Every summer, I make sure that I go to the beach as much as I can and dine in at the many seafood restaurants or seafood shacks along the beach. Some of my favorite places to eat are the fun and casual seafood restaurants at Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, and Redondo Beach. Even though the restaurants here are not quite a “shack” like the ones in New England, they serve pretty decent seafood and shellfish that basically scream summer. My favorite dishes are steamer clams, crab cakes, and peel and eat shrimp. Nothing delights me better than having a meal of fresh seafood, sipping down cold drinks, and have fun conversations with my company while soaking up the sun and warmth.
Last year, when my eldest sister came to visit, I took her to one of the seafood restaurants at Santa Monica. I ordered a big bucket of peel and eat shrimp, and we just sat there, peeling and eating. The experience was uniquely American to my eldest sister and she really enjoyed the food. The memory from last summer prompted me to share this peel and eat shrimp recipe, which I plan to make for my guests when I have my summer party next weekend. It’s going to be fun, and I know everyone could always have some peel and eat shrimp, cold beer, and great conversations during summertime. So lay out the brown paper, fill the buckets with the sea bounty, and dig in. Enjoy and don’t forget to check out my summer recipes!