It appears that winter is finally ending in north Florida. The highs are forecast to be in the 70s for seven of the next ten days.
Yesterday, the highs were in the mid-70s and the sky was almost cloudless. So it was time for a trip along the coast to the quaint coastal fishing town of Apalachicola, about 70 miles from where I live.
First stop to stretch our legs and enjoy some white sand was Carrabelle Beach.
Next stop was the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve. It features a few nature walks and a nature center. The nature center has fish found in the Apalachicola River estuary, including bones from a whale which beached itself nearby.
Then over the bridge which is in the background of the above photo and into Apalachicola. We weren’t the only ones to take advantage of the nice weather to get out of town and roam the small tourist area’s shops and enjoy some seafood in Florida’s premier oyster grounds.
We settled on the Seafood Grill, which offered various seafood “plates” with minor various on non-seafood “sides.” I went with the “Southern” plate, which has shrimp, fish, scallops and Andouille sausage with collard greens (the “southern”) and corn bread. My companion went with the “Cajun” plate, which has shrimp, fish, scallops and Andouille sausage with red beans & rice (the “cajun”) and corn bread.
I passed on some tempting desserts, including “Death by Chocolate” (a five layer dark chocolate cake) or a monster size slice of strawberry cheesecake. The plan was to go to an old fashion ice cream parlor with stools and a counter for a banana split.
But first, we checked out a microbrewery. After sampling a few of their offerings, we settled on a pint of summer ale called “First Light of Day” which we washed down some free popcorn with.
Since discretion is the better part of valor, I decided to forego the banana split. Today’s diversion is to catch the final game of college baseball’s season opening: Florida State University against Rhode Island. The first game (Friday) was FSU 18-1; the second game (yesterday) was FSU 8-1. So this third game is not going to affect who wins the series.
I’m already looking to Monday evening, when the foodies (whose membership broke 1,000 about a week ago) converge on Habana’s for some fine Cuban fare. Many restaurants are closed on Mondays because many folks don’t dine out that day after partying during the weekend. Habana’s stays open and uses a 20% off all entrees to get folks in the door.
And it works, because that’s when I go! I usually order lechon asado (roast pork with grilled onions), moros (rice mixed with black beans), and maduros (fried plantains) with a dessert of flan and either cafe con leche or cafe cubano. Viva Habana’s!