Frenchy’s 35th Stone Crab Weekend Block Party

We’ve always loved the food at Frenchy’s in Clearwater Beach, FL, and we also absolutely love crabs. So when we heard that Frenchy’s was doing their 35th annual Stone Crab weekend block party, we decided to go. Not for the party, but for the food!

Saturday came, we hesitated to go. “The parking usually sucks and I’m afraid if we would get stuck there because of the traffic or drive in circles to find a parking spot.” I dreaded.

We still drove to Clearwater Beach because even if we can’t find a parking space, then we could at least show my mom Clearwater Beach for the first time. It wasn’t the best time as it had been raining for most part of the day. Additionally, the sun was actually about to set as we were heading out. Fortunately, we arrived at Clearwater Beach with still a little bit of sunlight, but the sun had already set. We went to the parking lot on the north side of the beach, because it was closest to the venue.

As we arrive at the parking lot, it was no surprise that the lot was full. I was telling my husband, “it’s ok we can just go have dinner else where.” Chris tried encouraging me by saying, “Who knows? We might get lucky.” I nodded. We just completed our first lap around the lot. Then, as we were about to start our second lap, a driver from a distance flagged us down and signaled that they were leaving. We had to back up a bit to give them room to vacate the parking space and make way for us. “Appreciate it. Thank you!” Chris said as he was giving a quick wave towards the driver and his passenger for their kindness. Turning towards me, Chris says, “See? We got lucky.” We sure did! As there was still another car behind us. But we were able to get this one because we were in the right place at the right time. Yup, we sure did get lucky!

Once we got in the event (which was a free event, by the way), we realized that we had to buy tickets to be able to buy food — the stone crab claws and the grouper sandwich that Frenchy’s is famous for. I’m actually surprised that this was not a grouper sandwich festival (which I think they should have one, if they don’t have one yet).

Each ticket is equivalent to a $1.00 value. If you ask me, I feel like I’d rather order this straight from the restaurant with no hassle of buying tickets. Also, I feel like the price seems a bit higher than usual. I could be wrong. But then again, I shouldn’t be shocked as I was in Clearwater Beach, where most times, things are priced for tourists and not for locals.

Grouper Slider (Fried)

The grouper tasted fresh. But the sandwich itself was dry, because they don’t put any sauce or dressing. You would have to season or dress it yourself. So, before taking a big bite, it would be best to check to see if it has any sauce or dressing.

Stone Crab Claws (Medium)

The stone crab claws were definitely medium in size. We didn’t order the bigger ones as we wanted to share. If you notice the sign above, you get less claws when you order the bigger ones — which makes sense! For the flavor of the stone crab, it was deliciously sweet and fresh.

Grouper Slider and Frenchy’s Garlic Crab Fries

Yes, you see that name right – Frenchy’s Garlic Crab Fries. So those on top of the fries are actually crab meat. They were delicious. As a tip, you will need a fork to eat this. Actually, make that a spork! So that you can scoop the crab meat along with your fries.

Frenchy’s Garlic Crab Fries

There were also bands at the block party. But we were only able to watch the band Never Stop Believin’ (Journey Tribute Band) perform, which I believe would have been the best band among the line up. The band truly sounds like Journey! It was crazy how the lead singer’s voice sounded like Journey’s lead singer. It’s almost as if they were playing a CD and that the band were just lip synching.

Several songs were played, most of which we didn’t know the words to the song. (Sorry, blame it on our being Millenials) Until they got to Open Arms. (Now, that I know!) I was also waiting for Don’t Stop Believing. But it was still too early for their set to be singing the most popular Journey song. We decided not to stick around and headed over to an ice cream parlor to get desserts. After finishing the ice cream, we went to the pier and enjoyed some fresh breeze before going home.

35th Frenchy’s Stone Crab Weekend Block Party
Address: 41 Baymont Street, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
October 25 – 26, 2019
http://www.stonecrabweekend.com

ASL 10.26.2019 (Clearwater Beach, FL)

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Useful Tips When Eating Crab Legs at Home

It’s usually messy to eat crab legs.  But that’s not the reason why I prefer eating it at home.  I love eating crabs. But I particularly like eating crabs with steamed rice.  Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of places in the area that serves crabs with rice.  Thus, eating at home is still the best option when eating crabs.

Hubby knows how much I love crabs.  But he also knows how much of a mess I make while eating crab legs.  So he usually sets up the table in a way that it will be quick and easy to clean after eating.  I wanted to share these useful tips if you ever decide having crab legs at home.

Useful tips when eating crabs or crab legs at home:  

  • Newspaper – Cover the table with about 2 layers of newspapers or packing paper
    • This will be helpful for any spillage and keeping the table underneath clean
  • Paper Plates – use of paper plates are useful and keep an extra plate for all the shells
    • Disposable paper plates make it easy to discard or to “dispose” after eating (pun intended! *wink*) 
  • Plastic Bag – collect all shells and anything part of the crabs that are not edible and to be thrown away in a bag that you can seal. Seal the waste inside a plastic bag before throwing it in the trash can, to ensure that the smell doesn’t leak out.  Another helpful way is to keep this sealed bag in the freezer until it’s close to the time when your garbage or trash will be collected by the garbage truck.  This will help with ensuring there won’t be any bad smell lingering inside or even outside your house.  

These are just some of the tips that we’ve learned from our own personal experience.  Let me know if you were able to use any of the tips. Or better yet, if you have some tips of your own, please feel free to share them.

There is one tip I do want to leave you with — make sure you wash your hands then make sure to eat your crabs with only your hands, with no utensils or silverware.  That includes eating rice with your hands too! *wink* It is more delicious to eat it that way! Mmm… sarap!

ASL 03.08.2019 (Clearwater, FL)

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