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Malabar Spinach...Tropical Spinach

My first update would be that you certainly wont go hungry for greens...these things are growing like weeds. I bought 2 small plants at a local nursery, they must have been about 3 inches high to start. I was advised to grow them on a trellis but I don't really have a lot of garden space.

May 12, 2010
EErika in Gardening

Savannah, HiltonHead Island, Tybee, Beaufort,St Helena Island and Murrells Inlet

Thanks so far! they dont have to be on the beach its just that we'll be mostly close to the water but also not...i.e. Savannah and we do plan on changing our shorts not the same ones all the time ;) I have also printed out some of the other threads for the area...and we usually always find a hole-in-the-wall somewhere all on our own (what did we do in the old days) so maybe I'll have some chowhound establishment to report on when I return.

May 11, 2010
EErika in Southeast

Savannah, HiltonHead Island, Tybee, Beaufort,St Helena Island and Murrells Inlet

In June we're going on a Beach Roadtrip with 2 to 3 days in each of the above areas. Our dress of choice is shorts and flipflops, NO dressing up for dinner...I started looking for places online that Guy Fieri would feature. Beach shacks and Marsh shacks....nothing that even appears to have Michelin rating anywhere near it. My accessory of choice is a can of OFF.... Does anyone have any recommendations that may fit the bill. Seafood, Carolina BBQ, Breakfast...authentic low country hole-in-the-walls, no tourist traps.

May 11, 2010
EErika in Southeast

Malabar Spinach...Tropical Spinach

I just started 2 bushes of Malabar Spinach. I only heard about them recently so I've decided to give them a chance. Its a viney plant and they have not wasted any time growing. I put a tomato cage over them and after 2 weeks they are already up to the top. I've been snipping off the top 6 inches of the vine to try and get it to be more bushy. The young leaves are delicious but I have not yet actually eaten it as a meal. As the leaves get bigger they get a little more spongy almost like 2 leaves with a little filling in between.....I'd be curious if anyone else has cultivated them for a source of spinch like vegetable. My google results say they are quite nutritious.

May 11, 2010
EErika in Gardening

Dining in Key West

El Siboney!!! Their Skirt steak is delicious. It may be Cuban but its not all beans and rice !! No view. Residential location. just excellent food....and very reasonable compared to anything else in Key West.

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Siboney
900 Catherine St, Key West, FL 33040

May 10, 2010
EErika in Florida

The Basics: How to Make a Greek Salad

Unless the Greeks have been blowing all their money on lettuce, this is not a "Greek" Salad. I have travelling from island to island to island to island. The 'typical' Greek Salad in all the local tavernas consist of Tomato, Green Pepper, Onion, Cucumber, Black olives (Kalamata not those excuses u buy in cans over here) and Feta and mybe some oregano...there is a bottle of EVOO and a bottle of Red wine vinegar on the table, so you dress it yourself...and that is a Greek Salad...which when you sitting in mid summer on an island taverna tastes like a million bucks, together with a chunk of Greek bread to mop up the left over dressing. (btw unless things have have changed drastically since I was over there its almost impossible to find decent greens on most of the islands.

May 09, 2010
EErika in Features