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Reason to Love St Ives #4: The Food

The Rum and Crab

The Rum and Crab

How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways! St Ives, the rustic, charming, seaside town has so many restaurants tucked in here and there! And to our great surprise the food is very good quality and Very, Very, Did I say Very ? Reasonably Priced! No wonder from sunup to sundown the masses are flocking to St Ives! There are large groups of families here to sun and spend a day at the beach………and then Eat. There are retired folks coming from their camper vans to spend their day…… and then Eat! There are folks staying at the large spa on the hill and coming into St Ives for the day……. to Eat. And then once the sun goes down it is quiet and…… we Eat! I never saw any foolishness in the streets (AKA drunks) and I never saw a policeman either. This is the Family Town! No doubt about it. It is made to enjoy! Now let’s look at some more Eateries!

S H Ferrell & Son Bakery, St Ives

S H Ferrell & Son Bakery, St Ives

There are over 20 bakeries in St Ives! Just try to pick your favorite! I bet you will have a hard time!

The Tea Room, St Ives

The Tea Room, St Ives

The Tea Room, St Ives

The Tea Room, St Ives

The Tea Room, St Ives

The Tea Room, St Ives

The Tea Room, St Ives

The Tea Room, St Ives

I couldn’t get a picture of The Tea Room outside because it would only show a line of people waiting to get in! Get there early and it is worth the wait for an outside table with a view of the beach! As you can see from the pictures they serve more than tea! We ate there more than once too!

St Ives Harbour View Restaurant, St Ives

St Ives Harbour View Restaurant, St Ives

St Ives Harbour View Restaurant, St Ives

St Ives Harbour View Restaurant, St Ives

That's an Understatement!!!

That’s an Understatement!!!

Look up and down every small lane! You will find the most interesting places tucked away!

The Lifeboat St Ives

The Lifeboat Inn, St Ives

The Mex, St Ives

The Mex, St Ives

The Mex meets your burrito, fajitas, BBQ ribs, chili fix!

Bumbles Tea Room, St Ives

Bumbles Tea Room, St Ives

Love the Map on Bumbles Windows!

Love the Map on Bumbles Windows!

Olives Cafe, St Ives

Olives Cafe, St Ives

I love the fish railing at Olives!

Peppers Pizza, St Ives

Peppers Pizza, St Ives

Peppers Pizza, St Ives

Peppers Pizza, St Ives

Did I say YUMMY or what?

The Cornish Deli, St Ives

The Cornish Deli, St Ives

We LOVED the Cornish Deli and ate there more than once. I was so busy talking to the folks in there I never got a picture of the food! However, my favorite was their homemade crab sandwich!

 

The Golden Lion, St Ives

The Golden Lion Restaurant and Beer Garden, St Ives

And you must not miss the beer garden! As you can see there are oodles of choices to eat  at in St Ives! But we MUST have the famous Cornish Pasty! More on that tomorrow!

October: A Month of Pumpkins; Day 2, Pumpkin Field

Pumpkin Field

Pumpkin Field

Without pumpkins many of the early settlers might have died from starvation. The following poem is a testament to the Pilgrims dependence upon pumpkins for food:

For pottage and puddings and custards and pies
Our pumpkins and parsnips are common supplies,
We have pumpkins at morning and pumpkins at noon,
If it were not for pumpkins we should be undoon.”

Pilgrim verse, circa 1633

Pumpkin Field in Brushstroke

Pumpkin Field in Brushstroke

October: A Month of Pumpkins, Day 1

The Pumpkins on the Porch

The Pumpkins on the Porch

October is one of my favorite months! Let’s celebrate the pumpkin!

Painted in Watercolor App

The Pumpkins on the Porch Painted in Watercolor

The Pumpkins on the Porch

The Pumpkins on the Porch Painted in Brushstroke

Getting from Point A to Point B; Don’t Forget the a’s, b’s and little c’s!

Ash Manor House, Yeovil, UK

Ash Manor House, Yeovil, UK

What an Inviting Entryway and Checkout the Flowers!

What an Inviting Entryway and Check Out the Flowers!

