On Anastasia Island in St. Augustine in a converted filling station, Gas Full Service Restaurant does not disappoint when it comes to killer hamburgers and tasty American fare.
Built by the Spanish in the 17th Century, Castillo de San Marcos is a prominent feature of St. Augustine's coastline in Florida. It's the oldest surviving fortress in North America located in the oldest European-founded city. It's walls are made of coquina, a native stone. It's changed national hands a number of times and is reputed to be haunted as well. In addition, I've posted a Brazilain Daiquiri recipe included for summertime!
Recently a friend invited me to the Magnolia Terrace Tea Room in Weeki Wachee, Florida. She had never been there, but she had a Groupon and asked if I wanted to check it out with her. Sure! I grabbed my cooking buddy (we publish a cooking blog together) and we three set out to the tea room.
Of course, that’s not tea in the above photo; it’s our soup starter. But I wanted you to see the porcelain they served us in.
The tea room is located in a strip mall:
The owner, a very nice woman who looked about 60, has tried to dress it up with frilly tea things:
Before we get to the train station photos:
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Well, that jug didn’t last long, but we all managed to maintain during the hour drive to Straubing. During the drive, they handed out what looked like little garters that we were to write our names or initials on. I wasn’t sure what that was about. I would find out later.
As with anything in Germany, even with a ride you have to walk quite a distance. We disembarked about a half-mile from the fest grounds. We could see the giant Ferris wheel as we approached:
Our tent was the Krönner, a huge structure that holds almost 4,000 people inside with about 1,500 seats in the outdoor area. They served Irlbacher beer, a kind I’d never had before. Local brewers make batches of beer specifically for the fest, of course. Irlbacher Festbier was very good!
It’s so fortunate that we had reserved tables in the loft area because I had a great balcony to do my photos from. Besides, the tent floor was already getting full:
Soon our waitress appeared. She might not have been cheerful, but she was efficient!
As soon as the beer arrived, we discovered what the small garter thingies were for:
I’ve given you two pasta sauce recipes of late: the meat and tomato ragù recipe I posted last week and the Sugo Finto (‘fake sauce’) before that. So maybe you’d like to know how to make the pasta itself, instead of buying that dried, hard stuff at the store. Note: there is nothing really wrong with the dried hard stuff at the store – just buy the quality kind.
The quick and dirty: you don’t need a pasta machine to make any kind of flat pasta noodles or flat filled pasta like ravioli. All you need is a lot of counter space and some time. And, in my case, enough energy left over to clean up all the flour in the kitchen.