Posted at 3:33 pm
Not far on the west side of the Orlando Metro area is a great place to get fresh, no hormone, cage-free eggs. The place is called Lake Meadows Naturals.
They distribute some of the eggs laid at the farm to local restaurants.
Besides their eggs, they sell honey, humanely raised natural meats, jams, jellies, and pickles. All made the old fashioned way.
It is a great place to take the kids to see all the animals.
Posted at 1:48 pm
Just around the corner from the Florida Mall is this hidden little gem of a restaurant. It is called Havana Bistro Cafe. A wonderful place with excellent food and great service.
It has probably the best empanadas I have ever had at a restaurant. Pictured is one beef and one chicken empanada. A great appetizer.
One of the main courses was grilled snapper with yuca (cassava) and tostones.
The other main course was a twist on a Cuban sandwich called a Tripleta. Instead of pork on the sandwich it had minute steak. Yum, Yum!
Of course, what trip to a Cuban restaurant would be complete without a Cuban coffee.
Posted at 1:45 pm
At EPCOT there is a wonderful seafood restaurant. It is called the Coral Reef. The atmosphere is like you are sitting under the water in the ocean.
The food is very tasty.
And even though we normally do not get dessert we could not pass it up on this trip.
Posted at 2:22 pm
To all our followers, friends, and family a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Don’t eat too much! LOL.
Posted at 3:01 pm
Nothing can compare to a fresh tomato from the garden. We wait patiently for them since we grow our own. Living in Central Florida we get two seasons for growing tomatoes, Spring and Fall. We start our Fall season tomatoes in July from seed.
We then nurture them over the next few months.
Now we get to reap the harvest of great tasting tomatoes that you cannot buy in the supermarket. We grow all varieties and they are all good.
All the vegetables shown in the next picture were grown and picked from our garden.
Posted at 3:25 pm
On a recent trip to Lake Wales we decided to stop and get some lunch. We came upon Manny’s Original Chophouse.
The atmosphere is Route 66 kitsch and they seem to have a representation of every license plate available in the United States. We even had a visit from Elvis!
The food is good American comfort style with everything from burgers and fries to steaks, seafood, and salads. Of course I could not pass up on a 1/2 pound Bacon Cheddar Burger.
Posted at 3:21 pm
Here in Central Florida strawberry season starts late in November. There are a lot of U-Pick farms and one of our favorites is Bekemeyer Family Farm not too far from where we live.
They grow all their strawberries using hydroponics. They also grow vegetables at the bottom of each hydroponic column.
When it is strawberry season we go almost every week to pick so that we can enjoy this fruit in a variety of ways.
Posted at 2:14 pm
Every March in Miami is held one of the best music festivals in the country. It is called “Calle Ocho.” As the name implies it is held on 8th Street in a section of Miami called Little Havana.
One of the best things is that the festival is free!
There is plenty to eat and drink with items like Paella, Mojitos, and of course Cuban cigars. There are several stages of music and even people dancing in the streets.
Of course, that does not include the street music also blasting from every bodega along the way.
Posted at 1:32 pm
Our Meyer Lemon tree produces very juicy and tasty lemons almost year round.
They have multiple uses in the kitchen. Start the day with juice for cleansing the body. Use it in a lot of recipes, cooking, salad dressings, and flavor enhancements for dishes. Sometimes when we feel like splurging on calories we make lemon bars, lemon pound cake, and lemon preserves.
Today’s lunch was made using lemons on everything. The menu was Lemon Moroccan Chicken, kale, green beans with a lemon sundried tomato dressing. Eggplant, chickpeas, broccoli baked in the oven with lemon slices and spices.
Posted at 3:15 pm
In one of Orlando’s tourist sections is a street called International Drive. The locals call it I-Drive. Today we decided to wander to I-Drive and have lunch.
The weather is perfect for it today. A slight breeze, comfortable temperature, and an outdoor patio at the restaurant.
A perfect Saturday lunch. We started with some drinks. One was a Zombie and the other was a flight of Margaritas. The Margarita flavors were Hibiscus, Strawberry, and Tamarind. (Left to Right)
Instead of full entrees we decided on three appetizers instead. They were Firecracker Shrimp, Tostones with Chicken, and finally Lobster and Shrimp Quesadillas. For appetizers the portions were fairly large. So much so that we brought some home with us.