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Dungeness Crab at Half Moon Bay Harbor

crabs

photo by Dana Byrd

While I was in San Francisco the Dungeness Crab season opened up.  These prized crabs are very sweet and flaky and are a must to taste if you are in the area during the season.  It runs from November until June every year. A few years back the fisherman decided to sell the crabs directly from the boat to cut out the middleman.  So my friends and I headed down to the Half Moon Bay pier and stood in a long line to get a bag of these tasty beasts ($7/lb). All you do it look for a line of people in the marina, if there isn’t one they are sold out. I highly recommend this adventure. The whole experience was very fun and the people in line were very fun to chat with.

waiting in line for the crabs

waiting in line for the crabs

guy stuffing the crabs into the bag

guy stuffing the crabs into the bag

our catch

our catch

half moon bay

half moon bay

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Andele in Las Cruces, NM

Pork Taco

Pork Taco

If you are ever in Las Cruces, NM you NEED to try Andele.  I have never had Mexican food any better than this in the USA!!  I ordered the special pork taco plate and my dining partner had the posole.  Both were outstanding in all regard. I have never had such simple dishes with depth of flavors that I experienced last night at Andele. They have a salsa bar including caramelized onions and pickled jalapenos where you can help yourself to any topping for your dishes you want. I particularly loved the tomatillo and jalapeno salsa. They served fresh, warm chips with hint of lime on them as you sat down. They replaced the chips with nice warm one when you finished the last bowl. I cannot say enough about this place.  Attention to detail on food quality and taste at this restaurant is unparalleled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pinxto Restaurant-Montreal

stuffed fig with serrano ham and mahon cheese

Last night I went out with some of my C. elegans friends to a great Spanish Basque restaurant called Pinxto in Le Plateau area of Montreal. The food is tapas style, but three of us ordered the tasting menu. We received three tapas of the chef’s choosing and then one main dish. I chose the black cod (of course) with tomato virgin sauce and my friend ordered the rack of lamb. The tapas were amazing. The first one was a trio of tastes which included foie gras with onion confit which was amazingly creamy and outstandingly good.  There was also a stuffed fresh fig with serrano ham and mahon cheese, which all of us agreed was just amazing and the best of all our tapas we received. The Spanish wines we had were also equally very good and the service was outstanding.  I highly recommend this restaurant if you are ever in Montreal!

the foie gras with onion confit

black cod with tomato virgin sauce

rack of lamb

 

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