Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Million Dollar Scallops
I have fallen victim to a scam. That's right. Yours truly was not on her game one morning, while lying in bed, reading my emails, and I didn't read the fine print or do my research when I came across a Living Social deal for fresh seafood. I jumped quickly at the deal, which claimed you pay $20 for $40 worth of seafood from the Maryland Blue Crab Express. I adore blue crab. And it's about this time every year when I crave a box full of freshly steamed blue crab, covered in Old Bay Seasoning, and an ice cold Corona with a lime. So I bought the deal and went on to the website to see what I might be able to get. Turns out, it's not cheap to buy blue crab online. And it's a whole lot more expensive to have someone else pack and ship your blue crab. So I decided, ok, in order to not spend an extra $180 bucks for some blue crab, I would just get some shrimp and scallops. Wrong again. In addition to the $11.00 extra I would be paying for these items (that included my $40 of free fish), the shipping/packing alone was going to be an additional $80.
So I did what any old cheapskate would do. I found the cheapest thing I could get, which ended up being scallops, a 10-20 count for $22.99. Now, take my $40 coupon, and I have 17.01 remaining. However, add in shipping and packaging and I now owe an additional $30. SCREWED. HARD. So I have now just paid $50 for 10-20 scallops. I thought to myself, "so help me, there best be 20 god damned scallops in my package when they arrive.")
So here I am now, with my sea scallops. There are about 15 of them. They don't look any more special than any sea scallop I could have bought for $20.00 at the grocery store. In fact, they are all a different size. Some small, some medium sized. So now the cook time on them is going to vary. I wanted to make some elaborate dish out of my $50 scallops, but instead I put them in a hot pan with some coconut oil, salt and pepper and sauteed them. I forgot to get a picture because I was so pissed off at my scallops and at myself that I just ate the mediocre little mollusks.
So heads up. Read the fine print. Don't fall for scams. And don't overpay for mediocre seafood. Do your research. LESSON LEARNED.