Being born and raised in Key West, Fla., I myself am a conch. Yes, that lovely sea mollusk was my high school mascot. Four generations of my family also bear this title. For weeks I pulled my hair out trying to come up with a name for this blog. Pleasure Palate? No, too raunchy sounding. Gourmet Gal? No, too boring. Thankfully I have people in my life who are much more creative than I am. One of my favorite professors, Wayne Garcia, came up with the perfect name on the first try. Go figure. Being a native of a 2-by-4 mile island, I am quite fond of Conch Fritters. Also, in blogging about food I am frittering, or tearing apart dishes and their ingredients in my writing. I can't wait to start frittering, and have you follow me every step of the way.