A slice of Key Lime pie in Key West

When in Florida I thought I would visit Key West. It dates back to the king of Spain and has a varied history. Here you can walk in the footsteps of Thomas Edison, Tennessee Williams and Ernest Hemingway through the bustling harbour and downtown.

I jumped on the Key West Express for a day trip allowing four hours in Key West. Going out there was a big crowd ready to party, giving a sense of Key West even before we got there. It is a place with lots of great bars, live music and cool beers and cocktails!

Almost every bar had live music and the atmosphere was party time!

Key West is a haven for art and the galleries were plentiful for any taste.

Even the water in the harbour was full of activity, we saw lots f fish swimming around searching for food.

We arrived just in tie for a stroll and lunch. Everywhere you look there is excellent seafood, fresh fish and shellfish, oysters, crab, lobster, you name it, they serve it fresh!

The harbour is full of fishing boats, private as well as for hire and they kept coming in throughout the day with various catches of the day.

After a few drinks and a walk around the harbour Alonzos Oyster Bar caught my eye, http://alonzosoysterbar.com/ and I decided to have lunch there. Despite the heat there was a nice breeze in the harbour and I ate outside. It looked all American and had a great variety of oyster dishes.

There is a theme when it comes to food and drink and it is Key Lime, you see it everywhere and I started with a Key Lime Pie Martini. It did taste just like Key Lime Pie, perhaps a little on the sweet side but still nice and very strong.

Key Lime Pie Martini

Whilst sipping on this I studied the menu and just enjoyed the moment. It was too hot for a large meal but I could not resist a cup of White Clam Chili to start with. I would never have thought of using clams in a chili but it was a great combo, full of black eye beans, potato, clams and veg it was a great dish, yet another one to try and re create at home. It wasn’t a hot chili, there was just a hint of hot in the background.

After this I wanted some oysters baked with garlic and Parmesan cheese. They had mixed bread crumbs with garlic and Parmesan, heaped this on to the oysters and grilled them under a hot grill to give them a nice crispy coating.

There was only one option for dessert. Normally I don’t make it to the sweet stuff but could not go to Key West and not have a Key Lime Pie. It was tangy with a thin crust and tasted just like the martini but in a firmer shape! Delicious.

I think it might have been the hottest day I have ever experienced. Stopping at bars for cooling drinks and cocktails seemed like the thing to do as well as lunch but I also wanted to know more about the heritage and went to Mel Fisher Maritime History Museum. There is a dramatic history, native Indians driven away and a shameful past of the slave trade and piracy. Piracy was in some cases authorised by the government but many pirates were ruthless and greedy, not making very good partners to anyone but themselves. They did attack other ships on the sea but were also a part of the lucrative slave trade. There was a moving exhibition of the slave ship The Henrietta Marie that sank with it’s cargo outside of Key West in 1700, http://www.melfisher.org/exhibitions/henriettamarie/slavery.htm.

There was a lot salvaged from the ship and some things still in very good condition. It showed fantastic wealth. For example the richer you were, the bigger the gold chains you would decorate yourself with, putting any of today’s bling tastic rappers to shame! (Don’t get me wrong I love rap music!)

One interesting thing was a small golden spoon. It had a short handle and was most likely made to serve with but the handle of spoons apparently did not increase in length until the fashion of wearing a very large ruffle collar started as it was then impossible to eat with such a short spoon.

After cocktails and drinks, about a gallon of ice water, a nice lunch and an historic insight it was time to head back to the mainland. The ferry was nice and cool and as we left we watched the sun set over the sea, a great way to end a great day.

2 Responses to “A slice of Key Lime pie in Key West”
  1. Chris says:

    Key lime pie Martini? Sounds interesting. We didn’t make it to Key West when around in Florida last time – not enough time. There never is!

    • petra08 says:

      It was my first time, and Key Lime pie martini is very sweet, it was strong so kind of like a dessert for grown ups! 🙂 And totally agree, there is never enough time!

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