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Post-classes: Vacation Day Six (Tampa: Oakley’s Grille)

Sorry I’ve been slacking on blog posts! Just been very tired, a little bit under the weather, and busy. But I’m here to finish up the last 4 blog posts from the trip for you now.

On this day we really didn’t accomplish much, as we got up late-ish and had a bit of getting ready to do (and catching up from our previous day of excitement) before we got to driving to Tampa. Today was mostly full of driving, and then having a quick but nice dinner at Oakley’s Grille by our hotel in “New Tampa” and then swimming in the evening, and enjoying the hotel’s promise of free ice cream.

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I had the bacon cheeseburger, plain, with pepperjack cheese. Sorry it looks so plain, but it was juicy and delicious.

plain like I like it

All burgers come separately from sides, so we split a basket of sweet potato fries.

mmmmmm

My parents also shared a burger and a fish sandwich (the blackened tilapia)

fishy

This was painted on the wall and I liked it.

nice!

Sorry the post is so short! To make up for it you will get WAY more than enough in the next few, so don’t worry. I’m off to make them now!

Post & photos by: Melissa

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Spring Break: Orlando – Saturday

On Saturday, we went to the Farmer’s Market in Winter Park.

I got a delicious bagel sandwich for breakfast/brunch, which I forgot to take a picture of! It was an asiago cheese bagel with ham and swiss cheese inside. I wanted to get bacon but they had run out, because we weren’t there very early. We also split some fantastic garlic/thyme/asiago cheese fries and had fresh orange juice and strawberry lemonade, and popsicles.

fries

popsicles are great

Both of those sold-out flavors sounded amazing but I settled for the strawberry lemonade, which was still great!

so gooooood

We waited in line to make sure we got some kettle corn as the market was closing down too.

After that, we went shopping for a few hours… then out for dinner at Shin Jung Korean Restaurant.

shin jung

This was my first Korean BBQ in a while and it may have been the best one I’ve been to. We each ordered a different meat and then split everything. The three we chose were the Kalbi, Bulgogi, and pork belly.

so amazing

And then of course there was the salad and the sides.

salad

sides

And the meat, cooked to perfection.

SO GOOD

I think this was easily the best meal of the trip. It’s a good thing I don’t live near this place, because it wasn’t cheap.

We ended the night with some wine, cheese, chocolate and kettle corn. 🙂

lots of food

Post & photos by: Melissa


Day Trip: DeFuniak Springs, FL (The Lake, churches and library + food)

Hope you like long posts because this is going to be one! I went to DeFuniak Springs, FL today as a day trip, over from Tallahassee. And I hope gorgeous old houses are just your cup of sweet tea (or whatever you like to drink) because they sure are mine! (NOTE: I AM ONLY INCLUDING THE LAKE, CHURCHES AND LIBRARY IN THIS POST, AS WELL AS FOOD. SOON, I WILL POST THE HOUSES AND OTHER BUILDINGS INCLUDING STORES.)

First, a little background on the area. Feel free to skip this and head on down to the rest of the post, because I did not spend a lot of time researching, and am rather quoting semi-directly the pertinent information from a pamphlet I got in town that is distributed by the DeFuniak Springs Visitors Bureau Inc. There is a small visitor’s center in town (it’s not hard to find, it’s right by the Little Big Store and just off circle drive around the lake) but it’s only open on Sautrdays. However, their pamphlets are available outside.

“Walton County was created in 1824. The census of 1920 reported the county population as 12,119, the 1980 census was 23,000 and the census of 1990 was 27,759. There are three incorporated towns in Walton County. DeFuniak Springs, Paxton and Freeport. Since early days farming has been an important occupation of the majority of the residents in Walton County. The historic downtown area is home to Lake DeFuniak, a naturally round lake that is approximately one mile in circumference and perhaps fed by a small natural spring. The lake is surrounded by beautiful homes and three churches, along with the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood and the Walton-DeFuniak Library, which is the oldest continuously operating library in the state of Florida.”

We can get started with my walk around Lake DeFuniak, which was very pretty (and I ended up walking around it twice, once on the path near the lake and the other time around the sidewalk to look at all the buildings!)

palm tree and lake, very Floridian

big, pretty, Lake DeFuniak!

play area

boardwalk with seating area

fountain at the lake

cute place for a picnic!

fancy cutouts of people from the past, everywhere!

