Oh absolutely on the chowder! Red kinds are like tomatoe soup with some clams thrown in :) I do love a good cioppino but that includes the whole range of seafood . Sending you some Grumpy Cat mittens. From what I read the cold has reached as far as your area. Oh and I love the people who cruise the parking lot for like 10 minutes up and down, up and down to find something closer. By the time they find one that suits they could have had all their shopping done. Costco is notorious for that. We didn;t ake it until midnight so you're one up on us.
Well then you will never go cuz ALL the crazies are never going home :) I can imagine on the parking. I like going to the OR coast in the winter because there are not as many tourists and we don't have to park a mile away when we want to go to the waterfront in Newport. It's a working ocean fishing port so not totally touristified. Got my clam chowder fix at our favorite place there. It sounds like a simple thing to make but boy can a lot of restaurants mess it up.
And we're on to a band New Year. I love Christmas time but can't sustain that merriment for too long so good to get back to more mundane life. All the decs packed away and we'll get ready to go to the ocean next Tues for 5 days. Do you live fairly close to the Gulf?