Foodscape* is an idea that Sophia and I had … we have so many favorites and have had the best meals in every place we have visited, we thought it would be fun to share some of them! We decided to dedicate an entire post to our favorite foods and restaurants since we started our Adventure School in September.
In Spain we had many, many favorite foods. It is probably our favorite cuisine of all. In particular, the kids love morning ensaymadas, empanadas and bacalau (white fish). My favorite is a morning spanish Tortilla and a cafe con leché. Heaven. For an early evening snack, we love to order spanish cheeses like manchego or queso de cabrales with fresh bread and olive oil and pimientos de padron – when grilled perfectly and not too spicy there is nothing better. Note: Pimientos usually become more spicy later in the season – in June they are mild and in September, watch out! Hot.
Our favorite spanish foods: ensaymadas, tortilla, bacalau, and pimientos de padron. Of course the CORTADO is the perfect coffee.
In France, we are all about the breakfast menu. We love to start our day with fresh pastry, croissants, crêpes, fresh-squeezed orange juice and cafe créme. Sophia’s favorite is ALWAYS a croissant-chocolaté. Also, a trip through France requires as many crêpes as can be found. Our family favorite is the simple, crêpe-sucre (crêpe with sugar on top).
In Miami, our favorite restaurant is Lo-Kal in Coconut Grove. The fish tacos are my favorite, and Tony and I often order an appetizer of heirloom tomatoes too. I admit, I have not yet tried the Key Lime Pie (voted top ten Key Lime Pies in the state of Florida), but it is on the list…
Our next favorite is Milos in Miami Beach. It is extraordinary. We order grilled, local fish which is hand-selected with the chef. The ceviche, and MILOS SPECIAL (lightly fried zucchini, eggplant, tzatziki & kefalograviera cheese) appetizers are to die for. The wine selection, impressive and we enjoy the Greek yogurt with Kithira thyme honey, white cherry, mandarin, whole figs for dessert.
El Siboney is our favorite Cuban restaurant in Key West. Tony and I both love the Ropa Vieja (it is a slow-cooked stringy beef that is delicious, though the name translates to “old clothes” in spanish). We also love the fried plantains and black beans and rice. The decor is simple and quite a departure from most places we dine. We now source out and buy Cuban bread whenever we can.
In Key West we like My Blue Heaven for atmosphere and mojitos and Bagatelle for fine dining and gorgeous wine on the upstairs balcony. We also love Pepe’s Cafe for breakfast. Fresh seafood in Key West is prevalent and delicious.
On the boat we have some of the best meals. Breakfast is generally a hot cortado (the perfect spanish coffee) with fresh fruit and cereal. Lunch is often ham or turkey sandwiches, with fresh fruit and plantain chips. Though a favorite lunch while underway is grilled beef bratwurst on buns with ketchup or mustard! We have a fully provisioned kitchen on the Cortado including a propane grill so there is nothing we cannot cook, really. If we are on anchor we tend to grill more and not use the stove as the generator can be noisy when trying to enjoy a peaceful sunset cocktail.
Some of our dinner-time specialties are grilled mahi-mahi, spaghetti and meatballs, lots of grilled fresh vegetables and pork tenderloin. We also love to grill fresh tuscan boule on the boat. And wine, an iced cold beer and/or Bulleit bourbon.
In the bottom photo, I am making tuna fish sandwiches.
You can see the counter-space is small but very efficient! Remember, that we are able to provision ourselves at a grocer once or twice a week – which is a great benefit to power-boat cruising. I guarantee that nothing beats meals on the boat, at anchor or while cruising. It is un-paralleled in simple flavor and ambiance!
Lastly, breakfasts with Uncle Phil…
Fellow pro sailor Phil Trinter makes the kids a plate of fresh-cooked bacon every single morning during the Etchell’s regattas. We even had some J70 bacon and pancakes in Key West! We love when Phil is around and this means we always start the day well with a bountiful and balanced breakfast 🙂
So that is all for now – this is just a sampling – showcasing without a doubt, our love of food… we will add to our list in future. Bon appetit!
* The title “Foodscape” is a playful connection to a friend’s website and business venture, called “Kinscape”. Kinscape is a site-in-progress and will be a formidable player in the future of story-telling and online adventure-sharing. See www.kinscape.com.