Introduction: Spring Break in Florida

Introduction: Spring Break in Florida
Review:  American Airlines (ERJ-140) Economy – Wichita Falls to Dallas
Review:  The Club – Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Review:  American Airlines (A321) Economy Class – Dallas to Tampa
Review:  The Café by Mise en Place – Tampa International Airport
Review:  The Lure – South Tampa
Review:  Delta Airlines (A321) Economy Class – Tampa to Atlanta
Review:  The Club – Hartsfield Jackson/Atlanta International Airport
Review:  Delta Sky Club – Hartsfield Jackson/Atlanta International Airport
Review:  Delta Airlines (737-700) Economy Class – Atlanta to Fort Walton Beach
Review:  The Crab Shack – Fort Walton Beach
Review:  Mama Nu’s Kitchen – Fort Walton Beach
Review:  American Airlines (CRJ-900) Economy Class – Fort Walton Beach to Charlotte
Review:  Admirals Club – Charlotte International Airport
Review:  Admirals Club – Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Hiiiii and welcome to my next trip report. This one will cover the time I spent in Tampa and Fort Walton Beach, Florida last month. The trip was for work, but I managed to find time to do a “few” reviews.

The journey began with a flight aboard an American Airlines ERJ-140. The trip from Wichita Falls to Dallas was just shorter than my flight between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur last year. The flight attendant was one of the best I have ever seen on any airline.

American Airline ERJ-140 Wichita Falls to Dallas

American Airline ERJ-140 Wichita Falls to DallasAmerican Airlines ERJ-140 Wichita Falls to Dallas

After the short flight, I decided to check out The Club. The last time I visited, The Club was in a very small space in Terminal D. The new location was bigger but still a bit crowded.

The Club DFW
The Club DFW Entrance
The Club DFW
The Club DFW Buffet
The Club DFW
The Club DFW Bar

My flight to Tampa was aboard an American Airlines A321, which I have experienced before, but HAD to write about again. Two things stood out to me on the flight: 1) Streaming Apple Music…STREAMING APPLE MUSIC and 2) two flight attendants arguing.

American Airlines A321 Dallas to TampaAmerican Airlines A321 Dallas to TampaAmerican Airlines Apple Music

Before leaving Tampa International Airport, I decided to visit The Cafe by Mise en Place. This is the only Priority Pass restaurant at the airport.

The Cafe by Mise en Place

The Cafe by Mise en Place
The Cafe by Mise en Place Espresso Martini
The Cafe by Mise en Place
The Cafe by Mise en Place Old Fashioned

The only “new” (to me) restaurant I visited in Tampa was The Lure. It was a seafood restaurant located 15 minutes north of MacDill AFB in south Tampa. The restaurant was ok until the bartender assumed my sexuality. 😂

The Lure - Tampa

The Lure - Tampa
The Lure – Tampa tuna roll and…
The Lure - Tampa
The Lure – Tampa Blonde Beer

To get to Fort Walton Beach, I had to take a Delta A321 with a connection in Atlanta. The flight was uneventful, which was good for an early morning departure.

Delta A321 Economy Tampa to Atlanta
Delta A321 Tampa to Atlanta economy cabin
Delta A321 Economy Tampa to Atlanta
Delta A321 Tampa to Atlanta bulkhead seat

Delta A321 Economy Tampa to Atlanta

While in Atlanta, I checked out The Club for comparison to the one in Dallas. The Club in Atlanta had more space than Dallas but was similarly crowded.

The Club Atlanta
The Club Atlanta entrance
The Club Atlanta
The Club Atlanta Bar
The Club Atlanta
The Club Atlanta Additional Space

After visiting The Club, I made my way to the Delta Sky Club. I made use of a Delta Military Benefit to gain access. The club was spacious and had great views of the aircraft parking ramp.

Delta Sky Club Atlanta

Delta Sky Club Atlanta
Delta Sky Club Atlanta Bar
Delta Sky Club Atlanta
Delta Sky Club Atlanta Terrace

I left the Sky Club a bit after, by a bit after I mean I was the last person on the aircraft, boarding of my flight to Fort Walton Beach started. The 737-700 had seen better days but it got us to Fort Walton safely.

Delta Airlines 737-700 Atlanta to Fort Walton Beach

Delta Airlines 737-700 Atlanta to Fort Walton Beach
Delta Airlines 737-700 Atlanta to Fort Walton Beach Interior

Delta Airlines 737-700 Atlanta to Fort Walton Beach

While in Fort Walton Beach, I was able to visit a couple of restaurants. The first one was The Crab Shack or “The Shack”, as it is known. Situated on an inlet from the Gulf of Mexico, the deck provided great views while the food was average.

The Crab Shack Fort Walton Beach

The Crab Shack Fort Walton Beach
The Crab Shack Fort Walton Beach Entrance
The Crab Shack Fort Walton Beach
The Crab Shack Fort Walton Beach Seafood

The next restaurant I visited was Mama Nu’s. Mama Nu’s is a Thai restaurant located not far from The Shack. At first glance, the restaurant did not seem appealing. The food proved looks can be deceiving.

Mama Nu's Thai Restaurant - Fort Walton Beach

Mama Nu's Thai Restaurant - Fort Walton Beach
Mama Nu’s Thai Restaurant – Fort Walton Beach Bar
Mama Nu's Thai Restaurant - Fort Walton Beach
Mama Nu’s Thai Restaurant – Fort Walton Beach Laarb

For my return trip to Wichita Falls, I had the chance to experience another “new” (to me) airplane, the American Airlines CRJ900. The retro livery on the plane was amazing, but I could not get a good picture. I was seated in an exit row where I got to witness a beautiful sunrise enroute to Charlotte.

American Airline CRJ900 Fort Walton Beach to Charlotte
American Airline CRJ900 Retro Livery
American Airline CRJ900 Fort Walton Beach to Charlotte
American Airline CRJ900 Fort Walton Beach to Charlotte Exit Row
American Airline CRJ900 Fort Walton Beach to Charlotte
American Airline CRJ900 Fort Walton Beach to Charlotte First Class

At Charlotte, I sought out an Admirals Club to try to use the American Airlines Military Benefits. The lounge had a beautiful entrance and plenty of seating.

Admirals Club Charlotte
Admirals Club Charlotte Entrance
Admirals Club Charlotte
Admirals Club Charlotte Entrance
Admirals Club Charlotte
Admirals Club Charlotte Bar

The flights to Dallas and Wichita Falls were the same model aircraft as the outbound flights so I will not review them again. However, while in Dallas, I did get to visit the Admirals Club. The American Airlines Military Benefits were not at play here because the lounge was at capacity…until a guy next to me sponsored me into the club. This lounge is always crowded and that day was no exception.

Admirals Club Dallas
Admirals Club Dallas Entrance
Admirals Club Dallas
Admirals Club Dallas Bar
Admirals Club Dallas
Admirals Club Dallas Conference Room

Final Word

The trip to Florida was exactly what I need led to beat the unseasonably cold temperatures in north Texas. I am grateful anytime I can travel and this was not different. I met a lot of people and got to experience many new things. Remember, this is the introduction post, the full reviews will be posted in the coming days. Thanks again for reading.

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