Last night was a celebration night here in OBX…it was Randi’s birthday!
Are her glasses and hat not absolutely fantastic? They came from the fun hat place that we visited a couple days ago.
To begin the celebration, our group headed over to Captain George’s Seafood Buffet for dinner.
We actually came to this same place the last time that we were down here and really liked it, so we figured it was worth a trip back. Needless to say, I think half of the folks down here also had the same idea…there was a wait out the door when we pulled up!
Fortunately, the line looked more intimidating than it really was and we were able to find ways to keep ourselves amused while we waited.
Within about 15 minutes our name was called, but only to be corralled inside into what we all called a “holding cell” for about another 10 minutes.
It wouldn’t have been half bad, had we not had a full view of everything that was just out of our reach…
Talk about a tease. But eventually we made it to a table and were given the go-ahead to dig in.
Now I’m going to be honest with you- usually, I’m a complete train wreck when it comes to buffets. I feel like I’m being pulled in a million different directions, I have no idea where to start, I want to take one of everything, and my eyes end up being way bigger than my belly.
So, being well aware of my usual habits, I made a solid attempt to tackle tonight’s buffet with a game plan:
- Don’t bother getting things I could eat anytime (i.e., chicken, mac & cheese).
- Don’t worry about salad- yes, I know it’s good for me, but it would have filled me up too fast to enjoy the rest of the goods.
- Go for the items that will give me my money’s worth…all $31.00 of it!
Keeping these in mind, I scanned all of the offerings first, made some mental notes, and dug right in.
Plate #1: She Crab Chowder, corn muffin, green beans, a piece of salmon, and a few shrimp.
What was left behind: half the salmon (ehh), about 1/4 of the chowder, and ALL of the shrimp.
Why was all the shrimp left behind you ask? Ohhh, well that would be because I was a complete idiot and bit right into the first one…without removing the shell or anything else. Can I tell you bad I wanted to vom immediately after the first crunch of shell and then looking down to see the little legs??? Ohh good lord…it was awful. Snafu #1.
Note to self: It’s not shrimp cocktail when it looks like they can still walk off the plate…ughhh, my stomach still turns just looking at these things!
Plate #2: I redeemed myself with LOTS of crab legs with butter (YUM!), some sautéed zucchini (loaded with butter, booo), and a dinner roll.
What was left behind: half the roll and a few zucchini slices.
Let me assure you…no crab legs went to waste. They were much better than the crab legs I had on Tuesday, AND I wanted to make sure I got my money’s worth!
You guys want to know what else I tried???
I guess I was feeling brave. I tried one…it was gross. And salty. And I proclaimed that I felt like I was eating ocean water. It was then immediately pointed out to me that crawfish actually come from fresh water(??).
Yep, I felt like a bit of a tool after that one. Snafu #2.
So I did the only other thing I knew best…
Hit up the dessert buffet, of course.
Out of that plate above, the only thing I ate entirely was the carrot cake, which was loaded with cream cheese frosting and was fantastic. The rest were just so-so, so I bite or two from each was all I needed.
probably definitely would have gone back for more carrot cake, had there not been more dessert to come after returning back to the house…
Happy Birthday, Randi!
For Randi’s birthday cake, we got her a “Strawberry Cheesequake” ice cream cake from Dairy Queen.
It was good, but honestly, for the amount they charged, it really didn’t wow me. Plus, ice cream cake usually isn’t my top choice.
When it comes to birthday cake, I want real cake. And lots and lots of frosting so sweet that it coats my teeth.
This morning, I quickly ate a repeat breakfast from Tuesday, hopped in the car, and headed on down to the local DD’s for some more paparazzi blogging. I think we’re starting to know each other on a first name basis here…
To fuel me through, I got myself a raspberry iced coffee with skim milk and a couple blueberry cake munchkins (because, umm, we all know how much I adore these little things).
It’s looking a little overcast this morning, so I’m not quite sure what’s in store for the day.
All I know is that I can’t believe it’s already Thursday and my vacation is quickly coming to an end. Total bummer.
But hey, on the bright side, I got some really, really exciting news last night…
I was chosen to be a FitFluential Ambassador for the Albany, NY area!
I am *over-the-moon* excited to be a part of such an amazing group of bloggers and can’t wait to see what fun opportunities could possibly be in store!
If you haven’t joined yet and are interested, click here to check it out.
Alright, I think I’ve talked all of your ears off enough this morning…I’m off to finish my iced coffee and get started on my day!
Question for the Morning:
What’s the craziest/grossest/scariest food you’ve ever tried? Did you like it?