Here are more Florida Photos for your amusement, mostly of Florida wildlife, but a little bit about food.
Ah, Florida. Florida Scrub Land, littered with Saw Palmettos and condos.
We took some pictures of the ubiquitous Florida Landscaping ‘Habitat’, which is a mish-mosh of native and non-native plants.
It definitely seems like spring. Lots of flowering happening (just a little more than Florida's ever flowering normal) along with animals doing the nasty everywhere. All happening quite early compared to New England.
Orchid tree in bloom.
Orchid trees have lovely flowers, and bloom only in the spring.
We caught a lizard hanging out in the weird tassle branches of a banyan tree. These anole lizards are pretty common down here.
Gratuitous Hibiscus Photo. Ubiquitously Floridian.
Bottle Brush Tree.
Crotons. Pretty ubiquitous Floridian landscaping plant. Still attractive and novel.
We came down to Florida for Theresa's Mother's Wedding. Here is Theresa, her mother, Michelle, and her brother, Phillip.
One novel food thing that happened at Theresa’s mother’s Wedding Reception: Michelle’s friends roasted two whole pigs for the occasion. They were brought whole and decorated for the event.
A bride and groom roasted pig (!).
This was a very curious object to adorn the decorated beach pavilion. Once people finished appetizers, two of Michelle’s friends began to carve and serve the pork.
This wasn't very appetizing to some.... 🙂
The pig wasn't local, it was bought through Publix, the major grocery store in South Florida, which is in my opinion a pretty good grocery store chain (comparatively). They apparently had them de-gutted, injected apple juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper into the body cavity and smoked it and roasted it with coals and apple wood slowly and with low heat for about twelve hours. These guys were pretty into it.
A pretty Caribbean Meal at the reception: roasted pork, Caribbean rice, and black bean and corn salsa.
Mangrove roots, part of a mangrove swamp.
This was the major local food section at our local WholeFoods.
Aloe Vera is not something we are quite used to seeing in our local food markets...
We picked up a lunch of local Florida food for our visit to the zoo. Grape tomatoes from Alderman Farm and local-raw-organic-vegan num nums from Glaser Farm: Green Garden Pate, Sunburgers (sunflower seed, and veggie burger) and mamey oatmeal cookies.
Green Garden Dip (which was almost like a vegan- dip form of gazpacho) and a grape tomato. All enjoyed while watching Florida Native and Non-Native wildlife at the zoo.
Gratuitous Flamingo Picture from the Zoo. Nope, we don't normally see these guys in the wild.
That’s it for now. I will post more about my ‘Florida local meal’ tomorrow (probably, or at least on Wednesday).