Everglades Seafood Festival!

The first weekend of February I went to the Everglades Seafood Festival with my 2 main squeezes Kristi & Jessica (who you’ll probably be hearing a lot of. :)) It already feels like forever ago, but I had such a good time — great food, great people. What more could you ask for?

Me, Kristi, & Jessica at the Everglades Seafood Festival

Once we got there, the first thing I noticed was the extreme lack of black people racial diversity. We were even greeted by an obnoxiously large towel with a confederate flag on it, that I of course forgot to take a picture of. But even with all of that, everyone was pleasant. I guess seafood will do that to you!

Anyway, since I’ve decided to expand my horizons & other cliched things, I wanted to try the fried alligator that was prominently displayed on the menus of many of the booths. (I know that alligator isn’t seafood but I wasn’t going to be the one to point that out!)

Fried Alligator!
That my friends… is fried alligator meat.

Upon first biting into the overly salted morsel I thought, “Hmm, tastes like chicken.” I then proceeded to take a bigger bite and it did *not* taste the same. I was much softer than chicken… and kind of slimy. Yum. It’s safe to say that we threw it out after we all had taken a bite of it. $10 down the drain. But at least we paid for the experience… and the cole slaw & rice. lol The Everglades Seafood Festival also doubled as a carnival. So, after eating this platter full of fried deliciousness:

Fried shrimp, fried calamari, and french fries
Fried shrimp, fried calamari, and french fries… for $20…

We went to the carnival and played angry birds (real life edition), some impossible to win ping-pong-in-fish-bowl game, and ate  *amazing* funnel cake with cinnamon on top, pizza, and lemonade slushie. After hours of walking in the sun and running away from bees (we looked like such city girls) we decided it was time to head home. On our way back, we drove past an alligator on the side of the road that we doubled back to get a picture of:


That alligator was huuuuge! But what you can’t see in the picture (or maybe you can?) is that it’s not alive. There were vultures (or some kind of birds of prey) surrounding the gator that flew out of the way when I took the picture (from the car!).

The circle of life is vicious!

All in all, it was a good trip. The best food that I had that day had to have been the fried shrimp. I usually don’t like fried foods because I’m not a fan of the batter (and the oil) but I couldn’t complain one bit about the shrimp. The calamari, I could’ve done without and the fries had noooo salt at all. But the shrimp was just so good I didn’t even care…. Did I mention that the shrimp was great? lol

I would’ve only changed 3 things about the trip.

1. The souvenir cups. I paid $20 for a plate and you give me a cup from last year?! Disrespect!

Everglades Seafood Festival Souvenir Cup
2011? Really?

2. Rides. Some people *cough cough* were worried about their safety so we didn’t ride any. Where dey do dat at?! lol.

3. More food. I should’ve eaten more, but I was sooo hungry by the time we got there (it took us 2 hours to get there instead of the planned 1 hour … another *cough cough* haha) that I needed to eat something STAT and didn’t pace myself.

Here’s my last picture from our little trip:

Everglades, sunset

**** Special shout out to my cousin Sabine for helping me choose a good camera, within my budget and level of expertise (which is none) that takes decent pictures!  🙂 You can check out her blog here!

P.S. Totally realized that this is Valentine’s Day & there’s nothing about lovey-dovey-ness in here. Oops!

Happy Valentine’s Day!! :))

<3 Maika

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