Our Global Gallivants
Saturday morning on a nice sunny day is a good time for a drive. We decided to check out the farmer's market in downtown Sarasota. This time we were smarter and didn't eat first. There were more food kiosks and less farmers and crafts people. One of the vendors was handing out samples of an apricot walnut scone. It was delicious, so we shared one of those. Then we happened upon a booth by Alpine Steakhouse. They had everything from Cuban sandwiches to ahi tuna. Since that's where we decided to have dinner, we passed that one by. The booth with fish tacos was the next stop. Yes, the fish was cooked there, and the red cabbage on it was pickled, but that was pretty much it, other than a squirt of sauce. The portion was so small and it was $7. Next was a booth selling crab cakes. The cook was wearing a white chefs jacket and also cooked the crab cake in front of you. It was served on a clear plastic plate that mimicked crystal, sitting on a couple of white napkins. The lemon slice was skewered in place on top with a fork. He gets a 10 for presentation, but the cake was undercooked and $12. Ah, well, it was a nice day out and we did buy some fruit. We went for a drive afterward and pulled off at a boardwalk that ran under a bridge. The water was beautiful and very gentle. There were a number of people kayaking there and it looked like a lot of fun. People were playing with their dogs in the water and paddle boarding. One couple came, each with their own kayaks and fishing rods. I hadn't realized that kayaks have built in fishing rod holders. The woman took the little dog in the kayak with her. We moved on from there to Long Boat Key. Definitely some of the wealthy live in this neighborhood. We went to a beach there and that's where we spent the rest of the afternoon. The sand is a much greyer color here and the beach is littered with all kinds of sea shells. The water is pretty, and very calm. While we were sitting there, a dolphin swam back and forth in front of us. That got everybody excited on the beach and was something to see. The odd pelican was dive bombing into the water for dinner. We went to the Alpine Steak House for dinner. It was featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and is famous for turducken. That is a deboned turkey, layered with a deboned chicken, layered with a deboned duck and then a layer of stuffing. They roll it up like a jelly roll and serve a slice, topped with gravy. Oh, yeah, delicious. Sitting in the booth next to us was a group of 4 older gentlemen who are in a barbershop quartet. They were having dinner before a performance and were singing in the booth. I know I should have enjoyed it, but I found it annoying. Must be the hunger!