February 26, 1995 |
"In heaven there is paradise, on earth Suzhou and Hangzhou," according to a Chinese Yuan dynasty poet. Suzhou, in centuries past a haven for scholars, painters and poets, with its quiet walled gardens and jade-green (but don't look too closely) canals, still retains much of the old city's loveliness. And its citizens still love to eat the food that has made the city justly famous. Particularly when the weather begins to cool, they begin to think of crabs.
December 28, 1991 |
The Food and Drug Administration warned consumers Friday against eating the internal organs of Dungeness crab harvested off the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington because they may contain a harmful toxin. Although the crab meat itself is safe to eat, the viscera, or internal organs, may contain domoic acid, a naturally occurring toxin produced by marine plankton, FDA Commissioner David A. Kessler said.
October 13, 2012 |
Are you a connoisseur of agony? Then drop by Starry Kitchen for a bite some evening, somewhere around 9 p.m. if you can swing it, and listen to the customers who have been denied a shot at the Singaporean chili crab. They will be muttering imprecations when they think the staff is out of listening range, grinding teeth, staring up at the glittering pastels of the high ceiling as if they expect a unicorn to flutter down from the rafters with a sackful of British Columbia's finest culinary export.
February 14, 2014 |
Really, River's End is a bit of heaven, where the beautiful Russian River meets the sea and the Sonoma coast in big rocks and crashing waves. A gourmet restaurant with drop-dead views is perched above the placid estuary of the river, separated by a sandy bar from the wild ocean beyond. After dinner, I had to walk only a few steps downhill to a knotty-wood cabin with a soft bed and a picture window instead of a TV. I stayed just one night, which cost me about $250 for dinner ($85) and the cabin ($162)
December 5, 2013 |
Total time: 2 hours, plus chilling and assembly time Servings: 4 Note: Please see the accompanying source box on where to buy seafood. Fresh, cooked Dungeness crab can be substituted for the live crab (omit Step 5). 2 bay leaves 8 parsley sprigs 4 thyme sprigs 3 cloves garlic 2 tablespoons black peppercorns 1 small to medium fennel bulb, trimmed and coarsely chopped 2 carrots, peeled and cut crosswise into about ¿1/2¿-inch pieces 3 leeks, dark and light parts, rinsed and cut into¿ ¿1/2¿-inch pieces 2 cups dry white wine 1 cup white wine vinegar 2 lemons, halved Fine sea salt 12 large shrimp (1 pound total)
June 20, 2012 |
Revenge is best served cold. As in the chilled ceviche cocktail that Christine Ha served up Tuesday on "MasterChef" after she deftly dismantled a live crab. While blind! Take that, Ryan Umane. Ryan tried to trip up his competitors in a canned-versus-live challenge -- as in, he had to decide which of the remaining competitors would be forced to cook up a dish with canned crab, and who would be forced to use live crab. Ryan was strategic and brilliant. By and large, he gave the best home chefs the canned crab so they'd be forced to prepare a dish featuring the "inferior" ingredient.
October 13, 2012
Starry Kitchen in Tiara Café One of Los Angeles' favorite pop-ups pops up again - except when it doesn't. Call first to be sure, and to reserve the chili crab. LOCATION 127 E. 9th St., Los Angeles, (213) 814-1123, starrykitchen.com PRICES Appetizers, $5-$11; main courses, $11.50-$22.95, more for crab; desserts, $5-$6. DETAILS: Open 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Beer, wine and sake. Validated lot parking.
May 15, 2001 |
There may be a crisis brewing in the Chesapeake Bay, but this town's watermen are "damned if we can find it," one of them, Stewart Emily, said recently. They may be damned anyway. They come in from the bay every afternoon, bringing what they say is fresh evidence that Maryland's blue crab population is thriving. Their caps and sleeves are streaked with crab muck. Their hands are nicked. They have russet August sunburns three months early.
September 6, 1987
Mark Aspinwall's article on the Olympic Peninsula in the Aug. 23 issue was excellent. There is no question that the prime entry for an introductory hike to the Olympic Mountains is the Dosewallips River. Further, the Hoh rain forest is gorgeous and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. People combining the two or otherwise going around the north side of the peninsula can heighten their enjoyment in two ways. From Port Angeles there is a clearly marked road to Hurricane Ridge, a short and scenic side trip which gives a glorious view of the Olympics as an entity.