Now, enough of the lake, let’s move onto the buildings! (I told you this would be a super long post)

Here is one of the three churches that surround the lake.

First United Methodist Church

fancy blue sky church

Across the street is the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood! Followed by another nearby church.

brotherhood hall, for the bros

here's the hall

nearby church

Next, I’ll show you the library. I was excited to go on a Friday because the library is open 9-5 M-F and closed on the weekends. I had read that they had a collection of antique weaponry, and was pleasantly surprised to see it hanging above the bookshelves on the walls! The library is beside the lake and included in the circle drive walking tour pamphlet. It also features a really cute reading garden.

cutest library!

super cute

extra extra read all about the library!

weapons oh my

axes?

fancy clock

weaponry!

armor?

love this picture

entrance to the reading garden

library reading garden (so cute!)

little reading corner

golden ragwort

Stoke's Aster

fountains

rosemary!

Next, I’ll show you where I ate. I chose Ed’s, not that there were many choices in the area, but I had read great things on Yelp!

Ed's super full parking lot of mostly trucks

 

nom nom

I had a cheeseburger combo meal with crinkle cut fries and a peanut butter milkshake for only $8.01!

MALISA? Who is that...

picnic at the park

This *may* be the best milkshake I’ve ever had. Honestly. I really loved it. However, the fries and burger were just average. Better than regular fast food, but not super unique or great. I think I should’ve tried their famous Pub Burger but I had trouble finishing all of this by myself!

Thank you for reading and in a new post, very soon, I will show you all the tons and tons of houses I know you’re craving. 🙂

Post by: Melissa
Photos by: Melissa


Shopping in Ballard & Hale’s Ales (+ Cupcake Royale and Majestic Bay Theater)

Near the end of my time visiting home I went to Ballard with my mom. You will have already seen some of the things we did, but here’s the last post from that time period!

Ballard! We parked near here

My mom and I planned on going to The Hobbit at the Majestic Bay Theater in Ballard. This is a small (though 3-story) locally owned theater which has nice, big screens, comfy seats, and no annoying ads at the beginning of the showings (which I appreciated). We had a lot of time (though not too much) before the movie, so we went to a few of the shops around the area and I took pictures at one, which was called Lucca.
They had some really cute things that I thought I would share here, although I can hardly summarize the number of things in the store. This is just a sampling.

Then I thought I would share the two interior nighttime pictures I took of the theater.

And, while we split a cupcake we didn’t eat it right away. But we did buy it before dinner, right next door to the theater at Cupcake Royale which was luckily open till 10 pm!

We split this one:

Then we finished the night at Hale’s Ales.

We ordered the fish & chips to split. The fries are under the fish.

Then we each ordered a beer, my mom got 2 of the 5-oz tasters whereas I just got a pint of one kind. We did each try all 3 beers though. First, the drink menu:

So here are the beers we tried:

El Jefe

El Jefe and Kolsch

And I’m 90% sure that the last one was the “visiting” Double Mountain India Red Ale.

We all preferred the two tasters, but I thought El Jefe was alright as well. Just not my favorite. As far as beer goes, though, I liked all of these and my favorite was the Kolsch. Which isn’t seasonal, so I guess that’s a good thing. Overall we had a good time in Ballard and I’d definitely come back to Hale’s. We sat in the bar and everything was great; it might be fun to come here just for drinks sometime.

Post by: Melissa
Photos by: Melissa


Free food!

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, right?

On Tuesday I went downtown Seattle with a friend for a deal we heard about on Facebook and then followed through with on munchonme.com

There were 5 free food deals available, and we participated in all of them.

1. Free ice-cream cup or cone at Haagen-Dazs

Your standard small-size cup of ice-cream or a small regular cone. I had the mint chip and my friend had the brownie a la mode. We both got cups of ice-cream for easier walking-around and they were delicious. 🙂

2. Free Pupusa at Guanaco’s Tacos Pupuseria

I’m still not entirely sure what a Pupusa is. It, however, reminded me of two tortillas somehow held together (we both had the chicken and cheese option) and we used the green salsa that was provided. They were great and very filling.

3. Free Curry Fries at Bratz

The curry fries were interesting. They came with a red curry sauce which I wouldn’t normally associate with German food, but the fries were the perfect amount of salty. They were not very crispy, but then again we were walking for a long time before we got to open our to-go boxes and eat them.

