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    • First of the season WA apple crop is in and it's going to be a good year.  The long hot summer didn't seem to hurt the apples, and how were back into cool nights and days and the apples seem to be getting really sweet.  You'd think being in apple country would keep our prices down, but some of the varietals like the Honey Crisp and newer apples are still at $3.95 a pound.  Too much in my view but they are delicious.
      In any case, this is my first of many Apple Tarte Tatins.  This year I cut the apples differently.  I usually just peel, core and cut them either in half or in quarters to put in the skillet.  This time I cut them on my apple peeler and corer gadget, then let them fan out in the caramel.  Looks interesting for presentation and the end result is apples more tender than usual.  Now I have to make another one with the apples cut like I usually do to do a taste comparison.

      Our Apple Cook-Off below includes a post with my recipe for Apple Tarte Tatin.
    • A morning spent hiking around and up to the top of a lighthouse earned us a nice lunch.  Lighthouse view

      We walked over to a nearby hotel for lunch.  The Reefs

      Drinks, because hiking earns drinks in my world

      Conch fritters

      Snapper sandwich

      Mahi tacos

      View from our table

      Dinner was a return to the Ocean Club


      Rockfish with banana

      Rockfish with lavender thyme lava salt


      Mini ice cream cones
      Ha that happened to us too, in 2011 I think.  We were the last plane to land before the storm caused the airport to close.  It was wild when we got up the next morning: our room faced the harbor and it did not seem like anything was happening.  Then we went to the ocean side of the hotel and the wind and waves were crazy!  Luckily the storm blew out quickly and the rest of our vacation was lovely.
      Light photos from yesterday.  We walked on the beach trail down to my favorite beach, Warwick Long Bay, with the intention of coming back up on the road and having lunch at the South Shore Swizzle Inn.

      Unfortunately we ended up walking in the wrong direction and ended up back at our resort haha.  Grilled shrimp wrap from the Beach Cabana:

      Dinner was at the Waterlot Inn, one of the oldest restaurants on the island.  It's been around in some form or another since 1610.  We shared a tart made of local Bermuda onions for our starter.  

      For mains I got the fish sampler, which was tuna, salmon, and grouper.  My husband had a waygu steak.  This is an a la carte restaurant so for sides we shared some sautéed spinach and truffled mac and cheese.  Too full for dessert, though they did give us some chocolate covered sea salt caramels.  They are in the fridge for later.

      Everything was tasty but don't go here if you are on a budget.  The bill was punishingly expensive.
    • A White Palmetto of sorts: agricole blanc, vermouth blanc, mole bitters, orange twist.
      A bit thin in texture, some interesting fruit flavors in there (pear first, then mango?), but my unimpressed wife said it tastes a bit like a shoe-repair store, and I think I glimpsed what she was talking about. 
      I think every rum agricole drink I've had starts shakily but gains a star rating by the time I finish it.
      Fried potato and cheese pancake from Six Seasons.
      There is a reason that I'm showing you this still in the pan.  I knew without a doubt that any attempt to remove it from the pan would not end well.  There is a reason you are advised to read a recipe!   This one called for a nonstick pan.  Missed that part. This is a very well seasoned cast iron pan but it was not quite up to a mixture of cheese, onion and potato.  But it was very good and I enjoyed it with some tomato chutney. (The pancake not the cast-iron pan.)
       Edited for clarification after I read it through and wondered if I would've broken my teeth on the cast-iron pan.