There are a number of things people don’t know about Tucson.

  1. Esteban, the first recorded African explorer in North America came through what is now Tucson in about 1538. Esteban Park in the historical Dunbar-Springs neighborhood (named after famed poet Paul Laurence Dunbar) is the only monument to him in the nation.
  2. Tucson was founded August 20, 1775.
  3. 7 of the 15 founders were Afro-Mexicans from Culiacan, Mexico.
  4. Tucson is 3 hours from the ocean.

My father who was a native Tucsonan, attended segregated Paul Laurence Dunbar School and played at Esteban Park as a child. He and the ohter Black and Brown children could swim at the public Santa Rita Pool on one day a week because it was the day the before the pool was drained and cleaned.

As an adult, he used to go on regular fishing trips to Guaymas with his buddy Mr. Summers. They rarely caught anything but Dad would always bring home the sweet jumbo shrimp that some professional fisherman had wrangled. I don’t see shrimp that large anymore, but I make do with any wild caught I sight.

Camarones Frito or Fried Shrimp

24 Medium Shrimp

1 Cup Organic Flour

1 1/2 teaspoon Tony Chachere’s Seasoning

2 Eggs

Real Salt

3 Tablespoons Organic Avocado Oil

Heat oil in a large frying pan to medium heat. Thaw shrimp to room temperature. Salt shrimp on both sides. Combine flour and seasoning. Beat eggs in a bowl. Dip shrimp into the flour, then egg, then flour again. Cook shrimp approximately 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. !Buen provecho!

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