Smoked Mackerel, Thin Mint Milkshakes And Pigeon Stew [This Week’s Sloberiffic Weekend Eats]
Posted March 20, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Boy, oh boy. What you guys won’t eat for the sake of winning a few free ducats to see a show.
Seriously, that was some impressive grub you consumed over the weekend. Stew Nation did itself proud. Stand up and take a bow. Now sit down.
As you may or may not recall, I offered two VIP tickets and a meet-and-greet pass to see Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert at the Straz Center in Tampa on Sunday to whomever offered the most delicious-looking dish during this week’s Weekend Eats.
The response was astounding in both number of submissions and passion for food.
@Blaisphemy - Bacon tataki: Pork belly, black lime, espresso fish caramel & coriander citrus at Uchiko.
@CourtneyCP - Had great fish at Mitchell’s Fish Mkt but real star was Sharkfin Pie. SO good and so wrong we left some uneaten.
@nerditry - Crawfish/Oysters/Jambalaya/Hot Sausage Po Boy @ King Cajun Orlando
@karenmcallister - Bangin Shrimp Tacos at Surf Shack in Westchase. Delish.
@sarcasmically - Deep-fried marshmallows—in a graham cracker & shredded coconut crust.
In the end, however, the grand prize went to Jacqueline Reina of Tampa for the above photo of the seafood paella.
Jacqueline e-mailed to say:
“Last weekend my husband’s family celebrated his uncle’s recovery from Pancreatic cancer. Being Spanish, Cuban and Italian, we celebrated with great food and great wine. My husband, David Reina, made a wonderful seafood paella using the large portable paella pan purchased from Paellapans.com.”
“David is in the red ‘Repel’ cooking shirt. I know you are probably looking for restaurant pictures, but I guarantee you will not find a better paella than David’s anywhere in Tampa (or Miami for that matter)!”
Jacquline said she plans to take her 13-year-old daughter, Cecilia, to the show so she can meet Anthony Bourdain. “Her goal is to go to CIA [Culinary Institute of America] and become a chef. She is a huge fan of Mr. Bourdain.”
See? It’s going to a good cause. Not only will she get to meet a 4-star Michelin chef, she’ll get to learn a few new bad words from Bourdain that she can use during her professional culinary career. Bonus!
Like I said, the competition was fierce this week. Crazy fierce. Like Thunderdome, only with garlic and chocolate and spoons instead of Mel Gibson, Tina Turner and chainsaws.
Need proof? Here’s the rest of this week’s slobberiffic contributions. You all have every right to be proud of your consumption, my friends (Click on each photo to see a description):