28 May 2006

St Augustine trip report

The San Sebastian Winery was our first stop on the itinerary. All I had in my gut were 3 oranges; Steve had only eaten an apple. We had hoped to stop for breakfast in St Augustine, but we planned our trip on the fly. So, we toured the winery and sampled the wines, sherry, and port on fairly empty stomachs. I felt pretty sleepy and needed food FAST to absorb the minute amount of alcohol that was already seeping through my bloodstream. We had so much fun on the tour, we decided to come back later in the afternoon to check out the live music in the Wine & Jazz bar located on the roof of the winery.

Steve sipped on scrumpteous red wine sangria. We shared a glass.
The Angela Roberts trio was a decent jazz ensemble who performed at the Cellar Upstairs Wine & Jazz Bar.
We hung out until 5pm just relaxing and enjoying the music and rooftop view. Then, we headed to the Gypsy Cab Cafe for an incredible dinner. We enjoyed the hummus platter appetizer which featured delicious fresh-made hummus surrounded by a bed of fresh greens, alfalfa sprouts, carrots, cucumbers, kalamata olives, and tomatoes. Then, we opted to share a dinner entree. Steve let me choose the duck with cherry glaze, cabbage and balsalmic vinegar, and carrot spears. The duck was so delicious! Steve wants to return soon so he can try the Greek Seafood Island. Later this summer, I want to go back to the Cellar Upstairs and order a pitcher of sangria, and the meat and cheese platter--stay for a few hours and soak up the jazz.

Steve is a huge fan of geckos and chameleons. He found a rather tame chameleon who didn't run away. Steve coaxed him onto his hand. And, he hung out with Steve for a little while. I think this was the highlight of Steve's trip to St Augustine. We ate lunch at the Athena Restaurant, a quaint little Greek eatery that had the best gyro's we'd had in years. Afterward, we strolled through Old St Augustine and made a sudden stop.
We walked into the Cafe Hidalgo just to glimpse at the gelato presentation, and we ended up getting to try numerous samples. So, of course, we indulged ourselves. I had pineapple and strawberry, and Steve stuck with the strawberry.
Historic Flagler College groundsTiffany stained-glass window in the lobby of the main building at Flager College
Frog spitting fountain

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