Sunday, March 20, 2011

Naples, March 19 and 20

We are having a fantastic vacation!!! Yesterday we left Naples and headed to the Key's. We saw that Morada Bay (a restaurant we had been to a couple times that we love in Islamorada, FL) was having a "full moon party". It turns out they have this party every full moon. With fire jugglers, live music, buffet (if you are hungry... we had a regular dinner), drummers and fire works. We got there about 6:30, they don't take reservations so we waited about 45 minutes for a table (which was perfect). She sat us in a prime location, right by the water's edge, people walking by said "wow, you guys got a great table, do you know someone??" We got some great house margaritas while we waited for the table and stuck with that during the meal too.

Tony ordered stone crabs as his appetizer. He said they were very special, he got 4 of them and he enjoyed them obviously. I was a little more boring but I loved it, an arugula salad that I had last time we were there and it was really good. I ordered something I had never had before... The Mahi Mahi dish, so good! It was a nice white mild fish and they pan seared it, maybe with some cornstarch coating and cooked in butter. Nice texture in and out, and it was served with Israelis Cous Cous and some kind of baby green sprouts. Tony ordered a whole yellow snapper (with the head and everything) with coconut rice, braised zucchini and summer squash and a sweet chili sauce. We shared a warm chocolate cake with a chocolate ganache center and two cappuccino's. We didn't get any pictures of those because it wouldn't have come out, just too dark.

This morning we woke up and decided to walk to a local breakfast place that we actually had been to before called "The Midway Cafe". Its just this small tiny place that doesn't look like anything from the outside but really good food and coffee. I got a goat cheese, spinach, tomato and egg pita (really good and fresh pita). Tony got the Swiss scramble, it was scrambled eggs, Swiss cheese, caramelized onion and spinach onto of foccacia (I didn't realize it until now but we had similar dishes). Really good dishes, Tony said his foccacia was really good and fresh too.

We drove back to Naples after breakfast, we got on the road about 11:00, and we thought we might go out to lunch or dinner in Naples but after driving for 3 and a half hours we decided to go to the store again and pick up some ingredients for dinner. I got some pizza dough, a can of diced tomatoes, an onion (that I am caramelizing right now) and zucchini to make a grilled pizza. We already have some goats cheese and Peccorino Romano from other meals. Tony got some sushi for himself too.

We took Rt 41 back from the Key's and I saw a lot of alligators in a stream that basically follows the road the whole way back. We didn't pull over to take any pictures, but there were so many of them.

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