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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Some Food from the Beach

I mysteriously forgot to use my camera much last week, but I still got a few meal shots. Usually the annual beach trip is a social thing -- we share a house with several friends -- but this year nobody could come, so Lawson and I had a whole house to ourselves. So we didn't do our usual elaborate 11 PM dinners. Here are a few things we ate.

Barbecue with butter beans, sweet potatoes, slaw, and a tiny bit of rice and hash. We always stop at D&H Barbecue in Manning, South Carolina, on the way to the beach.
Slow, simple breakfast of strawberries, eggs, and toast
Indian fish curry but without coconut, since the one we bought was rancid
An impromptu pasta with scallops, tomatoes, basil, and cream over some of the tastiest dried fettuccine I've ever had. Wish I could remember the brand.
As usual, I failed to take a picture of a single blue crab, although we caught about fifty of them and brought home a bunch to pick. We put crab in the fish curry. And Sunday when we got home I made a semi-successful crab quiche (too much tarragon, crust too thick).

We also ate at Louis' twice, where some things were fabulous (the salad of roasted beets, goat cheese, and pecans; the scallops), some things were poor (the grouper), and some were educational (the nairagi toro, which our server portrayed as some magical new lifeform but which turned out, when we looked it up later, to be marlin belly. It was like blander, more delicate tuna).

And we ate at Landolfi's, a perfect little Italian bakery plunked down in the middle of Pawley's Island, South Carolina. As usual, we ate some wood-fired pizza and then took home eclairs, cannoli, sfogliatelle, and the most amazing little raspberry-almond tart covered in pine nuts. Lawson hates the tarts -- he says they taste "like an adult's idea of dessert -- like fruitcake, like medicine" but I adore them.

It was a good trip, but I'm happy to be back home.


Annie said...

Next time you're on Pawley's, check out Perrone's. I wrote about it here:


We also like Bistro 217 and the outside area at Frank's for atmosphere.

Anne (fellow Free Times writer who really enjoys your blog!)

Eva said...

Hey, I like your blog, too! And your column. Thanks for reading. We should concoct some sort of Columbia Food Empire event or phenomenon.

Perrone's sounds lovely. I'll find an excuse to go to the beach again soon.

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