Doral , tiles and dinner parties !

The indispensable Nicole Butcher at Seacor .....

This week I had to take a quick trip to Florida to choose tile for a couple of our projects and check out some kitchen details as well …… This visit I decided to stay at the Sonesta Hotel again – right at the end of Sunrise Blvd in Fort Lauderdale. It is a while since I stayed here and it was a delight to be back there.

This is not a sight you see in Eleuthera thank goodness !
This is not a sight you see in Eleuthera thank goodness !

Monday lunchtime I landed and hit the ground running – first a trip to Ikea – a few bits and pieces to pick up as well as ordering stuff to be delivered the next day for shipping home – followed by a much needed trip to the beauty salon  – well you have to keep up with these things !

Loved this idea in Ikea - pages from a book framed and hung as a block......
Loved this idea in Ikea – pages from a book framed and hung as a block……

For the tile I drove down to Doral to USA Tile and Marble. I have visited them before – but not for a couple of years so it was time to check out what was available. They have a huge selection of tiles and I found everything I needed for 3 different projects aided by the almost psychic Vivian ! I just have to start to describe what I want and she immediately takes me to it ….  Then on to Aventura Mall for a few bits and pieces and a visit to another branch of USA Tile when I realized that in all the excitement I had forgotten to source one more tile…..

This is a great option for a different kind of splash back
This is a great option for a different kind of splash back

On Wednesday I dropped off some paperwork to Seacor – who ship all our stuff to Eleuthera – and managed to get a quick picture with Nicole Butcher – the absolute star who handles all our shipments….. After that a visit to DCOTA – the Design Center Of The Americas to pick out some fabric samples then off to the airport and home ……

The indispensable Nicole Butcher at Seacor .....
The indispensable Nicole Butcher at Seacor …..

I love entertaining friends and having them over to Colman Towers for dinner but sometimes during a working week it can be a lot of extra work – that is it used to be a lot of work until Angelika opened Bacchus Fine Foods ! I am not very good at deserts and don’t really bother with them myself – but a lot of friends love a great sweet treat at the end of the meal so now I just visit BFF and pick a few from their great selection ! Last week we had some great friends round for dinner and I know that Lesley is one of those people who will look at the desert menu first and then choose her main course accordingly – so I got a great selection, baklava , individual tiramisu, chocolate fondant cake and a fruity berry tart. A little whipped cream and away we go !

Lovely appetizers courtesy of BFF
Lovely appetizers courtesy of BFF

Appetisers are also now courtesy of BFF. I did a selection of smoked salmon, prosciutto, mozzarella tomato and basil bites and lovely olives. All I had to do was arrange it !  I made a fish pie for the main course – grouper , lobster, salmon and shrimp all poached individually in white wine then popped in a large serving dish along with sautéed leeks and mushrooms while I made a lightly cheese flavored sauce with the poaching liquid from the fish. This is then simply warmed through in the oven and served with puff pastry lids – just take a sheet of thawed out puff pastry from Burrows Food Store and cut into large circles and bake in a medium hot oven for 15 minutes until puffed up and golden. We had tiny little potatoes – labelled Amazing potatoes – from BFF along with asparagus , leeks and peas all tossed together with a little butter and lemon juice – it was a great meal if I say so myself and all I really had to do was the main course !

Delicious deserts also courtesy of BFF
Delicious deserts also courtesy of BFF

It is such a delight when a new store or venture opens up here in Eleuthera and we are so thankful that Angelika has now realized her dream – and in doing it is making other peoples dreams come true !!

The aftermath and realizing that in my haste to get stuck in to the fish pie I had forgotten to take any pictures !
The aftermath and realizing that in my haste to get stuck in to the fish pie I had forgotten to take any pictures !

6 thoughts on “Doral , tiles and dinner parties !

  1. And she Cooks too!!!
    Wow, delicious! ! Regards from Susan, Judy and Joe from LI, NY.
    Missing our second home!

    1. How lovely to hear from you – hope you are all well – your second home is always here and waiting for you !

    1. Yes – I love that backsplash as well – it would need sealing for sure…… Do try BFF – I know you will be hooked like me ! Great to hear from you….

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