That was part of dinner for P-Daddy and me recently when we headed out for sushi. We both love sushi, but it’s not the norm for us anymore. When we were in San Diego, we ate it a LOT, probably way more than we should’ve. Actually, we ate seafood a lot in general. There’s something about living so close to a huge body of water that makes me feel like seafood will be good to eat. Fresh. Tasty. Not having sat in someone’s freezer for months. I am fully aware that there are such things as planes, and they fly fast, and that the fish that we can get at some places here in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is as fresh as what we got in San Diego, but I have a mental block about it. Here in Dallas, I’d have to drive a heck of a long way to see a coastline. The thought of my “fresh” fish traveling that far just isn’t too appealing.
Growing up here in DFW, we didn’t eat a whole lot of fish, and I first learned to love it when I lived in Guatemala. We’d head to the beach regularly, all year round. Our favorite place was about 4 hours from where I lived, so we’d go early and spend the day lazing in the sand, people-watching, strolling on the beach, maybe swimming, and plying ourselves with cold beer (Gallo, how I miss you!) and fresh seafood. And when I say fresh, I do mean fresh – as in, caught fresh that morning by the comedor owner’s husband or one of his friends. It was incredibly good!
Living in San Diego fed my seafood addiction further, especially with the addition of sushi to my list of well-loved foods. But we’ve now been back in DFW for about 2 years, and I miss having a steady diet of fresh seafood. I know it’s possible, it’s just my own personal opinion that things that live in the ocean taste better when you are close to an ocean.
Yesterday I was lazily looking through my pics when I happened to see this one of our go-to map:
Now, take a look again – do you see that coastline? I cannot wait to explore its entire length, and when I do, I’ll make sure to let you know the best possible places to get fresh fish. And cold beer. Yum!