Gas Full Service Restaurant St. Augustine, Florida

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.

Castillo de San Marcos Fortress in St. Augustine, Florida + Brazilian Daiquiri Recipe

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!

Magnolia Terrace Tea Room, Weeki Wachee, Florida + Chai Tea Recipe

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: read more

Mahrs Bräu Brewery and Biergarten in Bamberg, Germany

Information and photos about Mahrs Brau brewery and beer garden in Bamberg, Germany PLUS Karren Doll Tolliver's newest book, A Travel for Taste - Germany EXTRA.

Car Show in Pasco County, Florida + Memorial Day Potato Salad Recipe

Happy Memorial Day! For the occasion, here are some photos of classic and modified American (and foreign) automobiles from a recent car show in Trinity, Florida. And for your Memorial Day cookout, I’ve included my famous potato salad recipe. Isn’t it great to be American?

Historic Lutz, FL, Train Station – and new subscription method!

Before we get to the train station photos:

I’m super-excited to announce a new subscription method for this blog! It’s a higher-tech system than the old one and will serve both me and you better. Look at the top of the sidebar on the right just beside this post and you’ll see the new subscription form.

Please fill out the form and subscribe via the new system, even if you already receive the posts or notifications in the old way. The old way will be discontinued soon, and I don’t want you to miss a single post. read more

Schuhbeck’s Spice Emporium near Hofbräuhaus in Munich

Like an exotic spice market, Schuhbeck's spice shop in Munich, Germany, transports you the moment you step through the door. Schuhbeck is the most well-known Bavarian chef, and this spice shop, along with his restaurant and cooking school, reside near the famous Hofbrauhaus beer hall.

Gäubodenvolksfest – Germany’s 2nd Largest Beer Fest

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Just when I thought I knew what to expect around here, my husband came home with an invitation to the Gäubodenvolksfest in the town of Straubing. Because of his job in IT, a vendor gave tickets to clients and he ended up with two. It was a peachy deal – we had a hotel room in nearby Plattling, cushy round-trip charter bus from our hotel, reserved tables at the fest and all the food and beer we could consume.Regardless of my prior ignorance of the event, the fest is a big deal. It was begun in 1812 by Bavaria’s King Max Joseph I as an annual fair for the people living near the Danube. Today it has a big trade show, six major beer tents, more than 120 carnival rides, numerous food and drink stands, music and about 1.3 million visitors during its 10-day span. By comparison, Oktoberfest has 14 major beer tents, has over six million visitors and lasts 15 days.We drove the hour and a half to our hotel (Zum Grünen Baum) in a town called Plattling, which lies outside Straubing where the fest was located. It’s a beautiful, small, family-run hotel with friendly staff that speaks English and a cafe on the ground floor. I highly recommend it.Kerstin, a rep from TechData, the hosting company, met us and invited us to another hotel down the street where the party had already started! We arrived a little while later to a crowded terrace and lots of friendly people in Tracht, which means Lederhosen for the men and Dirndl for the women. We were dressed up, but not in Tracht. That is being remedied, however, for the next fest!Presently all 67 of us were herded onto a double-decker luxury coach. We knew it would be a beer-centric night when someone mounted the stairs carrying a huge jug of beer, a sleeve of plastic cups and a mischievous grin:

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: read more

Homemade Fresh Pasta Tutorial

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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. read more