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15 January 2018

Interesting Food Encounters At Indiantown Marina

Some people think Indiantown is a sleepy little town where nothing interesting happens. For the most part, they're right. It has one main road and a handful of shops, people ride their bikes everywhere, and the nice folks at the library will look after a lost dog until its owner comes to take him home.

It's sleepy in a good kind of way. Interesting, not so much. Unless you think listening to boat owners at the marina scream in horror when they find out exactly how much it's going to cost to fix their boat is interesting. I'd call that depressing, not interesting. Or maybe even routine, because I'd be hard-pressed to find a boat owner who hasn't screamed in horror at the cost of boat ownership.

But something interesting did happen in Indiantown recently. And not just one thing, but two things. I tried fish tacos and experienced my first low country boil for the first time ever. How did I get to be so old without ever having had fish tacos or a low country boil?

The low country boil was fascinating. It reminded me of that old stone soup folktale where a couple of hungry strangers put a stone in a pot of boiling water and con local villagers into adding stuff to give the soup flavor.

Except, in this case, there weren't any conmen, just a bunch of boat owners chucking sausage, shrimp, fish, potatoes, brussels sprouts, onion, corn, and some old bay seasoning into a couple of pots and bringing it all to a boil on the grill. The end result was delicious.


The next week, we decided to get together for fish tacos. Another delicious meal. So delicious, in fact, that we got together for lunch the following day to finish off the leftovers.



All of these interesting food encounters got me thinking that I should put together a bucket list of foods I want to try on our travels. Grasshoppers in Mexico? Guinea pig in Peru? Arepas in Colombia? Bunny chow in South Africa? So many possibilities. So little time.

What's one food/dish you'd like to try? What do you think I should put on my food bucket list?

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30 comments:

  1. Fish tacos are surprisingly good.
    Can't think of many foods I'd want to try but haven't. Then again, it's still early in the morning and my brain isn't thinking about dinner yet.

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    1. I have to admit that I was pretty skeptical about the idea of fish in a taco, but now I'm a convert :-)

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  2. I've had fish tacos, and I like them but don't love them. I actually eat more vegetarian nowadays anyway.

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    1. We eat vegetarian part of the week as well.

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  3. As a vegan, I've never had fish tacos, but I wonder if I could substitute enough to make the soup?

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    1. We actually had a vegetarian pot and a pot with seafood. Both were delicious!

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  4. Low country boil is a favorite with boaters here. Easy to do and ever so good. Boaters know how to eat well.

    I can't think of any dish I'd like to try.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

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    1. Low country boil seems like such a great thing to do with a crowd. Easy to do and everyone can bring something to put in the pot. Definitely something to try again.

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  5. I'm always on the hunt for a good fish taco. I'd move to any place that makes them so I drool.

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    1. You should have been at Indiantown :-) The fish tacos were delicious.

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  6. well now- I've never had the low country boil for starters....and I'd suggest to you that you put Spanish Paella on your chow list! Plus a Spanish Tortilla ...their form of a potato omelet....bon appetit !

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    1. I've had both paella and Spanish tortilla before - both delicious, especially the tortilla. I love potatoes :-)

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  7. Okay, I admit it. I'm a food wimp. I don't try new foods very often. When I traveled last year and the year before that, I did try a few local foods: Hungarian goulash is more of a soup that we think of it, and I tried ... oh no, something that I don't remember the name of in the Czech Republic. It was some kind of venison dish ...

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    1. I remember having some delicious food in the Czech Republic. Lots of dumplings and great stew like things.

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  8. I've eaten lots of low country boils, but never one with Brussels sprouts in it. I think my husband would NOT be impressed with that.

    I might like to try some really good caviar someday. I had some cheapo stuff many years ago and wasn't impressed, but maybe the expensive stuff is better?

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    1. I've tried caviar before (probably was the cheap stuff) and didn't understand what all the fuss was about. They just seemed kind of weird how they popped in your mouth.

