Jan 192012
 
Lovely historical Savannah, home of the Lady and Sons restaurant-that butter, cream, meat and fried food laden buffet owned by Paula Deen.  I’m sure you’ve all heard about her unfortunate but not surprising announcement that she has type II diabetes that can lead to heart disease, glaucoma, foot, skin, mental health problems…all kinds of nastiness. 
Paula, if you read this, now is the time to say no to that deal with the drug company devil that wants you to be the face of their new diabetes medication and show your fans how powerful diet can be.  Cut out cholesterol, processed foods, too much saturated fat; and add lots of plants, legumes and grains.  Take your fans along with you in the journey back to health through diet and exercise and NOT drugs! 
Her contribution to the SAD (standard American diet) is epic.  Who else would bring a macaroni and cheese dish that is wrapped in bacon, breaded and deep fried?  I love her sparkling personality but her cooking is so detrimental to our society that at my visit to Savannah last weekend I did not stand in line for the Lady and Sons buffet; instead I sought out unique, local restaurants that have health, local farming and sustainability in mind. 
This was no easy task.  Googling top 10 restaurants in Savannah will actually bring up Paula’s restaurant as her brand is so well known. It took a little digging around to find some restaurants with substance.  I visited the newly created Savannah Slow Food site and found Green Truck Pub.   It’s a burger joint that features grass fed beef, organic free range chicken, vegetarian and vegan options.  Any of their burger creations can be subbed for a bean burger which is wonderful.   The atmosphere is lively, being close to the art school, complete with a juke box and old time-y décor.  If you go be sure to get there early as there will surely be a long wait.

Hmm…these specials look interesting.

I’ll take a cold one bartender!

I tried the “Rustico” bean burger with basil, balsamic caramelized onions and a bit of goat cheese. Their bean burger was firm, moist and flavorful-completely home made-as are all their dressings.  I had the side salad with balsamic.  All the veggies on the salad were super fresh.   My dad commented on how good the onions were, of all things. 

Their little garden out back.
In a stand next to the door I found a booklet of other local restaurants, including Taco Abajo-Fighting the Tyranny of Bland Mexican Food.  We decided to head over there the following day.
We found the place in a trendy area, also near the art school.  The storefront is very inconspicuous, but when you walk down the stairs, the restaurant opens up in an expansive, brick floored room with a festive mix of contemporary music and Tex-Mex furnishings.

The salsa is home made and super fresh…we asked for a second bowl.  I got a grilled veggie taco and splurged on an authentic style fish taco with cabbage slaw, probably the best I’ve had. My daughter got a grilled fish taco on a corn tortilla with rice and black beans.  This was the first time she had ever actually picked up and eaten a fish taco (and loved it).
Proof of a 3-year old eating a fish taco!

Veggie taco, fish taco and black beans.
We will definitely visit both places again at our next visit.

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Aug 242011
 


My favorite dish to get at my local hole-in-the-wall Thai restaurant, Mai Thai, is Tofu Kra Prow, described as mixed vegetables and basil leaves in a chili-garlic sauce.  I always order steamed rice noodles on the side as opposed to white rice.  My eyes light up when the fragrant dish arrives, piled high with super spicy and fresh, tender-crisp veggies.  The restaurant has the most beautiful presentation of carrots artfully formed into a flower on top of a nest of thin red beet strands.  It’s just gorgeous.  The tofu is lightly fried so it has a delicate crust and soft pillowy inside that is perfect with the spice.  I could eat it every day.  Alas, that could get expensive and I don’t need to be eating white rice noodles and fried tofu daily so I vowed to come up with a buckwheat and sautéed tofu version.

Once again, I channeled my inner Veggie Sandra Lee with a bag of frozen Thai-Style veggies. All about the convenience!

