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St. Pete Beach: The Views, Cocktails & Seafood of Crabby Bills.

Crabby Bills Seafood in St. Pete Beach, Florida sits right along the beach and Gulf of Mexico. The up-top outside deck provides beautiful tropical views during the day and romantic sunsets each and every night. A rum runner or two and some Sea Scallops and Bairdi Snow Crab are the last pieces to the puzzle of a fun St. Pete Beach experience.

I will let the pictures do the rest of the talking.

St. Pete Beach, Florida, tropical cocktail, Crabby Bills

St. Pete Beach, Florida, tropical cocktail, Crabby Bills

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, beach

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, beach

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, beach bar

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, seafood, scallops

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, seafood, king crab

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, sunset, Gulf of Mexico, beach

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, sunset, Gulf of Mexico, beach

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, sunset, Gulf of Mexico, beach

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, sunset, Gulf of Mexico, beach

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, seafood, scallops

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, seafood, king crab

Food-wise you aren’t looking at the same dishes more than once. ๐Ÿ™‚ The photos are from consecutive days. When you find great seafood why not order it again. The sides of choice are the Southern Green Beans and Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

Crabby Bills has other locations in St. Cloud and nearby Clearwater, but how can beat the beauty of being alongside St. Pete Beach and the Gulf of Mexico?!

What delicious, scenic, outdoor dining fun have you had in your travels? Or around home?

Walking the Market on Pike Street in Seattle.

When people think Seattle they think Pacific Northwest, coffee, seafood, the Space Needle and Mount Lanier. One of the first things that came to mind also when I found out I’d be spending a little time there was Pike Place Market.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

Right along Elliott Bay and Pike Street, in the heart of the city, is a foodie and shopping paradise. It’s one of the oldest public farmers’ markets in the United States.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

You’ll find many, many people capturing the signage and clock. It’s almost lunch time.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

One thing that will definitely catch the eye right away are the flowers. The assortment of boutiques, arrangements and flower colors at very reasonable prices will make the tourist wish they lived locally.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

Being along the water in the Pacific Northwest you’ll definitely find a lot of every kind of seafood imaginable. The size of some of the fish you can buy wow!

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington, fresh seafood

Ditto on the produce. One stand after another of colorful vegetables in perfect condition.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington, vegetables

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington, vegetables

Walking outside of the main market area along Pike Street you’ll find shops, restaurants, stands and people lining the streets.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

One of the shops is the original Starbucks. Of course I will notice anything coffee related. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s definitely worth a visit, but get there early. If you want to sit inside and/or get a caffeinated coffee beverage, be prepared to stand in line. A good alternative is Local Color Art Coffee and More a few doors down. It’s part coffee shop, part gallery and a good place to people watch and hang out.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington, original Starbucks, coffee shop

There are unique vendors all-around selling something for everyone. One that caught the eye was the tie-dyed t-shirts stand. If you’re looking for a local souvenir to take home check out Mt St Helen’s Ash and get something made of the ash from the 1980 volcanic eruption.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

Tip: Hearing a lot from the locals while there, finding a parking spot is a major issue so pack patience or walk/take public transportation.

Whether its people watching, shopping, hanging out in the big city or enjoying coffee and some eats, Pike Place Market in Seattle is definitely worth the time.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

What other markets would you recommend that you have come across in your travels?

Florida: Picking Up Some Blue Crabs.

Spending time in Florida over the years, I’ve heard lots of people talking about how they get their seafood, specifically their blue crabs, almost right out of the water. For me, the supermarket has always been featured, involving any seafood for the home. The supermarket wasn’t going to be visited today.

It was time to head to Island Crab Company in St. James City on Pine Island on the Gulf Coast side of Florida. You can find blue crab in the gulf among other places.

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

There isn’t a store front. You just park and walk up to where they are picking the blue crabs they bought from independent fisherman, whom caught them that day. You tell them what you want.

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

You’ll see them busy opening one crate after another…

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

…putting the still alive blue crabs in ice water, sorting by size. They will only sell the blue crabs that are still alive.

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

They will put your order in a paper bag, you’ll go inside a room to pay and off you go.

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

Lot’s of empty crates. You can also get stone crabs, different kinds of fish, oysters, Pine Island clams and more there. Of course there will be lots of boats around. ๐Ÿ™‚

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

Note: When you get to your destination to cook, make sure to only cook the ones that are still alive. The reason is due to bacterial concerns and also they will taste better. You don’t want to risk getting sick.

