On June 27, my parents, Drs. Romeo and Nelly, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in St. Augustine, Florida. My siblings and I threw a party in their honor at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village where they renewed their vows and spent a wonderful evening with 115 family members and friends. Congratulations, Mom and Dad! I love you and am forever grateful for the example you have set for a loving and lasting marriage.
Not surprisingly, one of my tasks was to select the food for the evening from the hotel's array of choices. The menu:
Prosciutto-wrapped melon with tropical mint cream sauce
Jumbo gulf shrimp served on ice with cocktail sauce
Hoisin beef satay
Spinach and artichoke tartlette
Prime rib with smashed potatoes and sauteed asparagus
If you have never been to St. Augustine, Florida, stop by some time and enjoy its low-key atmosphere. It has beautiful beaches and a historic downtown. We stayed at the Castillo Real at St. Augustine Beach, which I recommend highly for three reasons. One: it has free, and yes I said free, wireless internet. Two: it's across from a cool and happening place called Cafe Eleven. Great bubble tea and coffee, a $10 buffet breakfast (how can you beat that), live music at night, and really nice, hip staff. Three: it's right on the beach.
My family also had a great breakfast one morning at the Bunnery Bakery and Cafe in the historic district. We bought some raspberry squares and lemon squares from them for the late night dessert table at the party and they were fantastic.
I would say the biggest hit of the night was family friend Marge Anloague's Filipino mocha cake, which she drove all the way down to Florida from Cleveland, Ohio. If I could get her recipe to put on this blog, we would all live happier lives! I guarantee it.
Note: If you're looking to plan an event in the St. Augustine area, definitely take a look at Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village. Tammie Bryant was our coordinator there, and she and the entire staff were very helpful and accommodating.