Monday, 1 September 2008

Yummy Florida!

We thoroughly enjoyed the food in Florida on our return. The Olive Garden was a perennial favourite, with consistent quality and value for money every time. Their wine list is wonderful as well. We also frequented the two branches of TGI Fridays that were near to us.

On the Friday night we went to Al Capone's Dinner and Show in Kissimmee. The meal is included in the price of your ticket along with unlimited drinks. The show, and the drinks, were lovely. The food, a buffet, was less than brilliant. Having said that, it did not spoil our enjoyment of the evening. It was a real laugh and I'd recommend it. Just don't have high expectations of the food. It was okay, but nothing to write home about.

One of the things I enjoyed the most was a trip to Friendly's Ice Cream on International Drive. We all ordered sundaes and they were wonderful. The service was fantastic too. That's me, enjoying my Butterfinger Sundae in the photograph above. As you can see by my very nearly empty dish, it was lovely!

We also had a very interesting meal at Bongos Cafe in Downtown Disney. Co-founded by Emilio and Gloria Estevan, Bongos atmosphere and decor brought back to mind the films of the 1930's and 40's, when Havana was a happening place. We enjoyed a drink before dinner (they make a great mojito), and were then shown to our table. We were a bit at a loss as the menu featured a lot of dishes we were unfamiliar with, but our waiter was knowledgeable and friendly, and helped us to choose things we really enjoyed. Alex and I had Ropa Vieja, a dish made with flank steak and delicious spices. It was so tender it literally fell apart when we tried to cut it, and melted in our mouths. Guy had Zarzuela de Mariscos - Sauteed lobster, shrimp, scallops, calamari, fish, baby clams and mussels in a homemade creole sauce served with white rice and green plantains. He loved it. Our table looked out on to the lake, and as we watched a storm brewed in the distance with fantastic lightening displays. It was a brilliant evening.

So our holiday was wonderful, both in terms of what we saw and did, and in terms of what we ate. We are now looking forward to our next break - in Cyprus in October. Watch this space!

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