Sunday, June 26, 2011

Door County

On Saturday the weather was perfect for a road trip to Door County. We went as a family with everyone in two cars to go explore the cities in famous Door County, WI. When it comes to planning a trip, activities typically revolve around food even if that was not the intent. Finding ice cream shops, candy stores, and great places to eat are always fun. Other than getting food, there are beaches, shopping, festivals, and wineries through the Door County area. 

The beaches in Ephrium, Fish Creek, and at Peninsula State Park are the best in my opinion. We bought a day pass at Peninsula State Park to relax and hit the beach.

We went to Fish Creek, Ephraim, Bailey's Harbor, Egg Harbor, and Sister Bay. There are great shops in Fish Creek and Sister Bay. While shopping in Fish Creek, we came across a fish boil. The fish boil was for that night's dinner at a local restaurant. We decided to make reservations at another place for dinner long before shopping, but the fish boil was great to watch!

The man explained that they boiled water and salt and then added the fish in a basket to the pot. The gray film layer on the top of the water was from the oils of the fish, which needed to be removed. To do so, they boil over the pot by pouring kerosene on the fire which removed that top layer of the water along with the oils. 

For dinner we decided to eat at Gibraltar Grill, a restaurant in Fish Creek. Open for lunch and dinner, this place has incredible food. We all got something different and enjoyed each dish! Despite not taking reservations on the patio, they were able to seat 9 of us outside on the patio where they have seating, a covered bar, and fireplace. The atmosphere was great with outdoor lighting and impressive flowers surrounding the restaurant. Some of the dishes we ordered were...

Crab Cakes

 Bread and pita with various dips 

 Scallops over spinach and red pepper risotto 

I would recommend this place to anyone! The service was incredible as they kept refilling drinks without being disruptive. The scallops and other seafood were cooked perfectly. The food was simply delicious. On my personal tasty scale of 1-5 peaches, I would give this place 3 peaches... it was amazingly peachy! 

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