The Opinionated Foodie: The Love (or Not) of Food and Everything That Goes with It

The Donut Hole-Destin, Florida

You gotta wake up early in the morning to get a table at The Donut Hole in Destin.

We didn’t. Still, it was worth the wait.
I love a good breakfast. We planned to visit The Donut Hole and fill up for a long day at the water park. That was a good plan even with the wait. While we were waiting, I struck up a conversation with a lady from Kentucky who said she had eaten at The Donut Hole three times and this particular morning was the first breakfast meal. She said the lunch and dinner sandwiches were really good.

I’ll have to take her word for it. Breakfast is the name of my game at this place.
I had the crab cake eggs Benedict with hashbrowns. The hollandaise sauce was a little lemony, but it was good with the crab cakes. The poached eggs could have also been a little runnier, but I am not complaining.
Mr. Opinionated had the chocolate chip pancakes. He told me to type here that he could get better pancakes at home, but I really think he is just trying to butter me up.

Miss Helper had plain pancakes with two eggs. She ate most of it and asked several times during the trip if we could go back for more.
Mr. Picky had two chocolate glazed donuts, and he ate every bit. I say that makes for a good food review.

We made it through the day at the water park easily. Since the water park has crappy, super-expensive, slow food, eating a big breakfast was part of the plan and it worked beautifully.


Eating Alone: The Dutch Baby
September 22, 2011, 6:01 pm
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 I am the only person in my house who likes this recipe.  I can’t help it if everyone else is weird.  A Dutch Baby is a simple, almost custard-like pancake that poofs beautifully in the oven.  It is buttery and sweet.  I love it, so I make it often.

Just for myself.

2 T butter

½ c. milk

½ c. AP flour

¼ c. sugar

2 eggs

1 T butter softened

Pinch of nutmeg

Powdered sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 425.

Melt the 2 tablespoons of butter in an oven proof 10 inch skillet.  Coat the skillet with the butter by swirling the butter around.

Wisk the milk, flour, sugar, eggs, and softened butter.  Pour into the skillet over medium and cook for one minute.

After a minute, place your skillet in the oven for twelve to fifteen minutes.  Check back often, because this pancake will poof up and look as if it might explode.  The kiddos will think it is cool even if they won’t eat it. 

Remove the pancake from the oven and sprinkle with the powdered sugar.  Slice like a pie and serve immediately.  You may choose to share yours. 

I have read that lemon and fresh berries make a nice topping, but I prefer to eat my Dutch Baby plain.  And alone. 

I think there is a country song about that.  If not, there should be.

The Donut Hole-Destin, Florida
The Senor Benedict

Ah, breakfast.  The most important meal of the day.  All because of the coffee.

The food’s not bad either. 

Breakfast today was at The Donut Hole, a restaurant recommended by several people for our trip.  We got there early to have time for an activity after breakfast.  We needed fuel for the day.  It was going to be a doozie.

We only had to wait a short while to get a table, and the folks from the restaurant were very nice.  Of course, we are still in the South where people are usually polite, but I digress. 

Three out of four of us ordered the safe breakfast haven of chocolate chip pancakes.

But not I.  I checked out the specials board and saw “The Senor Benedict.”  Hola! 

I adore Eggs Benedict.   Since I am the only one in my family who truly loves it-hence the three chocolate chip pancakes ordered today-I try to order it when I can.  It is just so many good things in one-creamy sauce, eggs, cheese, the lovely and chewy English muffin.  Mmmm.  Once in St. Louis, I had an amazing Italian version, but again, I digress. 

Today, it was a Mexican Benedict, and it was good.  The eggs-great.  The cheese-yes.  The sour cream-creamy.  The muffin-under there somewhere.  The jalapeno-avoided due to jalapeno intolerance.  My only issue was the salsa.  When I order salsa, I expect fresh-all you need is a few ingredients.  Not hard.  The Donut Hole swamped my plate with an Old El Paso tasting helping of salsa all over the Benedict.  After some scraping off, it was much better. 

I ate it-most of it.  The chocolate chip pancakes were a hit too.  We were fueled and ready to go!  The line when we left was out the door and down the sidewalk.  Haha! Too bad for them.  With our tummies full of a great breakfast, we were moving on to our next adventure!

Unfortunately,  our activity after the Donut Hole was a trip on a hot, long, tiring dolphin cruise.  On a rocky boat.  On the bay.  In the heat. 

Some of us saw our breakfast twice.  Whereas I think The Donut Hole was a great place, I don’t recommend going there before a dolphin cruise unless you want to see the most important meal of the day again.   


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Chocolate Gravy
June 14, 2011, 3:45 pm
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Chocolate gravy.

It holds a special place in my heart.

The recipe:
2 c. Sugar
1/2 c. Cocoa
2 T. Flour
1/4 stick butter
2 1/2 c. Milk
1tsp. Good vanilla extract

Mix sugar, cocoa, and flour in a medium saucepan. Add the milk slowly and stir as you go over medium heat. Stir, baby, stir. When it is thick (gravy consistency) add the vanilla and butter then turn off the heat.

The butter gives it a nice glossy shine.

Serve over warm biscuits or thick bread. This will keep in the refrig if you have leftovers. If. You probably won’t.

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