Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Tale of the Tails

The summer before I moved to Atlanta, Shannon and I became big on stay-cations. Growing up in a beach town, you sometimes forget to appreciate all the fun things to do. But trust I've been traveling to the midwest more and more lately, I realize that the beach is a blessed glorious place. Even though I love the steamy temps Atlanta summers reach....going and sitting on the murky lake with icky murky lake creatures is not nearly comparable to a day on the beach with the ocean stretched forever in front of you or even an afternoon on the river, boating underneath bridges and docking on a sandbar.
just some casual lighthouse touring 

But anyway....I digress...back to the staycation of 2010. One particular Saturday we decided to drive to Hilton Head for dinner at a place called Hinchey's. It was a Notre Dame themed sports bar....ergo.....our family loved it. #GoIrish

We Love the Irish 

Shannon and I both ordered the fried shrimp and before long were lost in conversation about who knows what. It wasn't long before we were done and waiting on our check when Shannon looks over at my plate and says "Where are your tails?"
"What?" I asked her confused?
"Your tails from the shrimp."
"These don't have tails" I exclaimed...."they're fried!"
Shannon pointed to her plate where I saw a neat little pile of about 25 fried.....tails.

Yes, that's right.....somehow in the middle of my gab-fest I had consumed the entire fried shrimp....tail and all. Which leads me to believe....after my most recent episode of eating unrefrigerated stomach is made of steel...because I never got sick! 

In a panic, I asked Shannon to share some of her tails. If the waitress came back and saw my empty plate and hers filled with de-bodied shrimp tails....she would think I was such a weirdo! We quickly spread out Shannon's leftover fins on my plate and hers, paid our bill and escaped.

I was so lovingly reminded of this story when my sister sent me a text the other day with this picture and a caption that said "I saved the tails for you."


Happy Hump Day


Jess @ Pretty Physicist said...

haha, love it! That is exactly why I hate having tails on shrimp. when I make them, I ALWAYS take the tails off. I hate having to pick up shrimp by the tail - especially if it is covered in sauce!

Anonymous said...

That's too funny!! K, so you know how the end piece of a sushi roll w/shrimp in it usually has the tail sticking out? Once we were out to eat with friends and my husband popped the whole piece of sushi in his mouth, tail and all. When I said something, I could tell he knew what he'd done, but he was too embarrassed in front of our friends so he tried to act all non-chalant and be like, "Yeah, I know. You can eat the tails. It's fine, they're meant to be eaten." BULLLLLL.... But it was too funny and I still remind him of it to this day!

P.S. - HHI girl here, and while I've only been to Hinchey's once, we have some friends who hang out there multiple times every week! It's "their spot." :)

julia rose. said...

Hahahaha this has SO happened to me before!! However, after the first or second shrimp I ended up catching myself and realizing what I was doing. Your stomach seriously must be made of steel, girl!

Meredith said...

I don't recall ever eating shrumps tails, but I do love those little things... one time i did eat an entire dab of butter because i thought it was whipped cream. talk about embarrassed, it was in front of my then boyfriend and his entire family a restaurant. after i'd stuck the entire thing in my mouth i just had to eat it.

Shannon said...

Hahahaha, that's hilarious. You must have a stomach of steel! :)

P!nky said...


I love sister stories, I remind mine of their silly moments ALL the TIME!


Lauren {at} Life.Love.Lauren said...

haha too funny!

Heidi said...

This is impressive. Very nicely done.

Alex said...

hahaha. My mom actually likes eating the tails of her shrimp!

Ginger said...

You are brave to put that admission out in blog land.

My-cliffnotes said...

You're so lucky you didn't get sick!

Angel said...

haha good thing you have a strong stomach because mine is insanely sensitive. #limitedfriedfoods
actually my mom eats the tails haha. so you're not allllll that weird;)

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

too funny! you got a stomach of steel, girl. hehe!

p.s. i think we need another coffee date. i so needed and loved that time with you, friend!

Heather Davidson said...

I'm a new follower and am loving your blog! This post is adorable :)