You can tell how good a vacation was by the number of pounds you gained while you were on it. My one week vacation to Williamsburg, Virginia was about 8 pounds good!
My boyfriend, his family, and I spent all of last week in historic Williamsburg. There was plenty to see and do, but of course, my favorite part of trip was the food.
Vacation eating is the best kind of eating; all the rules go out the door. You want to eat dessert for breakfast? No sweat. You want to crack open a beer at noon? Why not, it's vacation! Here are a few culinary highlights from our trip.
Soft Serve Ice Cream from Colonial Williamsburg - This custard-based ice cream was served up by a women dressed in traditional colonial garb in the historic section of Williamsburg.
Francesco's Ristorante Italiano - There was something charming about Francesco's; maybe it was the old Italian owner that greeted us at the door or the softly dimmed lighting, but this traditional 'red-sauce' restaurant had the right synergy for a great meal - the pasta was cooked to al dente, the sauces were rich and flavorful, and the meatballs were giant.
Homemade Tiramisu from Francesco's - We all ordered dessert to-go after our dinner at Francesco's. The next morning I decided to eat my tiramisu for breakfast with some banana (my attempt to be healthy). The coffee liqueur and espresso-soaked ladyfingers and whipped cream complemented my morning coffee flawlessly!
Water Street Grille in Yorktown - This was a somewhat upscale bar located right on the York River. The appetizers, beer list, and view of the water was where this restaurant stood out. Nothing feels more like vacation than eating by the water.
Ben and Jerry's Coconut Seven Layer Bar Ice Cream - Although Ben and Jerry's is a corporate chain, it didn't take away from the enjoyment of my scoop of Coconut Seven Layer Bar ice cream (this flavor is only available at the ice cream shops). As a huge coconut fan, the coconut ice cream with coconut and fudge flakes, walnuts and swirls of graham cracker & butterscotch was nothing short of perfect.
Grilled Rib Dinner - Tommy and I decided take advantage of the grill by our condo and cooked dinner for the family one night. We slow cooked some dry-rubbed ribs in the oven for 3 hours at 300 degrees. Then we finished them off on the grill for 10 minutes with a healthy brushing of barbecue sauce. The meat was fall-off-the-bone tender.
The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg - This peanut shop is located in Merchant's Square in Williamsburg. I took full advantage of the samples while perusing their selection. Virginia is known for its peanuts and I think the Peanut Shop of Williamsburg may have the best peanuts in the state.
Roast Beef Sandwich from the Cheese Shop - I loved this gourmet food shop! It had a beautiful cheese case and a huge selection of specialty packaged food products. At the back of the store there was a little sandwich counter where I ordered a killer roast beef sandwich. Everything about the sandwich was perfect: the bread was soft and fresh, the roast beef was fork tender, the cheddar was extra sharp, and the house made dressing added the necessary tang. I drizzled a little truffle oil (also purchased from the shop) on the sandwich, which made it one of the best roast beef sandwiches I've ever tried.
Sunday Brunch at Opus 9 Steakhouse - We ended our vacation with Sunday brunch at Opus 9 Steakhouse. This meal was in celebration of two birthdays: Tommy's grandfather and his niece. Opus 9 was the ideal restaurant for a celebratory meal. The minute you walk in the door you feel pampered. The chef's attention to detail shows in every dish on the breakfast buffet. Everything I sampled was excellent - from the coffee service, to the airy biscuits with sweet honey butter and the perfectly cooked egg on my benedict. I have nothing but praise for this restaurant. The last day of vacation is always sad, but this stellar brunch was enough to ease the pain.