Raw oyster!?!

Karl’s parents, along with my brother-in-law, sister-in-law, and niece, went to a seafood place called Turk’s Seafood. It is a gem of a restaurant. Located at 83 Marion St, Mattapoisett MA, this gem was started by the late Richard “Turk” Pasquill in 1989. His concept was to buy seafood basically off the boat, which is guaranteed to be the freshest fish.

I went into this with the decision to try new things. My father-in-law, Charlie, knows the guy who runs the place and received permission to let me try a raw oyster. They brought it out on a little plate with a small chunk of lemon and some cocktail sauce. They basically announced it as they came in with it, which made the entire room go quiet. So in front of thirty or so new friends I tried my first raw oyster with lemon juice fresh squeezed on it. Several onlookers commented on the fact that eating an oyster was like taking a shot. Let me tell you, with thirty people watching I felt newly twenty-one again! The oyster was good though. I would definitely try it again, although it mostly tasted like lemons.

Karl ordered fried scallops, deciding to give himself a cheat since it has been so long since we had eaten out. He was nice enough to let me try one, and I found it buttery and delicious. The texture was perfect. We had try to make scallops before as an appetizer for a dinner party, but it turned out pretty chewy. Luckily it was wrapped in bacon, so was still a hit, but I really want to replicate what I just had in the restaurant. Although no breading of course. Karl also had a side of sweet potato fries.

I decided to order the seared rare tuna over sushi rice and mango salsa. It originally had a spicy Hawaiian sauce, but it had soy in it so I left it off. The mango salsa wasn’t my favorite but that is because I like it a very specific way. The tuna melted in my mouth and was absolutely delicious. I would definitely go back to this restaurant. My niece definitely did not like being there, too many people I think. She preferred to be outdoors ūüėČ I have to admit eating the meal outside would have been awesome. I also stole another scallop.

Overall the meal was very very good. Definitely encourages my branching into seafood.

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Trying New Things

I hate seafood. ¬†I hate it with a passion. ¬†It smells bad and everything it touches becomes fishy and musty to me. ¬†I’ve had what others consider to be very good fish and other seafood and still thought it tasted that way. ¬†It is probably me, not where it came from and not how it was prepared.

I am aware, however, that I have only tried a small fraction of seafood and cooking methods. ¬†Two years ago on a whim I tried sushi for the first time. ¬† It contained salmon and eel and I loved it! ¬†Having switched from a conventional American diet to a primal one, I have to really pay attention to individual nutrients until it becomes a habit. ¬†In the past many nutrients that have been added to “fortified foods” came from foods I do not enjoy. ¬†Seafood is one of them. ¬†I want to expand my palate and eat better foods. ¬†I am trying to give seafood a fair try.

In a couple of minutes Karl and I are headed down to his folks to visit and go to a seafood restaurant they love to go to. ¬†Nothing fancy, considered very casual. ¬†I want to go into this with the spirit of being adventurous and the knowledge that if I don’t like it, thats ok. ¬†The important thing is that I tried something new.

Contest at Civilized Caveman

Sometimes trying to be Primal can be expensive, so I take my time adding in all the little conveniences that make this diet easier to do with the time and money I have. ¬†Hopefully some people can take advantage of the contests that some websites have, and get some wonderful stuff. ¬†At the very least I have been very inspired in some of the stuff I have seen. ¬†I am on a rediculously limited budget (school loans and trying to go back to school vicious cycle) so it takes a lot of patience and control not to just go out and buy a bunch of stuff for my lifestyle. ¬†The original reason I had to not do this was because I get excited by new concepts and by up a bunch of stuff and then abandon it two months later. ¬†Huge waste. ¬†I have been involved in this lifestyle since September of 2010, so I feel pretty committed and I don’t feel this is a problem anymore. ¬†However you can do this lifestyle without all the fancy stuff as well. ¬†The tools are awesome, don’t get me wrong but I want people to realize that you can start this lifestyle on any budget. ¬†In the future I plan on posting some tricks to make it cheaper, without sacrificing anything. ¬†I know, big promises!

 

Anyway, on to the contest! ¬†Civilized Caveman is having a giveaway if you go around and like a bunch of stuff on facebook and subscribe to a couple of newsletters. ¬†Now normally it makes me really uncomfortable to do things like that, because of many reasons I don’t feel like going into. ¬†However, the facebook likes appear to help out quite a few small businesses whose practices I think I could really get behind. ¬†So definitely go and check it out!

Civilized Caveman $1800 Giveaway!

 

Horrible blogger

I am truly bad at this whole consistant blogger thing. ¬†However I have hope. ¬†First off because my favorite blogs are about people who get too busy to write anything. ¬†How can you write about anything if you have had no experiences? ¬†Also, I just started. ¬†I can’t expect to be good at something the first few times I do it.

Today I wanted to share an accomplishment. ¬†I made the best Kale chips! ¬†I’m very satisfied with them and next time I make them I will record what I did and share it here. ¬†Most kale chip recipes are pretty similar so I recommend if they don’t turn out how you expect them too, read someone else’s recipe or tweak it yourself. ¬†It will turn out great eventually!

This coming Saturday, my husband and I are off to look at houses.  This is the first such outing, so it is not like we are buying any time soon, but I am excited anyway!