Back at it at the Beach

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Update from my Pre-Covid 19 post about local hot spots.

Unfortunately, my favorite British pub is now permanently closed. Temperley’s owner has been stuck in London since right before all travel shut down while waiting on his visa. Knowing how difficult it is for a small business owner to stay afloat in normal operating conditions, I can only imagine how heart-breaking this has been for the Temperleys as their thriving business remained shuttered for the past few months with no foreseeable relief. I did read that he has a potential buyer so keeping fingers crossed the concept stays the same. I will miss going in there evenings and seeing Mr. and Mrs. Temperley cooking and pouring beers. They were a great addition to this community, and I fear they won’t be the last closure.

In a bit of good news, we finally found an amazing Indian restaurant, Holi Grill. They have remained open with curbside pickup all the way through, and the owner is often the one who cooks and brings your food to the door. His Instagram showcase not just the delicious food, but also cultural trivia. Glad to support this gem!


 

Landed back in PCB a few weeks ago and started the rounds of restaurants to check out all the new venues. So far, the scene is very promising! Below are a few, but lots more to come 🙂

Best Sushi imo Shan Kishi: (UPDATE They are still doing curbside pickup and so friendly!)

Just moved back and our first order of business was to go out for a sushi tasting night, we went to four establishments and Shan Kishi was by far the freshest, best variety and friendliest service. In fact it was so good when our kids came for the holidays, we took them all to dinner and they went two more times for lunch!

The fish is very fresh (we eat sashimi so basically just fish) and there were 3 pages of rolls. Granted some of the rolls seemed similar, but the Yankee, Ocean, spicy tuna and spicy salmon were delicious! Best deal is to order the trio of sashimi on entrees- 18 pieces of fish plus soup and salad for $25. The pieces ate enormous! If you go in solo or just a couple people, sit at the sushi bar, it is worth it. This is our go-to for all things sushi here in the panhandle.

Brunch with a View- Pescado:

Pescado hands down has the best seat in Rosemary Beach. Sunday brunch is open seating on the deck with an ala carte menu. We sat at the front rail and tables were roomy with a direct view to the ocean.

My husband ordered the Benedict with Tasso hollandaise. The eggs were perfectly poached, pork was tender and the Tasso ham added just the right spice. He also ordered a side of breakfast potatoes which were also delicious! They were sautéed with caramelized red onion and red pepper. Very tasty side! I indulged in the challah french toast with poached pear and Amaretto mascarpone. It was enormous and ridiculously decadent in a really good way! I also got a side of bacon. Take it from me, do not miss the bacon- thick cut, perfectly cooked and huge portion. All told we ordered too much. The portions are not small, but everything we had was scrumptious!

The only miss for us was the bloody mary. It had good spice and abundant garnish, but it was fairly small and heavy on ice for $15. The food was all a great value with entrees between $12-$18 and sides $2-$5. The view was spectacular and worth difficulty finding a parking spot in Rosemary. Pescado will be on regular Sunday brunch rotation for us.

As an aside, we went as a couple, but there were 3 families with small children (high chairs) dining on the deck. Not sure about children at dinner, but brunch is definitely accommodating.

 

Best Italian imo- Amici 30A:

Finally found great Italian on the panhandle! We sat at the chef’s counter and it was such a good choice! Chefs were friendly and fun to watch. It was maybe one of the cleanest operations I have ever seen dining or working in kitchens. Ingredients were fresh and portions were ample.

We split the Caprese to start which was made completely with heirloom tomatoes and had some bright lemon zest over top for added zing. We then ordered the spaghetti and meatballs and the mushroom ravioli with caper browned butter sauce. We could have split one entree, but choosing would be hard. Their “gravy” which is what they call their tomato sauce had lots of depth and the meatballs were moist and well-seasoned. The caper browned butter sauce was rich and briny in all the right places. The bread was rustic and served with herbed olive oil. It was all delicious!

We finished with the tiramisu just because of presentation. We were so full, but when we saw the mason jars, we were all in!

Everything was wonderful and we will be back…often!

Hidden Gem- Temperley’s:

Been to Temperley’s a number of times since moving back and it is yummy every time! This time we took our kids who are visiting and they sampled some of the fantastic British fare we raved about.

At the table we had fish and chips(we prefer the cod, but haddock is tasty as well), the bangers and mash and 2 Shepherd’s pies. All were hot and delicious! I have also tried the chicken pot pie pasty, as well as the apple and peach dessert pasty.

They have beer and wine available and everything is ordered at the counter. It is an unpretentious, local fave we go back to over and over!

Cooking in Quarantine- Cookies & Curry in a Hurry

Sometimes you just don’t want to spend hours building a curry from scratch. Sometimes you don’t want to spend hours tweaking the perfect from scratch cookie recipe. Sometimes you just want a recipe on the back of a package and a jar of sauce. That sometimes came for me this week.

In the spirit of cooking from the pantry, I decided to go with just jarred sauce, frozen vegetables, and rice for dinner. This is not ideal, but is quick.

Easy Vegetable Korma

Ingredients:
  • 1 jar of your fave Korma sauce (I used Patak’s, but actually like Saffron Road better)
  • 1/2 bag of frozen peas
  • ~10 oz frozen California vegetable blend (I have a crazy big bag and used 1/4 of it)
  • 1 cup Jasmati rice (I like Rice Select, but use whatever brand and variety you have)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions:
  • Heat olive oil in large pan
  • Add vegetables and peas and cook until somewhat softened
  • Add entire jar of sauce and bring to a simmer
  • Allow to simmer over low heat until vegetables are soft and everything is heated through
  • Meanwhile, make the rice…combine rice and water in medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutesish, covered
  • Serve the Vegetable Korma over the rice…super easy and takes about 20 minutes total from pantry to plate

**You can easily add protein to this, if you want. In this iteration I added a chicken breast which I cut up and sauteed in the oil before adding the veg.

With such an easy dinner prep, it makes sense to make a little yummy for dessert…especially if it is is super easy like dinner 🙂

Tollhouse Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

I am not even going to write out the directions because you need to just follow the directions on the back of the package…seriously. Make sure you have flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, baking soda, butter and vanilla extract. No reason to reinvent the wheel when it is already perfect!

TIP***Baking often requires fats to be cold for optimal results. Cookie batter can get warm as you are waiting for a batch to finish before you put another in. Keep your batter cold by putting it in the fridge in between batches. I do this for everything that requires cold fats to achieve fluffy yumminess.

Stay Safe and Cook On!

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