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Vendor Spotlight- Angelina Guesthouse

July 1st, 2015

Kevin and Janet Life are the proud owners of this gentle lady, The Angelina.   Along with a wonderful staff, you will be greeted with warm southern hospitality upon your arrival.  They can help you plan and arrange your stay with recommendations of where to eat, drink, fish, dive, snorkel, visit attractions and historic sites, theaterth-3s, and of course taking the Old Town Trolley Tour as one of the first things to do to familiarize yourself with our Key West island paradise.
Angelina Guesthouse has a very colorful history, and the stories they will tell you about the property will have you asking for more.  It was once a 1920’s bordello and gambling spot.  Now it is a friendly and clean bed & breakfast with no phones or televisions, appealing to an adult crowd looking for a quiet and peaceful place to escape.  When you are ready to party, Duval Street is only a short 2 block walk.
You will want to spend lots of time lounging by the heated lagoon style pool surrounded by lush tropical plants.  Set yourself in one of the poolside hammocks, sip a drink, read a book or just allow yourself to doze off while listening to the soft trickling of the waterfall.  Patio tables are available, as well, to sit at and enjoy your breakfast.
To find this true island guesthouse just follow your nose.  The early morning aroma of baking homemade cinnamon rolls will lead you straight to the front porch and into the foyer, located right next to the kitchen.  No one can resist eating a cinnamon roll followed by a delicious cup of their special coffee.

New Welcome Center in St. Augusine

June 24th, 2015

When it’s completed, the new welcome center will have close to 100 parking spaces.  A new van was purchased that will be a dedicated shuttle van, complete with a shuttle driver whose sole responsibility will be to shuttle guests to Old Town St. Augustine from the Transportation Center.  An Old Cracker design for the new building was decided in keeping with the Old Florida look.  Our hope is the building stand out and become easily recognizable.  There will also be plenty of green space and the welcome center will beth-2 partnering with a local farmer’s market who will sell fresh fruits and vegetables on the property.  Inside will be quite a contrast from the outside.  There will be state of the art, touch-screen technology.   There will be a kitchen inside and there is a meeting place that will be created for associations in town to meet.  This will provide us an opportunity as host to say a few words before their meetings.  We are excited about our newest addition to St. Augustine

Milanesa Napolitana

June 17th, 2015

Our own David Thornton shares how to make a delicious dish: Milanesa Napolitana!

Milanesa Napolitana is a variation on the breaded fried steak called Milanesa that is popular in Argentina and Uruguay.
Milanesa Nthapolitana is similar to veal parmesan, but with South American touches – after the steak is breaded and fried, it’s topped with a slice of ham, tomato sauce, and melted mozzarella cheese, and served with fries. Leftovers make great sandwiches, especially when paired with a soft but crusty roll

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 4 servings

 

Ingredients:

4 thinly sliced chicken fillets
3 eggs
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning or oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups fresh bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/3 cup olive oil or vegetable oil
1/2 cup tomato sauce
4 slices of deli ham
1 cup grated Mozzarella cheese

 

Directions:

1. Place the eggs in a shallow bowl or pan, and whisk them together with the oregano and some salt and pepper.
2. Stir the parmesan cheese and garlic into the bread crumbs and place them in another shallow pan.
3. Dip the steaks first in the egg mixture, then in the bread crumbs, coating them well with the crumbs.
4. Heat the olive oil in a heavy skillet, and cook steaks for several minutes on each side, until golden brown and crispy. Drain steaks on paper towels.
5. Place steaks on a baking sheet. Turn on oven broiler. Top each steak with a slice of ham, 2-3 tablespoons tomato sauce, and 1/4 cup grated Mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle Italian seasoning over the cheese and place steaks under broiler until cheese melts.
6. Serve warm, with fries.

Authors Guesthouse

May 20th, 2015
Authors Guest House

Authors Guest House

This enchanting guesthouse is located in the “Meadows Neighborhood” of Key West at 725 White Street. Authors Guesthouse was conceived to honor the literary masters who lived and worked in Key West.  The historic Conch-style houses, suites, cottages and rooms contain works and artifacts of the author for whom it was named.  Some of the more notable authors include:  Tennessee Williams, Ernest Hemingway, Harry Truman, Margaret Truman, Thornton Wilder, and John James Audubon. Upon entering the compound filled with an array of colorful foliage, you will see two charming cottages that were originally the living quarters of cigar makers, who enjoyed a thriving business here during the early 1900’s.  The Pool Spa, hidden beneath thick tropical trees, is a delight.  At night it is lit by soothing stained glass. The main house has many windows, French doors, decks and terraces.  In the office/lobby you can enjoy the vibrant, local artwork that covers the walls.  This is where you can chat with your friendly concierge, = Ramsey and plan the rest of your Key West vacation.  She will be sure to steer you to the best restaurants, attractions, activities and the Old Town Trolley Tour.

