After making a polite pill of myself with the radio station, I did receive my $50 gift certificate to this local seafood market that has other things, but specializes in crab cakes (several different varieties) and other crustacean items. So, we went there yesterday. I blew a little north of $100, but I wanted to sample a bunch of different things, and it turns out their prices had gone up a buck or so per item from what’s listed on their website’s menu.
Last night we had some of the freshest, crabbiest crab cakes ever. No breading, no filler, just jumbo lump crab and binder. Also tried some “roll ups” with shrimp, crab, and a wasabi cram sauce, that were sort of halfway between a spring roll and an egg roll. The spring roll thingies were alright — good, but nothing I’m likely to order again. Served with a nice chilled Pinot Grigio and a side salad, it was a really good dinner.
Today, we visited my mom, and brought a quart of the lobster bisque soup. I made a batch of butternut squash soup from the last of the butternuts we grew in our garden, and left that with her. We had some of the bisque ourselves, for lunch, and offered to leave the rest with her if she wanted it, but she didn’t. It’s thicker and creamier than other lobster bisques I’ve gotten from elsewhere. She tasted it and loved it like we did, but it’s milk based, and she tries to stay away from dairy other than yogurt and small quantities of hard cheese, so I sort of figured she’d pass on the leftover.
Tonight, we’ll try a different variety of crab cake, have some more of the soup, and maybe try a few “crab critter” appetizers, which are balls of crab, a little smaller than golf balls, deep fried, then frozen, so we can bake a few at a time, and leave the rest frozen until we want them.
We also got a quart of cream of crab soup, which supposedly is also good on pasta like farfale and rotini. I may freeze that in smaller half-pint containers. Could have bought it already frozen, by the pint or quart, but it didn’t occur to me at the time.
The guy working the counter was the only employee there at the time. Not old enough to be one of the owners, but he might very well have been their son. His knowledge of their inventory was stellar, and he had no problem accepting the gift certificate from the radio station along with the balance of my tab in cash. If he were just some HS or college kid working there on weekends with no supervision, he might not have known how to handle that transaction.
I can say for sure that we will return. I wouldn’t put it on a weekly or biweekly grocery list, but every once in a while for a treat, it’s on my list.