My Seaside Foodie experience
I just got back from Seaside Florida.
If you haven’t been there, you should go.
It’s a real family oriented area between Rosemary Beach and Watercolors on the Florida panhandle. We have been going over 20 years for our family vacations.
One of the things I do on vacation is cook every meal. I hate going out to those Florida restaurants that are packed with tourists all the time. The wait is forever, it’s loud, the service is so so at best, and the food is never great.
I cook breakfast and dinner every night and we have leftovers, salad or sandwiches for lunch. I am a regular at the local Seaside grocery, Modica Market, and actually have a house account there. They have everything from dirty martini olive juice to prime steak - all crammed into about 1000 sq/feet. It is family run and we have seen the parents Charles and Sarah retire and hand over the reins to their kids.
We bring lots of food with us, some stuff ready to eat like homemade lasagna, or gumbo I make at the shop. I also bring my spice mixes, bases, and sauces along with steaks, or seafood to cook fresh there.
This year we had some excitement cooking as we attracted the fire department 3 different times and then they paid us not to COOK ANYMORE.
The hood didn’t work on the nice Vulcan stove top they had. The first night was just the reheating of BBQ baby racks and I made some mashed potatoes and pork and beans, we had no issues.
But the next night was seared scallops and jumbo shrimp with a brown garlic butter sauce.
I wanted to do a test of the scallops to check their consistency and how the sauce worked with it before I made dinner. I got a pan hot and seared 1 scallop and turned on the hood. I realized the hood didn’t work right away and told the crew to open the doors and start fanning to try and not set off the alarm but that was hopeless. The smoke detector went off, then the condo mangers showed up, then the maintenance man and then the fire department came over.
They were all good natured about it and management said they would see about getting if fixed tomorrow. Unfortunately, I still had to cook for everyone else and I told them I was going to be doing more cooking that night. They couldn’t disconnect the smoke detector because of the lawyers. We did our best to avoid another visit by rigging a portable fan to blow the air out on the porch.