January 20, 2021

For the love of seafood

Published 3:02 pm Monday, November 4, 2019

If you’re like me, it just doesn’t get any better than seafood.

I’m not quite sure when or how I developed my love for seafood. My dad didn’t care for seafood, so outside of the occasional salmon patties my mom made, a fried fish dinner from Captain D’s or family visits to restaurants for special occasions, I didn’t have much seafood as a child.

But these days, there’s not much I won’t eat. Shrimp, clams, crab, scallops, oysters, mussels, calamari, lobster and all manner of fish, whether fried, steamed, grilled, broiled or roasted and included in soups or pastas or hibachi-style or topped with almost any kind of sauce or seasoning or dipped in cocktail sauce or tartar sauce, all mixed with lemon juice — that’s the way I like it.

My only request is that you not ask me to eat raw fish (or rare beef, for that matter). All of my meats must be cooked.

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My love of seafood was part of the reason I really wanted to cover the Poquoson Seafood Festival, because after I was done working, I could spend a few bucks with local merchants and get some great quality seafood. I wasn’t disappointed — everything I saw, and especially everything I ate, was on point. I was pleased at the variety, and there were even a few non-seafood items to please the palates of those who might have come to the festival without a particular love for all things from the ocean.

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The kids’ area, the vendors and the entertainment also attracted a significant amount of attention throughout the festival, and although the Sunday of the festival had to be canceled for weather, it still looked like everyone was having a great time Saturday.

My compliments to the chefs, and to the organizers of the event.