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Outer Banks Vacation Wrap-Up

I realized this afternoon that I still have a great deal of pictures I want to share on the blog, but I don’t really want to put them all into separate posts spanned out over the next week or so, since I plan to start cooking (and blogging about!) healthy tasty cheap things again this week. So, here are the remaining photos from my week in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Our first morning at the beach house, we had a giant breakfast of pancakes, sausage links, and bacon. The pancakes were from a mix I had never seen or used before. The dry Bisquick mix is in a plastic jug-shaped container, so all you need to do is add water, shake, and pour the pancake mix onto the griddle. This worked great since no one had been to the grocery store to buy eggs, milk, and so forth at this point, and they tasted good, too. All in all, a pretty nifty product.

I like syrup on everything in this picture!

I like syrup on everything in this picture!

On Tuesday night, we had dinner at the Colington Cafe. I already posted our appetizer and entrees, but I haven’t gotten around to the desserts yet – until now! Aaron’s dad ordered the “Tollhouse Cookie Pie”. I am not sure what this was doing at a French restaurant, but it looked mighty tasty. I suspect it was made from a recipe similar to this one.

It's got cookie AND pie AND ice cream.

It's got cookie AND pie AND ice cream.

Aaron and I felt like something a bit more French-ish, so we split a creme brulee. It was so, so good. I was pleased to see lots of little specks of vanilla bean in it. I’m not sure what the triangular cookie on top was, exactly, but it was chewy and sweet. We used it to scoop up the smooth custard.

creme brulee, moments before being cracked with my spoon.

Creme brulee, moments before being cracked with my spoon.

One night, Aaron, his brother, two of his cousins, and I played mini golf at a place called Lost Treasure Golf (their website is obnoxious, but I’ll link to it anyway!). While we were waiting to buy our game, we noticed this sign and were all pretty tickled by it.

"DO NOT COMB ROCKS"

"DO NOT COMB ROCKS" -we tried our best not to!

That same day, we ate at a place called Sooey’s BBQ in Corolla, NC (which is pronounced kuh-RAH-luh, by the way). Aaron ordered the pulled chicken barbeque sandwich, which came with one side dish. He picked baked beans. The barbeque was the delicious, vinegary North Carolina variety, my favorite! If this picture is a bit blurry, that’s because he was whining for me to hurry up and take the picture – he was very eager to eat this. 🙂

Aaron's Barbeque Chicken Sandwich

Sooey's Barbeque Chicken Sandwich

Aaron’s dad ordered the pulled pork barbeque platter, which came with two hushpuppies and two sides. He picked collard greens and macaroni and cheese. This plate reminded me a lot of the pork barbeque plate I got at the Virginia Diner. It looked really good, especially the hushpuppies.

Sooey's Pulled Pork BBQ Platter

Sooey's Pulled Pork Barbeque Platter

I love chicken salad, so even though this was primarily a barbeque restaurant, I couldn’t resist the smoked chicken salad sandwich. The smoky chicken was mixed with mayo, celery, and onion, and served on a bun with lettuce tomato and onion. I picked macaroni and cheese for my side. This was delicious – my only complaint is that sad little loop of onion. A would prefer a nice slice of onion to a thin ring.

Sooey's Smoked Chicken Salad Sandwich

Sooey's Smoked Chicken Salad Sandwich

A closer look at the chicken salad sandwich

A closer look at the chicken salad sandwich

One day we took a trip to the northern part of the Outer Banks. Once you reach a certain point, the paved road ends and you have to drive on the beach, so only four-wheel drive vehicles are allowed (and even then, some people still get stuck in the sand). Aaron’s dad drove us down the beach in his ginormous pickup truck. It was sort of drizzly that day, so the beach looked rather gray. Still, it was neat to get some pictures of the beach with no human beings in them.

Northern Outer Banks

Northern Outer Banks

Before coming to the Outer Banks, I had absolutely no idea that feral horses inhabit the islands. We drove around the unpaved sand-roads for a while and actually found a small group of the horses grazing by the side of the road. The horses are descended from Spanish mustangs that may have swum to shore after shipwrecks. Wikipedia has a very interesting article about the Banker Horses.

Feral Horses on the Outer Banks

Feral Horses on the Outer Banks

On another excursion (this time to Manteo, NC), we had lunch at a diner called Big Al’s. Since it was a diner, ordering the 1/2 pound bacon cheese burger with fries and a coke seemed like the thing to do. I was so full after eating this meal that when we got home half an hour later I immediately fell asleep and stayed that way for a good portion of the afternoon. Next time, I think I will order the 1/4 pound burger!

Big Al's Bacon Cheeseburger and Fries

Big Al's Bacon Cheeseburger and Fries

That’s pretty much it! I had a great time eating and playing in the Outer Banks. Can’t wait to go back.

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The Colington Cafe

On Tuesday night, Aaron’s family and I went to the Colington Cafe in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. The restaurant is actually a house, sort of set back in the woods, that was turned into a French restaurant.

The Colington Cafe

The Colington Cafe

For an appetizer, Aaron and I split an order of local scallops, which were wrapped in bacon and drizzled with a teriyaki sauce and sesame seeds. The scallops arrived very hot and absolutely delicious. The scallops were tender, the bacon was crispy, and the teriyaki was salty and sweet. I loved this dish!

Bacon-wrapped Scallops

Bacon-wrapped Scallops

For his entree, Aaron ordered crab cakes, which was listed on the menu as being served with “chef’s choice of accompaniments.” These turned out to be mashed potatoes and fresh, buttery veggies – green beans, zucchini, yellow squash, and carrots. Aaron loved the crab cakes and the horseradish caper sauce they were served with. I tried some, and they were very fresh and deliciously seasoned. Aaron thought the veggies were fantastic. He even ate the carrot, and he normally hates carrots! He mentioned that the mashed potatoes were a bit bland, but a sprinkle of salt helped them.

Crab Cakes with Horseradish-Caper Sauce

Crab Cakes with Horseradish-Caper Sauce

Aaron’s grandfather had a filet mignon with bearnaise sauce, which also came with mashed potatoes and vegetables. He said that the steak was perfectly cooked and seasoned. We had a lot of discussion about the difference between bearnaise and hollandaise. We eventually figured it out, with the help of an iPhone.

Filet Mignon with Bearnaise Sauce

Filet Mignon with Bearnaise Sauce

Aaron’s mom ordered a filet mignon with lump crab meat and bearnaise sauce. I had a bite of the steak – it was delicious!

Filet Mignon with Lump Crab and Bearnaise Sauce

Filet Mignon with Lump Crab and Bearnaise Sauce

I ordered the chef’s special: mahi-mahi with lump crab meat, hollandaise, broccolini, and a baby potato melange. I was excited to see that there were little baby blue potatoes in this dish – I had never had blue potatoes before, and I think they’re very pretty. 🙂 The mahi was light and delicate, and the crab meat was fantastic. I thought the sides were good, but maybe a little bit unoriginal. The blue potatoes were interesting to look at, but the baby potatoes tasted pretty much like plain boiled potatoes. Still, I enjoyed eating this very much, and I was happy with the portion size of the fish.

Mahi-mahi with Crab, Hollandaise Sauce, Broccolini, and Baby Potatoes

Mahi-mahi with Crab, Hollandaise Sauce, Broccolini, and Baby Potatoes

If you’re ever in the area, definitely check out the Colington Cafe. It was a bit pricey, but we loved the restaurant itself, we had great service, and we left feeling as if we had gotten what we paid for. It was a good feeling. 😀