It’s been one week since we returned from sunny, one-of-a-kind, Grayton Beach (sad face). To no surprise we spent our days at the beach and evenings indulging in seafood and family time. Additionally, we had free babysitters built in all week! Our trip was near perfect. If I can get organized enough to sort through the hundreds of pictures I took, perhaps I’ll share some. However, the idea of that is daunting and I am a pro at putting things off these days!
In the mean time, I wanted to share some photos of a superb cafe named La Crema in the picturesque Rosemary Beach, where we spent our last day of vacation. Judy, my mother-in-law (and most dedicated reader-hi Juju!) and I explored Rosemary Beach this time last year and discovered La Crema. All week I had been hoping we would have a chance to go back. Luckily we did! Rosemary Beach is at the tip of the famous, scenic 30A highway in South Walton Florida. It boasts charming Tuscan style architecture, narrow brick roads, shopping, dining and the same gorgeous perfect beaches that make up South Walton. You can enjoy everything by foot or more festively by bicycle. Dining at La Crema is a must if you find yourself in the area. It was the perfect way to end our week.
The menu and ambiance at La Crema is inspired by the culture of Spain, particularly Barcelona and Madrid. The environment was airy, bright and comfortable. The service was great. The sangria and food were even better. Tapas, chocolate and al fresco dining? Sign me up. Tapas is all about the quality of the food you’re eating rather than the quantity. La Crema executes that perfectly. You’re encouraged to relax, take your time eating and enjoy who you’re with. Below are some snapshots of our experience.
We started with figs wrapped in pancetta, stuffed with goat cheese and drizzled with honey, red wine and balsamic vinegar. Much of the menu had red wine incorporated into it and I was totally alright with that.
Next was lamb lollipops cooked perfectly to medium rare with grilled asparagus and a caper berry aioli. When in doubt, order the special of the day. You’ll likely receive the freshest and tastiest option on the menu. The lamb was a hit with all of us.
Perhaps the favorite at the table was the beef, pepper and cream cheese empanadas. The filling was rich with just the right amount of spice. The crust was flaky yet soft. Notice the sangria flask in the background? Chris has the exact same one in his lab. Apparently, chemistry can’t escape us. Not even on vacation!
My mother-in-law suggested we order dessert and I am so glad she did. We went with the Nutella chocolate molten cake, and salted caramel ice cream. Both were divine. The molten cake, baked perfectly with a piping hot and not fully cooked center, as it should be. I typically skip over anything on a menu that has caramel in it, not interested in something so sweet. However, their salted caramel ice cream leaned more on the salty side which paired perfectly with the sweet Nutella molten cake. I am now a salted caramel convert!
Grace tried little bites of our food and seemed to enjoy everything, especially the empanadas. She’s 9 months old people and I’m not sure I’m going to be able to afford her growing taste buds!
Until next time La Crema and Rosemary Beach. You were such a delight!