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Tropical Shrimp Salads 
Jul. 18, 2012 11:46 am 
Updated: Jul. 20, 2012 11:43 pm
It's hot and I've been busy.  Busy with the restaurant and busy having fun.  After all, it is summer and I believe in having fun in the summer.  Heck - I believe in having fun all year long!

Have I been cooking much?  Nope. Not really.  It's too hot to cook.  I made huge tropical shrimp salads on Monday.  I was proud of our low-calorie dinner.  Then we went out for ice cream.  Like I said - it's hot.  We had to do something to cool off!  The salads were copied from Bill's Restaurant on Chincoteague Island, Virginia.  I found a jar of their delicious honey-mustard dressing in my cupboard and knew we just had to have the salad.  I used large shrimp that I sprinkled with garlic and herb old bay seasoning and then cooked in a skillet drizzled with olive oil.  I let the shrimp cool and then put them over a bed of greens, cucumber, tomato and mushroom which had already been topped with a good-sized helping of tropical fruits.  Things like pineapple, papaya, mango, peach....    We used the honey-mustard dressing sparingly and munched away on our salads like happy little rabbits.  Well... maybe not rabbits - I don't know many rabbits that eat shrimp.  But then I don't know many rabbits.

We spent last Thursday and Friday at Put-In-Bay, which is a fun little place on South Bass Island in Lake Erie.  We went with another couple that we've been friends with forever, and stayed at a very pleasant bed and breakfast.  We rented a golf cart and spent all day Thursday exploring the island.  Most of the time we explored the fine establishments on the island.  We also enjoyed visiting the lighthouse, state park, and old fish hatchery building among other things.  For lunch we went to the Boardwalk.  No visit to Put-In-Bay is complete without a bowl of lobster bisque from the Boardwalk!  We, of course, sat outside on the upper deck so we could watch all the boats.  Visits to the Put-In-Bay Winery and The Roundhouse Bar are also "musts".  There is always plenty of live entertainment in most of the bars and we stepped in out of the heat to enjoy quite a few of them.  For dinner we went to Goat Soup and Whiskey.  I had a delicious Walleye Oscar - fried walleye topped with blue crab.  Yummy!    After the sun went down we stopped in The Boathouse.  The band playing was Disco Inferno and they were very, very entertaining.  We stayed for a couple hours, then headed back to the bed and breakfast.  Once there we sat on the beautiful front porch and enjoyed the night sounds until we couldn't keep our eyes open any longer.

Friday morning after breakfast we headed back into town and did some more exploring.  We caught the 1:00 ferry back to the mainland and headed to MonAmi for a late lunch.  MonAmi is a winery with a great restaurant.  After stuffing ourselves we headed home - making a couple pit stops at wineries along the way.

Saturday was our Grand Opening Event at the restaurant.  We were supposed to have a Mariachi Band playing, but they were in an accident and couldn't make it.  Thankfully, nobody was hurt. Only their vehicle was damaged.  Also thankfully, due to the quick thinking of Federico, he rounded up a DJ to come and play some tunes for us.  The patio was packed and everyone had a great time.  We weren't as busy as we had hoped - but it was hot and littlelleague tournaments are underway amongst other things. 

Sunday we went with Federico and his family to Hibachi Japan Restaurant.  We had the best chef ever!  He made the whole dining experience so much fun.  The kids loved watching him perform all his knife maneuvers and tricks.  The food was pretty darn good, too!

Tuesday nights are Cruise-in nights at the restaurant.  We have a DJ that plays 50's, 60's, and some 70's music.  These nights are growing in popularity as the weeks go by.  The DJ throws in some trivia questions once in a while and whoever answers correctly first wins a free taco or burrito coupon.  We give out 3 trophies each week:  a Manager's Choice, People's Choice, and DJ's Choice.  The car owner has the choice of either taking the trophy or taking a coupon for a free meal at MiRancho Mexican Restaurant.  Last night we ate dinner on the patio at the restaurant, as we do for every cruise-in.  But this time we had company - Kristal and our son-in-law, and my mom and dad came out for the fun as well.  We all enjoyed a margarita with our dinner.  Our "Mexican Grandson" was there and my dad showed him how to "play" guitar to the music.  One thing led to another and soon they were dancing in the parking lot!  I'd say margaritas make you want to dance, but I know Yahir did not have a margarita, so it must have just been the perfect dancing music! 

Tonight is our Mexican friend, Federico's, birthday.  We plan to meet up with him and his family for a small celebration.  Then tomorrow Kristal and I are planning on "kidnapping" his three kids and taking them for a picnic at the park. 

The weekend plans are already set.  It's Bootcamp Time.  What is Bootcamp?  It's a show for duck hunters which is held at a very nice campground that also has trap shooting.  We go every year and camp.  A few years back our son, Steve, won the grand prize.  He won't be going this year since he is now living in South Dakota, but he'll be talked about by all Jon's friends and he'll be there in spirit!

When I started writing this blog it was cloudy and started raining. Now I look out the window and the sun is shining and it is thundering. We need rain something awful! My fingers are crossed that the sky is going to open up and dump a good, long shower of rain down on us!
Jul. 18, 2012 1:36 pm
You are having way more fun than I have had since my roundup. It has been too hot. I wish you weren't almost 4 states away. I'd be dropping in to sample your menu! Now about that shrimp salad, just today I was wondering if I could put cantalope in some kind of a salad. I wonder if I could slice cantalope thin enough and add some of my peaches if that would fool the guys enough to eat it. I know, I know I trained them wrong and it is all my fault :)(:
Jul. 18, 2012 3:44 pm
The heat must have gotten us all thinking. Last night was too hot to cook and I didn't have much to make a cold supper. I scrounged around and came up with som ered leaf lettuce, romaine, a small carrot, 2 sad looking scallions and half a cucumber and 1 radish. After I had it assembled it still seemed skimpy so I tossed in a handful of grapes added homemade bleu cheese dressing and had a great meal.
Jul. 19, 2012 5:24 am
Cat - I wish you were closer, too! We could have some fun. I'd throw some cantalope in a salad; I just wouldn't use a ranch dressing - maybe some sort of vinagrette (can't spell that word this morning!)
Jul. 19, 2012 5:24 am
BSM - Your salad sounds great! When it's too hot to eat, I know it's too hot!
Jul. 19, 2012 10:38 am
You are quite the temptress Mother Ann! Even the weather couldn't resist, your writing brought the sun out from behind those clouds!!! Go Girl!!!
Jul. 19, 2012 8:28 pm
Hello Mother Ann! You have been a busy bee. I bet your son, Steve will miss the boot amp activities. The restaurant sounds like a fun place to go with music and good food.
Jul. 20, 2012 4:33 am
Glad the Grand Opening Event turned out great. Sure would love to visit your restaurant one day. Sounds like the summertime heat isn't keeping you from having a great time. Hope you get that rain you so desperately need. :)
Jul. 20, 2012 6:25 am
Vicky - I'm glad you got sunshine!
Jul. 20, 2012 6:26 am
Lela - I think he will miss bootcamp. Of course we'll be texting and sending him pics and a few videos... Gotta love modern technology! And, I can even skype on my phone now. :)
Jul. 20, 2012 6:29 am
Hi Sherri! We ended up getting our rain and it was a pretty nice soaking, too. Of course Kristal and I had a fun day planned with the Mexican kiddos; picnic, sprinkler, etc. We took our picnic to the park and ate under the pavilioin while it rained. Then, later in the day it stopped raining so the sprinkler came out for them to play. It was a great day!
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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