BLT Prime that we decided on soup and salad for dinner. We shared a hummus appetizer platter (served with warm pita bread, grape leaves, olives and feta cheese).

Hummus appetizer platter

Rickee had the French Onion Soup, which she must have enjoyed because she ate every drop. My Caesar Salad was served in a large bowl filled with fresh lettuce, shaved Parmesan cheese, tomatoes, crunchy croutons and perfectly dressed with a tangy Caesar dressing.

Caesar salad

The meal at Champions was the perfect light dinner we were looking for. Service was professional and prompt, as it has been throughout the property. It has been a great pre-/post-cruise stay at Trump National Doral, our new favorite Miami spot! Watch for our full review of Trump National Doral coming soon.

Tomorrow, we fly to Barbados to embark Windstar Star Pride.

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