A Taste of South Florida

Life's a Beach, My afternoon tour of the Breaker's
Life's a Beach, My afternoon tour of the Breaker's

Last weekend I visited Miami, Florida from good old Columbus. Why you ask? To visit Johnson and Wales in North Miami of course. Also while I was there I met some family of mine in Palm Beach. My cousin is the event planner for The Breakers. One of the most godliest hotels i’ve ever seen. I think I held my breath the entire trip. Not only did I get to see what he does on a daily basis (incredible weddings for socialites and people of status) he connected me with one of the two Executive Chefs of The Breakers, Jeff Simms. Chef Simms took me on a tour of all of the kitchens, which yearly have a couple million dollar budgets. They operate five or so restaurants including a five star.
The Breakers Ocean View
The Breakers Ocean View
After seeing the incredible behind the scenes tour I had an incredible lunch of the BEST crabcakes i’ve ever had. Being discerning of texture and slightly suspicious of crabcakes in general, this is a huge statement. During lunch I just tried to breathe, take it all in and try not to zone out looking at the ocean for too long. We had a tour of some of the wedding designs being created DH000008
Yellow themed bridal party table
Yellow themed bridal party table

This trip was eye opening. I’ve grown up in Central Ohio my entire life, i’ve ventured to other major cities, including New York and LA, but I have got to say there is nothing even remotely as beautiful, chic and cosmopolitain as South Florida. They don’t have the Southern twang, or the default sweet tea, it’s practically New York city with an ocean front view. The people there are incredible. Johnson and Wales is incredible but more about that later, and the cities and views I was able to see in my short four day visit left me in awe. I will be returning again in July, i’m in love.

Brown Bag Deli in German Village

Who knew of the beauty that could be found inside....
Who knew of the beauty that could be found inside....

Brown Bag Deli
http://www.brownbaggv.com
898 Mohawk St • Columbus, Ohio 43206
Tel: (614) 443-4214 • Fax: (614) 443-9905
Open: Monday – Saturday 9am to 8pm – Sunday 10 – 6

Monday afternoon was absolutely beautiful. To celebrate my incredible tolerance for my boyfriends new video game obsession, he took me to dinner and let me pick. First of all, being a suburbanite most/all of my life, minus that minor stint in Athens, I love German Village. I’m totally drooling. I love the old houses, I love all of the brick and while we sat outside I looked down the street and saw tons of people running, playing, painting and hanging out in Schiller park. It was picturesque to say the least, to see such a sublime sense of community from an appropriate and quiet distance. The food was pretty good too.

Brown bag offers probably 10 or so different sandwiches, I had “The Village Addiction” which was Havarti, Turkey and Cranberry mayo, pressed and grilled. It was amazing. I had an asparagus and potato bisque and that was fabulous too! To top it off with Dr. Brown’s black cherry soda, heavenly (even diet is beyond palatable). I would really suggest this restaurant, it was absolutely wonderful. Sitting outside with my best friend/boyfriend and having a great dinner outside in Columbus’ beautiful German Village was just downright amazing.

Fat Saturday Breakfast

Oh My! It's Fat Saturday dear! Let's not forget to take our heart medication
Oh My! It's Fat Saturday dear! Let's not forget to take our heart medication
Brian and I have a tradition. On Saturday mornings, I make breakfast. He’s kind of a country guy so I make sure it’s really bad for us. We usually don’t have to eat again until 6pm. This breakfast has also been known to reduce hangovers and induce afternoon naps.

The best part about Fat Saturday is waking up late, cooking leisurely for two in my pajamas and smelling all the good breakfast smells; bacon, sausage, fried potatoes. You could add coffee, but we don’t usually drink it. It’s about the food yes, but it’s mostly about taking one hour on a Saturday morning and indulging. We both work all week- so a Fat Saturday breakfast, a little TV, and couch snuggling is probably the best way I can think of to spend the morning.

Requirements of Fat Saturday Breakfast:
1. It MUST be bad for you
2. Cheese
3. Grease
4. It must all be able to be mixed together
5. It must taste even better with sour cream or ketchup. Some exceptions allowed.

We have had several different renditions of Fat Saturday breakfast.
Here are a few examples:

This morning was fried potatoes, ground Bob Evans sausage, two over easy eggs and cheese on top, which was wonderful, greasy and exceptionally good with either sour cream or ketchup (catsup?).

Another, more creative, Fat Saturday was an Egg in a Basket (toad in the hole, egg toast, whatever you call it) which consists of making a hole in a piece of toast and then placing it in a pan with butter, dropping in an egg and frying. When I finished frying up my egg n’ a basket I topped it with bacon and apples and sharp cheddar cheese. Needless to say, this was a hit.

Egg in a basket
Egg in a basket

As summer comes along we will introduce more vegetables and get more creative. We should have more ready access to fresh food. We will be able to eat outside in the sunshine and maybe Fat Saturday may get a little thinner. I will keep everyone updated. Look for Fatter Saturday posts to come.

North Market Apron Gala 2009!

The North Market will be hosting it’s Apron Gala next Saturday from 7-10 pm.

Apron Gala!!!
Apron Gala!!!

Since we live in Columbus and nothing can go without quirkiness, attendees are asked to wear their favorite apron!- ugly, pretty, wacky, silly etc.

“Graze on delightful and delectable appetizers, main tastes and desserts, all artfully prepared by our merchants. Enjoy assorted wines, Columbus Brewing Company micro-brews, soft drinks, coffee and tea plus live music, a silent auction and wildly entertaining surprises. Prizes awarded for the night’s best aprons”

Visit the website for more details! North Market Apron Gala 2009

Raspberry Cake with Lemon Lavender Frosting

My BabyI hate baking. Hate it.
But I love my Mom! She is by far the hardest working, strongest, most beautiful woman to ever exist, she makes me so proud to be a part of our family and I love her so much. She supports and loves her girls unconditionally and is a diva of the highest ranking.

But because this IS a recession- I made her a homemade gift. I also made a card with my hand print on it.
For hating baking this turned out to be absolutely beautiful. I can not believe how pretty this cake is.

The Process
I made a really basic yellow cake recipe, stripped down, easy. I then added canned raspberries I had in the cabinet and walnuts also. I made sure to drain the raspberries, I didn’t want to add too much extra liquid to the cake batter. I also added a little lemon zest to make the cake more refreshing.

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I let the cake bake at 350 for 45 minutes and it came out perfectly!

I used a basic butter frosting recipe (I will provide below), and added lemon zest to get a tart fruity taste to the frosting. I frosted the cake and added lavender to the top with lemon slices and a big beauty chlymatis from our garden.
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Recipe for Raspberry Cake with Lemon Lavender Frosting
1 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup milk
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs

Grease and flour cake pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix flour and dry ingredients.
Cream sugar and shortening in a seperate bowl, add eggs, add dry ingredients little by little, alternating with milk. Add vanilla and raspberries.
Cook for 45 minutes

Lemon Lavender Frosting
2 tbsp butter
1 cup sugar
1tbsp milk
grated lemon rind

Cream butter and sugar well add milk and lemon rind

Add lavender to top of frosting