Sunday, February 6, 2011

Shrimp & Grits

Shrimp & Grits is a staple of the south. Grits has actually been named as South Carolina's state food. In the bill introduced in SC, it said:

Whereas, throughout its history, the South has relished its grits, making them a symbol of its diet, its customs, its humor, and its hospitality, and whereas, every community in the State of South Carolina used to be the site of a grits mill and every local economy in the State used to be dependent on its product; and whereas, grits has been a part of the life of every South Carolinian of whatever race, background, gender, and income; and whereas, grits could very well play a vital role in the future of not only this State, but also the world, if as Charleston's The Post & Courier proclaimed in 1952, "An inexpensive, simple, and thoroughly digestible food, [grits] should be made popular throughout the world. Given enough of it, the inhabitants of planet Earth would have nothing to fight about. A man full of [grits] is a man of peace."

Sort of like football, life without grits may be unimaginable for some. There's all types...instant, stone ground, cheese, and more. There are all types of sauces for shrimp & grits as well (cajun, creole, cajun cream, etc) & it becomes somewhat of an adventure for people who like them to order it at every restaurant that serves it just to compare. Anyway...I have eyed the dish for about 8 years now but never ordered it. Yes, that's correct. I've lived here almost a decade & haven't tasted them. Sort of unheard of for a girl that loves to eat as much as me. Well, I got brave & ordered it on Friday night. And ooooo-weeee, I have been missing out! I think I will officially join in with all of the others that order them everywhere they go. Seriously, they were SO DELICIOUS. My dish was from Liberty Tap Room. They were country club grits with a cajun cream sauce & had shrimp, andouille sausage, peppers, and onions in it. Let the taste testing adventure begin..

What about you? What is that one food that you order no matter where you go? Maybe it's just because you love it. Maybe it's to compare one place to another.

The other food I do this with is She Crab Soup.

Until Next Time..
Love, Jen

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