Monthly Archives: January 2014

Butterfly Bounty

Vicky’s lovely friends Frankie and David wrangled us freebie tickets to the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory. We showed up there on Wednesday, bright and early, before the arrival of the wild tourist hordes.

Although fidgety by nature, when you’re surrounded by 1,500 of those dazzling beauties, some of them will actually hold still for long enough to get a good shot. As you can imagine, I went into a clicking frenzy until the red light on my camera alerted me to the battery’s defeat.

A total stunner!

The same kind as above, from the side

The same kind as above, from the side

And from the front :) These blue ones are very friendly, they seem to love sitting on people

And from the front ūüôā These blue ones are very friendly, they seem to love sitting on people

On pink flower

Black

OrangeOrchid

Brown

All that posing and fluttering about gives them a mighty appetite:

Butterflies on sponge feeder

Congregating on a (sangria-soaked?) sponge feeder

Banana

…and on a saucy banana

Fruit

Butterflies aren’t the only inhabitants of the conservatory; there’s a whole flock of brightly-coloured birds keeping them company.

There are also Rhett and Scarlett

Including Rhett and Scarlett, who bicker loudly, and then make up, even more vociferously. When they don’t have their heads under water, that is.

...and this tiny, newly-hatched baby quail

A tiny, newly-hatched baby quail…aaaawwwwww!

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The Key Lime Pie Reviews: Key West Cakes

This charming little cake shop on White Street is all about cupcakes and shabby chic.

DecorKey West Cakes SignBlack boardRainbow cup cakeOrange cup cakes

And of course they do Key lime pie:

KLP

The verdict: A perfectly respectable specimen. Crumb thin and without a trace of sogginess, the filling was light with a satisfying mouth feel, albeit just a tad too tart for me to reach cakegasm. Loved the fluorescent faux lime slice perched on top, gobbled that up with gusto ūüôā

My rating: 4 out of 5.

Vicky had this little guava cream tart. Very pretty, but waaaaay to sickly sweet.

Vicky had this little guava cream tart. Very pretty, but waaaaay to sickly sweet.

Missed the other reviews? Here they are:

And if you want to know how my cake obsession started, click here. [Warning – contains hideous photographs of 70’s and 80’s fashion].

Gosh, It’s True…Cats Are Evil!

Everybody knows that my love of cakes is only rivalled by my love of kitties. But these two I spotted a couple of days ago in Key West outside an abandoned house gave me the heebie jeebies… they certainly did not like having their picture taken!

Evil Cats

WTF are you looking at, Lady?!

The Key Lime Pie Reviews: Key West Key Lime Shoppe

We weren’t at all hopeful, my pal Vicky and I. Lots of hype, piles of merchandise, and, most likely, an underwhelming Key lime pie experience, that’s what we expected. But I couldn’t very well not review the ostentatiously named Key West Key Lime Shoppe, could I?

Key Lime dog treats? Not even Her Supreme Greediness,  Princess Pugsy, seems convinced

Key lime dog treats? Not even Her Supreme Greediness, Princess Pugsy, seems convinced

All a bit sterile and generic looking...

These look all a bit sterile and generic…

People were eating them, so we ordered ours.

People seemed to be enjoying them, so we ordered ours.

KLP and a steaming mug of coffee

The verdict?

Much to our astonishment, this run-of-the-mill-looking slice turned out to be a winner. The thin crust delivered on crunchy crumbliness. The filling was light, almost like a mousse, but, at the same time, it had that substantial mouth feel you’d expect from a pie. Flavour and the level of tanginess were just right. The only possible improvement one might suggest (and this is a personal preference) would be a meringue topping instead of the cream.

My rating: 4.9 out of 5.

Shop front

Missed the other reviews? Here they are:

And if you want to know how my cake obsession started, click here. [Warning – contains hideous photographs of 70’s and 80’s fashion].

The Key Lime Pie Reviews: Southernmost Beach Caf√©

The Southernmost Beach Caf√© is what it says on the tin: The southernmost eatery in the US. I’d been there once before and was served a delectable lunch. So, I thought, they must concoct their own special breed of Key lime pie, right?

Southernmost Caf

And yes, indeed they do!

Looks stunningly delicious, doesn't it?

Looks stunningly delicious, doesn’t it?

The verdict?

Well, let me hand it to you straight: It was all wrong. All of it. An Oreo cookie crust?! Nice with a plain cheese cake, I’m sure, but positively offensive with a zesty Key lime filling. The cream topping – sickly sweet. The strawberry goop on top? It completes the flavour amalgamation from hell.

My rating: This unholy melange wasn’t the absolute worst dessert I’ve ever had in my life, so I will give it 0.5 out of 5. I’m being gracious here out of appreciation of¬† the fabulously friendly wait staff and all the other glorious food they serve up.

If you have the chance, do go there, the setting is beautiful. Just don’t order their flippin’ aberration of a Key lime pie!

Cafe viewCafe sign

Southernmost beach, Key West

Artist weaving palm fronds on Southernmost Beach, Key West

Missed the other reviews? Here they are:

And if you’re curious about the early days of my cake obsession, click here [Warning: contains hideous pictures of 70’s/80’s hairdos and fashion].