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

Who’s that guy?! I didn’t get pinched. ๐Ÿ™‚

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

It was a nice experience picking up seafood that didn’t come from the supermarket. Do you have any experiences picking up seafood outside of the supermarket environment (or even catching it yourself) around home or in your travels?

A Foodie: At Home, while Road Tripping and Abroad.

My inspiration for this post came from Karla of Traveller soul and her post Travel Theme: Food. Yum! ๐Ÿ™‚

When out on a day toad trip, traveling far, far away or roaming around home I’m always out on the lookout for great eats. You can be sure my camera is not to far away. I got hungry just processing these posts. Well without further ado.

Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast

Breakfast at Lucky's Cafe, Cleveland, Ohio

Shipwreck at Lucky’s Cafe in Cleveland, Ohio

Poached eggs on Sourdough Bread at Sydney Cove Oyster Bar in Australia

Poached eggs on Sourdough Bread at Sydney Cove Oyster Bar in Australia

A good ole Waffle House breakfast in Perrysburg, Ohio

A good ole Waffle House breakfast in Perrysburg, Ohio

The Grove Chestnutโ€™s Breakfast in San Francisco

The Grove Chestnutโ€™s Breakfast in San Francisco

The American Breakfast at Zingerman's in Ann Arbor, Michigan

The American Breakfast at Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Burgers, Sandwiches and More

Double-Double Cheeseburger Animal Style at In-N-Out Burger in Daly City, California

Double-Double Cheeseburger Animal Style at In-N-Out Burger in Daly City, California

Fully loaded Cheeseburger at Zip's Cafe, Cincinnati

Fully loaded Cheeseburger at Zip’s Cafe, Cincinnati

The Varsity, Atlanta, Georgia

The Varsity, Atlanta, Georgia

Fergburger, Queenstown, New Zealand

Fergburger, Queenstown, New Zealand

Sara's and Sally's Diner, Erie, Pennsylvania

Sara’s and Sally’s Diner, Erie, Pennsylvania

AJ Bombers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

AJ Bombers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Corned Beef and Cheese sandwich at Primanti Bros., Pittsburgh

Corned Beef and Cheese sandwich at Primanti Bros., Pittsburgh

Triple Threat Corned Beef, Maize and Blue Delicatessen, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Triple Threat Corned Beef, Maize and Blue Delicatessen, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Corned Beef Zingerman's Style - Ann Arbor, Michigan

Corned Beef Zingerman’s Style – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Skyline Chili Dogs, Cincinnati

Skyline Chili Dogs, Cincinnati

Seafood

New England Clam Chowder, Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California

New England Clam Chowder, Sam’s Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California

Fish & Chips, Coleslaw, Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California

Fish & Chips, Coleslaw, Sam’s Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California

Siesta Key Oyster Bar seafood, Sarasota, Florida

Siesta Key Oyster Bar seafood, Sarasota, Florida

Siesta Key Oyster Bar seafood, Sarasota, Florida

Siesta Key Oyster Bar seafood, Sarasota, Florida

Faroe Island Salmon, Blue Point Grille, Cleveland

Faroe Island Salmon, Blue Point Grille, Cleveland

Mac ‘n Cheese

Steak Mac 'n Cheese, Frankenmuth Brewery, Michigan

Steak Mac ‘n Cheese, Frankenmuth Brewery, Michigan

Bacon & Cheddar Mac, Sweet Lorraine's, Michigan

Bacon & Cheddar Mac, Sweet Lorraine’s, Michigan

Logan's Mac 'n Cheese, Findlay, Ohio

Logan’s Mac ‘n Cheese, Findlay, Ohio

Mac 'n Cheese at Slows Bar BQ, Detroit

Mac ‘n Cheese at Slows Bar BQ, Detroit

Pizza

Meat Lovers Pizza, Gino's East, Chicago

Meat Lovers Pizza, Gino’s East, Chicago

Chicago-style deep-dish pizza at Exchequer Pub

Chicago-style deep-dish pizza at Exchequer Pub

Butcher's Special pizza in Christchurch, New Zealand

Butcher’s Special pizza in Christchurch, New Zealand

BBQ Chicken Pizza at The Terminal Brewhouse in Chattanooga, Tennessee

BBQ Chicken Pizza at The Terminal Brewhouse in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Rocky Mountain Pizza in Atlanta, Georgia

Rocky Mountain Pizza in Atlanta, Georgia

Fellini's Pizza in Atlanta, Georgia

Fellini’s Pizza in Atlanta, Georgia

Gotta Love Sample Platters

Sample Platter & Frites at The Malt Bar in Auckland, New Zealand

Sample Platter & Frites at The Malt Bar in Auckland, New Zealand

Gotta go. Lots for eats to discover out on the open road. What food and drinks do you gravitate towards when dining out at home and in your travels?

