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Falling Back

Hi everyone! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted but my cousin from New York was here visiting and I didn’t get a chance to do much blogging. We ate and drank quite a bit though. The first weekend she was here we all went to EPCOT for the Wine and Food Festival. I think we drank more than we ate actually. But it was a great time for sure! Before we hit the Food Festival we took a drive the night before to City Walk at Universal Studios and went to Margaritaville for dinner and margaritas of course!

Margarita at Orlando Margaritaville

Our appetizer was a deep-fried sliced kosher dill pickle with a ranch dipping sauce. It was incredible! We should have gotten at least three orders!

Fried Pickle!

Next we had Cheeseburgers in Paradise of course!

Cheeseburger in Paradise!

The next two days were spent in EPCOT. Our first stop was France where we got the usual Pomegranate Kir and Escargot in Brioche! So decadent!

Sluggo enjoying some French cuisine!

Next stop was Germany for the usual German sausage in a pretzel roll. This year the sausage was twice the size of the roll! We also had a delicious serving of cheese spaetzel! No counting calories today! We had to wash it all down with some German beer of course!

German sausage in a pretzel roll with cheese spaetzel

Belgium was next and we had the mussels in the garlic cream sauce. I posted this recipe last week so check it out!

Mussels in Roasted Garlic Cream Sauce at Belgium in EPCOT

We drank a few Proseccos in Italy and had a baked ravioli and canoli as well. Needless to say, I forgot to take pics after a while. But I recommend that everyone go to the festival if you can. It’s a lot of fun and you get to try so many awesome things.

John and the 15th Anniversary Festival Cake

On the way home from Disney we planned to head to Cape Canaveral to see the shuttle Discovery launch on November 1. But as all of you may or may not know by now, it never launched. We planned it perfectly to be out there and we were sad when it couldn’t launch. Nov. 30 is the next date. But on the way home from there we stopped in Titusville, and had dinner at our favorite place. Dixie Crossroads. It’s nothing fancy but they have these little bites of deliciousness called Rock Shrimp. They look like mini lobsters! So cute! We have them steamed and dip in butter, just like lobster! We also had a lobster dinner as well. Why not, we were on a roll already at this point!

They serve everyone these little dough corn fritters. They are so tasty but I try not to go crazy eating too many!

You can't eat just one of these corn fritters!

Lobster and rock shrimp to fill us up for the drive back home.

Sluggo loves his lobster!

Rock Shrimp

So that was just four days of my cousin’s visit. We had many more excellent meals but I am getting full just thinking of them. She left to go back to New York today so now it’s back to normal eating. Maybe soup tonight?

Tomorrow I will be back to the regular recipes before my husband and I head to Charleston for a few days to check it out. More food! I hear their specialty is shrimp and grits! I can’t wait!

Till tomorrow!

Blini-Tini

So what is a Blini-tini? If you know what a Bellini is this is a twist on that. Bellini’s are a delicious, refreshing cocktail. (See past post) When we were recently visiting the ancient city of St. Augustine, FL we stopped in a few times to our favorite martini bar, The Tini Martini Bar, in The Casablanca Inn. We had stayed at the Inn 3 years ago when the bar was brand new. They have the best martinis in the city. And they fill them to the tippy top! No half-inch of empty glass at the top! The bar and the Inn is reported to be haunted, by a friendly female ghost. (No, not Casper). I think my cousin Linda will attest to some odd happenings while we were sitting at the bar. I was next to her and I see her look on the floor like she dropped something. Nothing there. She’s still looking so I asked what was up. She said she felt something physically touch her leg, like something fell against it. We didn’t see anything anywhere. So I am guessing the ghost was saying hello! Wild! (And no we were not drunk!) Anyway, here is the martini that John and I had, twice. Linda’s martini will be next week’s post!

Tini Martini Bar at The Casablanca Inn, St. Augustine, FL

INGREDIENTS:

2 ounces peach schnapps

2 ounces peach vodka

2 ounces Prosecco or champagne

Splash of Orange Juice (no pulp! Or strain it if it does have it!)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Pour champagne into chilled martini glass.

2. In a cocktail shaker half filled with ice add the schnapps, vodka and orange juice. Shake till mixed, strain and pour into cocktail glass.

Garnish with fresh peach slice if you have room!

Makes 1 martini


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