I found a blog dedicated to the most fabulous Jello Shots I have ever seen! Cool refreshing Jello Shots are great for summer parties. This collection is impressive and sure to please your party guests.
I am currently flying back from a log weekend getaway in Stuart Florida and loving the Amarican Airlines gogo inflight internet! This is the first time my husband and I have been to Florida and it certainly won’t be the last. We
stayed at the Pirates Cove Inn located in what the locals call the “Manatee Pocket” area. It is located in a harbor surrounded by yachts, waterfront restaurants and tiki bars. This was a great location because it was beautiful, relaxing and we could walk to several nice restaurants and bars and not have to mess around with driving and parking. There was even a breakfast /lunch place (Whistle Stop) within walking distance and it was so good we ate there every day.
If you enjoy fishing, this is the place to be! Every morning we watched the fishing boats go out and every evening we would see what they brought in. You can easily charter a boat from the bait shop located next to the tiki bar.
I always like to eat the local food when I travel. If in Mexico, I eat Mexican food, here in Stuart Fl, I ate seafood. We ate at the Pirates Loft twice.
I have to say it was the freshest and the best seafood I have ever had. The crab and scallop dishes were amazing. I have never had such a tender buttery scallop in California (where I live). And the crab cakes were made of all crab, not bread balls with a touch of crab, like we get in California.
I highly recommend staying at the Pirates Cove Inn if you are looking for a low key, fun and relaxing getaway.
Why does everybody go out for Valentines Day dinner? As somebody who worked in the restaurant business for most of her life I can tell you it is the worst day of the year to go out for a romantic meal. Valentines Day is about celebrating love with your “someone special”. How is going to a crowded restaurant with 50 to 100 other couples romantic? Restaurants are so busy on this day that the service is mediocre, your food is usually not as good or non existent since they ran out of what you wanted at 7pm and the atmosphere simply sucks because it’s loud, crowded and chaotic, how romantic is that?! So what to do?….
Personally, I like dining in. I think it’s fun to decorate our dining area with candles (be safe), plug in a romantic sultry playlist, put on something sexy and have a nice light meal at home. I usually cook lobster and king crab legs served with melted butter. For those who really want to impress their Date, I found a place who will deliver your lobster dinner! You can even order today by 5pm EST (eastern time) and get it by tomorrow! How cool is that?
A private romantic Valentines dinner is HOT, a crowded, public restaurant is NOT!
A few weeks ago my husband and I went up to Medford for truck parts and decided to stay in Ashland for the night. What a cute little town it is! We stayed at the Ashland Creek Inn. The Ashland Creek Inn was beautiful. It is located right on a creek with balconies off of each room that looks over the creek. It is also located within walking distance of the downtown area where there is lots of tax free shopping and dining. We spent the day walking around town shopping and occasionally stopping in a pub for beer & glass of wine.
After shopping we walked back to our room looking for a place to eat dinner. We decided on Beasy’s on the Creek. It was conveniently located across from The Ashland Creek Inn. I was shocked to see that this restaurant is listed as #34 on Tripadvisor. This restaurant was fabulous! It has a great romantic setting on the creek, wonderful food and perfect service.
That turned out to be a good thing because we stopped just down the freeway at the Wild Goose Cafe & Bar. This is your typical diner looking place, nothing fancy, but the breakfast was awesome! We are big meat eaters and when I saw the “carnivore omelet” on the menu I knew this was my kinda place. Again, I am shocked this place is rated #35 on Tripadvisor! We both agreed this was one of the best breakfasts we have ever had! Makes me wonder about those reviews.
The coffee was the best coffee I have ever had in a restaurant. They told me it was Noble Coffee, made right in Ashland! I was almost tempted to go back downtown to buy some, but noticed I could buy it online. As soon as I got home I ordered a sample pack. So far we have tried the Daydream blend. It is ridiculously good!
We had such a nice time there we planning on making Ashland one of our regular little “get away” destinations.
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I just received my spring wine club shipment from Husch Vineyards. I am not a huge Chardonnay fan, but I do love buttery or creamy Chardonnays. To me they are just as wonderful as a nice Cabernet, a sensual wine to be sipped and thoroughly enjoyed. Finding a good “buttery” Chardonnay these days is not easy. But, the new 2006 Special Reserve Chardonnay from Husch Vineyards is spectacular! It is one of the best, if not THE best buttery Chardonnay I have ever tasted.
I think a seafood pasta dish, like a Fettuccine Alfredo made with Gruyere cheese, shrimp, crab, lobster or all of the above, would be “Heavenly” with this Chardonnay. Or simply some Camembert cheese (a French brie type cheese), a sourdough baguette and a gourmet nut mix (macadamia, cashew and almond) would be wonderful too.[ad#ad-2]
Wine tasting in Anderson Valley, (north coast Ca) was very nice! No huge crowds like in Napa. Beautiful country, a little out of the way but well worth it. We went in March and stayed in Fort Bragg during the Whale Festival, where they have Beer Tasting, Chowder Tasting and all kinds of fun things to do & see.
Once in Anderson Valley we first stopped at Brutocao Cellars, then on to Navarro Vineyards where a deck overlooks the vineyards, a beautiful setting for lunch or a snack. Standish Wine Company was next, a new company with old history and great wines. Next stop was Husch Vineyards the tasting room is in a cute old building. Husch has a great collection of wines, I liked it so much I joined their wine club! Our last stop was Handley Cellars another beautiful vineyard with great tasting wines. All of the vineyards we stopped at had wonderful wines, I went home well stocked!
Fort Bragg is about 30 mins up the coast and has very reasonable accommodations. We were with a group and stayed at the Seabird Lodge. The Seabird Lodge is a very reasonable, “no frills”, place to stay.
One of my favorite places to stay is the Harbor Lite Lodge. Ask for a room on the river side, those rooms have balcony’s with views of the river & ocean. It is right on the Noyo River and you can walk down to the harbor where there are some really great restaurants.
Warning: Fort Bragg is a down-to-earth old fishing town, if you are looking for upscale, 5 star accommodations, meals and shopping, go to Mendocino. I happen to like Fort Bragg over Mendocino, but then again I am pretty down to earth.[ad#ad-2]
I say, “attn: Men”, only because I think a woman would be more impressed with a fondue meal than a man would (but, I could be wrong). Fondues are fun and easy and women love them! If you want to impress your girl with a special meal and a romantic evening, what better way than to feed her crusty sour dough bread or fresh shrimp dipped in a creamy buttery cheese sauce, served with a nice cold chardonnay or just have dessert and serve fruit & angel food cake dipped in warm melted chocolate.
Nothing spoils a romantic evening more than a huge meal that fills you up and makes you want to go to sleep. A light meal of fondue and maybe a simple wedge salad is the perfect start to a wonderful romantic evening. Fondue is also fun! You have those long skinny forks which are perfect for feeding each other. 😉