Sam’s (New England Clam) Chowder House on the PCH.

New England Clam Chowder. You could argue it’s my favorite soup and food. It all traces back to when I was a kid, going chowder hopping from place to place in Cape Cod with my dad. Ever since then, if I see it on the menu, I’m ordering it.

When I was organizing the places I wanted to go to in San Francisco and along the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway), seafood and clam chowder of course came to mind. I hit up Google and Twitter and various review sites and this place in Half Moon Bay, Sam’s Chowder House kept coming up. I gotta get there.

Half Moon Bay, perfect. It was in-route on my already planned PCH trip from San Francisco and Pacifica to Santa Cruz, Capitola and points beyond. I got there around lunch time and parked a couple of blocks away along the road. This place is busy, it must be good!

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH

Sam’s Chowder House opened in 2006 and sits right along Half Moon Bay and the Pacific coast. I immediately saw all of the outside seating. Yeay!

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH

I found my spot. There was an ice-cold lemonade waiting for me. Not really, I ordered it when I was in inside. It definitely hit the spot, going through several during my time there. You couldn’t have asked for a better weather day. The sun was shining right on me. Being right along the Pacific Coast in this part of California it tends to me foggy, misty and cooler a lot of the time. I checked out SamCam early in the morning to see if it’d be an outside or inside eating day.

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH

You can also sit on an Adirondack chair without…

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH

…or with a fire pit…

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH

…and stare at the beach, blue ocean and skies, the coastline and…

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH

…the greenery and flowers right in front of you. You just wanna run out there and get out on the open water.

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH

The scenery was breathtaking, but it was time to eat. Some freshly baked bread and sweet butter found its way to the table first. Too bad the outdoor bar in front of me was closed. Who doesn’t love an outdoor tropical bar?! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH

Shortly after the bread came well you can guess. It was New England Clam Chowder goodness time.

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH, New England Clam Chowder

Look at those big pieces of Yukon gold potatoes, celery, carrots, little necked clams and more. If that wasn’t enough, there was also smoked bacon within. A foodies dream! It had a great creamy base and was as good as advertised.

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH, New England Clam Chowder

Hard to believe but that was just a cup. I can’t imagine how big and how much goodness there was in a bowl. I finished the chowder fully satisfied, next! You see I also had ordered the fish & chips. You can always tell how good a seafood place is to by their fish & chips. ๐Ÿ™‚

The fish & chips came with coleslaw and plenty of tartar sauce. I try to be fair to all additives when eating beer-battered fish, rotating between lemon, tartar sauce, ketchup and Four Monks California Malt Vinegar English Style.

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH, fish & chips

The fish was as good as it looked. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH, fish & chips

They tried to get me to order dessert, which I should have since everything is made in-house but I was full and didn’t want to overeat since I was getting right back out on the open road. In hindsight, a regrettable decision. Something to look forward to next time along with one of their famous lobster rolls! Have you had one?

They also offer a spacious inside dining experience and a bar area.

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH

You can get up close and personal with the seafood…

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH

…including the clams!

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH, clams

Sam’s Chowder caters to large private parties. How about an oceanfront wedding and reception? If you can’t make it to Half Moon Bay be on the lookout in the Bay Area for the Chowdermobile, Sam’s very own food truck!

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH, Chowdermobile

It was a great day on the PCH, more on that in a later post. It was x times better with my stop at the award-winning Sam’s Chowder House. The service from the hostesses to my waitress was outstanding. Others came by as well asking me if I needed anything. For great scenery and atmosphere, tasty fish & chips and of course their New England Clam Chowder, you know where you need to get to. I don’t know how I never new about this place before. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California, PCH

Checkout them out on Facebook and Twitter. Where have you found great New England Clam Chowder in your travels?