Monday, February 27, 2017
- Breakfast with Bob (Dayna's dad) usually means a trip to Flakowitz Bakery & Restaurant
in Boynton Beach. We came here three times during this visit and I think a formal review is in order!
We started out with a gratis plate of their delicious squares of housemate marble cake. Love this stuff. It's moist and has a nice ribbon of chocolate in it. Bob said they don't give it out to solo diners, just to tables of two or more people (if I remember correctly).
Most breakfast orders/plates come with a choice of bread (bagel, toast, english muffin, etc) but they don't come on a separate plate. They come altogether in one basket and then each person just grabs what they ordered. A different presentation than most places but it worked for us.
My tomato & cheddar omelet with a side of housemate corned beef hash. The omelet was just ok but that hash is some serious stuff. They make their own corned beef and it's all in the taste. I think that next year I'll just get a plate of it with a couple of poached eggs on top.
I had a bowl of grits on the side which I liked but I'm certainly no expert.
The bakery. I picked up a half loaf of country white bread, sliced, to take back to Bob's apartment which I toasted with some peanut butter early each morning as a snack to get my appetite revved up for the day. Some of the best bread I have had in a while. Seriously.
So many pastries...
Knishes anyone? They have a full appetizing counter with just about every kind of fish you can think of.
A very sweet letter to Flakowitz.
And a touching poem.
We spent the rest of the afternoon just hanging out at the apartment and I went down the street to the community pool to do some laps. We ended up having dinner an a nice upscale place named Josef's Table in a strip mall in Boca Raton with Dayna's aunt & uncle. It didn't seem like a place for picture taking so I left the camera in my pocket. Tuesday, February 28, 2017
- Back to Flakowitz
for breakfast #2! We arrived to find a line and after about 15 minutes we were seated close to 10:45am. They begin serving lunch at 11:00am and since it was so close, they let me order from the lunch menu (though they didn't have any soups available yet).
I started out with what was listed on the menu as a "New York Egg Cream" and while it was tasty the whipped cream on top and drizzle of chocolate syrup just didn't work for me. On a milkshake? Maybe. But I'm a purist and for me an egg cream should be three simple ingredients: ice cold milk, fizzy seltzer water and chocolate syrup (preferably Fox's U-Bet brand), in the right proportions and mixed properly.
One of the day's specials was twin mini brisket sandwiches with a latke. The brisket really was meltingly tender and the cup of aus jus just amped up the flavor. A nice, crispy latke with applesauce set it off nicely. I passed on the slaw but the pickle was pretty good.
A great way to work off that huge lunch was a trip to The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
in Delray Beach, FL. In the early 20th century, group of people from Japan emigrated to what is now Boca Raton in an attempt to start a farming community known as the Yamato Colony. George S. Morikami was one of the last surviving member of the colony and had donated 140 acres of land he had acquired over many years to be used as a park and museum as a way to honor the Yamato Colony and the people who had begun a new life here in Florida.
The trees here are just lovely.
There are many benches along the paths to sit, take in the view and just be.
...all along the path.
Even some trees bent over to create a tunnel of sorts.
Not the best photo (I was really struggling with the sunlight and shadows) but I love the Monty Python quote!
So many different styles of Japanese gardens on display from various eras. Early Rock Garden (early Muromachi Period, 14th century).
Looks like a pineapple trying to grow from the side of this tree!
Late Rock Garden (Muromachi Period, 15th century).
This design is most familiar to me, from the shops in malls that sell miniature versions forepeople to use on their desk at work for de-stressing. We sat here for a bit and just took it in. There were many other people there but no one was really talking, just soaking in the view. So quiet and peaceful.
I see a face in the middle of this rock that reminds me of Ben Grimm aka "The Thing" from The Fantastic Four! Does anyone else see it?
Hiraniwa Flat Garden (Edo Period, 17th - 18th centuries).
I love the raked lines in this garden. There's a symmetry to it that just feels right to me.
This is Hotei, the resident god of happiness of the gardens.
Just a sampling from such a lovely garden. I never knew this before but "bonsai" can mean any tree that is artistically shaped and cultivated in a container. The more you know...
I tried to catch this bird in flight. The wingspan is quite impressive!
Some history on the Museum and Gardens.
This building has on display various elements in the daily life of people in Japan Not too many of my photos came out very well but here are some. I love this wooden unit.
Apparently, Kit Kats are HUGE in Japan!
Some interesting flavors.
This sounds so good.
Not sure this would be a big seller in the U.S. market.Ayersian
and Amy Briesch
, I thought of you both when I saw this list!
I forget what this is but I feel like I should know...
I never can resist a waterfall shot.
Of everything I saw in the Museum and Gardens today, this was the most special. The babbling brook sounds, the scent of the moving water and the overall look of this triggered a wonderful memory for me of the creek (or "crik", as we used to call it) down the street from my house that I spent countless hours in with my friends, skipping stones, catching minnows, building dams, exploring tunnels and so much more. Such happy days.
This was a great exhibit. Unfortunately, no photo taking allowed inside. I love art deco and many of then pictures, advertisements, painting and fashions on display really reminded me of the opening scene at the nightclub in Shanghai in "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom". I know, I know, wrong country, but the look and feel just seemed very similar to me.
After such a delightful and educational walk (sorry for that distraction, ChiTownDiner, there IS some food coming up soon!!) we made our way down to Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL for dinner at the Aruba Beach Cafe
with Bob's friends Auggie & Liz.
Bob and (not) the Gorton's fisherman.
This place had a great vibe with a mix of tourists, locals and college students and our table was right by the beach with an excellent ocean view. Of course, ole' Billyboy forgot to get a photo of it! We started out with a order of "Bimini" bread for the table. Bob, Auggie and Liz have been here before and said we should try it. Warm and glazed with honey on top, it was a great way to start the meal.
Dayna's Key West Fried Shrimp were plump, juicy and the crust had an audible crunch.
I went with the Blackened Seafood Trio of scallops & shrimp on a skewer and a filet of mahi mahi. Really intense flavor without overwhelming the natural taste of the seafood. The black beans & rice and steamed vegetables were a nice counterpoint. That's it for this night. Much more to come...