Monday, December 8, 2008 at 9:10 a.m.
You couldn't pay me the $500 prix fixe to get me to eat "dinner in the sky
" at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek -- apart from my terror of heights, I haven't been strapped to a dining chair since I was 6 months old and I'm regressing fast enough as it is; I don't need any help. No, a slow boat brunch is more my speed, and I'll be cruising through the breakfast buffet on the Charter One Floridian this Sunday
, December 14, gnoshing on Belgian waffles with shavings of dark chocolate and herbed Prime Rib au jus. The two-and-a-half-hour tour on the Intracoastal is just $55 per person all inclusive, and I consider that a real bargain considering the tab includes an open bar -- obviously the folks at Charter One have no clue how many bloody Marys I can put away on a Sunday afternoon, to say nothing about the poundage of smoked Applewood bacon. Charter One also has what looks like a very nice three-hour Holiday dinner cruise
coming up this Friday December 12, for $95, with DJ dancing afterwards if you're still able to shake your bootie after unlimited plates of roast beef, ham, and turkey, and the "decadent dessert buffet." I've done these sorts of cruises before (with just drinks, not dinner), and it's a fun if sorta cheesily romantic way to see the holiday lights along the waterfront -- and I'll tell you, some of the mansion owners really go all out with the Christmas tinkle. Charter One is also planning wine tasting cruises; we'll keep you updated. The Grand Floridian leaves from the Westin Diplomat Resort in Hollywood.