The final verdict is that this is not the sauce they use at the restaurant.  The recipe I found for Kra Prow (and there were not many out there) has fish and oyster sauce in it, so my sauce is brown and theirs is not.  Both are equally delicious in their own way though.  This had more depth of flavor and the buckwheat soba is heartier than the rice noodles. As for similarities, both have the delicious garlic and heat elements as well as that aromatic basil.  

Tofu Kra Prow with Buckwheat Noodles

Inspired by Tofu Kra Prow from my local Mai Thai’s Menu and this recipe; Kra Pow Chicken
Serves 5 (over 1 cup depending on size of eggplant)

Ingredients

1 block extra firm tofu, drained, pressed and cut into cubes
1 bag Thai Style frozen veggies, I used Cascadian Farm, Thai-Style Stir fry Blend
3 white Japanese Eggplant, chopped
1 head garlic (12 cloves), minced
2 -4 cayenne pepper, diced (I had to sub 1 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper)
1/2 to 1 cup low sodium vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups Thai Basil leaves (again had to sub regular basil as that’s what I had growing)
1 Pkg Buckwheat Soba, cooked to package directions and set aside
2 tsp rice wine vinegar

Sauce
6 Tbsp oyster sauce
4 Tbsp fish sauce
1/2 Tbsp Turbinado sugar
2 tsp low sodium Tamari (or soy sauce)

Directions

1. Mix sauce ingredients in a small bowl.

2. Heat 1 Tbsp water or broth in a skillet or wok over medium heat; add garlic and pepper, sauté, stirring constantly until browned, about 3 minutes. 

3. Add tofu and eggplant and sauté until browned, adding more water or broth as needed to prevent sticking. Remove from pan and set aside.

4. Heat another 1 Tbsp broth over high heat; add Thai vegetables, sauté 4 to 5 minutes.  Add tofu and eggplant back to pan.

4.  Stir in sauce and toss to coat; add broth, reduce heat and simmer.  Add buckwheat soba.  Remove from heat and stir in basil and rice wine vinegar.


Nutrition Facts

5 Servings (Large, over 1 cup servings, depending on the size of the eggplant)
Amount Per Serving


Calories 304.0
Total Fat 6.5 g
Saturated Fat 0.8 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.2 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.3 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 1,912.3 mg**** 
Potassium 458.1 mg
Total Carbohydrate 45.1 g
Dietary Fiber 6.2 g
Sugars 8.1 g
Protein 18.9 g


Vitamin A 11.5 %
Vitamin B-12 1.5 %
Vitamin B-6 9.5 %
Vitamin C 22.6 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 0.0 %
Calcium 13.3 %
Copper 10.3 %
Folate 8.2 %
Iron 12.4 %
Magnesium 23.3 %
Manganese 52.1 %
Niacin 4.1 %
Pantothenic Acid 1.2 %
Phosphorus 16.3 %
Riboflavin 3.7 %
Selenium 18.2 %
Thiamin 4.1 %
Zinc 7.7 %


*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

****This dish will be lower in sodium than listed here due to the low sodium tamari and vegetable broth; however, to cut it down even more reduce the amount of fish sauce and oyster sauce a bit and that will help as well.  I use Sparkrecipes as the recipe builder and there were no options for low sodium veggie broth or tamari.

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Mar 012011
 
We had an amazing time camping in Savannah last weekend at Skidway State Park.

After much searching for the perfect spot..there she is!

There are marshes all around the park where my dad collects fiddler crabs to catch fish with.


Dad the fiddler crab wrangler.

Hi guys!

Sure enough, right when we finally found a parking spot downtown, you-know-who fell asleep.

We walked around City Walk.  The weather was gorgeous in the high 70′s.

They have horse and carriage rides.

We tried out Goose Feathers Cafe for lunch.

I got a latte which was perfection.

My mom got tuna nicoise on a bagel.

….and Dad got the tuna on white.
Both said their sandwiches were excellent.  Big chunks of soft tuna and fresh bread and veggies.

I got the veggie panini and was a bit disappointed.  I was hoping for a pressed sandwich and more veggies than bread.  The pesto they spread on the bread was excellent though.

