Best Desserts in St. Augutine, FL

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You guys know me – I have a major sweet tooth! After our delicious dinner at The Floridian, I knew I wanted to bring home some dessert for later. What I didn’t know is that I was about to accidentally go on a bit of a dessert crawl in search of the best desserts in St. Augustine, FL.

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I spotted these chewy-looking bars on the way into The Floridian and couldn’t resist snagging one to enjoy later. They were very similar to “magic bars” with lots of chocolate and coconut. Mmm…

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We headed closer to the water, just meandering around, and wound up at A1A Ale Works, which was a recommendation from Food Blog Forum by Julie @ The Little Kitchen.

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We didn’t intend to go here for dessert – we came for the beer!

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I was ready to check out one of their drafts when I noticed that they make their own root beer. It’s not every day you find homemade root beer (which I love!), so I decided to try that for a bit of a liquid dessert. The root beer was light and refreshing, perfect for the hot summer night.

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Hubby got real beer.

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After our liquid refreshment, we continued down the waterfront towards the fort.

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I started mapping dessert options on my phone and realized that we were right at one of the tourist streets that seemed to have many of the best.

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Fudge Buckets was our first stop.

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I’ve always been a fan of fudge, but these guys had the most unique fudge flavors I’ve ever seen, including Red Wine…

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…Root Beer Float…

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…and my favorite – Dark Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt. *drool*

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Not only does Fudge Buckets have a slew of unique flavors, their packaging is pretty fab, too. The fudge is served up in small “buckets”, so they’re easy to transport and enjoy.

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We had a great time chatting with Michelle of Fudge Buckets about all of her delicious fudge. Okay, we had a great time tasting what seemed like almost all of them, too! And we brought home 5 buckets of fudge for later.

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Side note – right next to this place was The Hyppo, which has gourmet popsicles. I wanted to try one, but once night fell it was pretty cool outside. I’ve heard great things about their popsicles, so stop by and let me know what you think!

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I wasn’t looking for more dessert at this point, but when I saw that Bon Ami had French Macarons, I had to scope it out.

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Inside, a beautiful rainbow of macaron flavors.

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I quickly selected 6 to take home, with flavors ranging from Earl Grey to Birthday Cake.

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And for our final stop, we swung by Columbia Restaurant, a recommendation from one of the girls at the Whole Foods brunch. We’ll have to come back for dinner, but on this occasion, we were in search of something sweet.

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We quickly discovered the White Chocolate Bread Pudding – (from the menu) “Our dad and grandfather’s favorite dessert,simply put, this is the best bread pudding that we have tasted anywhere we have ever visited. Our version is made with white chocolate, La Segunda Central Bakery Cuban bread, Sunny Florida Dairy milk and Florida eggs, topped with a rich Don Casimiro Classic Silver rum sauce.

Uhh…yes, please! This was exactly what we were looking for when we set out on our accidental dessert crawl. The others could be enjoyed later, but for something hot and now – this bread pudding was the ticket. I’d never seen a white chocolate bread pudding before, and it was a nice surprise. I loved the play on this classic dessert.

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With full stomachs (and shopping bags), we headed back towards Flagler College and to the B&B.

Next time – breakfast at the B&B!

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Check out the previous posts from our Florida trip here:

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By the way, sorry these posts are taking so long to get up. The stomach bug on vacay really set me back, and I’ve recently started a new project at work that has me on lock down. It’s tough when you can’t do anything with the blog or email from 8am-6pm (or even 8pm most days) I already have some yummy, summer recipes to share with you guys, so I’m hoping to get through these vacation posts pretty quickly so I can get those recipes posted! Thanks for reading!

Epcot Fireworks and Churros at the Magic Kingdom {Orlando, FL}

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Our dinner at Restaurant Marrakesh ended just in time for us to catch the Epcot closing fireworks. There is a mini clip of the fireworks at the end of the video I made for that last post. Here are some of my favorite photos of the fireworks in action:

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I wanted to stay longer, but the park was closing. Luckily, the Magic Kingdom was open pretty late. So, we filed out with the rest of the crowd and took a very slow trip back to the transportation center and then to Magic Kingdom. Till we meet again, Epcot!

