Thursday, September 6, 2012

Summer Rolls in Florida

Bet you haven't made your own summer rolls before. Between lounging in the pool and dodging alligators in the nearby lake, Emily, her friends and family and I found time to roll up some fresh ones. We packaged rice noodles, lettuce, mint, coriander, scallions, shrimp or chicken and hoisin sauce into translucent skins moistened in hot water on the stove.
We dipped these in peanut sauce and garlic fish sauce for a fresh starter. They were so easy to put together after a little practice and everyone got to roll their own. We joked that "make your own summer rolls" could be a birthday party theme.

If you find yourself in Orlando, eat at Pio Pio off I Drive. They have locations in New York too. If you're with a few people, get the Matador, a combination of moist rotisserie chicken, fried and sweet plantains, french fries with little hot dogs in them, rice, beans, and a starter salad with a creamy garlic dressing. Ask for avocado on the salad, you'll be glad you did.

Pio-Pio International: 5752 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. (407) 248-6424

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