Holiday Cheer

By staff December 17, 2007

A visit to Amelia Island and joy on the homefront.


By Judi Gallagher


 If you are looking to do a little traveling this season, I highly recommend a trip up to Amelia Island with a stay at the Ritz-Carlton. Our favorite Ritz property for its beautiful ocean views and impeccable service, the Amelia Island property also boasts the restaurant SALT. Every dish seems to scream perfection, adorned with one of eight or so varieties of salts from around the world. The roasted sea scallops with tasso grits were uncomplicated yet a distinguished palate pleaser, while the Grand Marnier soufflé with blood orange crème Anglaise could be the best I have ever tried. But SALT might best be known for its decadent ending—house-made caramels. I imagine a perfect gift for a gourmand would be a gift certificate for a weekend cooking class or dinner in the kitchen with the chef, and leave a little room for breakfast the next morning out on the patio if eggs Benedict and broiled tomatoes. (Honey, are you checking this off your gift list?)


The world's best souffle is served at SALT on Amelia Island. 


What a wonderful feeling to be back in the kitchen. While a few details still need to be finished, I can cook on the new propane cook top, bake oatmeal cookies until my spatula wears out and wipe the granite clean three extra times each night before I go to sleep. In fact, I called my son last week to see if the propane had been connected.

“YUP” (as 21-year-olds reply with a mumble). Turned the car into the grocery store parking lot, picked up the ingredients for Bolognaise sauce and chicken soup and within 20 minutes felt I had taken command of my new kitchen. I will post some photos as soon as the backsplash is finished and Jonathan Kendall Slentz, our wonderful decorator, positions the dining chairs and bar stools, but trust me on this—the latkes this Hanukkah never tasted so good.


For people looking to enjoy their holiday dinners out, Yume sushi will be open on Christmas Day along with Mattison’s and Michael’s On East and of course the pricey but infamous brunch at The Ritz-Carlton. Happy and safe holidays.


If you have a holiday dining story to share, please post below!



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