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  9. We've never had a low country boil but it sounds tasty!
    If you haven't tried a butter tart you need to try that - just recently found out they're mostly a Canadian treat and much of the world often remains deprived :)

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    1. A butter tart sound scrumptious, probably cause it has butter in it. Butter makes everything taste better :-)

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    2. Butter tarts are amazing! In Canada, there's an ongoing debate of raisins versus no raisins. I'm on team raisin.

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    3. I suspect I would be on team no raisins :-)

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  10. .
    I thought I was already subbed to you but it looks
    like I was only on G+. Anyway, here now. Would not
    enjoy the cost of a boat but the cost of anything
    even our trailer sometimes makes me scream, too.

    On my bucket list and yours? Hmmm. Not sure. I'll
    have to give that a think. Your tacos looked good!

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    1. You're so into cooking that it would be fun to see what's on your food bucket list.

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  11. Arepas are pretty normal. But then again, I've heard of fish tacos and a low country boil before, and you hadn't. I won't eat those things because I don't eat seafood. However, I'd be much more willing to eat those things compared to grasshoppers or guinea pig. 😳 One of my friends, who was in the army up until recently, returned to tell the story of how he ate termites where he was stationed. Ew. But who knows what Americans eat that other countries think is weird and disgusting!

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    1. That's so true what you say about the stuff we eat possibly seeming weird and disgusting to others. I think our American obsession with peanut butter confuses a lot of people and some of them think it's a little gross, especially on a sandwich with jelly.

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  12. Fish tacos and a seafood pot (what they call low country boil in North Carolina's Outer Banks for us Northerners, I guess). Yum. And that includes savory Brussels sprouts in my opinion. Oh, wow. You're addressing a complete 'foodie', here, a total culinary fanatic unless I'm too immersed in writing to care about food. I had a craving for Indian food today, in part thanks to a blogger friend, and went out of my way for naan, paneer tikka, and chicken vindaloo. Literally we went out of our way, having ordered online from a place that ended up having closed for a family emergency. We drove to somewhere we'd never been and sat in wait for takeaway. Heh... I would have liked some masala dosa, too, but it was a little pricey at the new place. Otherwise, I'd suggest trying anything new. It's a hobby of ours, and we were delighted to find a Colombian arepas restaurant near this Indian place. Yum... Cannot wait to try that.

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    1. I love Indian food and it's been ages since I've had any. Dosa is wonderful. We used to get a garlic chicken dosa at an Indian restaurant in Glasgow. So darn good. I've always been in awe at how they make them so light and airy.

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  13. I only recently tried fish tacos myself a couple of years ago. Yum. Have you tried Brunswick Stew? It's a favorite of mine that's popular in my home state of NC (though I assume it's from Georgia originally). Another favorite of mine is Ethiopian Red Red, or Kone Ni Makondo. I tried it at an Ethiopian restaurant here in New Orleans, and I was surprised by how comforting and familiar it is. I loved it (and Brunswick Stew) so much, I taught myself how to make both. I'm going to post a loosey-goosey recipe for Red Red on our blog soon. It's really easy to cook on a boat (esp. if you've got an Instant Pot). I'll tag you when I share it!

    Indiantown is Florida, right? I think I just read something about it recently. I'll be so glad when we've got the Shanti travel-worthy.

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    1. We love Ethiopian food (esp doro wat and miser wat) so I'm really looking forward to seeing the recipe for Red Red on your blog.

      I've never had Brunswick Stew. Isn't that made with squirrels or am I thinking of something else? If it doens't contain squirrel, I'll have to add it to my food bucket list :-)

      Indiantown is in Florida on the Okeechobee Waterway. Between Lake Okeechobee and Stuart.

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  14. I've always wanted to try a low country boil. Sounds so yummy! I adore seafood. Do you have a recipe for the tacos to share?

    Have you been to China? The food there is to die for, and bears no resemblance to the deep-fried crap found in North America. I highly recommend jian bing in Shanghai, which is a kind of breakfast omelet-crepe purchased from street vendors. SO good!

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    1. Unfortunately, I don't have a fish taco recipe. Other folks made the fish and sauce. I provided really "exciting" stuff, like lettuce.

      I've never been to China, but would absolutely love to. I think I'd just eat my way through the place.

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