Monday, July 28, 2014

Eating on Vacation - Outer Banks Vacation Part 3

I thought this might be an interesting post because it's always interesting learning what people eat when they are on vacation. Cooking on vacation is interesting because you don't have all your normal supplies when it comes to spices, oils, vinegars, pots, pans, etc... We went to the grocery store once we got there so we tried to come up with a menu that included minimal spices, time and equipment. Originally we had planned to make lasagna there so my plan was to measure out all my spices into a baggie and bring it in my suitcase with me...but we decided that was a little heavy for the beach so we scrapped it... but one thing I did bring in a baggie is a little bag of kosher salt, my pepper grinder and my knife. I can not live life without these things......not even for a week.

We made a meal plan for the week and a grocery list before we even left for our trip so that we could go shopping the first night without having to figure everything out then. We had 5 adults and a baby, and our intention was to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in every day except for the first night, we would order pizza and we would go out to dinner two nights. We tried to keep breakfasts and lunches as simple as while we generally don't eat a lot of turkey sandwiches at our house, it seemed like the easiest plan for the week...

Anyway, here was our meal plan

Bananas, Eggs, Cereal, Milk, Juice, Fresh Fruit, Coffee, Cream

Turkey Sandwiches, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Pretzels, Chips, Fruit, Carrots/Veggies, Dips

Cheese & Crackers, Pretzels, Chips, Cut up raw veggies, Fruit

Baby Snacks:
String Cheese, Cheddar Bunnies, Fruit & Vegetables, Dry Cereal, Fruit & Veggie Pouches, Raisins

Tacos & Rice
Slow Oven Cooked Ribs with BBQ Sauce, Mashed Potatoes & Cauliflower
Breaded Chicken, Roasted Sweet Potato Fries, Broccoli
Sauteed Pork Chops with Roasted Red Potatoes & Summer Squash

I didn't even think about writing this post so I didn't take pictures of any of these dinners, but lucky for us, the kitchen was well equipped and the oven worked great...even the night I was roasting 4 pans at everything turned out great! I have stayed places where the pans are so warped you can barely cook eggs, so I was happy that this place had really nice things.

One night we went out for fish tacos and I got this halibut burrito. mmmmm

And one night Emily, Rob and I got away and tried out a little whole in the wall called Armstrong's Seafood.

We had read great reviews of it on Yelp and called to make a reservation. The lady on the phone laughed out loud and said they didn't take reservations and that the place only seats like 30 people.. When we got there we realized it was a seafood shop that also has a few tables set up to feed people. You can order off the menu, or pick a fish right out of the case and pay that price +$5 to have them cook it for you. 

A nice no nonsense lady sat right down at our table and asked what we wanted... we asked what was fresh... she looked at us like we had 3 heads and said "everything was caught this morning". a true love with this place was forming...

We started with some (ridiculously reasonably priced) beers and a pound of mussels (steamed and served with butter and garlic lemon sauce)

gotta love the mussels on a paper plate
Emily ordered a big piece of rare tuna with fried Okra and Old Bay steamed potatoes.

It was served with wasabi and soy sauce for dipping. This was out of this world delicious. If I went right now...this is what I would order. I wish I would have gotten a shot of the inside....pan seared just enough with a rare inside almost like sushi. So fresh.

Rob ordered the Wahoo, blackened. He ordered a side of hush puppies and the old bay steamed potatoes. I had never had this fish before and MAN was it good. In Ohio we don't ever really get fish this fresh so I think everything just tasted a million times better because it was right out of the ocean. We ended up going home with a jar of this blackening seasoning. Can't wait to blacken.everything.

I ordered the scallops again with the potatoes but for a side I ordered the corn nuggets.

It was a generous portion of scallops and they were, again, SO fresh....but I will say I like my scallops with a little bit of a sear on them which these didn't have at my dish, unfortunately was our least favorite entree but man did I win in the side department. Do you see those little fried nuggets in the top left hand corner of that picture? They were like cheese and corn soup fried into a ball. Yes. Cheesy corn soup...which already sounds like something I should be eating.....somehow put into a ball and fried. so.seriously.yum.

Anyway, if you are on vacation in Kill Devil Hills...go here. Either eat here or pick up some fish for to sautee, steam, grill or fry at your beach house. Also, don't make the mistake of waiting until your last night to go like we did. Go early so you can go again and get whatever the person who went with you last time got and is still making you jealous thinking about it to this day....just a suggestion. :)

That concludes this installment of vacation updates. Luckily for us we have one more beach vacation this summer not far from now.  Let the countdown begin :)
Read about part 1 of our trip here and part 2 here!

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