I’m a Prickly Pear

Anyone else think of Leaving Las Vegas anytime they hear that? No. Just me? Ok, moving on.

Yesterday was the hub’s birthday. I’m terrible at planning surprises or just making plans in general. He’s awesome at it. So, yesterday, I tried to be awesome. I think it turned out pretty well.

First up was dinner. I chose a place neither of us have been to (or even heard of) called Prickly Pear. It’s located in downtown Orlando and part of Orlando’s Magical Dining Month (which is how I found it).

Prickly Pear is an “American Southwest” restaurant with a Western theme. They make everything fresh in house and they dress their waiters up like cowboys, because that’s not embarrassing for them. No hats though, which was disappointing. If you’re going to make them wear the outfit, at least make them wear the hat. Anyway, this place was amazing.

For the Orlando folks – the owners of Prickly Pear also own the Funky Monkey Wine Company, so the restaurant has a huge selection of wine.

We had a 5:15 reservation, which wasn’t needed because we were the only ones there for the first 30 minutes.

The happy hour menu had $5 margaritas, which they make fresh at your table. Um, that’s one of my favorite bad habits. Yes, please!

The margaritas have a full fresh squeezed lime, agave nectar, and your tequila of choice. Since it was happy hour, it was my choice of cheap tequila but they had a few different flavors, so I tried coconut.

Sweet flowing hair of Fabio, that was a good margarita.

I’m going to buy some of that Margaritaville Coconut Tequila, stat. It tastes like coconut but still tastes like tequila, which I didn’t expect. Maybe because flavored rum doesn’t taste like rum? The stuff was awesome.

I ordered off the poor people’s menu Magical Dining Menu. It’s an appetizer, entrée, and dessert for $30pp.

I started with the Smoked Mozzarella Salad. Yep, that’s a big hunk of pistachio crusted cheese. Ate it all.

I’m not kidding when I say I feel like my heart was having a hard time beating while my body was trying to digest that hunk of cheese. It was literally the best salad I have ever had. The lemon basil vinaigrette was delicious. Usually I hate stupid fruit on my salad, but the pear really complimented it. I’ve never understood how foods compliment each other until now.

Hubs had the Black and White Soup (black bean and jalapeno jack cheese) which was delicious, but way too big for an appetizer. The bowl was so big, it was a meal in itself.

For an entrée, hub’s had the ribs.

He said they were delicious and so tender they fell right off the bone. Hubs loves ribs. I did try a bite, but I think ribs are the devil, so I’m not the best person to ask for an opinion on those.

I ordered the Seafood Chili.

The bowl was gigantic. That’s my hand inside the bowl – NOT touching any of the sides.

Now, this might have been an ordering SNAFU on my part. It sounded good in theory, but I’m not a fan of eating animals I can readily recognize on my plate.

I ate the shrimp and tried some of the other seafood (mussels, clams, calamari), but I just couldn’t do it. They did give me a gigantic spoon for my gigantic chili and that allowed me to play with my food while hubs finished his ribs.

Ok, it doesn’t look that big in the picture. But it was. I swear.

For dessert, hubs and I shared the Campfire S’mores.

Graham cracker (good!), brownie (good!), marshmallow (good!), raspberry puree (good!). What’s not to like? The marshmallow was even torched, so it had that campfire taste. Sharing this dessert made me sad because I wanted it all to myself. Stupid birthdays.

After dinner, hubs thought we were going home. Right before we passed our exit on the expressway, I handed him a birthday card that contained these beauties:

Surprise! 🙂

We headed over to the UCF Arena to see Cirque Du Soleil’s “Dralion.” No cameras allowed so I sneaked (snuck? snook?) this picture of the pre-show when security wasn’t looking. Security was a 70-year old woman that couldn’t stand for more than 10 minutes at a time, so I could have taken her.

This is the 4th Cirque show we’ve seen. We’ve also seen La Nouba (resident show in downtown Disney), Zumanity (resident show in Vegas), and another traveling one in Tampa. Maybe Delirium? I can’t remember for sure. La Nouba is still the best so far.

The show was great (aren’t all Cirque shows?). One of the things we liked the most is a couple of the performers messed up twice and had to start again. Kinda shows you how hard the stuff they do really is because they make it look so easy.

Intermission picture!

We had a lot of fun and hubs was actually surprised I had planned for us to see the show. So, my job is done. 🙂

What Cirque Du Soleil shows have you seen?

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  1. Paula wears glasses?

    We have something similar in Houston called Restaurant Week (it’s actually the whole month of August, maybe they should rename it). Too bad I’m saddled down with two kiddos and no sitters.

  2. I want to eat that pistachio-covered cheese even if it means I won’t be able to poop for a whole week. I bet it’s worth every bite.

  3. Alecia@tincantreader

    I’m trying to do something cool for my hubs bday. I emailed all of his shitty friends and none of them have responded. Moving on to plan B.

  4. linzlikewhoa

    I want to go to there. Could you fedex me one of those s’mores desserts please?

  5. Pam

    When I read prickly pear, I thought of that song from The Jungle Book. Not sure what that says about me. Looks like a good meal and a super fun night!

  6. Sara

    Super cute glasses! *obscene whistle*

    Magical Dining Month is da bomb. The boy and I plan to go to Luma on Sunday.

  7. The food looks so good! I’ve had tableside guac but not a tableside margarita. Fun!*

  8. Everything looks great – minus the Cirque Du Soleil. But, that’s because I am irrationally afraid of Cirque Du Soleil. Not sure why. Coconut margaritas sound like bliss right now!

  9. Wow everything looks fabulous! I have never seen a bowl of soup like that before… it reminds me of a black and white cookie 🙂

  10. Wow. LOVE the huge margaritas!!!! And the s’mores!?! Are you kidding me…two of my fav things in one night – lucky! I saw La Reve (in water) at the Bellagio in Vegas and it was amazing.

  11. That is some of the prettiest presentation I have ever seen for food. That soup… Wow! P.s. I think your hair color is the best I have ever seen on you! Gorg!

  12. Meg M.

    Hubby and I went to Prickly Pear for Magical Dining last weekend. I got the exact same food courses you did. Agree about the portion sizes….giant! So much good food! And the margaritas are probably the best margaritas I’ve had in a restaurant in a very long time. 🙂 And continuing with the lots of good food and drink theme, we are going to OB3 festival in baldwin park today. – Meg

  13. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups

    Sounds like you planned a great night! I haven’t been to Prickly Pear, so thanks for the review! Those s’mores look delicious!

  14. I am impressed that you can keep something a secret from your husband. I suck at that.

    That margarita looks delicious, particularly since I’m still dehydrated from this morning’s run.

  15. Coveting . . . your margarita, pistachio crusted cheese, smores dessert (I don’t share dessert, EVER–it’s a thing I have), the cuteness that is Paula in her glasses. <3

  16. How fun!!! I love doing s’more’s at home. I did a make your own s’mores bar once at a party and then put them all on a baking sheet and into the oven to toast – never thought of putting a brownie on my s’more though – that sounds heavenly!

    I also didn’t know you wore glasses – they look great on you!

  17. Lee

    Pricky Pear makes me think of a margarita because there is this restaurant here in Atlanta that has the best prickly pear margaritas. I don’t even know what a prickly pear is, but apparently it goes well with tequila.

  18. Looks like you planned an awesome bday! I’ve never been to any cirq shows. Sad, but true. I’ve always wanted to, though.

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