Summer Don’t Go Yet!

I dropped one daughter off at college on Sunday and the next one starts school in a week. Temps here in Texas are still hovering around 100 – upper 90s, though I hear we have a “cold” front coming later this week that will lower things to the low 90’s. Summer’s not quite ready to let us go, and that’s ok with me. I’m not ready to let it go either. One of my favorite go to meals for a hot day is Shrimp Pico de Gallo.

This started when I had a great summer of garden produce a few years ago. Husband LOVES salsa and especially pico fresh from the garden. So, I whipped that up one one day – combining jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, red onions, lime juice, cilantro and salt with avocado and cooked shrimp! I don’t really measure out much when I make it, it’s a very forgiving mix – unless you add too much jalapeno! (I usually cut one in half and throw half the seeds away. If you like it spicy, add all the seeds.) So, to start, I’d suggest 3-4 good sized ripe tomatoes, 1 jalapeno pepper, about a cup of cilantro, 1/2 a large red onion, 1-2 avocados, juice of 1 or 2 limes and about 1 lb of cooked, peeled shrimp. Add salt to taste. Chop everything in to bits of the size that will easily scoop on a tortilla chip. I serve it in a bowl of shredded iceberg lettuce topped with the Shrimp Pico de Gallo and scoop it with tortilla chips.

For those of you that like exact measurements, here’s a recipe that will be pretty close (minus the olives) from The Pioneer Woman for her Shrimpo de Gallo – hope you enjoy!

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Favorite Eateries in Galveston

Eating out out-of-town is fun but can be challenging for me. I’m gluten intolerant and allergic to soy. Soy is a primary component in vegetable oil which is found (in what seems to be) an infinite number of dishes in restaurants. This keeps me from usually eating all sorts of yummies that are fried, which on the coast, is a lot. Unfortunately for me, the soy allergy rules out many of the most popular restaurants in town. However, there are several where I’ve found some really delicious meals and easily work with my food issues. Here are a few of my favorites:

Mario’s on Seawall has the BEST gluten free pizza I’ve ever had. I almost always get the Popeye’s Special – spinach, Roma tomatoes and slices of Italian sausage. Delish! It’s such a great restaurant – beautiful courtyard, interesting art (including a giant mural) and good service. We are usually so full from the meal, there’s no room for dessert, but if I had room I’d get their gelato.

Zack’s Mac Shack surprising as it may be has a fantastic Taco Salad. I went with a friend who got the lobster mac – really rich and decadent. Every table around us had something different and it all looked good. It’s in a great location – on Post Office and close to the Strand. Start here for lunch and get fortified for an afternoon of touring and shopping.

Waterman’s Restaurant, just off Stewart Road near the Galveston Country Club, Waterman’s is an elegant and casual restaurant. Great for a date night. The inside is gorgeous – lots of exposed beams. I’ve been several times, but never in time to see the sunset over the water, which I think would be fabulous. I usually get the Tequila Shrimp (Gulf shrimp sautéed in tequila, olive oil, onion, garlic, tomatoes, cilantro and lime juice) and like it so much, I just can’t get anything else.

Red Snapper Inn (Surfside, TX) has an incredible menu. It’s west of the beach house at Pointe West, but it takes about as long to get to Surfside as it does to get in to town in Galveston, so it’s a great trip to make after spending the day at the beach in Pointe West. I love the Sauteed Filet of Snapper Veracruz. The snapper is served on mediterranean rice, topped with fresh tomatoes, onions, bell pepper, green olives, and capers with cilantro and sherry. It’s such a large portion, it’s great for dinner and leftovers are good for lunch the next day.

Other faves: Mosquito Cafe, Farley Girls and who can live with out Ben and Jerry’s 🙂

My favorite Galveston eateries

My favorite Galveston eateries

Confession: I’ve never made it to Gaido’s and from what I hear, it would be on the favorite list if I’d eaten there. I’m planning to visit this Fall!

I’m always happy to hear about new places in Galveston to check out – let me know if you have any favorites!