The content of my shoot-outs are the result of a drinking, partying, fun town and does not come to you as a representation of my lifestyle. My wife and I do party, we do have fun, but we don't drink alcohol. (our choice, but many of our friends do) I won't tell my daughter's name. I'll only give her first initial. It's Traci! Aren't daughters great!
The assignment this week, Restaurants, is overwhelming! There are so many dining establishments in this area that we could visit a new one almost every day of the year. I have chosen to narrow the focus to the tourist center of St. George St. (one block over from last weeks shoot-out focus on Avenida Menendez)
So cruise on over to this foot-traffic only street and enjoy the sites. I have already run off at the mouth enough, so I'll mostly just let the pictures do the talking.
Yep, you can buy these T-shirts at the taverns and shops.
This is the other side of the "Old Grist Mill" fearured in last week's shoot-out. It has a shop downstairs and a restaurant upstairs with live entertainment.
Florida's oldest restaurant.
" The Bunnery" is awsome! Bread, pasteries and great food!
If you enlarge the photo you may be able to see that they serve "gator tail". Almost all significant dining spots have it on the menu.
More from The Bunnery. Sorry, not in sequence.
I did drink some of this, Traci!! If you click on the photo you can see a lizard on the trunk of the tree.
The lighting was awful. This is Barnacle Bills, actually a block or so off St. George St.
If you read the small print you can see the answer to the (Whatzit?).
Bad lighting. It says, "Hellish Relish".
Minorcan Clam Chowder
A Manhattan-style chowder with a very important added ingredient, Datil Peppers. Datils are hotter than Jalapeno or Tabasco peppers. The hellish hot taste will light you up for any occasion. The answer to the Whatzit.
The Datil is a very hot pepper. They are similar to Habaneros, but have a sweeter, fruitier flavor. Recipes made with Datil Peppers are part of our Minorcan culture.
Datil Peppers are grown throughout the United States and elsewhere, but the majority are produced in St. Augustine. The Minorcan* community in our town use them in many unique recipes. Excerpts - Wikipedia
*It is said that Minorcans, originally from Spain in 1768, came to St. Augustine, fleeing oppression in 1777, from a Florida settlement near present day New Smyrna. Legend has it that they brought the Datil with them and cultivated it in St. Augustine which proved to have an ideal climate for the pepper. Many descendants of that early group of Minorcans still live in St. Augustine today, and still claim Datil Pepper as their own.
Depending on the amount of Datil Pepper consumed, these are the normal human reactions:
1. Lips and forehead break into a sweat.
2. Whole body begins to sweat.
3. Ears begin ringing and subject cannot breathe.
4. All of the above, plus smoke bellows from mouth and ears.
5. Smoke becomes fire. Someone calls fire department.
6. Subject jumps into bay to extinguish flames.
7. After boiling river evaporates, subject yells, through blistered lips, "More Datil Pepper!"
I hope that each of you will set a goal of visiting St. Augustine. It is truly unique. Tourists and Florida natives come from many miles away to dine here. I'm sorry I could not show you all of the many, many great restaurants. Maybe I'll be able to include some of them in future posts, as I did last week. Thanks for your tremendous blogs.
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