There is something approximately consuming seafood that turns me into a lawless creature. I eat seafood with my palms find it irresistible’s an aggressive sport. Fried, grilled, barely seared, bathed in lemon and butter and served with chilled wine, I love seafood all approaches — but the easier, the better.
Tearing off the heads of crawfish and tipping lower back my head to suck out their insides. Cracking spindly crab legs to tug out their meat and plunge it into butter. Throwing again oysters swimming of their personal salty brine. Stabbing at uncooked littlenecks to pull them out of their shells. Ripping right into a grilled whole fish with my hands, pulling at the flesh eagerly however also with care, so I don’t pull out too many bones. I eat seafood with sure desperation and hunger that takes over my frame. It’s grotesque and erotic. If you’ve ever witnessed it, I’m sorry… however additionally…You’re welcome?
Over the past 4 years, I fell in love, traveled many locations, had my coronary heart damaged, unraveled. I also ate loads of seafood platters. Here are a number of them.
Yes, this is the beachside Malibu eating place of The Fast And The Furious reputation. It is likewise where Jax Taylor proposes to Brittany Cartwright at some point of season seven of the absolutely deranged, glorious fact television show Vanderpump Rules. I hate to provide any props to a hetero couple, however, I truly can’t imagine a more romantic putting than a FRIED SEAFOOD SHACK. I am being very extreme, as I constantly am in terms of seafood.
The first time I went to Neptune’s Net and ate this seafood platter, I had a boyfriend. I knew I became gay however hadn’t sincerely parsed any of it out but. The 2d time turned into Valentine’s Day (seafood! Is! Romance!), and I had a female friend, and my family didn’t realize but they might quickly. It turned into our first ride together. We have been nonetheless long distance. She had by no means visible California, and I couldn’t wait to expose her, to take her to the coastline so we could watch the sundown over the ocean and devour a mountain of fried seafood.
On Vanderpump Rules, Jax proposes to Brittany at Neptune’s Net less than a year after he’s stuck cheating on her. He has cheated on all people he has ever been with and but is convincing in his lies to his castmates and friends, manufacturers of the display, viewers. Vanderpump Rules is frequently an eerie display of ways easy it’s miles for some humans to lie and manage. Jax proposes to Brittany over fried seafood, and she or he says sure immediately. She says so often over the path of the season that he has modified, that she knows he’ll by no means cheat on her once more. Of path, that’s a not possible aspect to realize. But I envy her ability to accept as true with. And I additionally fear it. Season seven ends with the 2 still engaged, with Jax — one of the maximum vile reality TV villains of the past decade — supposedly nevertheless on his redemption path.
Grilled seafood platter // Santorini, Greece // September 2017
This is it. The satisfactory seafood platter I’ve had in my lifestyles up to now. Are you kidding me?! That view?! That unfold of butter- and lemon-doused beauties? I may want to cry looking at this best image. We spent hours with this meal, one of the most memorable of my existence. Inexplicably, we were the handiest ones inside the eating place, and we held fingers across the desk, and the sun and sea and cliffs had been at the back of her.
Grilled fish and rosé // Mykonos, Greece // October 2017
Mykonos is the gay party island of Greece, and we did our fair percentage of gay partying that week, but we additionally discovered a quiet taverna far from everything else.
I constantly, usually want to be ingesting grilled fish with lemon via the sea, to pay attention to smooth waves and to drink wine so acidic and dry it burns a bit.