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Finding Lobster Rolls in Dallas

December 18, 2016

You know those times when you see something and say to yourself, “Yup, I need that in my life right now.” That’s exactly what happened a few days ago when we sat and watched a guy challenge Chef Bobby Flay to a lobster roll battle on the Food Network.

Throughout my entire childhood, I was close to an ocean. Being raised along the eastern coast of the US and Puerto Rico, seafood was always in abundance. I frequently craved fish, shrimp and crab legs and it wasn’t difficult to find good seafood at a decent price. But chief among my seafood obsession is lobster.

For me, one downside to living in Dallas is that we’re pretty far inland, and to be honest, I haven’t actively sought out seafood in my local area. I’ve stayed fairly content with the thriving Tex-Mex scene, succulent barbecue joints and raking in Pei Wei rewards points. But coming out of that episode of Beat Bobby Flay, my seafood itch hit with full force.

To my surprise, there were more than a couple places serving up lobster rolls in our area. I thought for sure we’d have to go downtown to have a chance. Lo and behold, ten minutes from my house Sea Breeze Fish Market & Grill has been serving up some of the best seafood in Dallas for a while now.

The restaurant itself is a nice establishment. I was expecting something a little more “hole-in-the-wall.” Aesthetically it felt fairly modern and nautical. I wish I had time to read through the menu more, but after quickly grazing their options, I put in my order for a New England Style Lobster Roll and a side of Andouille Dirty Rice. My mind was set, but had I actually read the menu, I’m sure plenty would have called out to me.

Ten minutes later I had a beautiful lobster roll, dirty rice and two hush puppies sitting in front of me. The sides were good but were overshadowed by the deliciousness of the roll. Lobster claw meat on its own is amazing – sandwiching it between buttery bread is otherworldly. Biting into the sandwich was nothing short of glorious. It was buttery, smooth and the lobster was the star. Other places tend to top it with a slaw and whatnot. Not this place. It’s 100% about the lobster which I appreciated.

In total, my meal ran me $16 plus tax. A small price to pay for great seafood in an place where lobster rolls aren’t commonplace. If I could, I would have paid $50 for a the same sandwich the size of a footlong from Subway.

I was fortunate to exchange a few words with the owners of the restaurant and they are adamant about the freshness of their food. They source the seafood from markets themselves and seem to be great, passionate people. From a lunch perspective, this place is certainly baby/children-friendly with ample space to have your stroller table-side if needed. I couldn’t imagine it’d be too different during dinner hours.

Sea Breeze Fish Market & Grill is located at Lakeside Market, 4017 Preston Rd #530, Plano, TX 75093

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Hearty One-Pan Sausage & Tortellini Soup

November 4, 2016

Back in February of this year, I made a delicious Tortellini soup and promised to post the recipe here on the blog. Well, better late than never, right? I was struggling with what to cook for dinner yesterday and remembered this yummy and hearty recipe. My favorite part of this meal: ONE PAN. I am always instantly drawn to one-pan recipes as they are often fairly simple and make for less clean-up. Win! You can whip this up in under 30 minutes, so it’s great for weeknights and the process from start to finish is super easy. Plus, the leftovers are fab.

One-Pan Sausage & Tortellini Soup

2 tbs Olive Oil
1 small onion (chopped)
1 green bell pepper (chopped)
3 cloves garlic
1 lb sausage (I’ve used both hot and regular)
1.5 cups pasta sauce
1 (14 oz.) can of diced tomatoes + juices
1/2 cup half and half
1/2 cup chicken broth
1-2 packages of tortellini (depending on preference)
3 cups of baby spinach (chopped)
Salt + Pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese

1. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat.
2. Add the onion, pepper and garlic and stir until fragrant (about a minute)
3. Push the veggies to the sides of the plate and add the sausage. Break up and cook until the sausage is halfway done. Mix together the sausage and veggies until the sausage is browned.
4. Pour in the pasta sauce, diced tomatoes + juices, chicken broth and half and half. Stir all together and bring to a simmer.
5. Add the tortellini and submerge the pasta. Cover the pan and cook for few minutes (5-8) until the tortellini is done.
6. Toss in the broken up spinach and cook until wilted – just about a minute or so.
7.  Add salt + pepper to taste and serve with parmesan cheese.