Blackened Catfish

October 4, 2011 § 2 Comments

I had dinner a couple weeks ago with my friend Kristin. We worked together back in the day, like even just over a year ago. I don’t think that really counts as back in the day, but I feel cool when I use that expression. I got to photograph Kristin a few times and one of those photos appears in the “Fun Stuff” banner at the National Confectioners Association. That was a fun shoot!

When we  agreed to meet at Whitlow’s in Arlington, I planned to get the meatloaf dinner but when we got to the restaurant I looked at the menu and something caught my eye – blackened catfish. I had had something similar not too long ago, but I was excited to try it at Whitlow’s because they do everything so well. Indeed it was very good, and came with dirty rice and collards. It was a nice southern-style meal, the type I used to have when I was younger and have missed for quite a number of years.

It is always nice to catch up with an old friend, or even a relatively new one, like Kristin. What makes it even better is having great food. It was a wonderful evening.

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Bill Busts My Sushi Cherry with a Boston Roll

March 15, 2011 § 1 Comment

My friend Bill found out that I had never had sushi before and told me he was going to take me out for sushi and bust my cherry. His words, not mine. Well, I had had avocado rolls and other wussy veggie sushi like that but never really developed a great love of it. As I have said before, I don’t like seafood. Crab is far from my favorite and even fish is still a bit on the “do not fly list” of my diet, but I am branching out little by little.

This was a Boston roll, which I expected, from the name, to be made from lobster. Turns out it was imitation crab, which is made from fish, I hope. This was Bill’s plate I nibbled off of, and I dunked the piece I tried in soy sauce. In the end, it more resembled chewy soy sauce than anything else, which both delighted and disappointed me. As much as I dislike fish in general, I was hoping for more of a fish experience. Next time we go to this restaurant I will be sure to eat more off his plate and have a better sushi to soy sauce ratio, even if I do add more wasabi.

Catfish Po’ Boy

March 1, 2011 § 2 Comments

I have to admit something. I am still a bit suspicious of fish. I never warmed up to fish in the first place, and always considered it too… too… well, too fishy. Catfish is different, though. It is the meat of the fish kingdom, possibly because it eats crap like whatever happens to fall to the bottom of the water and is unwanted by the larger fish, like dead bodies and fish poop. I bet it’s the fish poop that makes the catfish meat so delicious.

I got this at Po’ Boy’s, a Creole restaurant in Milton, DE. This was a blackened filet of fish on a French-style roll, characteristic of the classic po’ boy sandwiches of New Orleans, and served with a light remoulade. It was delightful and certainly wasn’t terribly fishy. Next time I think I will get it fried instead of blackened, though. If you are traveling through Milton, DE along Route 16, stop in and give them a shout-out from Carl the catfish guy.

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