July 31, 2006

Back from Destin

We are back from Destin and boy was Florida a great vacation. Beautiful beaches, wonderful weather and shopping and all the freshest seafood you could eat!

This was our first trip to Destin and it was totally worth it. From Jeff City it took exactly 14 hours (that’s with a lunch break and other stops). We left about 5 am on Sunday morning and arrived at 7 pm that night in Destin. Although 14 hours might seem like a long road trip it was surprisingly easy.

Yummy Pie

Besides laying out and relaxing on the beautiful white sand beaches in Destin we also took a speed boat out for a day of snorkeling and dolphin watching, aboard the Sea Blaster, a great attraction in Destin. Captain Larry was a wonderful host and provides all beverages, including free beer, wine and soda you want! We saw lots of dolphins and went for a fast, fun-filled ride along the Destin coast. This trip is worth your money.

If you ever do plan a trip to Destin I would suggest going online to the Destin Chamber of Commerce. There I found everything I needed to know: weather info, restaurant reviews, directions to all attractions, photos of the beaches and links to many coupons for boat cruises and other attractions.

Some of the places we ate were: Floyd’s Shrimp House, Old Bay Steamer (my favorite), The Back Porch, Hog’s Breath and FudPuckers Gator restaurant (great if you have kids because the whole restaurant is surrounded by little gators outside). We also took a night on the town and enjoyed great music and drinks at Howl at the Moon.

Yummy Pie

In the meantime…here is a great recipe for those wonderful vine ripened tomatoes that you may have in your garden or at the farmer’s markets.

Marinated Tomatoes

3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
2 to 3 green onions, chopped
4 to 6 large tomatoes, each cut into 6 wedges

Combine all ingredients, except tomatoes, in a large measuring cup or mixing bowl. Whisk well. Place tomatoes in a resealable plastic bag and pour marinade over. Marinate at room temperature for up to 2 hours, turning the bag occasionally.


Jean said...

welcome back. You look all nice and tan!! Glad you had a great vacation!

Good Ole Cook said...

Jean- Destin was beautiful and such a nice place to lay back and relax.

Hope all is well with you!

Jean said...

All is well here except that it feels like 104 outside. it has been waaaay too hot.

Anonymous said...

I love your vacation. The pictures are sooooo-pretty. Keep given us your grandma's recipes. Did you know that todays gourmet food came from the Matriarch of the families from Europe, especially from France and Spain. With the years chefs have change the recipes, but in all the originality came from these wonderful Matriarchs "Grandmas"