Today's souvenir bribe, I mean giveaway, is something else fun I found at the Door County Coffee & Tea Co. It's these two sample packets of chai, one each of the Green Tea Chai and the Chocolate Chai from Big Train, Inc. I'm usually a little nervous about chai powdered mixes since I've had some that were too watery, but these tasted nice and rich. I sampled the green tea flavor first and it was so delicious, I couldn't imagine the chocolate could taste any better. Well, it did, but just a bit! I absolutely loved these drinks and if you're a chai fan, I'll bet you will as well. So if you'd like to try them, just leave a comment to today's blog post before tomorrow at 7 a.m. EST and I'll have these headed your way!
I believe most people enjoy trying new food and drinks -- I say "most" because I do have a friend whose husband will hardly eat anywhere but Cracker Barrel on the road -- and when I'm on a trip I always prefer to eat somewhere new. During our visit to Door County, one morning we traveled up the peninsula to Sister Bay for a Swedish breakfast at the famous Al Johnson's Restaurant. I've never had Swedish meatballs and toast with lingonberry jam for breakfast before, and it was delicious! The meatballs were rich and thick, and the lingonberry jam reminded me of cranberries but with just a little something different. Fun! In addition to its Swedish menu, the restaurant is known for the grass growing on its roof and ...
... for the goats who like to graze there! The goats were camped out in this spot while we were there, and a waitress told us that overcast mornings like the one we experienced confuse the goats. They think when it gets dark they are supposed to go "home" to their housing behind the restaurant. After learning that, I was just glad to get proof they do indeed visit the roof!
One evening in Fish Creek, we experienced a meal Alex had been anticipating (me too, for that matter), a Door County Fish Boil. Have any of you northern friends (or travelers) ever been to a Fish Boil? I was quite intrigued! Here is my plate of Lake Michigan White Fish, boiled new potatoes, boiled Texas sweet onions, and cole slaw. I had tea to drink, of course, although I'm getting used to having it arrive unsweetened and then adding sweetener when up north.
Door County is also known for its cherries (who knew?), so everyone gets a piece of cherry pie with their Fish Boil meal at Pelletier's where we ate.
The white fish is obtained fresh locally and cooked over fire, a very unique fire!
Potatoes and then the fish are lowered into the kettle in wire baskets. Once the fish are in, the cook waits for the fish oils to rise to the top.
It all awaits the magic moment when the cook dramatically yells "Boilover!", throws kerosene or fuel oil on the fire and the massive flames appear, causing the fish oils to boil over the side of the pot. It is quite a sight to behold, and the result is the tasty meal shown above!
If any pyromaniacs, or the simply curious, are reading today and would like to see a brief video of the final moments of a Fish Boil, visit my YouTube video here!