HC Hits Florida
We went down to the Keys for a week of fun, sun, and water. We were mostly not disappointed. For specialty food we had some fish, some all-you-can-eat-fish (Mahi), conch fritters, conch not-in-fritters, and most important: Key Lime Pie. We asked who makes the best Key Lime Pie in the Keys, and unanimously, the responders said "Publix" (the grocery store). Some surprise there, but not a huge one, and kind of nice that we wouldn't have to track down an obscure restaurant and pay $300 for a slice. Best. Pie. Ever. And they have mango key lime pie, too, which was also killer in a slightly different way.
Meanwhile, I have been told an easy way to make key lime pie at home which I will try later this week: one can of sweetened condensed milk, 4 egg yolks, one can of key lime juice, some lime shavings. Mix it all together in a graham cracker crust and bake for a while (I think it was 45 min). Brilliant!
On our journey, we also made peanutbutter sandwiches, had oreo cookies, apples, carrots, bananas, cereal, and DQ. There were some two-for-one margaritas in Key West, Senor Frijoles, and of course the fried Plantains (and Cuban buttered bread) at the Cuban street-side restaurant, Sandy's.
The Keys aren't as upscaley, beachily nice as I had expected, and fewer streetside food vendors, but I would go back just to re-eat everything again (and have perfect weather and be in the ocean...). Yum yum yum.