As the sun signals a new day over Catalina Island, energetic little Rosie
Cadman takes a brisk walk from her home to the end of the pier. It's a
quarter of a mile trek the 77-year-old dynamo makes every morning from
March to November. It's so early when she arrives for work; the boats
in the harbor haven't even begun to stir. Earl and Rosie's fish market
has been a mainstay on Catalina's Green Pleasure Pier since 1967.
People come here for a lot more than the fish and chips, they come here
for Rosie. And for good reason, everyone she meets becomes a fast friend.
I have a lot of wonderful friends. Some I don't even know their names.
But they come and hug me," Rosie said. She came to Catalina with
her late husband, Earl, on their honeymoon in 1946. And so began a great
love affair between the two, as well as a love affair with picturesque
Catalina Island. "It's the charisma, the charm of the island that
hits you. There's something about it. When it hits you it never leaves
you. You love it forever."
Santa Catalina Island is a little bit of paradise 22 miles off the Southern
Coast of California. Its major town, Avalon, has been a pleasure resort
since the turn of the century. In 1919 chewing gum magnate, William Wrigley,
bought the island. That marked the real start of Catalina's development
as a world playground. And one place visitors flock to is that little
fish market on the end of the "Pleasure Pier."
Thirty-five years ago Rosie and her fisherman husband were asked by city
officials to take over the historic place after the previous owners closed
it. Rosie developed her own tasty tarter sauce recipe and her fish is
hand-dipped daily in her fresh breading.
Everything at Rosie's tastes good because it's made with love. Rosie's
is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Closed mid November to
"Easter. Phone (310) 510-0197.