Wednesday, January 30, 2013


This morning Hubby proclaimed today a vacation day. We enjoyed breakfast at a favorite eatery. Driving west, we were able to see, even through the rain, progress in recovery from Katrina among our neighboring coastal communities. The enjoyment was bittersweet as vacant lots, empty slabs and lonely pilings often bracketed new residential and commercial construction.

We did a windshield tour of Bay St. Louis on the western side of Mississippi’s coast. As rain continued to fall, we drove the restored street that follows the St. Louis Bay shoreline and fronts the Old Town.

Lunch was our first time at Roberto and Tony’s Canella International Creperie.
Roberto and Tony

They serve German and Italian dishes prepared fresh. I had the pork loin cutlet with mushroom gravy and mashed potatoes. That wasn’t the name of the dish, but I don’t remember the exact word.

A fellow diner recommended the selection as authentic, not Americanized. He said it was a good introduction to real German fare. Hubby ordered the manicotti stuffed with several kinds of cheeses.

Reviews I read online praised the authenticity of both the German and Italian dishes. I don’t know about that. I lack “authentic” experience. I do know that everything we ordered tasted wonderful. And a plus for me was that none of it seemed as salty as what is available in other restaurants.

The item that created tastebud ecstasy, though, was the dessert crepe with chocolate and fresh strawberries.

Roberto kept adding swirls of dark chocolate, then white chocolate, a sprinkle of cinnamon, caramel and powdered sugar. Roberto added the finishing touch, a generous application of whipped cream. I thought , “Oh no, this is going to be way too sweet.”

 Roberto starts finishing touch.

But no. It was perfect.


  1. I love Italian cuisine and would have ordered the manicotti. Love crepes, too!

  2. This looks perfect! What a lovely day this sounds like. I don't think I have ever seen ground cherries, and I love the purple and green greens!!

  3. I'm salivating, even though I've eaten!! Oh my, that all sounded so very good!

  4. I'll bet you are enjoying those "vacation days"!

    You had my mouth watering as you were describing that dessert!

  5. i like the term you coined here, windshield tour. we used to do that almost every week end, 2 to 4 hours of driving and seeing new things, that all stopped when we retired and gas jumped sky high. i am liking your vacation days almost as much as you do

  6. First: RYN: Nope our libraries don't have swap areas, they all have sale rooms or tables run by enthusiastic volunteers. The city of San Diego matches what ever they raise, and the library can pick what ever they want to spend it on.

    They are cheaper than me too.

    Yes, absolutely prefect break of a day. G and I still do tours like that a couple of times a month. I love to discover new places.

  7. I love how you have the spontaneous "Vacation" days.
    It's fun isn't it?
    We do that quite often but with gas prices so high we don't travel as far as we used to. Gas yesterday was $3.45 a gallon for regular...that was the cheapest price around.
    Thanks so much Linda for your coming back to my blog and wishing us a happy anniversary. That just warmed my heart.
    A couple we met at church last month has invited us to their home for an anniversary dinner.
    Sometimes we just click with someone. This should be a fun evening.
    I hope you have a good weekend.

  8. Sounds like a lovely meal. I wonder how it would fit in my diet plan? Dianne

  9. A day of lovely food all prepared, served and cleared up by others...... a true vacation. (