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Friday, August 9, 2013

Toscana Italian Bistro in Myrtle Beach, SC

This sweet little Toscana Italian Bistro is a must do in the Myrtle Beach, SC area. Located on King's Highway which runs parallel with Ocean Blvd you can hardly miss it. However, if by chance you pass by a strip mall with a long line of hungry tourists waiting outside, you've gone too far. The locals know to make reservations. Reservations are recommended (not because this place is snooty rather, the place is so cozy and small), but we got there just before 6pm and lucked out.

For starters we had a huge plate of Fried Calamari with a wonderful homemade marinara sauce. We also had the Escargot which was based in a creamy white sauce. Different, but delicious. We both chose soup over salad to go with our meal. Again, different with an egg drop, spinach, chicken broth thing going on but, a good choice. Our entrees were Eggplant Parmigiana and Crema Di Gorgonzola Con Aragosta. Both, served with homemade penne, were very large portions and absolutely divine! The garlic bread was also homemade with just the right amount of garlic and a spunky dipping sauce.

The service was impeccable and a sweet little Italian lady kept coming around to check if everything was OK. Sort of a rarity where I come from... Oh, and the highlight of our meal, Limoncello Cake. To Di for!










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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Luxury Gone Wild at Marriott Resort & Spa on Myrtle Beach

Recently while visiting my son in the Charlotte area, we skipped on down to the Marriott Resort & Spa on the beautiful Atlantic in Myrtle Beach, SC. The room with a view was perfect, the service staff delightful, and the food and drinks were spectacular! Don't you just love those reward programs!!!



Leaving our gorgeous room and moving on down to the main area we ordered Melon Coladas and Mediterranean Tapas from the Marriott's Ocean Blu Café. Why do those fruity drinks go so well with the ocean... And, the pita bread, hummus dip, Greek olives, and chopped tomatoes were to Di for! They were also deliciously accented with something I would not have thought of, caramelized onions. Yummy!

So, now that we're back in the real world, I would like to share my fave recipe for caramelized onions...try it.  And, do try the wonderful resort and spa at the Marriott in Myrtle Beach! It is luxury gone wild!!!

How to caramelize onions:
2 large onions peeled & sliced in rounds
Salt & pepper to taste
A sprinkle of sugar
Oil for frying

Place all into a large sauté pan. Simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes or so until soft and dark in color. The trick to perfect caramelization is keeping the onions moist by adding a little water, if   necessary. Yummy with Mediterranean Tapas and lots of stuff like homemade pizza pie!