To me, summer means long lazy days spent outside picking crabs with friends and family. With the exception of one crab feast the week before our wedding, Brian and I felt like we missed out this year. :(
It wasn't long after we moved here that we started hearing about the Low Country Boil. It seems the coast of South Carolina and Georgia is famous for this one-pot meal that pretty much involves throwing a bunch of seafood and veggies into a pot and boiling them. I can't say Brian and I were too enthused by the description, but we decided to head to the Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival this past weekend to see what all the fuss was about.
After scouting out all of the booths, we settled on a boil from the Shrimp Shack, a huge pile of butterflied potato chips, and sweet tea (obviously). Our boil included shrimp, sausage, corn on the cob, potatoes, and a spice that tasted a whole lot like Old Bay. Sometimes they have crawfish or crabs as well; it seems like almost anything goes!
We had pretty low expectations, but the Low Country Boil was surprisingly flavorful and pretty delicious! We might be seafood snobs, but I think an extra shake or two of Old Bay just might make me feel like we won't go through Maryland Crab Withdrawal while we're here.
What foods is your area known for? Would you miss them like crazy if you relocated too?