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Sunday, January 20, 2013

By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea . . .

So. . .feeling a little melancholy about our cancelled cruise . . . We decide we really need some seafood. We have lots of choices . . . Local places like Southside Fish & Clam or Louie's Port Washinton. . . Chains like Legal Seafood and Joe's Crab Shack . . .love them all, but our "go-to" place seems to be Red Lobster. The mother of all seafood chains has become our default setting.

The place is always crowded, the lobby area overflowing with would-be diners. There is almost always a wait for a table. You can amuse yourself by watching the lobsters in the tank, and when that "excitement" wears off, scan the bar code on your pager and you can get a cute trivia game on your phone.

We were really in need of some fruity, tropical concoctions. He ordered sangria, red wine mixed with fruit juices in a glass decorated with a slice of orange, a slice of lime and a strawberry. I ordered my usual . . .I think it's called a sunset passion colada, a pina colada with a swirl of strawberry, served in a tall glass with a slice of pineapple. Both were excellent.

We both started with the pretty standard garden salad and the famed cheesy biscuits. The biscuits are light and fluffy and have a subtle cheese flavor.

The combos we'd ordered on previous occasions are no longer on the menu, but have been replaced by other offerings. I ordered "the ultimate feast". This included a lobster tail, a small portion of crab legs, some fried shrimp and shrimp scampi. I'm not crazy about the scampi -- the shrimp they use in this dish are very small and tend to be overpowered by the sauce. I chose wild rice pilaf as my side - while it was very good, I think it was a little heavy to go with a seafood feast.

He ordered a combo which included a lobster tail, grilled shrimp and grilled scallops. It is served with two sides -- the rice pilaf and broccoli, but you can order different sides if you like. He asked for mashed potatoes, which were rich and creamy.

As always, we brought about half of our meal home. Skipped dessert in favor if some yummy ice cream in the freezer at home.

Still working on those midwinter blues, but last night's dinner surely helped . . .

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