|Casa Monica Hotel, St Augustine, Photo Courtesy of the zimmerman agency|
|Main Lobby, Casa Monica Hotel, St Augustine, Photo Courtesy of the zimmerman agency|
We have stayed at the Casa Monica many times in the past, but this room was the best!
|Our room at the Casa Monica Hotel, St Augustine|
After arriving at the hotel and settling into our room, our first stop for the event was the reception/cocktail hour at the Grand Bohemian Art Gallery to meet the group that included the organizer’s of the event, Nicole and Mycah from the zimmermn agency - the Casa Monica’s PR firm, the General Manager of the Casa Monica, Anthony Lazzara and other bloggers and media from the local area – Jacksonville Magazine, George Singeltary from examiner.com, Jacksonville Wine Guide, Nancy White from Nourish The Beast, Allie Olsen form Simply St Augustine and Jessica from First Bite.
|All the details on the archways in the Casa Monica are stenciled by hand|
|Each of the 138 rooms in the Casa Monica are unique. This particular one was a two story suite.|
|Hand painted gold leaf details
at the Casa Monica Hotel
|95 Cordova, Photo Courtesy of the zimmerman agency|
|Executive Chef Harlan Walden and Executive Sous Chef Tim Haire speaking about their menu selections|
|Ceretto Moscato di Asti|
|Ceretto Moscato di Asti with Chamboard|
|Fresh bread with balsamic reduction|
|Chris’s seared duck breast with blackberry compote and crispy Yukon gold hash|
Vegan and Gluten Free
|Pineapple cucumber salad with cilantro|
Vegan and Gluten free
|Watermelon granita with sea salt|
For a vegan and gluten free option – ask for the black beans, salsa and cilantro only and forgo the scallops.
|Coriander crusted sea scallops with whipped black beans, roasted corn salsa, citrus chili aioli and cilantro oil|
|Chris’s braised pork osso bucco with truffled sweet mashed potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts and parsnips|
For a vegetarian option ask ask to hold the seafood, there may be eggs in the pasta. If you are vegan, ask your server for options.
|My seafood pasta with fresh peas, sun dried tomato and arugula|
|Chris’s Earl Grey panna cotta with tea cookie and fresh berries|
|Chris and Me at Cellar 6, St Augustine|
|Up the next morning at the pool.|