We left the restaurant to walk around a bit more and found this really cool fountain.
Wine and dark chocolate by the fire later that night.
Along with some fresh cherries.
The next day we ventured back into town and spotted this art gallery.
We can’t wait to go back and visit next time!

 Posted by at 2:20 pm
Feb 202011
 
In the months of January and February we have quite a few birthdays between friends and family.  This year we all decided to head down to St Augustine to celebrate yesterday. 

Of course, I suggested our new favorite little place to stay called the Edgewater Inn. (The view from here is where the photo for the home page of my blog comes from.)

We got there around 2:30 and spent the afternoon sipping cocktails on the deck.

Justine and her hubby Kerry


Here is a view looking at the Edgewater.  It’s just to the left of the Bridge of Lions.


 Dinner was at the Floridian which features seasonal, fresh and local foods.

My appetizer was this Lentil Sausage soup and the following strawberry beet salad with fresh goat cheese.



Fried Green Tomatoes Bruschetta
cornmeal dusted tomatoes, greens, chili-cumin aioli, and Goat’s Feta Cheese on artisan bread.
$8

Fried Grit Cakes
cheesy pan fried polenta cakes topped with a zesty Apple-Tomatillo Salsa
$7
  
This was my entree; Sunday Supper
Choice of pan roasted free-range Chicken or Pecan-encrusted Tofu over Moroccan spiced root vegetables and quinoa with toasted garbanzo beans, creme fraiche and candied lemon peel w/ tofu $13

Chris chose the meat loaf sandwich with spicy collard greens.


We all walked back to the inn to get ready to go out.  These are some of our gorgeous room views,


I think this is my favorite photo.
  
Here is all the girls at Scarlett O’hara’s.  A fun local bar with live music.
Me, Justine, Katie and Chantal

 Happy birthday Christopher!

Here we are obviously all sober.

The next morning Justine and I walked back over the bridge to get some coffe.
  
St George Street was deserted this early in the day.

The Bridge of Lions

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 Posted by at 10:22 pm
Dec 132010
 
This past weekend marked the second campout with my new camper and the first ladies only trip….me, my mom and my daughter. 
It started off a bit iffy…cold, rainy, electrical in the camper not working….but with the help of some park rangers, four to be exact, that came to the rescue, the electrical came on (and with it the heat and fridge) by using a very technical method.
 Jiggling the power cord. 
It kind of reminded me of when I call IT because my computer at work has an issue and the IT guy comes up and suddenly the damn thing works.  Sigh. 
But hey, I can’t complain, it stopped raining, everything was working in the camper, Saturday got up to almost 70 degrees and we started having some fun!
I voted this my new favorite close-to-home park.  45 minutes away and really rustic with dirt roads through gorgeous old Florida woods compete with multiple deer sightings and lots of great foliage. It has really nice restroom and shower facilities, it’s 20 minutes from downtown St. Augustine shopping and the entrance to the park is right off I95.
Oh yes, and the park rangers are so friendly and helpful.
(Friday is pictured here…still a bit rainy)
There is a boat ramp and you can rent canoes and kayaks.
Saturday morning we had breakfast outside by the fire! 

Trip to the very bustling St Augustine Farmers Market.

Lunch at my new favorite restaurant.
The Floridian.
Local, seasonal fare.

Cup of Indian Dal with lentils and sweet potatoes.
With each bite we said how amazing it was.  Sweet, spicy and warm on a cool day.

Gala salad.
Marinated Jose’s tempeh over ginger caramelized sweet potatoes and NC apples tossed with quinoa, spinach and local lettuces in a honey-dijon vinaigrette, topped with local goat’s cheese and toasted pumpkin seeds for $10.50.
I think the description says it all.

Cute cortyard area where my little one could run around and not disturb anyone.

After lunch we took a walk down St George Street and saw this fellow.
A one man band!

Scarlett’s is Chris’s and my favorite bar.

