Yesterday I was telling a friend about how much I'm looking forward to the fabulous Scottish seafood -- specifically langostino. We are only 7 days away from enjoying it for ourselves. My thoughts strayed to past great seafood meals.
I think there is no other food so meant to be enjoyed "at the source" as food from the ocean.
When we were in Muxia, Galicia, Spain, we experienced precebes (barnacles). The locals harvest them and rush them to the restaurants to be eaten that day. We spent the morning watching the harvesters and then enjoyed the fruits of their labor for lunch. The fresh sea taste is amazing.
Sitting in a seaside restaurant in in Gallipoli, Puglia (the heel of Italy) we watched our waiter go outside and call down to the fishermen who were mending nets on the pier below. A minute later a scooter pulled up to the door and the waiter carried a still dripping mesh bag full of my mussels in for the chef to turn them into this....
On the coast of Maine, the life cycle of a lobster dinner is short.
Here is the dock where the lobster boats store their traps between runs. The lobsters we were about to enjoy came in here and were delivered to the adjoining kitchen only minutes before they were on our tray.
Dan waits for his turn to pick up our order.
Bibs in place, dig in.
Scotland, here we come. Our first stop will be here: Temple Seafood