Posts Tagged ‘Florida’

Oh to be an Eagle

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

There was once an eagle named Bob
Who was a lead member of the mob.
He was really quite tough
And sometimes very rough
And would never be seen having a sob.

Eagle

Last seen in Dawesville near Florida

Chewy Fish

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Ok, restaurant review of the day, number two.

I have been to Cafe Coast in Dawesville twice now and both times I came away feeling a bit “meh”. Yes, “meh”. The first time I went for lunch with a group of friends and while my thai beef salad was relatively ok, the service was rude and we felt like they’d prefer we’d never turned up at all. No one really raved about their food and it was all a bit expensive. Shame.

On the weekend, the boy and I returned to Cafe Coast for dinner and were greeted by some friendly waitstaff who were very cheery and helpful. A good start. The restaurant is located in Port Bouvard (I wonder if Rex Hunt eats here) and sits on the water’s edge but you wouldn’t know it. Both times I have been there the view has been blocked by black shade-cloth blinds and you just feel like you’re eating inside. The menu is your average Mandurah-ian restaurant fare with a large range of seafood options, all of them involving chips or a baked potato and salad. I’m not knocking this classic combo but it’s hardly exciting. Tom chose the Reef and Reef which was snapper and prawns smothered in a garlic sauce. Holy moly his breath smelt… Tom loved the sauce but I tried some and couldn’t stand the excess garlic. That said, Tom’s a garlic man and I’m not. So I guess that explains that.

I had grilled snapper with the potato and salad option. Let’s start with the positives – the salad was reasonable. It had some lettuce, a bit of tomato, carrot, cucumber, the usual. The potatoes were nice although someone appeared to have filled a piping bag with sour cream and then injected the potatoes with the white slop. I’m all for sour cream on potatoes but I’d prefer more potato than cream. And then there was the fish – I’m not an expert fish cooker but I do know that fish shouldn’t be chewy and taste like rubber when you eat it. There wasn’t any sort of sauce or lemon to go with the fish so it was like eating a slab of something from Clark Rubber. So considering the less than cheap prices I didn’t really feel like my meal was worth what I paid for it.

Cafe coast

Rubber fish and sour cream

As I was on holidays I wanted dessert (what am I saying… I always want dessert) and we were met with the usual suspects in the cake fridge. There was a slightly different ricotta and plum crumble which turned out to be quite edible and verging on delicious. Not too sweet and the combination of a tarty fruit and ricotta always works well. Mine had been zapped into sloppiness in the microwave but it wasn’t too bad. I wasn’t really expecting anything more.

So basically I would never go there again. But at least we felt welcome this time and they do have some rather fabulous live entertainment every few weeks – plenty of tribute bands and look-a-likes performing for your enjoyment. Freddie Mercury and Rod Stewart are apparently coming there in November. Maybe I will go back…

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Life in Florida

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

While down in Florida on the weekend I spotted a few native Australian treats in the garden.

Flowers

Pretty.

Actually, I don’t even know if that is an Australian plant but it certainly looks like one and I just love the bright colours.

Lizard

Seeking the sun.

This spiky fella sat in the sun for a good hour or so, working on his Florida tan.

I Heart Food.

Monday, June 21st, 2010

I spent this last weekend down in Florida again, which meant another weekend of excessive eating. We always seem to over cater but just end up gorging on delicious things for 2 days straight. I’m not complaining but it does result in me returning to the real world, vowing to eat only lettuce leaves for the rest of my life. Here was the menu:

Friday night – A roast vegetable salad with honey rosemary chicken. Followed up with apple and rhubarb crumble.
Saturday morning – Muesli, banana and yoghurt.
Saturday lunch (see below) – Cheese and meat platter and sticky date pudding.
Saturday dinner – Roast lamb with roasted vegies and left over apple and rhubarb crumble.
Sunday morning/lunch (see below) – PANCAKES!
Sunday dinner – Veal, mushroom pie, salad and a slice of bread.

EXPLODE.

Saturday lunchtime we moved away from the palm trees of Florida and headed towards Dwellingup to  Newbliss Winery. We had grown sick of the grumpy service we receive at Cape Bouvard Winery, our usual lunch location, so we were overwhelmed with the friendly welcome and lovely food we received at Newbliss. The owner offered us tastings of their wines and practically filled our glasses to the brim with each try. A decent selection of wines and two lovely ports that when ‘spritzed’ with a dash of coke from the can she had been drinking from earlier, the owner assured us tasted like sherry. The boy and I shared a cheese platter for two when we were informed the home farmed marron had sold out. The cheese platter was mostly from jars/packets/IGA but it was a great selection and filled us quite nicely. The wine tasting had gone to my head by the time the cheese arrived so I forgot to take a photo (so unlike me), but check out this view:

Newbliss winery

I'd live here...

We went all out and ordered sticky date puddings (one each, of course) and they were home made, huge servings and delicious. I often find sticky date puddings too solid and overwhelming but this was soft, light and not too sweet. Definitely something to go back for.

One sweet goodie for a weekend is never enough – I’ve never cooked pancakes for breakfast and so was quite excited by the boy’s eagerness to do so. He made ricotta based pancakes while I whipped up some baked bananas and stewed apple and rhubarb (it’s my new favourite thing… so tasty yet so healthy!). So so good. Definitely something to do as frequently as possible.

Pancakes

Golden rounds of fluffy goodness

Apple and rhubarb

My current favourite thing.

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