|Shrimp from Today's Catch and short ribs from Laurel Meat Market|
The '34 Act Gourmet planned a special dinner, so he took the time to stop at some local spots for the main courses. Short ribs -- bought from Laurel Meat Market. Wild shrimp -- bought from Today's Catch in Columbia.
|Shrimp and ribs with Korean side dishes|
Those weren't thin-sliced Korean kalbi. Those were fist-sized chunks that revealed bone as they cooked, then cut meaty and rich. They were an exotic to me, and he went over the top by adding skewers of wild shrimp.
The '34 Act balanced the meat with some Korean side dishes that he bought at the H Mart in Catonsville. The tang and spice of kimchi pairs perfectly with grilled meats, and it worked again here. I completely over-indulged with an entire skewer of shrimp and three pieces of beef.
The local butchers and seafood markets provide special spots, a real chance to know your butcher or fish monger. They get good stuff, and they will do special orders. I need to update my guide posts, but the old ones provide a place for you to start. Check out this 2009 post about butchers or this 2009 post about seafood markets. But note that I don't update old links, so you may also want to scroll down the right column and just click on the labels for each market.