I loved the lights at this wine bar.  The “grapes” were made from plastic balls!

 Of course, we shopped till we dropped!

Back at the campground we started up a fire and mom and I had some wine.  
 
And then we all retired to the camper to watch the Wizard of Oz on the portable DVD.
Go Noles!
 Posted by at 1:30 am
Oct 212010
 
This past Monday night we were on the way to the Jaguar game and I decided I wanted to stop at Chipotle Mexican Grill.  Have you been there?
Their mantra is “Food with Integrity is our commitment to finding the very best ingredients raised with respect for the animals, the environment and the farmers.”
How can you not love that?!

I had been there before and gotten the burrito bowls, but that time I chose to get a salad.  With each bite I said THIS IS SO GOOD.  And I have been talking about it since. 

When yesterday morning rolled around, I said to myself I was going back to get the same salad again. I sat down at my desk and told my co workers about it and spent most of the day drooling.

Fresh salsa.

Tender chicken.

Pinto beans.

Cilantro rice.

Grilled peppers and onions.

Honey Chipotle vinaigrette.
Finally 5:00 came.

 Heaven.
 Posted by at 12:59 pm
Jul 082010
 
My third bite club event was at Havana Jax that features Cuban American food.  After reading their menu I was very excited to attend this event.  It was to be more of a mingling bar type atmosphere with two salsa dancing teachers on hand to teach us how to salsa!
Upon arrival we were given a sample mojito which was excellent.  It had fresh lime and mint and was not too sweet.
The bar area has lots of comfortable seating.
My Bite Club date Justine arrived so we had to get a picture.
A little out of focus…..after four more tries….
There we go!
The menu handed out was extensive and I was very excited about the Cuban Rolls Tornado served with chopped salad and olive oil vinaigrette.
Justine, me and Ashlee
Fried App #1
First out was bits of fried pork and yucca.  I wasn’t a huge fan of the pork.  The bite I got was very fatty.
Fried App #2
Fried plantains with a bean paste.
I could barely taste the plantain after the breading and frying.  
Fried App #3
The empanadas and croquettes.  After biting into mostly fried shell…yahoo!  A teaspoon of filling. I didn’t finish the croquettes.
Friends Justine, Courtney and Anthony
Bite Club veterans Lawrence and Lou
The desserts!  I said to the waitress, “I would like to try the Key Lime Pie and one of those cakes.”
“No” she said.  “You can only have one”.
“Oh.  I guess I’ll try the key lime pie.”
It tasted like key lime pie.
I did swipe a mango cake sample there in the back left of the photo which was excellent. Crumbly and buttery graham cracker crust and what tasted like a perfectly sweet, ripe mango.
As far as the Cuban Rolls Tornado served with chopped salad and olive oil vinaigrette as well as several other apps that were listed on the Bite Club menu, I can’t tell you.  They were never served.  And the salsa teachers were not there which was disappointing.
I went home and ate a fresh apple.
Thanks to the Bite Club for free food and wonderful company.
I can’t say I will go to Havana Jax for the food but it did look like a fun bar atmosphere.

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Jul 082010
 
Last weekend Chris and I made the two hour trek to Orlando, Florida to begin our 4th of July weekend away trip to see Sting in Tampa.  Luckily we didn’t hit much of the Orlando 5:00 traffic as we were heading into the city. 
We settled into the Westin Imagine which is a contemporary hotel 1.5 miles from Pointe Orlando and about five minutes from the outlet mall.  They have fridges and microwaves in each room which is nice.  After showers we headed to Pointe Orlando to dine at Tommy Bahama.
Mojitos in hand we had Island inspired dishes that included pecan encrusted goat cheese to start.  We followed this up with entrees of sautéed shrimp and scallops with crisp/tender asparagus over a light and sweet coconut curry sauce as well as a chicken dish served over a cumin scented rice and beans with a small shell with fried plantains and a sweet slaw on the side.  Finally we had the Pina Colada cake which was a layered rum cake with pineapple, white chocolate and coconut.
Friday morning I worked out, had a quiet breakfast of coffee, fresh berries and cottage cheese and then hit the outlet mall to shop till I dropped as Chris was doing an audit for work. (We combined business with pleasure this weekend and saved the fare for two nights at the hotel!)
I found a Barnes and Noble bookstore to stock up on books and magazines for reading by the pool that afternoon.  One book I picked up was called Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.  I’m only through her trip to Italy and I can’t put it down.  I envy the way she has mastered the description of food. 
On page 80 she speaks of her trip to Naples to get pizza.

