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Archive for April 30th, 2007

bermuda- part deux!

Bermuda is famous for Bailey’s Ice Cream and there just happened to be a store not far from our resort so we had ice cream for … yes… breakfast.  Bailey’s has a very cutesy old style ice cream parlor feel and they even serve sandwiches at lunch.  There are 24 flavors, which are all made on the premises from ingredients imported from Boston.  I ordered the strawberry cheesecake with cheesecake chunks on a waffle cone.  McTwinkle had a chocolate milkshake.  Both tasted like any other brand of cheesecake ice cream and chocolate milkshake.  You don’t have to go to a Bailey’s ice cream store to try their ice cream, anywhere that has ice cream is probably serving up Bailey’s.

bailey's ice cream

strawberry cheesecake ice cream
McTwinkle getting to my ice cream before me

We also went to visit the Royal Naval Dockyards and got to visit a store solely dedicated to rum cakes.  The Bermuda Rum Cake Company shares a storefront with Dockyards Glassworks, a glass blowing shop.  They had samples of their 7 flavors of rum cakes out for customers to try; we tried them all- some of them multiple times.  McTwinkle and I decided on the banana for us and the rum swizzle for our friends back home.  It’s clever how they chose to make a cake out of their signature Bermudian cocktail.  These cakes are so addicting with just the right amount rum and banana/ rum swizzle.  We thought the coffee overpowered the rum.  The lemon was an okay choice too.  These cakes were so expensive!  I think the little one, which is not more than approximately 6 inches in diameter, cost us about $12. 

bermuda rum cakes

rum swizzle

After exploring the Dockyards and its shops, we stopped by The Frog and Onion Pub to grab some food to hold us over until dinner.  The interior was set up like a fort from medieval times with stonewall fireplaces.  Though, in honor of the dockyards, the bathroom was named the “poop deck.”  I would say this place is akin to New York’s Heartland Brewery, except with more of a unique atmosphere.  The Frog and Onion is home to the Dockyard’s own brewing company so McTwinkle and I couldn’t resist trying their beer sampler.  We were given five six ounce glasses with samples from a light “whale of a wheat” to a full bodied “black anchor porter.” 

We ordered a fish and chips platter and an order of calamari to share between the two of us.  I didn’t enjoy the calamari because I was disappointed with the batter that they used.  It wasn’t as crispy as I would have liked and it had an odd flavor that I can’t quite describe- maybe it was even the squid itself?  On the other hand, the fish and chips were mediocre but traditional and edible.  I found nothing special about our food.  Our friend, Anna ordered a burger that she found very satisfying.  It came with bacon that I stole.

inside frog & onion

beer sampler
McTwinkle and I tried the beer sampler

calamari

fish n chips

poop deck

After the pub, we ventured back to Hamilton City and had dinner at The Lobster Pot.  Hamilton City is the center of Bermudian social life; it’s where most of the cruise ships dock and where most of the shops and nightlife lies.  The first thing that caught my attention at The Lobster Pot is that we were served warm bread rolls; I think that alone gives a restaurant at least 3 extra brownie points.  I ordered a local speciality- rockfish topped with bananas and almonds- it seems to be one of those savory and sweet blends.  I’m not sure that the sweetness of the bananas and almonds really did much to the flavor of the fish.  The rockfish has a similar consistency to mahi mahi, but I can’t say I particularly like or disliked the rockfish.  It didn’t really stand out too much as a fish, like my beloved fatty tuna.   Kam ordered half a lobster that came baked all covered in cheese.  McTwinkle got the fish of the day cooked with cajun spices.  Anna had a burger at the pub earlier so she ordered some pumpkin soup.  I love the swirls in the presentation of her soup.  All the entrees came with veggies and pipped mashed potatoes on the side.  

the lobster pot

rockfish

cajun fish

pumpkin soup

lobster
not the best angle, I know

Okay, so apparently a two part post isn’t enough for Bermuda even though the place is tiny!  It’s two miles at its widest point and 25 miles at its longest.  But then again, I am a picture/fooding whore so it could explain some things.  =X

I’ll leave you with another picture of the pretty Bermuda scenary while I work on part three.  Bermuda is known for a lot of their caves with the abundance of stagmites and stalagtites.  There were two on our resort grounds alone.  You can even swim in some of them, though I didn’t do any of that.  The following two pictures are from two different caves we visited.

caves
Prospero Caves

cave monster
this cave monster character looks totally man-made

 

 

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