Changes in Attitudes at Latitudes Café
I don’t know about you, but for me, one of the great thing about staying at a resort, is that when I’m sitting beside their sparkling pool, enjoying a sunny day and a good book, I don’t have to go more than a few steps to get a bite to eat or a cold drink. After all, it’s a buzz kill to have to get dressed and jump in the car to pick up food when I’m so blissfully relaxed.
Apparently, that relaxing feeling doesn’t just exist at high-end resorts. On my recent visit to Naples Reserve, I was surprised to find that residents here enjoy this vacation atmosphere every day. Lucky them! The neighborhood’s impressive yet casual Island Club clubhouse includes Latitudes, a Caribbean-style café. I found Latitudes to be as laid back as the lifestyle I observed at Naples Reserve. In fact, it felt more like Islamorada. The casual menu has a tropical flare, offering a variety of light fare, including scrumptious sandwiches, fresh salads and satisfying soups. My dining companion and I both enjoyed our light lunches, as we gazed out at residents, kicking back and having an awesome time in and around the water. The café also has a fun drink menu that includes those sweet umbrella drinks that make life feel just that much more festive.
Along with great food, Latitudes’ location is the perfect place to enjoy time with family and friends, overlooking an impressive 125-acre lake and across from the community’s own tiki bar. One of the residents dining at the next table mentioned that he had informed his family, “If you can’t find me, and you’re wondering where I am, I’m probably sitting at Latitudes, enjoying the view and sipping on a Y Knot.” “Why?” you ask. Does that question really deserve an answer?
Naples Reserve offers a signature drink called the YKnot. Worth trying!
Want to make it at home? Here’s how:
2 oz. Light Rum
2 oz. Anejo
20ml Maraschino Liqueur
2tbs Simple Syrup
20ml Fresh Lime Juice
20ml Grapefruit Juice
1tbs Cherry Juice
Stir, Garnish with Fresh Limes, Grapefruit and Amarena Cherrie