To get from Point A to Point B is more fun if you have shorter driving times and lots of smaller a’s, b’s and c’s along the route. After all we are on vacation! When you have been up all night, or at least not sleeping well on an international flight, it is easier to have small stops to look forward to rather than a long jaunt across the countryside in unfamiliar territory! So, those were the conditions I set for my “2016 English Garden Tour” starting at Heathrow Airport and beginning the “Official” part of the tour in Cornwall. But, I made a few stops along the way and they turned out to be lovely! As you have read in previous blog posts we stopped at two National Trust properties on the journey to Cornwall, Stourhead and Tintinhull. Oh, and we drove past Stonehenge, so we can say we’ve seen that too! And then we planned to stop for the night in Yeovil, and stay at the Ash Manor House. What a delightful stay between Point A and Point B! It was easy to find, there was plenty of parking on the premises, it was spotless and there is a restaurant on site! So if you are making your way to Cornwall this also may be a good option for you! Let’s see some photos!

The Lobby Area at Ash House Manor, Yeovil, UK

The Lobby Area at Ash House Manor, Yeovil, UK

The Lady of the Manor House in Her Time! I Wouldn't Mess With Her!

The Lady of the Manor House in Her Time! I Wouldn’t Mess With Her!

Notice looking at the “now” pictures of the house and the “original” picture, that the ivy has been removed from the house. I liked the ivy look better, but that’s just me! The ivy softens the stones and gives it a romantic cottage-y look!

Up the Stairs We Go!

Up the Stairs We Go!

A Beautiful Transomed Doorway at the Top of the Landing

A Beautiful Transomed Doorway at the Top of the Landing

Aww To Drop Into Bed!

Ahh, To Drop Into Bed!

A Quick Peek at LEON

A Quick Peek at LEON and the Village

From Heathrow to Ash Manor House I was trying to adjust to a rental car called LEON. Leon is a diesel engine vehicle that turns off whenever the brake is on for any period of time to save gas.  It is like they do in Nascar to save gas when they think they will not make it until the end of the race and try to conserve fuel. The only difference is Leon does it automatically and it is sooooo scary! I was always concerned it wouldn’t start up again just as we got to the tricky round about or stuck in heavy traffic and then needed to go! Just one more thing to add to the adventure! Who would name a car LEON anyway? I learned one more thing early on in my adventure; never let them stick me wth a LEON at the car rental! Maybe I just need a relaxing drink and something to eat! So let’s go to the bar!

The Bar at Ash Manor House, Yeovil, UK

The Bar at Ash Manor House, Yeovil, UK

The Dining Room at Ash Manor House, Yeovil, UK

The Dining Room at Ash Manor House, Yeovil, UK

My Yummy Evening Meal at Ash Manor House, Yeovil, UK

My Yummy Evening Meal at Ash Manor House, Yeovil, UK

And Then Dessert! The Frog is a Cinnamon Dip!

And Then Dessert! The Frog is a Cinnamon Dip!

And then the next morning, a scrumptious breakfast in the Morning Room overlooking the back garden.

The Morning Room at Ash Manor House, Yeovil, UK

The Morning Room at Ash Manor House, Yeovil, UK

The Back Garden at Ash Manor House, Yeovil, UK

The Back Garden at Ash Manor House, Yeovil, UK

If you are traveling from London to Cornwall you might consider a rest stop at Ash Manor House. All my boxes for the perfect stay were ticked off!

Well, it’s a brand new day and we are off to another National Trust Property! See you next time at Greenway, home of Agatha Christie! I can hardly wait!

 

Today is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day!

It has been soooooo hot here! This should perk everybody up!

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Ingredients

SERVINGS: MAKES 10 TO 12

Butterscotch Sauce

  • 3/4 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, diced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 9 tablespoons (1 stick plus 1 tablespoon) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (about 9 ounces)
  • 3 pints chocolate or vanilla ice cream, slightly softened

Preparation

For Butterscotch Sauce

  • Combine first 5 ingredients in heavy medium saucepan. Stir over low heat until both sugars dissolve. Increase heat and boil until large bubbles break on surface and sauce drops thickly from spoon, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; whisk in cream and vanilla (mixture may bubble vigorously). DO AHEAD Can be made 3 days ahead. Cover; chill. Rewarm slightly over low heat before using.

For Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two 9-inch-diameter cake pans with 1 1/2-inch-high sides with parchment paper; butter paper. Sift flour, baking soda and salt into small bowl. Using electric mixer, beat butter and both sugars in large bowl until well blended. Add egg and vanilla and beat until smooth. Beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop half of dough by large spoonfuls into each prepared pan; spread evenly.
  • Bake cookies until light golden, about 18 minutes. Cool cookies in pans on racks. Carefully turn out cookies; peel off parchment.
  • Place 1 cookie, top side up, in 9-inch springform pan with 2 3/4-inch-high sides. Drizzle 1/4 cup sauce over. Spread evenly with ice cream; drizzle with 1/2 cup sauce. Top with remaining cookie, top side up; press gently to adhere. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons sauce. Cover pan and freeze ice cream cake at least 5 hours. Cover and chill remaining sauce. DO AHEAD Cake and sauce can be prepared 3 days ahead.
  • Cut around cake with small knife to loosen. Release pan sides. Let cake stand until ice cream is slightly softened, about 20 minutes. Rewarm butterscotch sauce over low heat. Cut cake into wedges; serve with sauce.
  • Check out http://www.epicurious.com/ for more recipes!

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Wild Watermelon

 

Watermelon Feta Mint Skewers

Watermelon Feta Mint Skewers

It’s Day 116 of our 120 Days of Crayola Challenge! We’re almost to the End! Let’s get ready to party! How about some Wild Watermelon appetizers?

First Wild Watermelon Feta Mint Skewers, they look easy enough.

Mint Leaves

1/4 large Watermelon

4 oz Feta Cheese

Balsamic for drizzling

Skewers

For Directions look at picture!

Watermelon Fire and Ice Salsa

Watermelon Fire and Ice Salsa

And how about a Wild Watermelon Fire and Ice Salsa to serve on those party days?

3 cups chopped Watermelon

1/2 cup Chopped Green Pepper

2 tablespoons Lime Juice

2 tablespoons chopped Fresh Cilantro

1 tablespoon chopped Green Onions

1 tablespoon chopped Jalapeno Pepper

1/2 teaspoon Garlic Salt

Directions: In large bowl combine watermelon, green bell pepper, lime juice, cilantro, green onions, jalapeno and garlic salt. Mix well and serve with your favorite salsa chip!

Look for these recipes and more on Yummly! It is my favorite App for recipes!!!

Wild Watermelon was the name given to a fluorescent color known as Ultra Red from 1972 to 1990.  It is known as Infra Red in the “Techno Brite” series and Flower Power Pink in the “Retro Colors” set.

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge

Check out some of the other 150+ challenge participants, it’s amazing what we have done with the Crayola colors!

 

 

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Wild Strawberry

Wild Strawberry

Wild Strawberry

Day 115 and it’s Wild Strawberry Day! Yum! Let’s see, what can we do with strawberries? Summer is right around the corner, let’s party!

Let’s make some Easy Strawberry Lemonade!

1 (12 fluid oz) can frozen lemonade concentrate

4 1/2 cups water

Fresh Strawberries

In a large pitcher mix together lemonade concentrate and water. Stir in Strawberries! Voila ! Done!

Strawberry Lemonade Vodka

Strawberry Lemonade Vodka

Now for the more serious drinker: Strawberry Lemonade Vodka

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 pt Fresh Strawberries

1 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice (about 8 lemons)

6 cups cold water or mixture with ice cubes

1 cup Vodka

  1. Make a simple syrup by combining 1 cup sugar with 1 cup of water in a saucepan.
  2. Place over medium heat until the sugar in completely dissolved; swirl the pan occasionally. Let cool.
  3. Once the simple syrup has cooled, puree strawberries in a food processor or blender with ½ cup water.
  4. In a large pitcher, combine ice, strawberry puree, simple syrup and lemon juice. If using the vodka, add it to the pitcher and stir to combine.
  5. Add 4-6 cups of cold water. The amount of water you use will depend on your tastes, so add as little or as much as you want to achieve desired sweet/tart balance.
  6. Rim your glasses with sugar before pouring, then garnish with fresh strawberries, oranges or lemon slices.

Wild Strawberry has been in the Crayola Collection since 1990. It is known as Rockets’ Red Glare in the “State Crayon Collection.”

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge

Check out some of the other 150+ challenge participants, it’s amazing what we have done with the Crayola colors!

