Here’s to a great New Year!
I’m certain that we’ve talked about Food As Gifts before, but it seems that the month of July held many birthdays for my new Neighborhood Gal Pals.
I was poking around in the dollar store and found this Wine Tumbler in the Party Section …
Ssshhhh! We don’t need to tell anyone where we got them, just that they’re uber cute, don’t you think. ⭐
Add a bottle of Sparkling Wine or your Pal’s favorite libation, a Cello Gift Bag with a cardboard Cake Round for support, colorful ribbon, and you’re set.
One of our Gal Pals is a Kirkland Signature Ready To Drink Golden Margarita fan …
What adorable packaging (even if I do say so myself)! Dollar Tree has some great stuff. That’s two different ready-made bows that I put together, some white tissue paper and clear Cello Wrap, cute!
It’s loads of fun dreaming up different Gifts of Food AND Adult Beverages for your Pals!!
When I go grocery shopping, sometimes things catch my eye.
I saw this Wine and thought I’d give it a whirl. I do enjoy a good Sangria from time to time, even though I’m a White Wine enthusiast.
This Wine was bar none, the WORST Wine I have ever had, EVER!!
I’ve been trying to wrap my brain around the fact that this Wine was given 95 points by the Los Angeles Wine Competition and a Gold Medal?
Seriously, that stuff is so gross, I threw out the entire bottle, minus a small sip. Now, I’m not one to waste anything, but that was not fit for Man nor Beast! There was no way, no how that I’d be able to morph that Wine into anything that would be consumable, period. Down the drain it went.
Another day has dawned in Key West Florida and we’ve got places to go and people to see, but let’s have breakfast first.
On my excursions across the street from the hotel to Publix, I found Goldman’s Bagel Deli, oh_my_gawd!
I only wish that I had discovered this small little joint when we first got here!
I haven’t had that good of a bagel in a very, very long time.
We decided to share a Bagel Breakfast Sandwich and a full brekkie plate, MMM! We ate every scrape!
But like I said, places to go!
Truman’s Little White House.
We found a metered stall were we thought would be pretty close, NOPE!
We must have walked something like 8 blocks in this sweltering heat and humidity.
Poor DH was soaked by the time we got there and wished he had brought an extra shirt to change into.
Anyways, the tour was all indoors and AIR CONDITIONED!!!
That was pretty nifty!
We found our car and headed out in search of lunch.
I had been wanting to go to Eaton Street Seafood Market for Stone Crab Claws… well, we were one day too early.
The nice gal behind the counter said that they’d be getting theirs that evening, if I wanted to come back.
Well, we’re here now, let’s have a Lobster Roll instead.
That was wonderful and the Plantain Chips were something that I had never had before.
It had been a long, hot day, let’s go back to the hotel, cool off and live to fight another day.
We decided to head out early the next day to beat the heat and were off for Hemingway’s Home Tour. I was excited!
I had heard so much about this place and really wanted to see it for myself.
What an interesting home with such history to it.
And the cats, oh, they’re everywhere, even on the roof!
It was early and they had just opened when we got there.
When in Rome … I just had to have a Margarita, The Perfect Margarita!
We decided to share a Club House Sandwich and Fries, mostly because we were going back to get me some Stone Crabs for dinner in the hotel room!!!!
Before we headed back to the hotel, we made our stop into Eaton Street Seafood Market again.
YUM! I was in heaven, let me tell you friends and neighbors!
We got another ready-made meal in the refrigerator section at Publix for DH, and bought a slice of Key Lime Pie from Eaton Street, again different.
What a great end to another wonderful day in Key West Florida.
But alas, this is our last day.
Tomorrow we leave and head back to the mainland.
Next stop was a check mark off my bucket list … Key West Florida.
Even though I’m from a place with beautiful beaches and the Pacific Ocean surrounding the island, I’ve always wanted to come here.
Our drive South from Key Largo to Key West was spectacular! We had been told that the Seven Mile Bridge would be spooky, but we didn’t find that to be so. DH had driven down here with his buddy’s back when we were all young adults, but that was on the “old bridge” As we passed it along side the new one, I couldn’t imagine it being sturdy and yes probably scary back then.
What I did see as odd was something in the air, off in the distance… IT’S A BLIMP! DH thought that it was most likely a weather blimp, as we were close to an Air Station. So I looked that up and yup, he’s correct! That was kinda cool.
We got ourselves checked in to our hotel, and boy-howdy-dowdy let me tell you guys, THIS is a real nice place!
This is out our back door!
Not a bad place at all!
I am SO glad that the hotel that we had booked to begin with had their pool closed and we decided to find a different hotel, FOR SURE!!!
We sat in the chaise lounge chairs after a dip in the pool, and watched the sunset, gorgeous.
And what did I spy across the street from the hotel but another Publix.
