I haven’t made jello shots since my college days…


I recently came across a flurry of posts making the cutest jello shots to look like watermelon slices by using lime peels and filling them with red jello mixed with vodka. I couldn’t get over the cuteness of it.

Staring at the limes, my first alcoholic beverage thought was definitely margaritas. I originally wanted to fill the lime peels with a yellow jello to reflect a regular margarita but then I didn’t think that the lemon flavor would resemble a margarita.

Recently I was contacted by a representative for the Pearl Hotel, inviting me to check out their restaurant and the dining menu created by their new executive chef Jason Burke.

As guests of the Pearl, we were given a partial discount on our meal and were able to make reservations (which they don’t normally take).

I’ve been curious about Restaurant at The Pearl, after I hearing about its Wednesday night “dive-in” theatre, where you can dine by the poolside and watch movies projected on a big screen above the pool.

The hotel is advertised as a “cozy vintage-meets-modern boutique hotel.” To be honest, with a name like “The Pearl” paired with a menu that look promising, my image of the hotel was quite different than my first impression.

In the fading daylight hours, the hotel appeared small and worn and more casual than I expected.

Okay last brownie post for a while. I promise. I actually made these a little while ago. Sometime after I discovered how delicious Baked Brownies were and before I discovered the Sweet and Salty Baked Brownies.

It occurred to me that while I’ve done a lot of “stuffed” dessert recipes (as a result of the craze for stuffing desserts which was first thought up by the ingenious Picky Palate), I haven’t ever just done a brownie stuffed with oreos. So I made these. And they were good. Until I discovered the Sweet and Salty brownies, which pretty much ruined most brownie recipes for me.