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    Feb 05, 2011 1:49 AM GMT
    A few days ago I bought some Dungeness crab, which mostly come from the Puget Sound area around Seattle. I used to catch them up there myself, had a license for them when I lived there.

    So OK, obviously these thing are frozen, to arrive nearly 3000 miles away in South Florida. And we we put them in our freezer. One thing led to another, we've got a constant string of evening dinners & obligations, and we still hadn't had them.

    Finally I yelled ENOUGH! I don't care if it is Friday, and we're supposed to meet friends for drinks. If we don't eat this crab soon it will spoil, in a frost-free freezer. (I'm still trying to figure out a place I can put a small deep-freeze in our little condo) We've got non-stop obligations for the next week, so tonight was it.

    So my partner, dear that he is, prepared it. And he made some wild rice just for me on the side, that I love, though at the present time he can't eat that himself. He had a baked potato, and we both also had some green peas, and a little white wine.

    Mother of gawd, it was wonderful! Have you ever had Dungeness crab? I suspect the meninlove guys outside of Vancouver have. Even shipped frozen (and I used to catch it live with my own hands when I was camping around the Sound) it was glorious.

    So I'm sitting here with belly full, and all I can say is do look for it in stores. If you like crab you won't be disappointed, trust me. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 05, 2011 2:01 AM GMT
    OK then... I won't tell you what I see them eating under the docks when I'm diving.
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    Feb 05, 2011 2:09 AM GMT
    Milton, why don't you should share with us? I haven't eaten crab over 20 yrs
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    Feb 05, 2011 2:56 AM GMT
    Turin saidMilton, why don't you should share with us? I haven't eaten crab over 20 yrs

    Milton? Is that addressed to me? A misspelling of Wilton?

    My dear, if a fellow RJ member comes down here to South Florida, and is our guest, he may have crab or whatever else he likes on us. (Though actually crab isn't a local specialty, despite some popularity with Stone Crab, which I find tasteless, so I might suggest some other better things for local seafood)

    I've always said that here on RJ, and the offer stands. Meet us, and the drinks are on us, and the meal, too, if you wish. Fly into Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood airport (forget Miami International) and if you don't rent a car and need a lift we will pick you up and take you to your hotel, and bring you back. That's also a standing offer for any member here, our schedule permitting.
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    Feb 05, 2011 3:15 AM GMT
    Mmm...you just brought back the best memory. The last time I was in Fort Lauderdale, I went out to a restaurant that served all-you-could-et buckets of Alaskan king crab legs. It was the first time I'd had them in a decade, and it's been half as long again since I had them there. I'm salivating just recollecting that meal. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 05, 2011 3:21 AM GMT
    I haven't had Dungeness crab in years. I am just salivating thinking about it. My brother had some flown in for my mother's 80th birthday seven and a half years ago.
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    Feb 05, 2011 3:26 AM GMT
    I don't eat a lot of crabs. Maybe because I'm too lazy to dig out for the meat.
    But, 2 weeks ago, me and my family went to an Asian Buffet (Jumbo!) and they had these crabs that are super big and long icon_eek.gif. I ate quite a few. Fun part of it was saving the claw and pulling the ligament so it will move again icon_cool.gif.
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    Feb 05, 2011 9:14 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidOK then... I won't tell you what I see them eating under the docks when I'm diving.


    Nasty......lolz....but yeah, big YUMMMMMMM!!!!!!!
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    Feb 05, 2011 9:20 AM GMT
    Sounds tasty...Too bad I'm allergic to them....
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    Feb 05, 2011 9:55 AM GMT
    I used to crab Dungeness with my dad in the Puget Sound between Jetty Island and Whidbey. Every once in a while I would go to Anacortes and the San Juans, so I know what you mean. Once we ripped the outdrive from our boat from some submerged object and had to sell what was left of the boat, we started buying our dungeness from Phil Harris from Deadliest Catch in the Alaskan crabbing off-seasons. He used to sell out in Everett near Jetty Island on the pier before he died. When I get enough money saved up I'm planning on buying a boat for myself so I can go crabbing and shrimping again like I did growing up.
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    Feb 05, 2011 10:30 AM GMT
    scottnphoenix saidI haven't had Dungeness crab in years. I am just salivating thinking about it. My brother had some flown in for my mother's 80th birthday seven and a half years ago.

    You make me remember what my late partner used to do, around 2003 in Fargo, North Dakota. I'd get home from the university around 4, and he'd YELL at me that I couldn't enter the kitchen or the dining room. Or the living room, since they were connected.

    So OK, I'd go into our bedroom and watch TV there, until he called me to table. Well here's what he had done:

    Ordered fresh Alaskan crab that morning, and had it Fed-Exed to arrive around 2 PM. At what cost I couldn't imagine. It would come in a metal pot you got to keep, the crab packed in dry ice. And then he'd prepare it, along with the accompaniments.

