So I’m back in good old St. Augustine, Florida… one of my very favorite places! Melis and I came down last week to celebrate her twin brothers 21st birthdays with the rest of her family and some of the boys’ friends. It’s been a house full of fun the past few days
This afternoon we all decided to head downtown to St. George Street to grab some lunch at Pizzalley’s. Naturally, I got a slice of the Meat Lovers which had Canadian bacon, sausage, and pepperoni! Outside of Pizzalley’s they hand out samples which definitely draws in the crowds… it’s delicious and the crust is to die for. No wonder it was voted #1 pizza in St. Augustine!
After lunch we headed into Hot Stuff Mon to find some more Tobago Keys Peruvian Gold Grilling Sauce. Melis’ brother, Mark, had the genius idea of using the sauce on sandwiches for lunch the past few days and we ran out so we went to restock. This sauce is SO good. There’s a definite bite to it and also has a nice touch of sweet. Yum, yum, YUM.
Hot Stuff Mon is a family owned retail shop stalked full with spicy sauces, salsas, pickles, marinades, and anything heat related etc. It’s a decent sized space and every corner, wall, nook and cranny has something delicious sounding and HOT. Growing up I was never really into spicy things but it’s definitely grown on me. You just have to turn down wayyyyy too much good food if you can’t handle the heat… which is 100% lame to do.
We met the owner, Chanel, like the perfume , who greeted us with a smile. She chatted with us all about the Datil pepper, which is an extremely hot pepper that is a little sweeter and fruiter than habaneros, but is mostly cultivated in St. Augustine. For anyone visiting this part of Florida, it’s a great gift to bring back!
Some scenes from the shop:
While we were talking to Chanel I made sure to ask if customers were able to purchase goods from their website since I won’t be able to just swing by to refill whenever I want. They’re in the process of adding all of the products sold in store to their site (such as the Tobago Keys sauces), but there is still a very nice selection and also a great selection of the Datil pepper sauces. When I think of good gift baskets (which I think about more often than the average person, I think), I picture them overflowing with goodies from a store like this!
Hot Stuff Mon (along with Pizzalley’s!) are a must if you visit St. Augustine.
Hot Stuff Mon
34 1/2 Treasury Street
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
More to come from the Sunshine State soon!