“The dough, it takes me half my meal to figure out, tastes more like Indian nan than like any pizza dough I’ve ever tried. It’s soft and chewy and yielding, but incredibly thin. I always thought we only had two choices in our lives when it came to pizza crust – thin and crispy, or thick and doughy. How was I to have known there could be a crust in this world that was thin and doughy? Holy of Holies! Thin, doughy, strong, gummy, yummy, chewy, salty pizza paradise. On top, there is a sweet tomato sauce that foams up all bubbly and creamy when it melts the fresh buffalo mozzarella, and the one sprig of basil in the middle infuses the entire pizza with herbal radiance, much the same way one shimmering movie star in the middle of a party brings a contact high of glamour to everyone around her. It’s technically impossible to eat this thing, of course. You try to take a bite off your slice and the gummy crust folds, and the hot cheese runs away like topsoil in a landslide, makes a mess of you and your surroundings, but just deal with it.”

As one foodie to another….pick this book up.  You will love it!
That night I met my old college roomie, Cindy, for dinner and drinks at Season’s 52.  I so wish we had one in Jacksonville.  They feature seasonal ingredients and as the website states they “Celebrate Living Well” with the entire menu under 475 calories. 
I chose the special of line caught grouper with citrus mint infused couscous and tzatziki sauce on the side and two shot glass desserts to finish.  One was the creamy summer blueberry cheesecake and the other was the peanut butter chocolate mousse.
Cindy and I followed up with dancing at a little bar across the way and had such a great time catching up!
Saturday Chris and I hit Ikea (for two hours) and decided with all the eating that had been going on we wanted salads at Sweet Tomatoes.  Have you ever eaten at one of these?  We loved it!  It was inexpensive and you can choose from a huge salad bar, fresh soups, home made breads and muffins, pasta dishes, fresh fruit and even fat free Edy’s Ice cream with toppings!
We went back to the hotel to relax (and read!) and then got ready to go see Sting at the Tampa Amphitheater. 
We got dressed and headed out.  We got there with not much time to spare for dinner and lo and behold the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino was across the street!  Since we were in a rush to get to the concert (there was no opening act) we ate the food court. I know, it sounds terrible but for $9 I got a huge Greek salad with crunchy romaine, soft, dark red tomatoes and salty feta, a soft, chewy slice of vegetarian pizza and a small side of seasoned veggies.
We headed to the Ford Amphitheater and Sting started at 8:15. He is touring with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.
We made our way to the seats.  It was an older, quieter crowd than our usual concerts (for example, the Black Eyed Peas) and people basically stayed seated.  When the orchestra started playing I got chills.  It was such all encompassing sound.  Sting’s voice rose over it clear and smooth and his backup vocalist, Australian born Jo Lawry, was sweet and jazzy.
Before each song he shared a brief story about where it was derived from.  I thought the one about the song I Hung My Head was rather comicalHe describes, in his British accent, how as a child he loved Country Westerns, in particular Bonanza.  He imagined Adam, Ben and Hoss Cartright riding across the plains with him, “little Sting”. 
I can officially say that in my 33 years of attending concerts, this was my favorite.
Sunday we made the trip home and relaxed at the house and Monday we took the boat out on the Intracoastal to Caps on the Water where our friend Jim proceeded to use our daughter as cute-waitress bait.
  He said it worked well with her whole watermelon ensemble of matching top and shoes.  The shoes were key.
But that’s a whole other restaurant review…..
 Posted by at 1:25 pm
Jun 112010
 

Last Tuesday was my second Bite Club event at Mandaloun Mediterranean.  I have been to this restaurant before and it’s one of my favorites.  I was so excited to go back and try a few items I have never tried!


