Category Archives: soup

Post-classes: Vacation Day Eight Part One (Tampa: Lettuce Lake park, Bangkok Jazz)

On day eight we headed out early from our hotel and over to Lettuce Lake Park, where I had heard we could possibly see alligators. And we did! We spotted two small alligators over the course of the boardwalk, about 3 feet in length, in different spots. We also saw a large variety of birds and at least one turtle.

lettuce lake park

don't mess with alligators



walk it


all the birds!

pretty water


other bird


Do you see the gators in the next two pictures?


other gator

plants n stuff

After that we went to lunch at Bangkok Thai. I ordered the fried rice, and we also got a steak salad and a seafood dish. Mine was the best of the bunch. The Thai iced tea was also delicious and very refreshing before we started our drive back north toward Tallahassee. It was located in a cute pink building, called a victorian village.

victorian village


thai tea

Our lunch also came with soup.


Bangkok jazz also has live music once a week, check them out online.


steak salad


my rice!

Post & photos by: Melissa

Road trip day three

Today started off poorly. Early this morning while we were sleeping we received a phone call that our car had been hit in the parking lot. We went out to check it and a man with a truck had backed into it, causing a puckering above the light similar to a hole. We later noticed the front passenger door hardly opens. Major inconvenience. So we just kept on trucking.

I drove the entire time today from Bozeman, mt to Rapid City, sd. We got into our lovely place of residence for the evening around 6. We chose Big Sky Lodge from some trip advisor reviews. It seems nice and is located on a nice hill with a great view. It really seems like a nice place and is very secluded and relaxing, so I wish I could feel more like relaxing…

We went to eat at Tally’s Silver Spoon downtown and tried some interesting dishes. The bread, to start, was served with blueberry and sage(?) butter.

Then we ordered the bison skirt and liver and split that and a cup of turkey bacon veggie soup. For an appetizer we had the mushroom du jour. This was a mushroom topped goats cheese crostini plate and it was delicious! Easily my favorite part of the meal.

While we were there we actually met a local author, Kenneth W Royce, and he talked to us about his books and other things around the area. That was a good part of the evening, and then we went to the street fair. Aside from music playing there were just some local shops open, so we stopped in and had a look, and I got a few pictures.

We are getting ready for bed/planning our next stop tomorrow now! I shall leave you with a picture of a bracelet made by a different Melissa than myself.

Post by: Melissa
Photos by: Melissa

Bite of Seattle 2012 (Saturday)

I went to Bite of Seattle today with my mom. I haven’t been there in several years, but today was sunny and I had lots of fun. There were performances on stage:

Initially we looked around…

Then we headed over to the Alley and the wine tasting. The Alley is a $10 donation to food lifeline (per plate) that gets you food from 7 restaurants. We also shared in one wine tasting for the $12 happy hour price, which included 5 tastings and a commemorative glass.

Here is the plate of food:

The food includes (according to Saturday’s Alley menu):

Palace Kitchen: Flat iron steak with tomato salad and blueberry vinaigrette (bottom middle)

Al Boccalino: Bruchetta con la muffoletta (bottom right)

Belltown Pub: Semmelknoedel – German bread dumplings made with rye bread, parsley, onions and garlic (middle)

Salty’s: Mini salmon brat with fennel sauerkraut and Walla Walla onion mustard served in a house made Brioche bun (bottom left)

Fremont Fire Pit: Pulled Pork sliders (top right)

Din Tai Fung: Taiwan’s famous, hand-made, steamed pork dumplings filled with soup (top middle)

Pinkabella Cupcakes: Strawberry mini cupcake (top left)

We got the food from these  food stands:

More to come (ran out of time) on the non-food side of things, and more on the seeing-Seattle side of things!

We also enjoyed some free samples (of many random things like sweeteners, etc.) There was also a free So Delicious brand fudgesicle-type dessert made from coconut milk and free applesauce and peanut butter. We also tried Amy’s organic rice macaroni and cheese, and some Santa Cruz organic lemonade.

I will leave you with PUNK ROCK AEROBICS. Something that reminds me of Seattle.

Post by: Melissa
Photos 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

Lentil Soup

Colin and I have never made soup together before, though he has made soup on his own. We decided to make a lentil soup which is very simple, though the cooking time is a bit longer than a normal dish. This is a great meal to start cooking a few hours before you want to have dinner and the leftovers are fantastic. You want to slow-cook this so that all of the flavors will be released into the soup.

You can really get creative with this recipe and add what vegetables are readily available in your area, try different types of soup stock, and make it with or without sausage/meat. 🙂


One container chicken stock (or other soup stock)
One leek
1/2 an onion, chopped
3-5 cloves of garlic, chopped
One small can tomato paste
One can diced tomatoes
Two chopped potatoes
2-3 cups of uncooked lentils
1 T. each cumin, thyme, (slightly less) salt, pepper
Vegetable oil (for cooking)
One kielbasa sausage (optional)
Croutons for topping (optional)
Grated cheese for topping (optional)


1. In a large pot, spread vegetable oil and begin to sweat the onions.

2. Add garlic and the leek.

3. Add your cannned tomatoes and some of the chicken broth. Stir to combine.

4. Add your meat (optional) and more chicken broth.

5. Add the tomato paste (this thickens the soup and gives it a richer flavor)

6. Add your lentils, cumin and whatever other spices you wish to add. We added cumin, salt, pepper, and thyme.

7. If you want, add potatoes. (These take a while to become tender.)

8. Stir everything together and cook over low-medium heat until it smells delicious and the lentils are soft enough to enjoy. We served our soup in bowls with homemade croutons and grated cheese over top.

P.S. This is my favorite soup ever.

Post by: Melissa
Photos by: Colin and Melissa