Paul Laquerre sur le chemin des Florida Keys !

Après avoir défoncé l’année avec des amis à Davie, un peu au nord de Miami, en fin d’avant midi, dimanche, nous reprenions la route en direction des Keys. Un peu fatigué d’avoir veillé tard pour écouter le Bye-bye à la télé, il nous apparaissait agréable de mettre la boussole vers le sud pour retrouver le rythme de vie tranquille des insulaires. Mais, nous avions oublié de tenir compte que nous étions le 1er janvier et que lendemain était jour de congé pour plusieurs !

Les familiers de la route qui mène de Florida City à Key West savent combien celle-ci, la seule qui mène d’une île à l’autre, peut être encombrée, surtout lors de longs week-ends. Il nous fallut donc très peu de temps pour réaliser que nous n’étions pas les seuls à s’y aventurer et que la patience serait de mise. Roulant à la queue leu leu, on aurait dit que les toutes les autos étaient reliées par un élastique s’étirant et contractant sans arrêt. Un coup de frein suivait immanquablement la moindre pression sur l’accélérateur. Bref, le trajet dura au moins une heure et demie de plus que le temps annoncé au départ par notre GPS.

À notre arrivée, au Fiesta Key RV Resort, les terrains disponibles étaient rares. Heureusement qu’un emplacement nous était réservé. Vers 17 h 30, nous étions enfin installés et prêts à relaxer. À ce moment, le soleil se préparait à plonger dans l’eau où nous serions bien allés le rejoindre, n’eut été que nous étions épuisés. Même préparer le souper nous semblait une corvée.

Le préposé à l’accueil qui nous avait reçus avait bien mentionné la présence d’un restaurant directement sur le terrain. Selon ses dires, la cuisine y était excellente. En l’écoutant faire la promotion du casse-croûte du coin, j’avoue avoir pensé que nous n’avions probablement pas les mêmes goûts. Souvent la gastronomie des restaurants de camping se limite à des frites graisseuses et de vulgaires hot dogs et hamburgers. Mais comme nous étions dans les Keys, pays de fruits de mer, dans un geste poli, j’avais quand même accepté, sans conviction, le menu tendu avec enthousiasme.

Ployant sous la chaleur et vidé de notre énergie après avoir installé et raccordé notre véhicule aux services, ni Michelle ni moi n’avions envie de sortir les chaudrons. Même nous demander ce que nous pourrions bien manger nous faisait suer davantage. En désespoir de cause, je jetai un coup d’œil au menu. Oh surprise, son contenu était plus élaboré que je ne l’avais imaginé. Assez en tout cas, pour nous décider d’aller jeter un coup d’œil aux lieux, histoire de soupeser l’ambiance et de voir comment nous y sentirions.

Il me fallut référer au plan du terrain pour localiser ce restaurant. Pourtant, en arrivant, j’avais passé juste devant sans même prendre conscience que la bicoque bleue sur ma gauche n’était pas une remise à outils, mais un restaurant. Dans les Keys, il arrive souvent que l’extérieur des restaurants ne paie pas de mine. Moi qui en suis à je ne sais plus combien de visite dans ces îles, comment avais-je pu oublier ce détail ? La chaleur et la fatigue m’avaient sans doute ramolli le cerveau.

Indécis, nous faisons le tour de la baraque. Derrière, donnant directement sur l’eau, une terrasse à fond de sable, parsemée de palmiers et de palapas couverts de feuilles brunes, se dressait devant nous alors que le soleil était en train de se noyer. Dans le sud, il faut à peine quelques minutes à la brunante pour se transformer en nuit. Des guirlandes de lumières accrochées entre les arbres projetaient juste assez de lumière sur le sable et l’eau pour complètement dépayser les Québécois que nous sommes. Nous étions conquis par cette atmosphère des mers du Sud alors qu’un sentiment de vacances nous envahissait. La magie opérait.

Mais ce n’était là que le début de ce que réservait le Lobster Crawl Bar and Grill. Barry avait raison, la cuisine y était excellente. Michelle commanda une pizza qu’elle trouva délicieuse, mais trop généreuse. Lorsque celle-ci arriva à la table, nous sûmes immédiatement qu’il aurait fallu être quatre pour en venir à bout. Offerte dans un seul format, 41 cm de diamètre, grâce aux petites boites de styromousse, elle vint garnir notre frigo pour au moins deux autres repas.

De mon côté, n’ayant pas l’âme à la pizza, j’optai plutôt pour le mahi-mahi portofino surmonté de grosses crevettes et baignant dans une sauce au homard avec petits légumes et d’un peu de riz. Malgré une cuisson prolongée qui avait un tantinet durci le poisson, les crevettes et la sauce homardine firent rapidement oublier ce petit impair. En fait, je ne sais pas ce qui avait été mis dans ce mets, mais lundi soir, Michelle a dû argumenter pour me convaincre de ne pas retourner manger la même chose.

Inutile de dire que le lendemain de ce festin, je suis retourné à l’office, présenter mes excuses à Barry pour avoir douté de son goût. J’ai aussi retenu de l’aventure qu’un jugement trop rapidement porté peut facilement nous enfermer dans un préjugé.

Crédit: Mr Paul Laquerre

110 Comments on “Paul Laquerre sur le chemin des Florida Keys !”

  1. Ça serait bon de savoir, si possible, comment vous trouvez ce terrain camping en général, la grandeur de ses emplacements et les services fournis et les prix.

  2. Bonjour! J’aimerais savoir si c’est un camping que vous recommanderiez et pourquoi? Je vous remercie!

  3. Bonjour Ginette,

    Merci encore pour l’intérêt que vous portez a notre blogue !
    Nous transmettons votre commentaire à Paul qui devrait vous répondre sous peu.

    ~~

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