I arrived just at 5:45 and people were getting drinks at the bar.  The walls are painted with mountainous scenery, there are white columns and rich wood high tops that make for a charming and inviting atmosphere.


We were offered quite an extensive taste of the entire menu!


My friend Justine attended again.


Our foodie friends Kim and David also attended.


Justine brought her mom Madeline as her guest.


And finally, I also brought another foodie friend, Courtney!


To start, the owner came out and gave us background on the restaraunt and what we would be tasting.


And then the food began to come out.
Fresh pita with an oregano herb dipping oil. 


Mezze Sampler
First up was the Hummus: A puree of chickpeas mixed with sesame cream and lemon juice.
Theirs is so smooth and creamy and has a little dip in the middle with extra virgin olive oil.


Baba Ganoush: Puree of grilled eggplant mixed with sesame cream and lemon juice.
This was the first time I actually liked Baba Ganoush.  Normally it has this weird almost bitter aftertaste but this one was also very creamy and I loved the texture.  I even went back in for seconds!


Tabbouleh: Finely chopped parsley, tomato, onion, touch of white pepper, crushed wheat, olive oil and lemon dressing.
There were ooohs and aaahhs when this came out.  It was so fresh it had to have been made right then.



Fattoush: Lettuce, tomato, cucumber, radish, onion, mint, lemon pepper, crispy pita bread with olive oil, lemon and pomegranate dressing.
I think the Fattoush was the star of the show.  The pomegranate dressing is tangy with that bite of vinegar that tickles the back of your throat.  Is has sort of the sweet/tart cranberry-esque flavor.  There are a ton of fresh aromatic herbs on top and then when you bite into the crispy pita you will swear you died and went to heaven.  This is my most favorite dish there.  I’ve tried to recreate it but there’s just no substitution for theirs.


Sambousek – Meat Pie: Deep fried Lebanese pastry stuffed with minced beef and pine nuts.
I, personally, am not a huge fan of fried foods but the outside was crispy and flavorful and the inside was tender, meaty and crumbly.  If you like meat and fried foods I would go with this as an appetizer.

Sambousek Jebneh - Cheese Pie: Deep fried Lebanese pastry stuffed with feta cheese and mint.
When I bit into this one I was pleasantly surprised.  I had forgotten there was fresh mint inside!  I loved the combo of the aromatic mint and gooey salty feta.

Fatayer - Spinach Pie: Pastry stuffed with spinach, onion and pine nuts.
Out of the three pies this was my favorite as it was mainly veggie and it was baked!  The onions added a sweetness and the pine nuts a delicious crunch.  I would definitely order these again.
Main Course
Mini Kebabs: Chicken and Beef Kebabs served over rice.
The star of the main course, for me, was actually the rice! I did enjoy the grilled chicken, however the beef was a bit on the dry side.  We all discussed the rice trying to guess all the flavors, I thought I tasted a cinnamon, David said tumeric, saffron and cumin.  I believe everyone went back in for more on the rice.

Wine
I tried two wines.  One was a Lebanese red, Le Prieure, Ksara, and one was a inexpensive Domestic Red, Five Rivers Cabernet.  I took a photo of the Cab as it was excellent and so inexpensive.
I must say I’m terrible at describing wine so Courtney….if you read this you must tell us what you thought!
Dessert
And finally…the desserts.  Both of them made me close my eyes and slowly savor.  I ate each and every bite.
Baklava: Traditional Lebanese Pastry filled with nuts, pistachios and almonds.
This small round tube was so light and crispy with sweet/salty nuts crushed nuts.

