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Food on Fridays with Ann
I’ve been eating a vegetarian diet for the past few months, but I recently made a couple of exceptions.Last week, while on vacation, we ate at Mikee’s Seafood in Gulf Shores, Alabama, and I ordered the captain’s special: perch topped with shrimp, mushrooms, and Hollandaise sauce, served over a bed of rice.On the side, hush puppies and corn fritters.Oh, how I love the South! The seafood is amazing, and I could eat an entire bowl of corn fritters, popping one after the other into my mouth.Mikee’s Seafood offered lots of choices in a relaxed atmosphere that suited our casual family perfectly. We all found items on the menu: I splurged on my seafood special; the Belgian Wonder ordered all-you-can-eat shrimp; two kids enjoyed generous servings of fettuccine alfredo; one daughter tried her first Po-Boy; and our son opted for the predictable and familiar grilled cheese and French fries.Our only eat-out of the week turned out to be fun and satisfying for everyone.To replicate my meal at home here in the Midwest, I’d need a deep fat fryer and insider knowledge of how to make proper corn fritters and hush puppies. I’d want to purchase fresh perch caught by a local fisherman earlier that day. In addition, I’d pick up about a quarter pound of fresh shrimp to quickly saute with mushrooms and slide on top of the grilled fish.Sadly, I have access to none of the above. Well, I could get mushrooms.Basically, I can’t have this dish again until I return to Gulf Shores, Alabama.But maybe it’s best this way. After all, this minimizes the temptation to interrupt my vegetarian diet. Because while I can’t access fresh seafood, I can easily obtain mushrooms. And maybe, with a little practice, I can learn to fry up a bowl full of corn fritters.
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