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Seafood in south orange county

I'm about to go off to school in a small town in Ohio where access to good seafood is limited. For the last meal with my family, I requested some seafood. We don't go out for fish very often, so I don't know where to go. I live in Laguna Niguel, and I'm willing to drive a little. I also don't want to ask my parents to spend too much cash on this, maybe $30 per person max. Any ideas?

Aug 23, 2011
ferris91 in Los Angeles Area

Help! I'm a foodie trapped in a family with weird diet issues!

Thank you! I may have been oversimplifying when I talked about our usual dinners. Whole wheat pasta is something we also eat a lot of. I was upset when we first started eating it, but after 11 years, you kind of get over it. No cream though...too rich for my mom. I can make a tomato sauce from scratch (because the store bought ones have too much sodium for my dad) and throw in some lean ground turkey.

I may be able to do a stir fry (?) My mom is okay with ginger still. I tried to spice up some snap peas with a little ginger and soy with no complaints.

Honestly, the biggest problem is richness. My dad can survive a little bit of excess salt and my mom can eat processed carbs as long as it isn't the main dish (for example, she can eat a baked russet potato with a little butter). But something like bacon or an alfredo sauce will make my mom sick and my dad uncomfortable.

Aug 06, 2010
ferris91 in General Topics

Help! I'm a foodie trapped in a family with weird diet issues!

I actually really like my parents. I couldn't find a job this summer, and my summer class doen't take up very much time. Cooking and helping out around the house is the only way I can contribute. I do my own thing for lunch, but I'm kind of at the end of my rope for dinner. I end up cooking a chicken breast or a piece of fish with a squeeze of lemon on top, some kind of veggie, and brown rice. And I CAN cook, thank you very much. I'm sorry if the OP sounded bratty, but I was braising lamb shanks at 12 years old and I can make a mean cioppino. It just makes my mom barf (literally) because it's too fatty or too spicy. The question isn't how to cook, it's what. I'm looking for something tasty that isn't totally boring.

Aug 06, 2010
ferris91 in General Topics

Help! I'm a foodie trapped in a family with weird diet issues!

Okay, I'm a college student who spends breaks at home with my parents. My dad has heart issues, so things need to be low-sodium and low-cholesterol. He can't eat anything too heavy too late because it gives him heartburn He also can't eat grapefruit. My mom is pre-diabetic, so things need to be low in simple sugars (ie: whole wheat). She's also taking a medication that makes it hard to eat anything too heavy (ie: basic pesto = too heavy). Spicy food and garlic have suddenly become distasteful and bacon makes her barf. Most of this stuff is fairly recent. I was so excited to eat things that didn't come out of my dining hall (AWFUL!!!!) but now I'm bored. Help? Thanks!

Aug 06, 2010
ferris91 in General Topics

But I Come Here Often

Speaking from experience, staff generally don't reach out unless you reach out first. When I was in high school, my parents and I would go to this Thai restaurant on a semiregular basis. We're all pretty introverted so none of us made any overtures to the servers. I had no idea that they recognized us until I went to lunch with just my mom and the server asked about my dad. Even so, we don't get more than a warm smile when we return. The thought that they OWE you free food or drinks doesn't sit well with me.

Aug 05, 2010
ferris91 in Features