My Life in Pictures

I haven’t posted much lately, I know. Things have been a bit hectic. On March 2, I started taking 2 classes through Walden instead of one. Between work, planning a short trip to Florida for a wedding, another trip to Puerto Rico, also for a wedding, in May and some other future planning activities, I haven’t been able to sit down and write a post. But I’ve been cooking.

Most recently, I made panko-crusted tilapia which I first marinated in Cuban mojo sauce:

Topped with a white wine-shallot pan sauce and accompanied by baked sweet potato fries (from a bag).

At the request of Chris, I made tacos one night. I use ground turkey and my own combination of chili powder, cumin and something for heat.

A few weeks ago, I made these crab melts based on a recipe from Eating Well magazine:

Super simple and healthy with just a bit of mayo. The vegetables were onion, sweet pepper and asparagus.

And about the same time, I was experimenting in an attempt to perfect a basic Chinese stir-fry sauce. This picture is from an “almost there” night.

Last week, I finally got what I wanted with the addition of just a bit fish sauce. But I didn’t take a picture. Honey, soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil, garlic and the fish sauce did the trick. Now, to expand upon it.

We’ve also been eating out. Besides the infamous Tony M’s, lately I’ve been to Fowlerville Farms Family Restaurant, Evans Street Station (in Tecumseh), a little bar in Pewamo and returned to Badawast, an old favorite in my hometown of Flint.

This past Saturday, we finally took my parents to Sawyer’s Gourmet Pancake House. I stuffed myself on the turkey burger with basil mayo. Oh, I can’t get enough of that tasty goodness!

After lunch, my mom and I went shopping. For wedding dresses. Because the real reason I’ve been so busy is that I’m getting married!! Chris proposed on Valentine’s Day at the aforementioned Evans Street Station. As it happens, that is the place we went to back in May, the very first time Chris planned a special weekend for us. After plying me with good food, wine and while waiting for dessert, he got down on one knee and presented me with this gorgeous ring:

Of course, I had to say yes! We find an incredible place to have the reception and had to choose between 9/12 and 10/31 for a wedding this year. It was an easy choice for me. Halloween is NOT the day I want my anniversary to be! So, six months to plan means a very busy spring for me. Posting may be more sporadic but I’m going to try to do something once a week at least.

The Buzzard’s Roost; Key Largo, FL

On our first full day in the Keys (12/20), it was time from some fresh seafood!

This is actually my second trip to Buzzard’s Roost. Chris and I went last year when I came down for my first Christmas with his family. I can’t remember what I had last year except that the more I think about it, the more I suspect I ordered the same thing this year.

Buzzard’s Roost has two seating options: a screened enclosure or an open-air section right next to the boat lift. We sat in the screened in area as the service is usually a little better. Buzzard’s Roost is on the ocean side of Key Largo but in a little cove for the marina so the view is mostly boats with a little water in the distance.

While I was washing my hands, Chris ordered drinks (coke products) and an appetizer of Blue Crab Cake for us. The crab cake here is made with local crab and corn then served with a housemade remoulade sauce. I liked the corn addition but I felt like this crab cake was a little heavy on the fillers and not enough on the crab meat. Overall, we agreed that the crab cake from Regatta’s in Lexington was better, thanks in part to the marmalade and also the fried-green tomato.

Chris is a big fan of the chicken salad (on a croissant) here but they also have tuna salad on croissant so he ordered that this time, with potato salad. I, opting to fill my seafood quota, went for the Lobster Reuben. Also satisfies my opulence at lunch quota probably: lobster meat in housemade mango spiked thousand island plus coleslaw on grilled rye. Yum Yum Yum.The Lobster Reuben isn’t on the regular menu but I still keep thinking its what I had last year too. Anyhow, its delicious. I would advise getting a little extra dressing just so you can taste it without the lobster and coleslaw mixed in.

Like most restaurants in the Keys, Buzzards Roost has a catch or catches of the day which can be prepared in a number of ways. They also have an assortment of other typical sandwiches like the chicken wrap. Besides the crab cake, they offer conch fritters and alligator bites on the appetizer menu. There is also a more extensive dinner menu but I’ve only been for lunch so I can’t speak to that.

Service can be a little spotty, especially on drink refills. But, any special requests are always taken care of happily.


Address: 21 Garden Cove Dr, Key Largo, FL

Reviews: Via Google
Website: With menus This site worked last week when I looked at the menu but as of 1/2/09, it was listed as “parked” at GoDaddy.