Guest Blog: The Jazziest Tram in Rome

TramJazz Rome, Italy

TramJazz Rome, Italy

Doing tons of research about “things to do in Rome” I came across TramJazz.  This is typically only a little fun-fest known to locals.  Extensive research pays off.  TramJazz is basically what it sounds like.  It’s a “tram” that features “jazz” music accompanied by a traditional Italian 4-course meal.  There are different types of jazz music featured, but on the night I was able to attend with a friend, it was, “Wonderful World”, a tribute to Louis Armstrong.   When booking, you get a choice of sharing a table of four or sitting at a table of two.  We chose to sit at a table of four.  The TramJazz departs Piazza di Porta Maggiore at 9pm.  The tram is really a trolley car that is on a cable track.  When you arrive, they check your reservation and then show you to your table on the tram.  The tram seats 22 guests.  There are 3 servers and a 2-piece band.  Upon being seated we were greeted by our table mates. They were a cute Italian couple that didn’t speak any English!!!  Our server brought us wine and our first course.  The menu was in Italian only, and the tram had very little lighting, so seeing what we were being served was a bit of a challenge.  This was tough for me because I am a very picky eater.  The first course was a type of black licorice bread with sausage, ricotta cheese and honey.  The tram started on its journey.  It was night time so seeing the city all lit up was really nice.  The jazz musicians could only play music when the tram was stopped.  After traveling for about 20 minutes the tram came to a stop in front of the National Museum.  The jazz musicians began playing.  They played 4 to 5 songs while we were stopped.  We also were served our second course.  It was Eggplant Parmesan with tomato sauce.  We knew it had to be really good because all of the Italian people on the tram were licking their plates.  The tram was back on the move.  It took us through the “old city” and landed at The Colosseum.  We were able to get out here and take a few pictures.  The jazz music continued, as well.  We were served our next course when the tram started moving again.  This time we received Broccoli Lasagna, another homemade dish, using the freshest ingredients.  The last course was my favorite, it was Citrus Gelato! YUM!  We also were given unlimited wine the entire night!!!!  The tram was now back at Piazza di Porta Maggiore and we were off the tram and headed back to our hotel.  It was about a 3-hour ride.  The music was absolutely fantastic and definitely a fun thing to experience.  I mean, how many people can say they listened to Louis Armstrong on a Trolley through Roma?  

The price of the tour is $65.00 per person and if you want to have an authentic Italian meal with the locals, enjoy jazz and want to see Rome at night, this is the tour for you!

Ryn Jarrett opened her web business, Roman Holiday Italy Travel, in 2016.  TramJazz is one of the tours she reviewed as a recommendation for Roman Holiday Italy Travel.   Please feel free to check out her business page at www.romanholidayitalytravel.com.    

 

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Tropical Rain Forest

Tropical Fruit with Coconut Ice Cream for a Tropical Rain Forest

Tropical Fruit with Coconut Ice Cream for a Tropical Rain Forest

I have never been to a Tropical Rain Forest, but if I did go, I would eat grilled fruit! Well, come to think of it, I like grilled fruit, and  I don’t have to be in a Tropical Rain Forest to enjoy it!

I hate trying to think of things to eat every week! It is a real chore, as it seems you eat the same things over and over! Well I experiment a lot now by using an APP called Yummly! I love it because you can tailor the recipes to your particular food likes or dislikes. There are over 1 million recipes to choose from with gorgeous pictures and instructions. When you find a recipe you like you can save it and automatically add the ingredients to a grocery list. The most important feature for me is allowing me to see the recipe, on my list, that I have bought the ingredients for. I used to look through all my cookbooks for particular recipes, make a list, and then get home from the grocery store and not be able to remember what ingredient was for which recipe! Sometimes I couldn’t remember which book I had found the recipe in! What a senior moment! Now, even if I do not get the ingredients on the list, the ingredients do not go away and I can save them for another week and never lose the recipe either! You can look for recipes by Ingredients, Occasions, Tastes, Diets, Allergies, Nutrition, or Cuisine, just to name a few filters. If you wear an Up band you can save the calories and information of the meal to your band! You will know how many calories you consumed with any meal!

You can add other things to the list, like toilet paper, soap, all your staples or anything else, all added to one list. I LOVE this APP!

Summer is coming so it is time to grill fruit! Since I have not done a video for awhile I thought I would share a  Grilled Watermelon Pizza recipe.

There are 25 recipes for this on Yummly! Enjoy!

Tropical Rain Forest is a green color in the Crayola Collection that was added in 1993.

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge! It is Day 103!

Check out some of the other 150+ challenge participants, it’s amazing what we have done with the Crayola colors!

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Cerise

 

Venice Cherries

Venice Cherries

 

Banana Cherry Crepe in Venice, Italy

Banana-Cherry Crepe in Venice, Italy

Cerise is French for “cherry”. Crayola is now going French on us! I didn’t have one picture of a  French cherry! How can that be? But, I did have some pictures of Italian Cherries!

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge! Enjoy!

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