Back when we lived on Oahu in Hawaii, we would have special Sunday Brunches at John Dominis. Sadly, they closed their doors, but I can make a beverage that we enjoyed there.
Plantation Iced Tea
My husband asked for a glass of Iced Tea this afternoon… I think I have too much time on my hands 😀
2 Qts. freshly brewed Lipton Tea
(I “brew” mine in the Sun for a few hours, rather than with boiling water, guaranteed no bitterness)
2 C. Pineapple Juice, not from concentrate, please it just tastes better 😉
Mix, chill, enjoy … that’s it.
I serve ours sweetened, over plenty of ice and then garnished with fresh Mint and Pineapple Chunks on those adorable paper umbrellas.
Now, there are many variations out there, and that’s up to you. Some places add Lemongrass, Cinnamon, Lemonade, Honey, I mean it’s up to your family’s taste, but I’ll stick with basics.
No, this lovely tray of assorted Tropical Drinks was not all for us! HA! 😀
We went over to our favorite place to listen to live Hawaiian Music, the Kani Ka Pila Grille in the Outrigger Reef Hotel and there was a very large group of Japanese visitors having the best time. It turns out they were a Halau, or Hula Dance Troop from Kobe Japan who were on Oahu to preform. Anywhos, I say this large tray come over to their table and I thought, geez, that’s so beautiful, all of those colors and different aromas. Maybe the next time we order a cocktail, I’ll rethink my standard glass of wine 😉
I’m pretty sure that I’ve already told everyone about Trader Joe’s Pita Bite Crackers with Sea Salt, but have you tried its Sister Cracker?
Trader Joe’s Multigrain Pita Bite Crackers with Whole Wheat and Flax Seeds, YUM!
Now, you don’t have to do this, but do, try them with a large schmear of Boursin Cheese, topped with Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic & Onion Jam, OH MY GRAVY ALL OVER MY TWO SCOOP RICE (that’s OMG! in my world, but then you all know that already 😀 ) !!
When served with a glass of wine, takes this late afternoon snack WAY over the top delicious.
Now, my husband, a) doesn’t care for creamy cheeses and 2) doesn’t partake in any adult beverages – so this is all mine baby!! 😉
To, Jackson Wyoming, loved it! So beautiful, a little on the tourist-y side, but all in all we really enjoyed our time there.
We stayed at Cowboy Village Resort.
In a one room log cabin with a kitchenette, YIPEE!! AND we had a picnic table, plastic lawn chairs and a charcoal grill out front, loving this!
My first stop? A grocery store. I found the Jackson Whole Grocer not far from where we were staying.
Nice grass fed beef, so I got us a cowboy steak, some outstanding fresh local veg and a bag of Match Light! Light`er up boys!
I also bought a bunch of other foods for breakfast and picnic lunches when we went into Grand Tetons National Park. One morning I made us bacon and eggs, I think most of our neighbors were jealous, when I went out to pack up the car for the days outings, this young couple in the next cabin asked if they could come over tonight for dinner. 😀
We took the dirt road (wrong way, but we made it) to Teton Village on the recommendation of a friend, and took the Aerial Tramway after 4pm for cocktails, the ride was free and gorgeous!
One of our days here in Jackson was a really rainy-foggy day and you couldn’t see the mountains, so we decided to amble around the town square and have early supper. Another friend had highly suggested that we go to Local.
My husband ordered the local grass fed beef, Cheeseburger while I wanted to try their handcrafted charcuterie … duck prosciutto, paté and a nice piece of havarti, MAN! What a great meal, in Wyoming!
Earlier we’d had lunch at Bubba’s Bar-B-Que Restaurant, smoked turkey breast with two sides, corn and beans, YUM!
Then it was back to the cabin to relax on our front porch, watch the storm pass by and chat with our neighbors and their dogs, what a great place!
Missus Dear Friend and I try to get together every so often and it’s just us, no boys! Sometimes we do some retail therapy first and then go to lunch, on this occasion we went over to Gabby’s Grill (the four of us have breakfast over at their sister restaurant Gabby’s Kitchen).
A glass of wine was the first order of business; aren’t these glasses cute?
Mrs. DF said that we simply must try their Crispy Avocado Egg Rolls. Howdy Doody! I’ve got to find a recipe for this. It seemed pretty straight forward, sliced Avo, some diced Tomatoes and a bit of Cilantro, Lime Juice and maybe chopped Jalapenos… and that dipping sauce was outta sight! Not sure what it was but it was really good.
On to our entrees. My friend had the Fresh Strawberry and Spinach Salad, asking that it be Dairy-free as well as Gluten-free. I can’t recall what all was in it but it sure looked tasty, and that dressing!
I had the Smoked Chicken Salad Sandwich with my side being a Garden Salad. WOW! That was a lot of food! I wound up taking the salad home.
We lingered for awhile over our lunches, chatting and sipping our wine. What a lovely way to spend on afternoon. Thank you Dear Friend.