Crepes au Grand Marnier – Feria Cafe

Crepes au Grand Marnier - Feria Cafe
Feria Cafe, Paris FR

We came here during a late-ish night of walking around in the perfectly warm summer air. This area was definitely a tourist trap section with packed restaurants and abundant outdoor seating. Our feet were tired and we were hungry so we snatched a seat at Feria Cafe. I guess it’s supposed to be a tapas restaurant, but their extensive menu has a bit of everything to please any tourist who happens to chance by.

I could have ordered Spanish tapas, burgers or any number of random fried food from the menu but I was in the mood for crepes. This was probably not the best place for crepes, but I always cave in to my cravings. I mean, does it really matter if the crepes are horrible if they’re drenched in orange-flavored cognac liqueur?! LOL! Ok, I guess it does because the crepes were still bad. They poured so much Grand Marnier on the crepes that only part of it burned off after they flambeed the plate. It was like eating crepes dipped in pure alcohol. Lame!

Cafe Viennois - Feria Cafe
Cafe Viennois. 5,50€
So this version is apparently more a Wiener Melange (cappuccino) than an espresso con panna (espresso with whipped cream). Oh well.

July Column

July Column, Place de la Bastille. For some reason, I thought that this area would have some kind of Bastille museum, but it’s just a square with a column in the center. It’s also a major roundabout so the traffic is busy.

Cadillac margarita – El Mirasol Cocina Mexicana

Cadillac margarita - El Mirasol Cocina Mexicana

1800 Reposado tequila, orange liqueur, sweet and sour, fresh lime juice and a float of Grand Marnier. Grande $14
El Mirasol Cocina Mexicana, Palm Springs CA

I really don’t mind paying $14 for a large margarita, but I hate it when a server tries to up-sell you and purposefully keeps you in the dark regarding the price of the larger item. I think it’s tacky and irresponsible. The drink always tastes worse when this happens anyway. Boo!

Chips and salsa - El Mirasol Cocina Mexicana
Chips and salsa. Complimentary

Cocktails – Huggo’s on the Rocks

Huggo's Ali'i Mai Tai - Huggo's on the Rocks

Huggo’s Ali’i Mai Tai: 10 Cane rum, Lemon Hart 151, pineapple juice, exotic liqueurs with a Gosling’s dark rum float. $11
Huggo’s on the Rocks, Kailua-Kona HI

Vacation is relaxing outside, taking in some rays, and sipping on sweet, girly tropical drinks. Lol! I think we accomplished that in Hawaii. This mai tai was a little on the “too” sweet side, and the margarita was super weak and a bit bland. Oh well, can’t win em all…

Huggo's Famous Back Bar Margarita - Huggo's on the Rocks

Huggo’s Famous Back Bar Margarita: premium tequila, grand marnier, lemon and lime juices with a splash of orange juice. $11

Bird of paradise flowers
Bird of paradise flowers (Strelitzia reginae, Strelitziaceae), KOA airport.

“Seven Layers of Heaven” pork belly – Anson Restaurant

"Seven Layers of Heaven" pork belly - Anson Restaurant
Spicy BBQ glaze, house ground grits, fried field peas, brussels sprouts leaves, maple jus. $12
Anson Restaurant, Charleston SC

Omg, this was SO frickin’ good! Not only was it plated beautifully, the pork belly and all the components were super delicious! One of the best appetizers I’ve had in a while! Noms!

The Willow Salon mural, Liberty Street
The Willow Salon mural, Liberty Street. This cute mural is on the side of the building. You don’t come across many random murals in Charleston so I’m glad that The Willow Salon has this one.

Cocktails – Anson Restaurant

Manhattan Project cocktail - Anson Restaurant

Manhattan Project – Bulleit rye whiskey, maraschino liquer, bitters. $12

Charleston Punch cocktail - Anson Restaurant

Charleston Punch – Myers rum, grand marnier, orange juice. $11
Anson Restaurant, Charleston SC

Love the bartenders at Anson. They’re super friendly and their drinks are always neatly made and delicious. The Manhattan Project is killer and the Charleston Punch is sweet and refreshing.

Pineapple Fountain, Charleston Waterfront Park

Pineapple Fountain at the Charleston Waterfront Park. The pineapple is a symbol of hospitality in the low country. Perhaps it’s the botanist in me, but this fountain is one of my favorites among the MANY fountains I’ve seen in my lifetime. It’s not overly large, but it’s elegant, dramatic, and beautiful!

Signature cocktails – ANZU

Sweet Heat ANZU
Sweet Heat – Don Julio Silve Tequila, Grand Marnier, Nevan Liquer, agave nectar, kiwi, jalapeno, fresh lime juice.

Bulleit Manhattan ANZU
Bulleit Manhattan – Bulleit Bourbon, sweet vermouth, dash of bitters and amarena cherries.

Nikko Royal ANZU
Nikko Royal – Crown Royal Black, Luzardo Maraschino Liquer, Harlem, bitters and amarena cherries.
ANZU, San Francisco