Views of the Neighborhood – Lakeway Enchanted Forest

Today we are taking a trip to the Lakeway Enchanted Forest. This is an installation sponsored by the Parks and Recreation department. It features many things to see on a leisurely stroll along a path. We are catered by Honey Moon Spirit Lounge. Our entertainment is Bruce Springsteen.

FRENCH OMELETTE

Truffled Boursin Cheese, Vegetable Hash, Mixed Greens

BÁHN MÍ KOLACHE

Pâte dé Champagne, Carrot, Pickled Jalapeño, Pickled Daikon, Herbs, Sambal Aioli

STUFFED SHOKUPAN FRENCH TOAST

Cheesecake Filling, Mixed Berry Compote, Maple Powdered Sugar

BISCUITS & FOIE GRAS GRAVY

Duck Carnitas, Sunny Side Up Eggs

SEOUL HOT CHICKEN/MUSHROOM BISCUIT

Duck Fat Fried Chicken or Fried Lion’s Mane Mushrooms (V), Chili Oil, Kimchi Powder, Honey Butter

LATKE BENEDICT

Pastrami, Poached Egg, Hollandaise

BREKKIE BURGER

Berkshire Bacon, Sunny Side Up Egg, American Cheese, Housemade Pickles, Special Sauce

B.E.L.T.

Berkshire Bacon, Over Easy Eggs, Lettuce, Heirloom Tomato, Green Goddess Sauce, Sourdough

FRIED GREEN TOMATO TARTINE

Avocado Mousse, Poached Egg, Seasonal Mushrooms, Mixed Greens

SEAFOOD TOWER

A Dozen East Coast Oysters, Six Gulf Shrimp, Crab Dip, Crostinis, Cocktail Sauce, Tarragon Mignonette

CAVIAR SERVICE – DAILY SELECTION

Crème Fraîche, Chives, Boiled Eggs, Shallots, Buckwheat Blinis, Housemade Kettle Chips

Picture of an old time school bus

Hop on, and Let’s go.

We come to the Troll Bridge

The sign makes it official.

A woodchuck in a stump.

Lady Bug Lane.

A look back to Lady Bug Lane.

Tiny Houses in the forest and a sign that reminds us to respect nature.

Pinwheels and, if you look closely, popsicle stick fairies.

Where the gnomes roam.

Giant blooms.

Mushroom Meadow

The cabbage people.

Some dragons for good measure.

Now it is time for brunch and to listen to Bruce Springsteen’s Thunderroad.

89 comments

  1. Cute set up. More parks should have whimsical stuff like this.

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  2. Looks like fun! Thanks for the outing, John. Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday.

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    1. Thank you, Jill. Wishing you the same,

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  3. I’ll have the Latke Benedict while I enjoy the Lakeway fantasy! I can see a lot of work went into this project and it shows. Fun stuff!!

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    1. Thank you, GP. They do go all out for sure.

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  4. What fun! Kids – and big kids – will just love it. Hope you are having a Happy Birthday. xo

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    1. Thank you, Darlene. Such a lovey wish. 😊

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  5. An enchanting outing with pleasant sights to take in. Nice. 🙂

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  6. How sweet! I like those tiny houses 🙂

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    1. They are cute. Thanks, Barbara.

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  7. What fun! The kiddies must have loved it.

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    1. I’ll bet they did. 😁

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  8. What a nice place! Thanks for the tour, John. And Springsteen? Yes!

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    1. Thank you, Joan. Springsteen, yes. 😊

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  9. I think I’d have enjoyed setting up something like this! And Monkey, especially, needs to read the sign reminding us to respect nature (he’s got a LONG way to go before he does that, ha!) Great outing, John.

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    1. Of course Monkey could be considered a part of nature. 😁

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  10. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    It looks like a troll paradise! What fun, especially for the little ones and the very young at heart — like you. 😊 Have a magical day, John.

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. Hope you have a peaceful Sunday. 😊

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  11. Love the idea of an enchanted forest; such a cute spot!

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    1. I like the idea as well. Thanks, Becky.

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  12. You sure pulled out all the stops on your birthday 🙂
    Honey Moon Spirit Lounge – what a spread… My goodness, I think I gained five pounds just reading the menu.
    As for this wonderful walk, it truly was enchanting. So much fun. And guaranteed to bring the magic to this day, celebrating the date your wonderful self came to being. xoxo

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    1. Aw you are the best, Dale. Such a lovely comment. ❤️

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      1. Well deserved 💕

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  13. What a wonderful tour! I think little children – and adults – would be enchanted by it! EVERYTHING on that menu looks out of this world, but I’ll settle on the French omelet. Yum!

