Sunday, October 9, 2016

Farmer's Market

We're still here, I've just been busy working and J has been working on the house.  We haven't been to any estate sales either, but this morning we did go to the Benton's Farmer's Market.  They opened their fall market last Sunday so we went this morning to see what the vendors were selling.  As you can see, it's a small market with only a few sellers. 

We ended up with eggs, patty pan squash and tomatoes.  I'm sure these have to be the last of the season. 

As you can see, things are pretty boring around here.  I do have the week off at Thanksgiving so we're trying to decide where we want to go. 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Berry Picking

This morning we decided to go berry picking.  There is a U-Pick it place about 20 minutes from our house.   We headed out bright and early; we were trying to beat the heat.  I guess other people had the same idea. 

We stayed for about an hour and a half were drenched with sweat by the time we left.  J picked blueberries and I picked blackberries.  I thought the prices were good, $1.70 lb if you pick your own.

Our haul:

I guess everyone was checking out at the same time as us.  It took us about 15 minutes to get through the line. 

We flash froze the majority of them, and then put the berries in food saver bags for a later date. 

More Orlando

After leaving Italy, we headed to Morroco and shared a dish.  The couscous was good as were the lentils which was surprising because they usually taste like dirt to me.  Not sure why I didn't take a picture of the sandwich but it was reminiscent of the doner kebabs we use to get in Germany.

We bypassed Canada and the United Kingdom and rode a few rides then headed out of Epcot.

Our next stop was Disney Springs.  We tried some poutine.  We had high hopes but the cheese curds were very waxy and the brown gravy was very salty. 

We picked up a few deserts from Amerette''s to take back to our hotel.

I took the picture after we tried a bite of the chocolate peanut butter one.  At first it was delicious, but when you got to the center, they added a layer of pear which was very out of place.

For dinner the next two nights we went back to Disney Springs.  Our first stop was Morimoto Asia.  It was okay, but I think over-hyped. 

 Our last restaurant during our visit was Bongo's also in Disney Springs. 

We weren't sure how this appetizer would be, but it was pretty good.  It was plantains wrapped in bacon. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Orlando Adventures Part 2

After Norway, we went through China and had egg rolls with a spicy orange sauce.  These weren't any better than what you could find in the frozen food aisle.

We walked through Germany and Japan but chose to by-pass their foods since we spent a combined 11 years living in those countries.

We also passed the food offerings in France because we were never a huge fan of their pastries.   They look pretty but we found they always looked so much better than they tasted.

We did decide to eat in Italy, even though we've been there as well.  We ordered arancini (I don't remember ever seeing this on the menu in any Italy that we had been to, but maybe we just missed it) and an individual pizza to share.  The pizza was great and definitely was like the pizzas K1 always ordered while visiting the "real" country of Italy.

The rest of our "world tour" still to come.....

Orlando Adventure Part 1

I had another work conference during the week of Memorial Day.  This one was in Orlando.  J and I went the weekend before so we could do the touristy things like Disney World and Epcot.

We bought discount tickets to see the 4 Disney parks from the ticket place on base.  It worked out well.

Day 1 we spent at Disney World. 

We saw Buzz, Woody and Jessie:

For lunch we ate at "Be our Guest".  It appears the only picture I took was of the ceiling (kind of like looking at the castle ceilings in Germany).   Anyway the food was okay (since it was lunch, we had sandwiches) but pricey but not unexpected because of where we were:

Day 2 saw us head to Epcot where we decided to eat our way through the world:

1st stop was Norway (Mexico was still closed when we arrived, but that was okay since we had just spent a week in San Antonio).  We did do some online research and all that we read said the same thing, you must try the school bread from Kringla.  We did, and it was just okay.  Very, very sweet and basically just a cream filled donut. 

Since this is getting picture heavy, I'll break up our Epcot Trip into several blog posts.  More to come....

San Antonio Continued

The rest of our San Antonio days were spent with me attending a work conference and Jim roaming the streets or hanging with Buddy in the room.  The rest of the restaurants we ate at were just okay; not really anything to write home about.

We did go to the Magnolia Pancake Haus which we found by searching for restaurants that were on a food tv show.  Jim had a waffle and I tried the biscuits and gravy.  Neither was earth shattering.


All in all it was nice to visit San Antonio, but the traffic was some of the worst we've ever seen and it was so crowded that we have no desire to go back there anytime soon.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

San Antonio Days 1 & 2

Day 1-Saturday

We are in San Antonio this week because I have a work conference to attend.  We decided to make a weekend of it because I've never been here and J was here 29 years ago when he attended Basic Training.

We arrived around 1 pm on Saturday and Buddy made himself right at home in the hotel:

Here is the view from our hotel:

We did a little exploring when we arrived and decided to have dinner at Mi Tierra which has over 3.5 stars on an app we use to determine if a restaurant is worth it.  We ordered an appetizer.  The flautas were really good, everything else was just okay.

J ordered the steak ranchero and I had beef enchiladas.  Well, neither of us finished our plates.  I'm not sure where the people are eating that rated this so high, but it is obviously not the same place we were at.  We had high hopes since it was packed and we waiting 45 minutes for a table.  Those hopes were dashed.  This is not a restaurant I would recommend at all (but the food does look good).

Day 2 - Sunday

We decided to get up this morning and head to the Riverwalk.  While there, we took the river tour:

After the boat ride, we headed for lunch at Fogo De Chao, a Brazilian Steakhouse:

The idea here is to turn over the red card when you want the waiters to bring you some meat.  They cook the meat on a spit and slice pieces off when they stop at your table.  I was not able to take any covert pictures of the waiters as they walk around.  They had chicken (we weren't able to try this), pork, beef and lamb (not our cup of tea)

We're not sure what these things were, but they had a sweet taste and the white stuff was parmesan cheese:

The plate on the left is bananas, and the right was mashed potatoes.  I'm not a banana fan and was not impressed with cooked bananas.  I didn't try the potatoes but J said they were kind of cold.  This was a good restaurant but very expensive.  We mainly went for the experience because we've seen Brazilian steakhouses shown on a food show. 

Our last stop for the day was the Alamo.  No pictures allowed inside, but it was free and couldn't come to San Antonio without visiting.  We're still deciding what we want to do tomorrow.  I think we'll probably go to the Air Force base so J can show me where he attended basic training.