Wednesday, May 31, 2006

The Food of Gulf Shores, Alabama

You just know a trip is going to be good when your very first stop on the way in to town is an oyster fest. I am a raw oyster fiend, let me tell you, and these were great oysters! I'm very specific about how I like them - lots and lots of lemon juice all over the tops of them, a generous teaspoon of cocktail sauce on each one, and then one drop (maybe two) of Tabasco sauce per oyster to kick it up. By the time I'm done, my mouth is burning, and I am feeling aaaaall right!

The seafood in Gulf Shores, Alabama really was out of this world. Over the course of the trip, I enjoyed huge shrimp, tuna steak, lump crab meat, scallops - fresh Gulf seafood of all kinds! LuLu's at Homeport Marina is one restaurant that is fun to visit. Owned by Jimmy Buffett's sister, Lucy, it had about 400 people on a regular, old Thursday night eating dinner and listening to great bands.

Of course, desserts should be mentioned. Al at King Neptune's plied us with - get this - fried cheesecake topped with caramel sauce. One bite of that was enough for me, but it's really popular. My favorite dessert of the trip was the chocolate torte (surprise, surprise) with raspberry sauce at Jesse's in nearby Magnolia Springs, where I met David, the flirty owner of the Magnolia Springs Bed & Breakfast. (Anyone who, within two seconds of meeting me, tells me I am beautiful gets an automatic mention!)

I also attended a portion of the Southern Breeze Coastal Wine Tour, which featured wine classes and over 250 different wines for tasting in a breezy setting overlooking the water.

Suffice to say, I miss all the seafood now that I am in landlocked Austin. (Lakes don't count!!)


Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot! I enjoyed the vicarious trip with you. I can still taste the shrimp and crabs. Please don't take any more trips until I work off the pounds gained from this one.

Yianni said...

Well, heck. If I'd know about the response to being beautiful, I'd have posted it a while ago :)

All that talk about oysters is making me long for them. While I'm not close enough for Gulf Shores, I must settle for Long Island Little Neck Clams and such that are harvested in the Long Island Sound (practically my back yard)

Queen of Sky said...

FRIED Cheesecake... yuk! :P

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