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When we arrived at the Magic Kingdom, there was a special show going on at Cinderella’s castle. They created all types of different scenes by casting different lights on the buildings.

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It was pretty neat, but we didn’t watch long. We wanted to go on a ride! We decided to hit up The Haunted Mansion, which is one of my childhood favorites. The line was pretty short, so I was thinking we’d be able to do a couple more rides before heading home. Unfortunately, we saw lightning above and started feeling rain drops trickling down.

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So, we looked for dessert instead. I grew up eating these churros at Disney, so they’re sort of a tradition for me. I look for them every time I’m at the Magic Kingdom. I really need to try a homemade churro recipe sometime! Anywho, hubby and I each enjoyed one of these cinnamon-sugar-covered treats.

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And while we noshed on the churros, we watched a night time parade pass by.

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We considered braving the (potential) rain, but ultimately, we were pretty tired. So, we made one more pass by Cinderalla’s castle and then took a small boat across the lake back to our hotel.

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We had enjoyed a full and wonderful day, but it was time for sleep. We still had many more Florida adventures ahead!

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Catching up? Here are some previous posts from our Florida trip:

Next time – my last Food Blog Forum post all about brunch!

Thanks for reading!

HLS or Bust (Check!)

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It was touch and go today, but Katie and I just wrapped up our epic road trip to HLS. Phew! It went a little longer than we expected thanks to a crazy storm working it’s way across the East coast, but I’m home safe and sound. Yesssss…

I have lots more photos and notes from HLS Saturday to share, but for now, it’s time for bed! I have to work tomorrow!

If you didn’t read it already, you can click here to view the post I wrote about our brunch in DC and the HLS cocktail party.

G’night!

HLS or Bust (Pit Stop DC)

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Things got a little hectic this morning at the Chic house. Even with all my pre-planning, I just had a lot to do last minute to get ready for HLS. Mostly, I spent the morning making goodies to share with my blends at HLS. I wanted to wait until the last minute to bake everything so it would be as fresh as possible for the conference.

All in all, I:

  • packed (I had most of my stuff laid out but actually packed it up this morning)
  • baked several batches of both sugar and chocolate chip cookie dough balls, including one extra batch
  • decorated sugar cookie dough balls
  • baked Chic bars
  • packed my Chic-a-roons
  • blogged
  • checked email
  • made a Green Monster smoothie

Here’s a sneak peek of the goods…

Dough balls (sugar cookie and chocolate chip)

Chic-a-roons (made these for my roomies)

The sugar cookie dough balls…with the frosting this time (in TCL blue!).

Plus, I made Chic bars. Mmm

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Katie came by around 11:30am and we hit the road for HLS! HLS or bust baby!

We had a lot of your tips in order: lots of music and def lots of healthy snacks! No books or podcasts since we were so busy chit-chatting. ;)

We made a quick stop in Durham for lunch. I promised Katie it was a foodie town with a focus on local foods, and we found a cute local spot for eats. This restaurant was a bit further off the highway than fast food joints, but so worth the extra 10-ish minutes!

The restaurant was International Delights right near Duke University campus. Katie and I were really excited since we both love Mediterranean food.

We both got the International plate (falafel, hummus, foul mouddamas, tabbouleh, and pita). It was wonderful!

Homemade baklava. We got one on the house (before they found out we were food bloggers…just because they’re so nice there).

Thanks International Delights for the yummy eats! That was the best pit stop we could have had! :)

Soon enough, we passed Richmond.

Most of the trip looked like this – semi-busy roads – lots of green trees.

And not before too long, we were in DC! Check out the rainbow beside the monument!

I loved seeing all the DC landmarks – Lincoln Memorial – the Monument. I just wish I had time to stay and site see!

After meeting up with Katie’s friends and changing, we headed out for dinner.

Katie’s fabulous friends took us to one of their favorite DC spots – Zaytinya.

From their web site:

Zaytinya offers an innovative mezze menu inspired by Turkish, Greek and Lebanese cuisines served up in a sleek and modern setting.

We got lots of this yummy, pita-like bread.