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    1. I think you made a good choice. By the way the caviar offering is $90.00 a serving at the real place. Can you imagine?

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  14. This is wonderful! At risk of being redundant, I’d love to live in such a magical place!

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    1. Thank you, Willow. It would keep you in a magical way for sure.

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  15. Cute!

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    1. Thanks, Pit.

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  16. HI John, I do love Bruce Springsteen. I love these tiny figures and houses. They are right up my street.

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the post, Robbie. Thanks for letting me know.😊

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  17. Happy Birthday John. Wish we could meet on Lady Bug Lane for a Birthday toast. And I think these pictures are some of your best. They are so inviting. Love that green trellis. There’s something English about it. Perhaps it’s that shade of green…Irish Green is what I’d call it. Have the happiest of days.

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    1. Thank you for the birthday wish and your comments on the photos. 🤗

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  18. I’ll have to pass on the food today, for I just finished some of last night’s leftovers from the Cheesecake Factory! However, I loved the whimsical tour and my favourite was the dragons! And … HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOHN!!!!! 🎈🎈🎈 🎂 🎁

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    1. Thank you, for the birthday greeting, Jill. 😁

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  19. Your parks department sure does some fun things.

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    1. They do. Thanks, Craig.

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  20. Oh, I love this so much! My granddaughters would stroll through the enchanted forest in wonderment! Thanks for sharing, John!

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    1. They would. Thanks, Jan

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  21. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    Your community is impressive with all of the things they do. I hope your birthday is going great.

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    1. It is great, Pete. Thank you.

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  22. Looks like a fun stroll. I’ll have the French toast.

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    1. I kind of thought you would. 😊

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  23. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    What a magical tour. Thanks for taking us along!

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    1. Thanks for going.😊

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  24. Once again, a great display of neighborhood spirit, John.

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    1. Thanks, Steve.

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  25. Gotta say the dragons are my favorite – cute little guys.

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    1. Yes they are.I wished I had taken more close-up shots. Thanks, Teri.

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  26. How fun! It looks delightful, but I was glad to see the Troll wasn’t at the bridge asking a tough question to pass! 😃

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    1. Yes. Good point too, Deborah. 😁

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  27. I love those photos. How quirky!
    OK, I finally get my potato pancakes and they are ruined with pastrami! No no no. I’m a purist. Sour cream. That’s it. I’ll have to take the fried tomatoes!!!!!

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    1. Tell em to hold the pastrami.

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      1. I can do that!

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  28. ‘Troll bridge’ sounds like a nice creative touch. As of course are the other decorations.

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  29. How delightful!

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  30. Wonderful idea, dear John. Pinwheels look especially bright & joyful. Thank you!🍻🌭😊

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    1. The whole layout seemed joyful. It is lit up at night too.

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      1. It is impressive! 🙂

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      2. Ps. Please, check the skype. I have left you a message there. 🙂

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      3. I got your message and thank you so much for your thoughts.

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      4. 💖💖💖

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      5. 😊 I just switched my account to my Mac so I will get notifications now. 😊

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      6. Great! At last it works! 🙂

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  31. Avocado Mousse and a couple pieces of toast with black coffee sounds delicious!

    This is a very sweet enchanted forest! Thanks for the tour!

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    1. Thank you for coming on the tour.

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      1. Always enjoyable, and the sound of avocado mousse is making me drool!

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      2. You need to rush to the store and get some. (A jug of wine while you’re there.)

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      3. You might be right. It might stop the drooling. However, I’m still working on that barrel of wine from a bunch of posts ago! The empty 3/4 of the barrel seems to have developed a mould problem.

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      4. Oh no. Get 10 loves of white bread and slowly pour the wine through the loves stacked end to end on top of each other. It will filter the mold out.

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      5. Huh! ….and here I thought white bread was good for nothing!!
        Thanks for the tip! 🙄

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      6. Makes a great filter. I used to strap a couple of pieces of white bread on my face to avoid Covid.

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      7. Ooh that would look great with my new sunglasses! TY 4 the tip!

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  32. What a fun tour. I’ve made areas on my own yard as a tribute to whimsy. Happy belated birthday from another Gemini.

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    1. Thank you, Lauren. Happy Birthday to you as well. 😊

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      1. Thanks. Ready for another revolution around the sun.

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  33. Looks like a fun and delicious day!

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    1. Certainly was.

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