Thursday, April 30, 2015

Derby News

 It's Kentucky Derby week and our newspapers
are full of all sorts of Derby tips and tidbits. 
From the field of horses running, 

 to  an article about Ryan Seacrest's TV backdrop of
3000 red roses designed by a Lexington florist.
Watch for this when Seacrest interviews celebrities
in front of the backdrop on Saturday. 
Of course Derby attire is always a hot topic in 
Kentucky newspapers.  

Monday, April 27, 2015

Kentucky Derby Afternoon Tea at Boone Tavern Hotel

 We are just one week from the Kentucky Derby.  
The Derby Festival officially began a few days ago. 
Folks in Louisville and the state of Kentucky are celebrating. 
Boone Tavern Hotel held their 2nd Annual Derby Afternoon Tea yesterday.
Our family and neighbors, Joyce and Mary K. enjoyed a lovely afternoon.

The tea service began with a choice of 
Boone Tavern Blend 
English Breakfast Decaf 
Earl Gray 
Strawberry Kiwi

A "spoon" of Boone Tavern's specialty, Southern Spoonbread
was served to begin the afternoon tea.
 The first course was served plated and Chef Liz described the foods. 
Derby Bourbon Shrimp
Roasted Chicken Salad Tart
Toast Pints with Kentucky Beer Cheese
garnished with Carrot and Celery Ribbons
Kentucky Hot Brown Bite
Horsey Deviled Egg

The Scone and Desserts were served on the three-tier server
Again, Chef Liz described the menu items.

Country Ham, Cheddar, and Chive Scone
served with Savory Boone Tavern Cream
Mini Race Day Pie (aka Derby Pie)
Bourbon Ball
White and Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberry
Woodford Berries and Cream
Mint Julep Mousse Cup

Chef Liz received applause after describing the beautiful desserts.
Below, my gluten free version of the same foods everyone else ate.
Everything on my plates were made with gluten free products. 

Below: Haley with her mother and grandmother.
You may recognize Haley from my Austria, Germany and Switzerland photos. 
Valerie and Rachel, tea servers
who did a fantastic job keeping tea cups filled and more!

The Kentucky Derby festivities will continue all
week with various events.
The race, known as "The Run for the Roses"
is always held the first Saturday in May.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Last Cup of Tea in Germany

 Our last opportunity to sit and enjoy a cup of tea in 
Germany was in Heidelberg while the group had free time
for shopping and sightseeing along the river.
Again, a plea to American restaurant owners, please learn
how to serve a mug of hot water for tea making. 
The saucer on top keeps the water hot.
After the tea bag (sachet) brews the tea, the saucer
is used to hold the wet tea bag.  
Sweetener for the tea in the photo below. 
Glenn's Apple Strudel 
My cheesecake below. 
(Cheese cake is GF, but the crust is not)

Glenn and I were so glad we had free time in each of the 
major cities we visited in Austria, Germany and Switzerland
so that we could enjoy tea time. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Spring Break 2015 - Heidelberg

Have you been able to keep up with our Spring Break itinerary. 
Don't worry, many of the group couldn't keep up with it.  
We flew to Vienna Austria, toured for 2 days then traveled by bus
to Germany, back to Austria, then through Liechtenstein,
to Switzerland, and back to Germany where we departed from Frankfurt. 
We departed our hotel in Lucerne on Saturday, April 4th
and drove north toward Germany.  The first stop was at 
Rhine Falls (Rheinfall) Switzerland the largest "plain" waterfall in Europe.  

The next stop was in the heart of the Black Forest of  Germany
 for cuckoo clock demonstrations, lunch, and shopping at Hofgut Sternen.
 And, in my opinion, the best food on the entire trip! 
 Ian above, Abi and Haley below
Our group "splurged" for lunch to celebrate the birthday of 
Percy, below sitting on the right. 

Heidelberg Castle below. 

 Beautiful views of Heidelberg and the river from the castle. 

The last dinner in Heidelberg with new friends. 

Below: Sunday, April 5th departure from the hotel.
Everyone was ready to head home.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Spring Break 2015 - Swiss Macarons

Before departing Lucerne, I purchased Luxemburgerli Swiss macarons
at Bachmann Bakery. 
 These are small macarons, and were 
the most delicious I have ever tasted!  
I didn't buy the chocolate, but I bought 3 each
of all the flavors available.  I shared them on the bus. 
Some of the students from KY, NY, and PA were willing to try one, 
and some were not.  The deal was - I'll share my delicious
macarons with you, if you'll allow me to post your photo
on my blog.  

Austin (below) was the first.

 Some were a little more sceptical...
 and others were more cooperative. 
 But they all declared the macarons to be delicious! 


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