“Brussel sprouts, coriander seed, barberries, garlic yogurt.”

“Sautéed shrimp, dill, shallots, mustard, lemon juice.”

A Date with Rose (cocktail) – “Chairman’s Reserve Rum, Date Syrup, Almond Foam”.

And a mini chocolate Turkish cake (with cardamom) for dessert.

Everything was so delicious! Yum!

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Katie and I have a short (ish) drive to Philly tomorrow. We’re going to play things by ear and leave whenever we want, but we’ll be in Philly in time for tomorrow’s cocktail party for sure!

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Reader question: What types of eats do you do on road trips? Do you eat out? Pack your own food?

How to Have a Cheesy Beach Trip

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Of all the greatest questions on earth, I’m sure you’ve asked yourself, “Self, how exactly does one have a cheesy beach trip?”

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Luckily for you, I have the answer!

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(But first, please admire this TCL blue mug used at breakfast!) Smile

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Enjoy the obligatory hotel-on-the-beach breakfast buffet.

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But remember to Veg-Up and eat your fruits and veggies, too.

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Spend lots of QT at the beach (but be safe and use sun screen or take time in the shade if needed)

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(now here’s where it starts getting cheesy)

Get matching hemp anklets, but make sure you each pick your favorite color…sort of like super heroes – matching, but unique.

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Cruise “the strip.”

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Get a tattoo.

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Or better yet…a henna tattoo.

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Make lots of beach snacks, like Michael’s homemade guacamole.

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And nachos. Nachos are great beach food.

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Last, but not least…please be sure to get matching shirts. Bonus points if you get something either a.) printed or b.) spray painted onto the shirts.

Please be sure to check my Facebook page for hermit crab updates. Winking smile

What’s the cheesiest thing you’ve done on a beach vacation?

New Pet & Italian at the Beach

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Did you guess correctly from my previous post?

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The first thing we did when we got to the beach was purchase a new pet – a hermit crab!

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Isn’t she cute? It is undetermined at this point who exactly will take the crab home, but I’m thinking it’s Megan.

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Of course, a trip to the beach was next on the list. We got to the beach around 2 pm, so after hotel check in, shopping, and settling in, we had a good couple hours of sunlight.

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Being the food geek that I am, I offered to research restaurants and found this neat little Italian place called Ciao after extensive google searching and restaurant review web site scoping.

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Ciao had stellar reviews, and what I primarily learned was:

  • Make a reservation no matter what night of the week it is
  • The restaurant is small (it is! I think they have 20 tables?)
  • The walnut ravioli is popular
  • The food is awesome

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I found the reviews to be true. Since I called the restaurant around 5pm for a dinner reservation, I wasn’t sure if we’d make the cut. We barely got the last minute reservation, but everything worked out. Hazzah!

The interior of the restaurant was super cute! Very cozy and romantic. I think the place would be good for a date night or evening with friends.

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The bread was wonderful and was served nice and warm with a crusty outside and tender inside.

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Especially dipped in this yummy herb oil (perhaps pesto?).

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I shared eats with Erica because we are food sharing soul mates.

We go the shrimp over polenta cakes for an appetizer. Not only were they beautiful, but they tasted great, too.

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We were torn between several entrees but ended up splitting the Chicken Ciao (chicken with zucchini, roasted red pepper, mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce) and doing a share charge to get an extra salad (which I forgot to photograph).

The salad was awesome – definitely get the homemade Italian dressing!

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We also got a side of spaghetti marinara for a side. Loved that marinara sauce – simple but delish!

I’m so glad I did my online research because the reviewers, like usual, were right! Ciao Italian restaurant was a real winner. I know it seems a bit silly to eat Italian (and not seafood) whilst at the beach, but trust me…it’s worth it!

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After dinner, we hit up the grocery store to stock up for the rest of the week. We have eats for two lunches, one dinner, and enough water to last the rest of the trip. Score!

Reader question: Do you prefer to cook food or eat out when you travel? While many hotels/rentals typically have kitchen goods, I usually prefer to just eat out. Although I love to cook, I guess I’m just more comfortable doing so at my house. Winking smile

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