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Albemarle Tradewinds January 2016 Final5

January 2016

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Monday, January 11, 2016 Harry Rosenblatt Memorial Speakers’ Series The Speaker for January will be available soon. Refreshments are served from 5:30 - 6 pm and the lectures begin at 6 pm. The lectures are free and open to the public. Speaker Frederick Inglis. The title of his talk is “Organic Farming: You are what you eat!” Time: 5:30 pm Refreshments 6 pm Speakers Place: Shepard-Pruden Library 2nd Floor Phone: 252-482-4112 Tuesday - Saturday, January 2016 Guided Walking Tours Over 300 years of rich history can be shared during a walking tour from Historic Edenton State Historic Site Visitor Center to include the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; 1758 Cupola House; 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse; and James Iredell Homesite. Time: 9 am - 5 pm - call for tour times Place: Historic Edenton State Historic Site Visitor Center Fee: Fee for Tours Phone: 252-482-2637 Email: edenton@ncdcr.gov Tuesday - Saturday, January 2016 Guided Trolley Tours Embark on a wonderful overview of Edenton’s rich history - a great way to learn more about the community’s past and as it pertains to today. Time: 10:30 am; 11:30 am; 1:30 pm; 2:30 pm Place: Penelope Barker House Welcome Center Fee: $10 Phone: 252-482-7800 Email: info@ehcnc.org Website: www.ehcnc.org For information about Edenton and Chowan County, call: 252-482-0300 or 800-775-0111 14 Albemarle Tradewinds December 2015 albemarletradewinds.com

HAVE AN OYSTER ROAST By Jimmy Fleming mrflemz@embarqmail.com Late fall and winter means many things to many people. To me and a lot of other down east folks, the cold weather means the beginning of oyster season. Right down the road from Tyrrell County to the south is Rose Bay in neighboring Hyde County. They are famous for their seafood and especially large, salty oysters. The price of a bushel of oysters runs from $35-$55 depending on availability. Local oyster season usually starts in September and ends in April, but my favorite oyster months are November through February. There’s nothing like standing around a fire pit on a cold frosty evening, roasting or steaming a bushel of oysters with a group of friends. You can roast your oysters on a sheet of metal over a wood fire (covering them with wet burlap sacks) or you can throw a few handfuls on the grate of your gas/charcoal grill and cook them until the shells open. Some folks prefer to steam their oysters in a large steamer on a Coleman gas stove. It doesn’t matter to me which method I use as long as I get to sample a sufficient number of raw ones to determine the quality of the batch before and during cooking. If the oysters are large and salty, I prefer to not use a dipping sauce but just an occasional saltine cracker to munch on. There are several dips that can be used if you like: ketchup/horse radish, melted butter, hot sauce, and some folks like vinegar. I like to make my own ketchup/horse radish dip by combining about a cup of ketchup, teaspoon of horse radish, pat of butter, splash of pepper vinegar, and dash of black pepper. Stir the ingredients together and heat over the fire or in the microwave. Like Andy Griffith used to say, “It’s goooooooooood!” The oysters that are not roasted or steamed can be kept several days in a cool, shady place, occasionally wetting the burlap bag to keep them damp. You can shuck these oysters for freezing (worst choice), frying (best choice), stewing, using in dressing/stuffing, pasta salads, etc. My advice to you is get a peck, ½ bushel, bushel, or bag of tasty NC oysters in the shell this season, call some friends, make sure you have the appropriate beverages on hand, and get outside in the crisp air and have a great time with your own Oyster Roast! PLAZA AZTECA - #1 MEXICAN RESTAURANT by: C.L. Cooke General Manager Junior Gonzalez and the staff at our areas premiere authentic Mexican eatery have created a dining and social experience the whole family can enjoy. The cultural food is not only exquisite, now the owners have adapted a 2016 menu and entertainment schedule to make PLAZA AZTECA a social destination at lunch, after work, and for group gatherings. For starters, our local conquistadors can ride the Mechanical Bull in January - who is brave and tough enough? And check out the weekly schedule and specials with new menu pricing : Sunday – Kids under 12 EAT FREE- a great time to introduce our youth to the world. Monday – Buy 1 entrée and the 2nd is half-price – bring a date. Tuesday – Tacos $0.99 – how many can you eat. Wednesday - $5.99 lunch – employees who lunch together, work better together. Thursday - $5 Taco Salad – our beautiful ladies love this for lunch or supper. Friday – Karaoke – from 8 until u lose your voice or nerve. Saturday - $5 Nacho Supreme – Hey Cisco; Hey Pancho: Let’s ride. January 2016 will feature the $3.99 Margarita. If you might be a Tequila connoisseur ask for the privately owned Mi Cosecha 100% puro de Agave. The bar items list a full and complete line of traditional choices of beers, wines and whiskies. The list of choices for dining and entertainment is extensive. The quality of food products and taste is unsurpassed. I must recommend though the Chilerelleno , a wrap of eggplant, sour cream, salsa rojo, and cilantro as a tender, fresh, and tasty choice. Add the Azteca Soup as a tasteful and warming side and your new found appetite for the fare from South of the Border makes your dining experience a true culinary pleasure. Call 252/384-0163. We open daily at 11am. Located on Halstead Blvd. Extended, across the highway from TJ Maxx, just turn at the light. The beauty of PLAZA AZTECA would make Don Diego de la Vega very proud: “Z” Business Home Auto (252) 338-3322 (252) 482-2101 Boat Renters Workers Comp. (252) 441-0810 (252) 793-5121 facebook.com/AlbemarleTradingPost Albemarle Tradewinds December 2015 15