Have you ever had a friend, that surprised you with something wonderful? I have, and it was wonderful. VIcki, from 2 Bags Full, did. Vicki has a condo in Satellite Beach, Florida. A few weeks ago she contacted me and asked me if I wanted to use her condo. Hmm, beach, warm weather, condo on the beach, listening to the waves as I fell asleep. Off to Florida we went.
Vicki is the quintessential beach girl. All her crafts reflect the beach. Look at these beautiful seashore bird nests she makes. Have you ever seen anything so pretty? Each nest represents her creativity. For the past week, I have been at Vicki's condo in Florida. Let me tell you it was heavenly.
Each morning I would start the day with a walk on the beach and a swim in the ocean. Nice soft sand and warm ocean waves. After that we did plenty of site seeing and eating. I do not usually think of Florida as a place to go and eat. Bring out your forks and knives.
In addition to the selection of restaurants that Vicki suggested, we were fortunate to have gone to Epcot while they had their International Wine and Food Festival. In addition to the regular countries that had displays there were visiting countries. Each country gave you a sampling of their food. My beloved France was their, with escargot, croissants and apple tart. We ate and ate and ate.
Another night we visited Emeril's restaurant. One day for lunch we went to a cheese shop. Everything on the menu was served with cheese. Cheese in the sandwiches, cheese on your salads. Of course in Miami, we enjoyed Cuban foods, Argentinian empanadas and desserts filled with dulce de leche.
One of my favorite bakeries from France, Paul was in Miami. We ended up chatting with the manager and being treated to a sampling of his desserts. Macarons, chocolate with pralines, and a strawberry dessert that was so light and delicate yet evoked the sweetest scent of strawberries.
The food was truly incredible. To wash it all done, we enjoyed, white and red sangria. This was truly a wonderful week. Later in the week I will share more photos.
All good things must come to an end and regrettably I have returned home with the flu. So here I sit in bed typing away. I cannot talk to much more about food given the way I feel, but there will be photos.
As I said to my husband, everywhere we go, we manage to find the food.
Cooking is one of my passions in life. Enjoying good food, pastries, chocolate and everything the French have to savor is my other. This should come as a surprise given my father chose my name after reading The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
I am a voracious reader and collector of cookbooks. Little did I know that all my grade school French lessons would come in handy one day.