    Here we were, in Fargo, and eating fresh crab that had come nearly 2000 miles from Alaska that same day. Is that crazy or what? And yah know what? My current partner will do nutty stuff like that, too. Are we all insane? I wonder...
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    Feb 05, 2011 10:54 AM GMT
    hazardous saidI used to crab Dungeness with my dad in the Puget Sound between Jetty Island and Whidbey. Every once in a while I would go to Anacortes and the San Juans, so I know what you mean. Once we ripped the outdrive from our boat from some submerged object and had to sell what was left of the boat, we started buying our dungeness from Phil Harris from Deadliest Catch in the Alaskan crabbing off-seasons. He used to sell out in Everett near Jetty Island on the pier before he died. When I get enough money saved up I'm planning on buying a boat for myself so I can go crabbing and shrimping again like I did growing up.

    You obviously know that area. My favorite campground was at Larrabee State Park, just south of Bellingham. As a disabled Veteran, Washington State allowed me to camp there for free, and gave me every fishing license free. I don't know if that's still done now.

    Well at low tide I'd wade out into the water, and carried a wooden-handled scoop, very similar to what dog owners use. You could see the crabs in the shallow water, very easy to scoop them, and put them in your sack. You wore your license over your back, a stripped thing that told the wardens on shore you were legal.

    You had a daily limit, I think it was 3, I can't recall. So I'd take them back to my camper trailer . And I'd approach another trailer, campers who had a steamer that I didn't, and propose a deal: cook my crabs, and we'll share them 50/50. It always worked.

    So when I camped at Larrabee I usually ate fresh Dungeness crab most nights. Plus there was a place a little south on Chuckanut Drive that raised muscles, as well, if you like them, as I do.
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    Feb 05, 2011 11:16 AM GMT
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    Turin saidMilton, why don't you should share with us? I haven't eaten crab over 20 yrs

    Milton? Is that addressed to me? A misspelling of Wilton?

    My dear, if a fellow RJ member comes down here to South Florida, and is our guest, he may have crab or whatever else he likes on us. (Though actually crab isn't a local specialty, despite some popularity with Stone Crab, which I find tasteless, so I might suggest some other better things for local seafood)

    I've always said that here on RJ, and the offer stands. Meet us, and the drinks are on us, and the meal, too, if you wish. Fly into Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood airport (forget Miami International) and if you don't rent a car and need a lift we will pick you up and take you to your hotel, and bring you back. That's also a standing offer for any member here, our schedule permitting.


    Sorry for misspelling lol
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    Feb 05, 2011 12:10 PM GMT
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    Feb 05, 2011 6:24 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    You obviously know that area. My favorite campground was at Larrabee State Park, just south of Bellingham. As a disabled Veteran, Washington State allowed me to camp there for free, and gave me every fishing license free. I don't know if that's still done now.

    Well at low tide I'd wade out into the water, and carried a wooden-handled scoop, very similar to what dog owners use. You could see the crabs in the shallow water, very easy to scoop them, and put them in your sack. You wore your license over your back, a stripped thing that told the wardens on shore you were legal.

    You had a daily limit, I think it was 3, I can't recall. So I'd take them back to my camper trailer . And I'd approach another trailer, campers who had a steamer that I didn't, and propose a deal: cook my crabs, and we'll share them 50/50. It always worked.

    So when I camped at Larrabee I usually ate fresh Dungeness crab most nights. Plus there was a place a little south on Chuckanut Drive that raised muscles, as well, if you like them, as I do.


    Ah yes, I also love Larrabee, so many memories there, especially the drive to get there. I had no idea you could just walk out there and pick them up. Normally they like to stay in about 25 feet of water, but I guess that's something the tides change. Sounds like blue crab on the sand bars in Florida, of course you don't have to watch out for sharks in Washington though.
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    Feb 05, 2011 6:25 PM GMT
    Alaskan King crab is the worlds best food!
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    Feb 05, 2011 6:28 PM GMT
    Fivealive saidSounds tasty...Too bad I'm allergic to them....


    ditto
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    Feb 05, 2011 6:39 PM GMT
    I have had crab many times. Whether it was Dungeness or not I don't know. :/

    BUT, yesterday I bought the Krab which is an underwater housing device for my LOMO LC-A+. I can not WAIT to take pics with this!!!

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    Feb 05, 2011 6:48 PM GMT
    jprswim saidI have had crab many times. Whether it was Dungeness or not I don't know. :/

    BUT, yesterday I bought the Krab which is an underwater housing device for my LOMO LC-A+. I can not WAIT to take pics with this!!!

    How retro. Would be interesting to compare with a lomo effect applied with photoshop. Seems like heresy!

    http://www.digital-photography-school.com/how-to-make-digital-photos-look-like-lomo-photography
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    Feb 05, 2011 6:51 PM GMT
    That settles it....it's Alaskan King Crab for dinner.
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    Feb 05, 2011 6:53 PM GMT
    jprswim saidI have had crab many times. Whether it was Dungeness or not I don't know. :/

    BUT, yesterday I bought the Krab which is an underwater housing device for my LOMO LC-A+. I can not WAIT to take pics with this!!!

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    This is the most exciting post in this thread - please post pics of the results!