If you think that this is going to be a post about frat boys or drinking, then move along. It is a post about the REAL life in a college town.
A few weeks ago, Matt and I had dinner with his advisor and among other things, we were complaining about the lack of good seafood in our dear mountain town (it is ALL frozen and sad looking at the grocery store and we are so used to getting it essentially straight out of the ocean from J.A. Alfords the best seafood seller ever in ye olde beach town--if you are a reader who still lives in said beach town, go out there and get some rock crab claws--they are delicious and cheap). So, Mrs. Advisor tells us about the SECRET way to get seafood here in town.
On Thursdays, you go to Draper Road and there are people there that import seafood ALL THE WAY FROM NORTH CAROLINA (I wonder if they get it from Mr. Alford...but that's another story.) So, I am picturing that this is like a little farmer's market of seafood. As this is a town that digs a farmer's market.
But not so fast, ASB. What it is is two women in sea-faring jumpsuits (think The Deadliest Catch) selling seafood out of the back of a truck. And a LOOOONG line of grey-haired faculty wives on a line wearing Izod sweaters and high-waisted light wash jeans chatting with one another about seafood recipes. Plus, carrying their CHECK BOOKS because the truck doesn't take cards. Just cash and checks.
So, faculty wives. And me. You know what I look like. Plus, I can't cook a lick. Which is a problem because THEY TALK TO YOU. One asked me what I was getting and when I said scallops, THEN I had to try to remember what it is that Matt DOES with the scallops. Luckily, I remembered that if you put Old Bay on ANY seafood it tastes good. I think I might have said something about searing them in a cast iron skillet--but that might not be a good idea. I have no idea if that's what he does with them.
So, for the past two weeks, I've gone and gotten scallops which are great. But I can't get over the fear of being in this ridiculous line of ladies who lunch and having to tell them things about cooking.
But, the good thing is that we can now have seafood again. And we are happy as...well...you can fill in the blank. :)