German Food, Cigars and Boat Rides

Good morning friends! Hope everyone has been having a nice, relaxing weekend.

The Chef and I drove down to Cape Coral on Friday. We met up with some family members to have a belated birthday dinner for myself and The Chef’s brother. We were finally going to get to try this German place that his family has been raving about. It didn’t disappoint!

German-Austrian Pavilion is tucked away in the Broadway Palms shopping center. It’s a bit like BayWalk in St. Pete in that it’s practically a ghost town except for a few store fronts. This is the type of place that you wouldn’t know is here unless someone told you about it.

It is the cutest place. I was expecting hole-in-the-wall, but I wasn’t expecting all of these trinkets and fun kitschy European memorabilia hanging from the ceiling and on the walls.

  

The atmosphere was really homey and the dim lighting set the mood for a nice, intimate dinner with family, friends or a date.

They had an amazing summer special going on…for $29 you could choose a meal for two and get a bottle of wine. Crazy! I couldn’t get over how good of a deal that was.

The Chef and I each tried one of the two soups. The pancake soup, which was beef broth with shredded crepes. Very good.

And the vegetable soup, which I wasn’t expecting much of, but it was the better one! Peas and carrots swimming in a luscious cream based soup…the flavor was wonderful.

For my entree I had the “Coach Man” schnitzal, which was stuffed with prosciutto and gorgonzola. Mmm…this was out-of-this-world good. The best part? Hearing them pounding out the pork in the kitchen as they’re preparing it 🙂

I also got to try a bite of The Chef’s sauerbraten (which by the way was 100x better than Cafe Vienna where he first tried it and got “scolded” and told he just didn’t understand the dish…sorry Cafe Vienna) as well his sister’s goulash, which might have been my overall favorite.

And then of course dessert had to be had 🙂 I was so full by this point, but when apple strudel appeared on the table, looking like this…

I had just had to try a few bites! (Sparklers were courtesy of our birthday celebrations 😉 )

Although I also managed to try a little something out of this box when we got home…

Birthday gift 🙂

They’re going quick…

I haven’t had Godiva in so long…I forgot how much I love their truffles! I must admit I have become a bit of a chocolate snob though.

We pretty much passed out from food coma when we got home.

The next morning The Chef made a scrumptious breakfast…fritatta!

With a side of cinnamon raisin toast from Panera. Pretty good! First time I’ve had actual bread from there that wasn’t on their sandwiches.

We then proceeded to have one of the laziest days ever. We watched the most random assortment of movies too…Matinee, Blue Crush and Frida. We’d never heard of Matinee, but it was really good! We’d seen Blue Crush…definitely not a blockbuster hit or anything, but nothing was on…and then Frida was wonderful. We’d never seen it and while there were many um *spicy* scenes, it was very artistically done and a well done film.

One of our friends came over to join us for dinner.

Meatloaf, green bean salad with homemade balsamic and roasted potatoes.

Then it was out for a night on the town.

We went to Cigar Bar in downtown Ft. Myers, which we forgot was another place that we liked. A bit smokey inside, but if you find the right place to sit, it’s not too bad. Good atmosphere and  good drinks.

We represented all alcohol: wine, beer and liquor 🙂

We did end up going to Bacchus as well. And, much to my constant complaints, ended the night at Indigo Room *shudder*.

Today was quite the leisurely Sunday. Woke up to blueberry pancakes with fried apples and sausage.

  

And some much needed tea.

Then we stopped by The Chef’s brother’s house and got asked to join them on an impromptu boat ride. Don’t mind if we do!

  

We rode over to Tarpon Point, which I’d never been to. We pulled into a cute little shopping plaza and had lunch at Marker 92. The Chef and I were still so full from breakfast, but I knew I needed something before dinner. So I ordered a salad for us to share and a bloody mary. The salad was a bit over dressed with a citrus vinaigrette, but otherwise was very good. If I was hungrier I would have wanted more chicken, which was chargrilled and quite tasty. I also had a bite of The Chef’s brother’s pastrami sandwich, which was delicious. Not only was the meat fantastic, but the pretzel roll was really a nice addition.

Now we’re relaxing back at The Chef’s parents’ house and are waiting on a pork roast to finish cooking 🙂

On a more somber note, it is a sad day of remembrance today. I grew up close to NYC and have family there so I am familiar with the city and the tragedy that happened 10 years ago really “hit close to home”. I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing. I remember standing in the hallway at school in between classes and them announcing it over the loud speakers. I remember being angry and confused and walking away from my friends to reflect by myself. No matter how close or how far away this tragedy was to you, it is still a big part of our history now. Let’s all take a moment today to remember the lives that were lost and the lives that were changed that day.

Conversation Starter: Do you remember where you were and what you were doing 10 years ago on 9/11?