Not all that many years ago I wasn't the biggest fan of seafood and it's hard for me to believe that I went though such a drastic change over such a short period of time. Squid was the farthest thing from my idea of good food and even shrimp weren't too high on the list of palatable vittles. Thanks to my wife and moving to Florida, I have come to love all sorts of unusual types of dishes provided from the sea's bounty
Ceviche is a wonderful fish/seafood dish that was given to me for the first time by a coworker approximately ten years ago and I can tell you that I would have been a much greater fan of scallops and squid if I'd been introduced to it a lot earlier. My favorite aspect of this particular way to prepare fish is that it's not cooked in the traditional sense, but rather through the use of lemon and lime juices and some other spices, that ultimately "cook" the seafood while making it firm and tasty. The liberal use of fresh vegetables makes it a healthy choice as well, sort of a fresh seafood salad. Peppers, onions, and lettuce are but a few of the ingrediants creating this unique combination.
The origins of ceviche can be traced back almost 2000 years ago but the ultimate source cannot be firmly established since many cultures including the Polynesians, and the Spanish have their own versions. Either way, ceviche established its place as an integral part of daily menus in Central and South America. Peru, Equador, and Chili have the greatest variety of ceviche dishes but many other countries have their own versions including the United States, Mexico, Panama, and others. I've got to try some other recipies....
Locally, we're lucky to have a restruant on Church Street in downtown Orlando that specializes in these types of dishes. The Ceviche, Tapas Bar and Restruant has an extensive menu that's sure to tempt your taste buds and expand your pallate without stretching your waistline or your budget. Portions are just enough to make you want to explore more selections and maybe be a little adventurous. Everything is prepared and presented in a first -class fashion and the tastes are out of this world, even those you wouldn't normally think to combine. The rest of the menu is equally as adventurous and satisfying so be sure to visit them with a raging appetite.
So, if you or someone you know is just starting to discover seafood and the wonderful variety of tastes the sea has to offer, you owe it to yourself to give ceviche a try. I'm sure it will become a favorite.
Brian "Beastman" Eastman
White River Fly Shop