Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Bobbing along, bobbing along on the bottom of the beautiful briny sea

I was clearly craving seafood and the sea this weekend as I dragged the Bot around DC and to the coast. "It'll be fun, I promise" I proclaimed. And things didn't quite go to plan. No big disasters, just not quite what i'd hoped for.  

First up, Maine Avenue Fish Market in DC. If you're a fan of fish YOU NEED TO COME HERE. Oh my days I was in seafood heaven. The oldest continuously operating fish market in the USA no less, this place is brimming with beautiful creatures of every description; flounders, tuna, native blue crabs. It's a tad overwhelming at first because there is so much choice but the vendors quickly draw you in with samples of their chowder. Yum. Just don't do as we did and visit slap bang in the middle of winter if you fancy a nice wander around and a bite to eat. It was -2C and the wind was whipping up from the river. After necking two oysters each we'd lost all feeling in our hands and had to bolt it back to the car. But not without grabbing two huge chunks of salmon which I cooked up later and were divine. Nom.

Next up was Solomon's Island, 1 1/2 hours south of DC. Extensive research on 'day trips from DC' threw this place into the mix. And on the promise of seeing two lighthouses and sampling 'some of the best crab cakes' I was sold. Well we couldn't get to the first lighthouse because it's on a private beach, accessed from a private residential road. And what with it being so easy to get guns in this country we didn't want to risk it. The second lighthouse, part of a marine museum, was closed for renovation. And the crab cakes? Mediocre at best. Still, we did see a very cool Cadillac on the way home and that was very cool indeed.


So as not to mislead you all photos of fish were taken at the fish market
...the rest are down in Solomon's Island

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