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Food on Fridays with Ann
Last week, my husband and I enjoyed a special anniversary trip, just the two of us. Anyone who knows me well can make one guess where we went.
Yes, I asked to go to the beach.
Specifically, Sanibel. I’ve been to many places in Florida, but never Sanibel-Captiva, and for years I’ve wanted to see what it was like.
I had no idea it was so…expensive.
To save money, we made creative use of the overpriced hotel’s microwave and fridge, cooking eggs for breakfast and making salads for lunch. We did dine at some restaurants, though, and the biggest splurge was Traders, where I enjoyed some of the most delicious seafood I have ever eaten in my life.
My husband ordered a fish—maybe rainbow trout?—stuffed with crab and spinach.
I’ll never cook a dish as delicate and unique as this, but I will remember next time I serve a side dish of rice to butter a ramekin, press in a serving of rice, and then pop it upside down on the plate to form this cute mound.
I ordered flounder, also stuffed with spinach and crab then topped with some shrimp and served over lobster-stuffed ravioli and a cream sauce.
Now, I probably should not have eaten the ravioli because of the gluten, and I shouldn’t have consumed the cream sauce because of the dairy. But I did it anyway, and wow! That was that the most amazing blend of flavors EVER.
I highly recommend Traders, for an anniversary splurge.
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April @ The 21st Century Housewife says
Happy Anniversary to you and your husband! It sounds like you had a great time, and Traders sounds like a really wonderful restaurant. The food looks scrumptious. Thank you for hosting, and have a lovely weekend.
Thank you, April!
Megan Willome says
I’d say if you’re going to splurge, lobster ravioli is the dish to do it on.
I did feel a little weird, but nothing dramatic. I would do it again and again. 🙂
Megan Willome says
I’d say if you’re going to make an exception to your dietary restrictions, lobster ravioli is the dish to do it on.
Glad you agree!
Hazel Moon says
Happy Anniversary and such a rare treat! You were wise to do breakfast and lunch in your room, but eating out for your anniversary celebration was awesome!
Thank you, Hazel!
Sandra Heska King says
I’m with Megan. Cream sauce and all. Happy Anniversary! I hope you came back with lots of sand stuck between your toes.
Yes, and seashells packed into the emptied plastic salad containers! Oh, and we do bring sand back from every new beach we visit–we display it in glass jars with cork toppers that I find at Goodwill. Anyway, I don’t recommend taking plastic containers of sand through security.
Ahhhh….I LOVE that area! We went went the kids were little to South Seas Plantation … being from the east coast of Florida ourselves, the kids were nuts about the little seashells being alive with creatures inside … it WAS expensive but so much fun and just a beautiful place! Happy belated Anniversary!
Jan, you lucky duck! We looked into that place, but it was completely booked! We had no idea, but a friend who has a time share on Sanibel said that we happened to pick the most peak season week of the year. That surprised me, but that’s what she said.
I wanted to check out Captiva, actually, but we just drove through.