Those of you have been following our journey for years now know that a very integral slice ( no pun intended) of our exploration – wherever we land – has to do with FOOD! I haven’t been focusing too much on edible experiences this summer, but having visited several new eating establishments during the past few weeks, I thought I would share some highlights!
After golf last week at Pinecroft Golf Club, we drove to the small town of Elberta to dine at The Cabbage Shed. True to its name, the building had opened in 1867 as the town’s first general merchandise store/post office, and by 1930 was functioning as a warehouse packed floor to ceiling with – you guessed it – cabbage! The restaurant houses a beautiful bar and a delightful seating area on the back porch. The Cabbage Shed is known for its “Bloody Mary Bar” which is available every day from 11a.m. and features embellishments such as asparagus, shrimp, and bacon, in addition to the more traditional accoutrements!
Although the bloody marys looked amazing, we opted for beer and vodka! We tried the “Voodoo Shrimp” as a shared starter and then we both had their whitefish, deliciously coated in a Parmesan/Panko crust. Both dishes were wonderful and the waitstaff was extremely pleasant and attentive even though they shared that they were short-staffed. The Cabbage Shed is definitely a “go back to” place!
After another day of golf at Pinecroft, Bob, who works there (he’s also a blogger!), shared Rock’s Landing with us. Although he had not been there yet, the word on the street was that the restaurant, just opening this past June, was in a beautiful location and was becoming quite popular. It certainly must be as we attempted to secure a reservation Wednesday or Thursday, but couldn’t get one until Friday! Located directly on Crystal Lake, the restaurant is actually a home that has been renovated – a mixture of old and new. There is more seating outside on the porch than inside, and diners cannot help but exhale as they view the amazingly clear lake and inhale as they experience some delectable cuisine! The menu is set up to include small plates to share and then larger plates, which we found were very shareable as well. They serve a nice variety of beer and wine, along with 4 signature cocktails, or any drink that can be made from any of the listed ingredients in the special cocktails. I thought that was interesting as I had never seen that before. Honestly, I was hoping for a dirty martini, but although they had vodka, olive juice was not available. No worries, though, Pinot Noir always works! Rock’s Landing is certainly an enjoyable spot as well.
We decided to share the scallops small plate and then I ordered the grouper, served in a curry broth you could just eat like a soup. Bill chose the gnocchi, served with mushrooms and lemon zest which were actually to die for! We topped dinner off with their pecan tart dessert and coffee. It is such a beautiful spot, we just kept eating and drinking to avoid having to leave!
Finally, today we rallied early and traveled to Beulah to play golf at Crystal Lake Golf Course. We work at three today, but played an enjoyable 9 holes and then stopped to try breakfast at Cold Creek Inn. We have been there several times for apres-golf drinks and a late lunch but we had never tried their breakfast. It was absolutely delightful this morning so we chose the outside dining area, and feasted on eggs, bacon, and toast for me, while Bill chose the “go big or go home” option of the Cold Creek skillet! Of course I “helped” him out a tad and we both enjoyed a wonderful brunch!
And for those of you who think that I never ever cook, I just want you to know that this past Monday, Bill and I hosted all of the workampers here at Indigo Bluffs to a lasagna feast! Friends brought apps and dessert, and we enjoyed time together outside of our RV resort responsibilities. A good time was had by all!
Stay Calm and Travel On…