Thursday, April 29, 2010
Shrimpalicious! A Red Lobster Adventure
A huge deal for me tonight--I ate shrimp. Those who know me understand my deep dislike, suspicion, and the utter gross-out factor that seafood had always played in my life. I couldn't even eat fish sticks as a kid. Lent at McDonalds? I would take the fish off the bun and eat the melted cheese with the tartar sauce on the bun ( it was pretty darn tasty, too). I ate cod in Ireland but it was covered with sauce and I had some lovely Irish cider to wash it down. At least two pints.
So I have taken toddler steps towards eating seafood since I met Bud. He likes it all, and in the name of love and healthy eating, I've attempted to make fish and I do make shrimp scampi for him on occasion. I mostly eat the buttery sauce with a good dipping bread. Maybe a few shrimp. Fish, not so much. I have tried, but just can't do it. Although I will say drinking wine along with seafood blunts the taste; and a ton of sauce on the seafood also helps me forget I'm eating fish. Almost. And discard the healthy factor as I add more sauce.
So Bud and I went to Red Lobster tonight with his parents. I've been there before, and usually order the only chicken dish on the menu. This time (and without any alcohol at all) I decided to make the bold move and try some shrimp. Never mind that this seems to be the one key ingredient on the Red Lobster menu. I thought they would have more choices, but no, shrimp was featured in just about every item except for the entrees that had lobster, crab, and scallops--ick. I chose a two combo platter, with shrimp scampi and cajun shrimp. I was hoping the caesar salad and two cheddar biscuits I had before the shrimp would satisfy my hunger, but leave me open for trying some shrimp. I knew Bud would eat whatever I didn't so no money wasted.
I did eat most of the shrimp and it was good. I also tried Bud's coconut shrimp and grilled shrimp with bacon. We all know bacon makes everything better, and in this case, it completely obliterated the taste of shrimp! Go bacon!
I think Bud was proud of me. I actually ate shrimp and didn't get grossed out. I am now full to bursting thanks to the fries, salad, and biscuits I inhaled along with the shrimp.
I draw the line at eating a whole fish. No way.
Don't even get me started on mushrooms.