Thursday, December 1, 2011
Seafood, not turkey
It was not the typical Thanksgiving meal.
But for our family, it has become pretty common.
There was no turkey - instead steamed shrimp, grilled shrimp and fried clam strips.
The Burlesons’ regular Thanksgiving week trip to the beach was a much-needed break and a wonderful vacation.
We did throw in some green bean casserole and dressing with the seafood on Thanksgiving Day. It was a feast, to say the least.
That was just one good meal we enjoyed during our stay in Orange Beach, Ala. One of my favorite things about going to the coast is the food. Forget the steak, I’m a seafood lover.
We started with raw and steamed oysters, plus some of the best pizza you will ever put in your mouth, at Papa Rocco’s.
We went to lunch at Trigger’s Seafood Restaurant, just across in Florida. We ordered a variety. I had something different, tilapia fingers. It was a good choice.
On Friday, Nov. 25, the night of our 22nd wedding anniversary, Pam and I enjoyed some karaoke music and more seafood. She would not let me get up and sing. But the raw oysters at Pink Pony Pub were some of the biggest and best I’d ever put into my mouth. And the seafood gumbo was outstanding. We had a great time.
Don’t think the family missed breakfast. Pam cooked each morning.
The weather was good - temperatures around 70 during the day and dropping to about 49 at night. The biggest problem, particularly on the beach, was the wind.
But I squeezed in as much beach time as I could – taking walks and looking for shells, even taking a nap. Erin and I enjoyed a late-night stroll with flashlights, too.
Any Thanksgiving for the Burlesons would not be Thanksgiving without some football, too. We enjoyed some NFL action on Thursday, particularly the Dallas Cowboys’ last-second field goal to beat the Miami Dolphins. We worked our Friday schedule around the LSU versus Arkansas game. But with the Tigers having the game in hand in the second half, Pam, Emma and Andy left for some shopping. Erin and I went to the heated swimming pool.
Late night, we enjoyed a couple of games of Phase 10. I like to win, even playing cards. But I did not win either time. Pam and Emma were the victors.
This year we were back at our most common vacation spot – Sugar Beach Condominiums – after staying in Gulf Shores, Ala., and Perdido Key, Fla., the past few trips to the beach. We discovered Sugar Beach about 16 years ago when we lived in Aberdeen. This was probably our sixth or seventh stay there.
Pam and I talk retirement pretty often, even though it’s still several years away. The Alabama coast would rank as a top choice.
Whether we make it there or not in our later years, I’m sure it will continue to be a favorite family vacation spot.
And in our mind, Thanksgiving is the best time to enjoy the beach and the seafood.
We returned to Holly Springs to heavy rainfall and dropping temperatures. It suddenly dropped into the 30s and the weatherman was even saying snow was possible. I wish I were back on the beach.
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