4. Free Taiwan Style Milk Tea at Shinka Tea Company

We both chose the Jasmine tea. It was so good! Very refreshing after all the walking we had done. I would definitely recommend the Jasmine tea. Here we got a half-cup or “sampler” size tea.

5. Free Thai Iced Tea at Oasis Tea Zone

A free full-size tea! There was no choice of flavors, but what they gave us was great. This is super close to the University of Washington campus and I would recommend it for a quick place to get a drink. They also serve a variety of food including Asian foods as well as popcorn chicken.

Overall this was a great (and free!) way to experience new places in Seattle. All you have to do is go onto the munchonme website, sign up for the deal, and present the code to the vendors upon your arrival. Go see if it’s in your area! There are also discounts you can purchase to get regular fare cheaper. Happy eating!

Post by: Melissa


Vacation in Oregon

We’ve been enjoying our time in Oregon and are heading back home tomorrow. We’ve tried some really good food and drinks while on vacation and we decided to share a few with you. On our way down we stopped at Tillamook and got a three-pack of different cheeses; one of the cheeses was a smoked black pepper cheese and the other two were garlic cheeses. Twice, we visited the Pelican Pub and Brewery in Pacific City. The first time we tried the pan-fried oysters and the scallop linguine. Colin had the MacPelican’s Scottish Style Ale and I had a tropical drink with orange vodka in it along with various juices. On our second trip I had the chicken pesto penne and Colin had the “Famous Fish and Chips.” Colin couldn’t resist trying a beer with a name like the Tsunami Stout, and I had a lemon drop. While in Lincoln City we visited McMenamin’s Pub and Brewery. We sampled the Communication Breakdown burger (with BACON) and their bleu cheese burger. Colin had the Hammerhead Ale and shared a sampler of their 6 sampler beers including the Terminator Stout and the Ruby Ale, which were our favorites. We went up to the Rogue Brewery in Newport, Oregon for a day trip. We walked through and went up to their restaurant where besides having delicious food (fish & chips, chili and popcorn shrimp) we also tried some of their beers. I had a pint of the Mom’s Hefeweizen and Colin had a pint of the Dry Hop Red Ale along with a sampler consisting of Irish Lager, Mogul Madness, John John Juniper and Triple Jump Pale. The John John Juniper had an aftertaste like a tree. They all tasted very fresh. We also started our meal there with a taster of the Honey Orange Wheat beer, which was refreshing. Melissa’s Top Food and Beer: Rogue Chili & Rogue Irish Lager Colin’s Top Food and Beer: Rogue Fish and Chips & Pelican Tsunami Stout Post by: Melissa and Colin

Photos by: Colin & Melissa


Bacon cheeseburgers and garlic cheese fries

Thick-cut bacon is AMAZING. And the basis of this meal.

Colin, who had a pound of 80-20 fat ratio ground beef in his freezer, decided burgers were the perfect way to work with what he already had. He also had buns, onion, garlic, two types of cheese, and potatoes.

We, of course, had to GET BACON.

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground beef (burgers)
Hamburger buns (burgers)
Onion (burgers)
Bacon strips (burgers)
Cheddar cheese (burgers)
(Other toppings, like avocado, tomato, lettuce, etc.)


6 medium potatoes (fries)
6 cloves of garlic (fries)
1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese (fries)
Oil for frying in electric skillet (if you want – fries)
Salt and pepper (fries)

Recipe:

1. Thaw the meat! (SO IMPORTANT, we never remember to thaw it ahead of time.)

2. Form the meat into patties. (We made 4.)

3. Heat up the oil in the electric skillet.

4. Cut up the potatoes (to desired fry-size/shape.)

5. Salt and pepper the fries and mix to distribute seasoning; add garlic.

6. Cut up the onions into rings and cut cheese slices for burgers.

7. Mince the garlic and grate your cheese.

8. Get your other burger-toppings ready.

9. Fry the fries and melt the mozzarella cheese on top in the microwave (though we did it later in a grill pan.)

10. Take all your burger-materials out to the grilling area.

11. Grill bugers, onions and bacon. (We chose the cast-iron skillet for the bacon)

12. Put together your burgers and serve with fries.

13. Enjoy! Try eating outside if it’s nice enough. ^_^
These go great with the peach iced tea.

Post by: Melissa Rook
Photos by: Melissa Rook and Colin Diltz