West Palm Beach to Brunswick, via Stuart

February 13, 2010 22:01 – 22:01

Before leaving the south Florida area, we hit a couple of banks and went to the Sterling Elliott Museum in Stuart. I’d been to that museum many years ago. They have several rooms of nice art, as well as many rooms of historical artifacts. They have a large garage filled with 30-40 antique cars, as well. I didn’t know it was possible to buy a Mercedes for only $4,500. Yet, in 1959, had my piggy bank been filled enough, I could have bought one.

After the museum, we went to Don Ramón’s for lunch. Karen had read that they made a decent Cuban sandwich. And she’d read correctly. I ordered the vaca frita (thin-sliced fried beef and onions), which was decent. I didn’t care for the yellow rice or black beans side dishes, though—both had unfamiliar flavorings that didn’t quite do it for me. For yellow rice, I expected saffron… but the yellow came from something else. And, I’m definitely not a fan of fried plantains. Still… they had enough Cuban and French items on the menu that I would go there again. I would order their veal Normandie next time, though. It looked really good.

After the Don’s we got onto the road for Brunswick, GA. For dinner, I asked the guy at the desk of the Country Inn & Suites where he’d recommend for seafood. He told us to go to Captain Joe’s, which is off of I95 Exit 36B. It was a good recommendation. They have a very complete salad bar, two kinds of soup (the one I tried was some kind of seafood soup with small shrimp in it—it was top notch). For entrées, we both had combinations—Karen had wild Georgia fantail shrimp and scallops (bay scallops, unfortunately, but they were good nonetheless). I had the same, plus oysters.

And GUESS what I found as I was chewing one of my oysters!!! An actual pearl! That’s a first for me. I wonder if frying damages pearls.

Tomorrow, we’ve decided to drive another 400 miles or so to Rocky Mount, NC. That way, we should arrive home in the early afternoon on Monday—hopefully before any additional snow accumulates, but more importantly so that we can deal with the shoveling in the daylight. Monday’s home forecast calls for snow and then rain and snow. Shoveling snow is oh-so-much-fun in the rain.

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