Nammoura: Sweet coconut baked with semolina.
I loved the texture of the semolina and coconut. (Which is weird as I typically hear people say they like the flavor of coconut but not the texture.) Semolina is a form of wheat, I have also heard it called groats.  It was baked into the bar form you see below with coconut and saturated with a thick sweet liquid.  Each bite had texture and sweetness with the consistency of a thin honey.  

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Jun 082010
 

I finally got my photos from this past weekend and it was a good one.

It started out with a Girl’s Night In on Friday night. Since my husband Chris was out of town on a golf trip, my daughter, Mom and I had a sleepover. We started the night with steamed broccoli and a Kashi Caribbean Carnival Pizza and continued with the chick flick, Valentine’s Day (after the little one went to bed). It was really cute and had an all star cast.

Saturday started out with coffee and a chat on the back porch before the baby woke up and then I was off to yoga. All three of us went to World Market afterwards to do some shopping and then Mom and the baby took off to go to the pool thus starting the highlight of my weekend, Girl’s Night Out.

I headed out to visit my friend Justine at Jacksonville Beach. After a few hours in the sun we went back to her Aunt’s house to get ready.


Dinner was at Taco Lu’s as the original restaurant we were going to try, Salt Life, was way too packed.

Me and Brooke at Taco Lu’s.
Justine and Sarah at Taco Lu’s.
Super dark shot of Megan and Justine.

Taco Lu’s was excellent, as usual. I chose the first three items on the menu.

Baja Fish Taco: Beer Battered Mahi on a corn tortilla, cabbage, pico, chipotle crema, cilantro and lime
Bangin’ Shrimp: Spicy, Asian style fried shrimp, cabbage and lime
Mahi: Blackened fish on a corn tortilla with cabbage mango salsa and crema

I must say a few glasses of wine made it much easier to splurge on the two fried options and they were excellent. My favorite was the shrimp. The fried outer crust was thin and crispy with a light battered texture and then covered in a salty, sweet, spicy Asian sauce.  When I bit through the inside was soft and tender shrimp.  The addition of the cool cabbage and crumbly texture of the home made corn tortilla with a shot of lime was an excellent mixture.

 We left there and hit the Penthouse at the Casa Marina Hotel for a drink. It was so gorgeous. Three floors up, overlooking the water. The weather was tropical Saturday night…hot and humid with a light breeze which made it the absolutely perfect weather to enjoy an evening cocktail.

A very unclear landscape of us at the Penthouse before we walked outside.

After that…dancing at the Brix. A local bar with great music and a young and lively crowd. There were two bachelorette parties that happened to be in attendance hence the photos of the BRIDE DANCEOFF.

Picture this…two brides in the middle of the floor and Lady GaGa comes on. The brides begin to do a sort of GaGa robot dance…..

You know that Bad Romance song the stations will not stop playing…GA GA OOLALA GAGA OLALA RAMAOLALA RAMA…..or whatever the hell the woman is babbling about in the song.

Now you can’t get that song out of your head can you?
Hubby was home the following night and we, of course, had to celebrate by grilling up some mixed veggies, corn and shrimp.
The Ghost Grilling shot.
I quickly jotted down a marinade recipe.
Hubby loves to grill wings.
The corn shot. Simply seasoned with olive oil and Tony Chachere’s.
We put this on EVERYTHING.
And I saved the best for last. The Shrimp. 
Hi you little beauties.
Grilled Shrimp in Jerk Marinade



Ingredients


1/2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp jerk seasoning (with lime)
1 tsp coarse ground mustard
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined


Directions


1. Whisk olive oil through garlic in a small bowl. 


2. Place shrimp in a medium bowl and pour the marinade over the top.  Marinate for 20 minutes or so.


3. Skewer the shrimp on metal skewers.  Place on preheated grill.  Cook until shrimp begins to turn pink.  Turn once and once shrimp is pink and cooked through remove from grill. 

 Posted by at 12:49 pm