Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Food, Fun and Fall


     I'm still sorting through my vacation pictures and I thought I'd share a few more of the highlights with you. I think you might recognize Cinderella's coach. We attended Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party whle we were in Orlando. It is a Halloween party held in the Magic Kingdom several evenings before Halloween. They close the park at 7:00 p.m. to the general public and the only people allowed in are those who purchase a special ticket. It is a bit costly and not something I would do every year, but it is fun. Many people are in full costume (including the characters), the fireworks take on a "spooky" theme and the lines for the rides are very short. There is also a special parade led by The Headless Horseman.

     Several places throughout the Magic Kingdom they have trick-or-treat locations (see above) and they give out a massive amount of candy. We each ended up with 2 bags full of "the good stuff". There are a few pictures of the castle/fireworks at the end of this post.

     I've written before about my favorite restaurant when we go to visit my dad on Siesta Key. Owens Fish Camp is located in the "artsy" area of Sarasota. It isn't easy to find and the parking is lousy, but it is so worth it! We always try to sit out on the porch to eat, but there is also quite a bit of indoor seating.

We started the meal with a jar of their Smoked Fish Spread.

     My dad, daughter and I shared the Low Country Boil for 2 and we had plenty of food. We also had the smaller sized Fried Green Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese and Smoked Ham.

My husband had the Fish Tacos with Green Salsa and Baja Sauce.

     We even had dessert because it is so good. We shared the Blackberry Fried Pies and the Bourbon Pecan Pie with Cream. We could barely walk, but we enjoyed every bite!

     It may look as if we do nothing but eat on vacation. There is a bit of truth to that, but since I'm not going to post pictures of us at the swimming get food pictures!

     Another favorite for us is Sharkey's on the Pier in Venice, FL. The restaurant is right on the water and so casual there are people on the beach, in bathing suits walking around the restaurant. When I'm in a location with water, if I can eat near the beach it is a bonus for me!

We had a little visitor while we waited for our food.

Once again, we had a great meal. My daughter had the Fish Tacos.

     I always get the same thing. It is actually an appetizer. The Brie and Apple Pizza is a crispy flatbread with Granny Smith Apples, Brie, Mango Glaze and Almonds. I've tried to duplicate it at home and I just can't get it quite right.

My husband had the fried shrimp.

My dad had the day's special of Mac and Cheese with Andouille Sausage (excellent).

Until my next round of calorie laden foods...I leave you with Cinderella's Castle.

I am joining Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday and
Kim @ Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays.

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Anonymous said...

oh my gosh...all that foods...yum!! i'm sitting here eating my veggie soup :(

mountain mama

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Yummy! I would like a little each, except the pizza - not a brie person. :D It is always fun to eat different things when on a trip.
Thanks for sharing your trip.

Barbara F. said...

I love the fireworks! Great photos, and you certainly know what items to select from a menu! Yummy. xo

Marigene said...

Yummy, just give me a bowl of those clams and mussels, broth and crusty bread!

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Sue,
Looks like yall went to a lot of fun places and had some delectable looking food. What would life be like without good food............would not want to think about it even!! lol
and your new lil doggie is just about the cutest thing I have ever seen, I can see he has wormed his way into your heart already.
We could learn a lot from the way dogs love us.
Those were great shots of the castle, and loved the pumpkin carriage, I wanta ride....

Thanks for sharing your fun times......

Hope all is well with you and yours,
blessings, Nellie

P.S. Posted more wedding pics yesterday, in case you want to check them out.

Jenny said...

Fireworks AND delicious looking food. Could life be any better?!?

koralee said...

What fun...and such yummy food. oxox

Mrs B said...

Yumm! The food looks so good! Don't feel bad... We pretty much eat our way through the places we visit on vacation too. LOL I've even written down the names of both places for the next time we visit our friends who live a little south of Tampa.

Great pics of Disney too. We love it but we don't get down there nearly as often as we'd like to. Our daughter is 27 and she still gets as excited as she did when she was little. :~)

Looks like you all had a fantastic vacation! Thanks for sharing it!

Linda said...

It looks like you had a wonderful vacation...and the food looks wonderful...I think I just wiped a bit of drool off my face!

Anonymous said...

Sue, So wish I had known you were in town....we eat at Sharky's frequently and always take our out of town guests there. The weather here is wonderful and would love to meet up with you some time when you're visiting your Dad.
Liz (in Nokomis)

Jacqueline said...

Sue, we did Mickey's party last year and just loved it. We were there for the rides so we loved it. My daughter and granddaughter did Splash Mountain 8 times in a row without stopping. I had to get off at number 7! All of the restaurants look fabulous. I am like you, I love to eat on the water.

xinex said...

Sounds like you had a really fun vacation, Sue. Your pictures made my mouth water, lol...Christine

Sherry said...

It all looks fantastic Sue! Came over for your bow making help again. Putting one on top of the tree. It will take me three weeks to decorate it! LOL It goes in stages.

bj said...

Ummmm....this all looks really really good.
What a fun time...I love all the pphotos.

Angie said...

Halloween at Disney sounds like it would be such a fun family activity! Such great photos. The sausage mac and cheese sounds amazingly awesome!

Patrice said...

Lovely pictures! That fried pie looks especially appealing!!! Just one more month till I head out to Disney...

Gypsy Heart said...

OMGee! I am absolutely starving right now. So glad you enjoyed the trip...and the food.


Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Sue
That seafood looks fantastic!! making me hungry!!! Sounds like you had a great time.. and I think that private halloween party would have been fab by the looks of your great shots.

Have a lovely week... ciao xxx Julie

Hines-Sight said...

What great food shots. Love all the places you ate.