Sunday, June 3, 2012

St. Augustine 2012

History and the ocean.  Does it get any better?  Well, not in my world.  I love old towns, with local food, lessons to teach the kids, and if I get a beach in the mix I am a happy lady!  We just had our big "summer" vacation.  I air-quote because we never go in the real summer.  The first week of May is my favorite time to head to the beach.  First, it is just hot enough to get in the water, but not so hot you want to die!  Second, because spring breaks are over and school is back in, things aren't crowded and rates are lower.
We spent most of our time just relaxing on the beach, boogie boarding, and searching for treasures (shells).  It was in all ways, totally and completely LOVELY!!
I loved visiting the fort, it looked so much smaller than I remember it as a child.  But I guess it looked that much more grand to my little ones.  They loved going through the barracks and storage houses.  The view from the top was amazing.  We watched a team dressed in traditional Spanish uniforms fire a cannon.  Then we had dinner in Old City.  My kids were really into reading (or being read) the plaques on all of the old buildings.  So many rich cultures made there way to Florida in colonial times.

Mostly I prepared all of our meals, but we did venture out once in Old City and once on the beach. I tried a Minorcan Clam Chowder (a spicy red version) a the local Florida Cracker Cafe and my kids munched on the long awaited bites of Gator Tail.  I also had a Sunset Lemonade at the Sunset Grille on St. Augustine Beach made with local 4 Orange Vodka and my husband had a couple Key West Sunset Ales.  Since I had a Greek Salad with Mahi Mahi, I treated myself to homemade Key Lime Pie...Oh Man!!!  It was SOOO good!  I shared it with a couple of my monkeys, which was a good move because I would have eaten every bite!  We also had a handmade empanada one day at the Cuban Bakery.  Two bites in my husband said, "you have to learn to make these!"  I actually think there is a recipe in Nourishing Traditions.  Maybe I'll get brave enough to try one day!?!

Love and Butter,


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