The Barking Crab

>>  Sunday, September 14, 2014

This is an ongoing series covering the Seaport District in Boston, which includes both Fort Point and Fan Pier. Some previous posts from the area: Morton's Steak House, Legal Harborside, Row 34, Tavern Road, Sportello, and Menton.

Every day this past summer on my commute to work, I walked by these little tent-like buildings. While the surrounding waterfront area has been quickly ballooning with massive skyscrapers, ultra luxury condos (we're talking upwards of $10 million a unit for some of these), and constant construction, this little single story "shack" remains - just the same as it was twenty years ago when it began.

Although I'd been in the Fan Pier area for over half a year, it wasn't until late into the summer that I finally had a chance to try this lively seafood shack right on the water in Fan Pier.

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Happy (belated) Mid Autumn Festival! Snow Skin Mooncakes

>>  Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Happy Belated Mid-Autumn Festival!

The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the two largest festivals that is celebrated in China every year. It's a time for people to celebrate the bountiful harvest from the summer, appreciate their loved ones, and gaze at the moon when it's at its biggest and brightest.

It always happens on the 15th day of the 8th month on the lunar calendar, which this year (2014) falls on September 8th (yesterday!). Typically, people celebrate by feasting, visiting family, and giving each other mooncakes.

What's a mooncake? A mooncake is traditionally a pastry (shaped a bit like a hockey puck) that is filled with lotus seed paste and optionally one (or more) salted egg yolks (meant to represent the moon). In more recent times, people have gotten pretty creative with mooncakes, and all different flavors and shapes have popped up, such as green tea (matcha) ones, snow-skin "mochi" ones, and even chocolate covered ice cream filled ones!

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East Somerville Foodie Crawl ticket winner is . . .

>>  Friday, September 05, 2014

Octopus dish at Sarma

Congratulations to Shannon G., who won two tickets to the upcoming East Somerville Foodie Crawl!

Shannon is a Boston based blogger and writes Tri To Cook, a reflection of her love of triathlons and cooking. Shannon chose Sarma as her restaurant of choice, which I fully agree is a great place to visit! My full write up about Sarma is here if you want to see more mouthwatering photos.

The East Somerville Foodie Crawl will be held on Tuesday, September 16th, featuring cuisine from many places around the world, like Haiti, Ethiopia, and El Salvador. You can buy tickets here ($20 regular; $15 for students) if you want to go.

Congrats Shannon!
Dessert at Sarma

Disclaimer: these tickets were provided by the East Somerville Foodie Crawl

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Spicy Garlic Cashew Crusted Kale Chips

>>  Thursday, September 04, 2014

I've been sort of on a kale chip kick lately.

It sort of came out of necessity. I've been receiving weekly deliveries of vegetables from my Siena Farms farm share, and kale regularly makes a showing. Although there are millions of ways to prepare kale, I like making chips because

1) it's easy;

2) Bryan really likes it; and

3) it's a great snack.
Usually I go the easy route: coat a tray full of ripped kale leaves with a little bit of oil (having a mister is really helpful!), add just a bit of salt and pepper (not too much, cuz the leaves shrink!), and bake.

Earlier this year, Bryan brought home a bag of these really expensive store-bought raw kale chips from the Napa Farms Market at SFO. Even though the tiny bag cost $8 (!!), I fell in love with it and craved for more.
An Example of a weekly farm share from Siena Farms - so colorful!

The ingredient list included cashews, nutritional yeast, and red bell peppers. A quick search online revealed recipes very similar to the ingredients on the package. I longed to try making that version at home, except I was too lazy to figure out what "nutritional yeast" was, and where I could get it. Apparently, it gives a "cheesy" flavor in a vegan-friendly way.

The other night, as I stared down yet another bunch of kale, I decided that it was finally time.

I was going to conquer the cashew-crusted kale chip . . . on my own terms.

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13th Anniversary Weekend Trip (Berkshires, Tanglewood)

>>  Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Picnicking at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA (August 31, 2014)

Is it already Wednesday?

As much as I love long weekends, they really mess up my perception of the rest of the week. On Labor Day, I forgot to cancel an appointment I had made because I kept thinking "I'll do it on Monday when I get back to work."


And then all of a sudden the week is half over. I think my brain has barely emerged from the whirlwind of activities this past Labor Day weekend.
Acadia National Park, September 5th, 2004

Labor Day weekend will always be special for me.

Bryan and I got married over Labor Day weekend thirteen (!) years ago. We purposely picked that date partly because we wanted to always have a long weekend to celebrate. We haven't always traveled, but in the past thirteen years, we've managed to visit a few places, such as Freeport Maine, Sonoma ValleyAcadia National Park, Las Vegas, and even biking the Minuteman Trail (hee, hee, that's just to Lexington, MA for ice cream!).

If you haven't noticed by now, this summer has been an exploration of all things local. Instead of jet-setting around the world to visit different exotic places, I've stayed put in New England (with just one exception), exploring Cape Cod, Cape Ann, and Portland, Maine.

For our anniversary, we decided to add one more local destination to the mix: we spent a weekend in the Berkshires attending concerts at Tanglewood (the Boston Symphony's summer home), as well as exploring this beautiful area in the western part of Massachusetts.

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