Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…
Last night, Leanne and I went to the Virginia Aquarium’s Sensible Seafood Festival. This was the second one they’ve had. You can read about the first go around here!
We were pretty excited to go, since the first time was delicious. Both Leanne and I were ready to marathon eat…and drink! Fair warning…this is a major photo heavy post!
First up, ceviche!
Ceviche from Tautog's
This was our first (I think) ceviche. It was pretty tasty, but needed some spice or acidity or something. Still good!
Next, BBQ shrimp. No photo cuz we both ate it too quickly. Did I mention that it was wrapped in bacon? Double yum.
The next thing we ate was our favorite of the night.
McCormick and Schmick's Cajun rubbed tuna with a sirachia aioli
Yup, pretty sure we went back for seconds of this at the end of the night. Just so you know, McCormick and Schmick’s, we put our poker chips in your pail! Also, I liked (at least) the tattooage that was goin’ on with the chefs. But I digress…
After eating all we could in the first room, we headed to the next room. What another room!? Oh yes!
There was a seafood stew? or something like that… I didn’t get a pic, it wasn’t that great. I also didn’t get a picture of the fried oyster on a cracker from Mahi Mah’s, but it was very good!
Oyster’s on the half shell? (Am I the only person that hears, “…turtles in a half shell. Turtle power!” When that’s said?) Yes, please!
Lucky Oyster, oysters
Some of the freshest, most bestest oysters I’ve had!
BBQ pulled/chopped pork at a seafood festival? Why not?
Jake's BBQ. Pulled and chopped pork with biscuit and coleslaw!
After eating a bit, ha! A bit, I crack myself up… We went to a cooking demonstration. It was put on by the Icelandic Seafood Company, complete with Icelandic chef! Truly.
He was everything I expected from a chef. He was blunt, a bit persnickety, and offended by the catch phrases and what not that people are throwing around about food nowadays.
The chef made five different sauces for five different fish dishes.
Creamy mushroom sauce, banana and grape sauce, veggie sauce, creamy leek sauce, and orange butter sauce
This is about how much butter he added to each sauce…
Actually, that’s a lie…he added about triple that amount. Did I let the prospect of my arteries clogging by just looking at the dishes? Pshaw, you don’t know me that well! I double fisted!
Creamy leek fish and banana grape fish
What did we do after eating at the cooking presentation? More eating of course!
Seared scallop with strawberry sauce, from local strawberries
Oyster wrapped with Serrano ham
Both of the above dishes were from the Aquarium’s restaurant and were pretty good. We were impressed by how good they actually were. They were right up there with our faves from McCormick and Schmick’s and Lucky Oyster.
We were pretty much done eating by this point. Got another glass of wine and decided we would try to walk through the rest of the aquarium. Last time you could only go so far and then you were roadblocked. Guess what you guys! We could go through the entire aquarium. So cool! And guess what else?! There was more food! We did not know this and had missed some of the fabulous dishes that were back there. Next time, we will plan accordingly so we can throughly eat to our hearts content. However, we did get dessert in the form of chocolate covered strawberries to the 3rd power.
We made some new friends…
Baby Sea Turtle. If you look real close you can see the look of glee reflecting off the glass.
Hello Mr. Crocodile
Mr. Diver Man
This guy was pretty funny. We was taking requests as to what to do in the tank. He “dropped it like it was hot”, did the running man, the lawnmower… Ya know all the good ones.
One really cool thing about the Virginia Aquarium is that they have a water tunnel. You can walk through the tunnel and have water above and on either side of you, complete with fishies and other aquatic animals. The pictures don’t do it justice.
We ended the evening by running into my teacher friend Maria. Hi Maria! We actually bumped into her multiple times throughout the night. And getting Skinny Dip, the yogurt, not the activity.
It was a really fun event and much better than the first time.
Believe or not, eating and walking around an aquarium really takes it out of ya…
But you know it’s been a good one, when you have a little souvenir to take home with you…
Incriminating evidence...chocolate covered strawberry leftovers
Thanks Virginia Aquarium Seafood Festival. Awesome event!