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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Spring and Summer Salads

We've gotten to that point in NYC. That point when Spring and its cool, comfortable, rainy days end abruptly and BOOM it's 85degrees and humid. This is also the time where I try to avoid using my stove. Pots and Pans it's been real, I'll see you in September.

Tonite I got a take out Greek Pasta Salad. Penne with tomatoes, cucumber, kalamata olives, feta and onions tossed with a little olive oil, vinegar and black pepper. Delicious and refreshing.

and look at that...toss out the container or wash and reuse - love it!

Some of my favorite food blogs have great recipes for salad. I've linked to them below.

Cool Summer Salad - from Southern Living

Spring Salad with new Potatoes - from Smitten Kitchen



Monday, May 2, 2011

Dinner at Disney

It's never a good sign when you take a picture of this on the way to dinner...

That would be the beloved family mini-van (aka The Colonel) stopped on the side of I-4 outside of Orlando :(
How'd we get to Florida?
Let me back up.
Spent Spring Break at home with my parents. Huzzah!
Many menus checked while researching a fun place for T, mom, dad & I to enjoy dinner our first weekend in town. I started looking for a place at Disney World so we'd feel like we did a typical Central Florida vacation with just the right amount of touristy theme park time. And in case you are wondering the right amount of theme park time around Spring Break & Easter is ZERO. Not how these 4 adults wanted to spend the day. Dinner was just enough for us.
Then The Colonel almost didn't make it. We had to stop twice to add transmission fluid. Getting to and from dinner was quite an adventure!
But finally we DID make it to the Disney exit and found The Boardwalk area. Situated on Cresent Lake the property is not only a hotel but has shops & restaurants. And of course a boardwalk reminiscent of the "old " Jersey Shore. No GTL here!

The fish really look like they are flying on the sign outside!

And inside? Fish para-sailing from the ceiling! So funny.
It's a busy restaurant. Couples, families, everyone was comfortable there.
The kitchen is open and there is seating available around it. We chose to have a regular table but it would be fun to sit so close to the action.

Let's get to the good stuff.
My dinner...

Citrus, Sesame and Szechuan Pepper-crusted Tuna.
Bok Choy and other veggies in a broth of coconut, lemongrass, lime & ginger broth.
I'm always torn when we eat out for a special occasion. Do I get something I always order like steak, chicken or salmon? Or go for something a little daring? Tuna was daring for me and I'm glad I took the risk. I loved it!

If you leave room...desserts are amazing!
Trio of Sinful Chocolate Indulgences
A Creme Brulee, Flourless Chocolate Torta and Chocolate Bread Pudding.
The celebrate today at the corner of the plate? Chocolate!

My Dessert...
Margarita Key Lime Pie
I love the way citrus cleans the palate after a meal. So refreshing.

You're probably wondering what the strawberry is dipped in. :) It looks like chocolate shavings right? I thought this too...but it's salt. So different, so good.

After such a delicious big meal it was great to enjoy the boardwalk. At night Disney street performers come out to entertain the crowds. We saw a magic show!

If either a Disney vacation or just a stay in Central Florida are in your future I'd highly recommend a stop at the Flying Fish!