Vendor Spotlight: Hillcrest Bed & Breakfast

May 16th, 2015
Hillcrest Bed and Breakfast

Hillcrest Bed and Breakfast

We are so pleased to showcase Hillcrest Bed and Breakfast and our good friend,  Ann Callahan, the Innkeeper. Ann has been a great supporter of Old Town Trolley Tours for many years. She comes from the corporate hotel background working for the Hyatt Corporation and then one day decided to open her own Bed and Breakfast. She is a Board Member on the San Diego Tourism Authority as well as the Hotel Motel Association. Hillcrest House is located in the vibrant, eclectic, urban neighborhood of Hillcrest which also happens to be where I live. It is a great base location for exploring all that San Diego has to offer; just 10 minutes to San Diego Beaches, Airport, Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park Museums, the Zoo and Old Town. Ann has several themed rooms such as the Old Town, Zoo, Coronado, Balboa and Gaslamp room. The Hillcrest House Bed and Breakfast has also received the Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor for the past three years. Carlos Murray from our Key West IT Dept. just recently stayed there and had an amazing time. Thank you Ann for being such a great supporter and friend!

Old Town Trolley Tours of Key West Stars in Pottery Barn Catalogue

May 15th, 2015
Pottery Barn Teen Catalogue

Pottery Barn Teen Catalogue

Old Town Trolley Tours of Key West recently made the cover of Pottery Barn Teen. The photo was taken at the end of 2014, while in town taking photos for their their Spring 2015 edition.

Meet Molly Moyer

May 10th, 2015
Molly the Goldendoodle

Molly the Goldendoodle

We love our pets in Key West and especially those who belong to our CASTmemebers.  Meet Molly. She’s  am a beautiful Golden-Doodle that lives with Joe and Beth Moyer.  They rescued me as a very sick puppy in 2008.  We are very lucky to have found each other!  I enjoy fetching the newspaper each morning, gardening, long naps, and I love to travel.  I am a happy girl!

One Pan Mexican Quinoa

May 5th, 2015

We have some amazing cooks in our CAST.  In honor of Cinco De Mayo, we bring you Cathy Hutchinson’s Mexican Quino.  It’s easy, healthy and most importantly, tastes great!

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 cup quinoa (red or white, your preference)
1 cup vegetable broth
(15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (14.5 ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1 cup corn kernels
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

 

Mexican quinoa

 

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and jalapeno, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in quinoa, vegetable broth, beans, tomatoes, corn, chili powder and cumin; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is cooked through, about 25 minutes. Stir in avocado, lime juice and cilantro. Serve immediately.

San Diego Visitor Center Opens

May 1st, 2015
San Diego Visitor Information Center

San Diego Visitor Information Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday, Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego opened their new visitor center on the San Diego’s Embarcadero.  The event brought out dignitaries from the city and Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego’s parent company, Historic Tours of America including President Edwin Swift, III and Chief Operating Officer, Edwin Swift, IV and Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego General Manager, David Thornton.

San Diego Visitor Center Ribbon Cutting

Meet Conductor Philip Fondaw

May 1st, 2015
Philip Fondow

Philip Fondow

San Diego native, Philip Fondaw spent 24 years a missionary to Japan and is a retired school teacher. This includes working with 5th graders and teaching English as a Second Language at the senior high level. As much as Philip has enjoyed each of these jobs, he has confessed to us that he has never had more fun on a job than driving in circles around San Diego and showcasing hi home town to nice people from across the globe.

 

 

 

Q | What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A | Knowing that I am loved.

Q | What is my greatest fear?
A | Heights

Q | What do I most dislike in others?
A | Dishonesty. I value trust and acceptance in my friends more than all else.

Q | What is my greatest achievement?
A | That both of the children my wife and I have raised love the Lord.

Q | What is my favorite vacation spot
A | The mountain village we visited so many times: Karuizawa, Japan.

Q | Who are my favorite writers?
A | Jonathan Kellerman and the writer of Old Testament Psalms, King David.

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