When In Maryland…

May 10, 2008

….do as the crab-eaters do!

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I ordered soft shell crab for the first time tonight and was not disappointed! It was an experience getting over the visual, but was so delicious.

We had dinner at the Oregon Grill, a really cool restaurant out in the beautiful Maryland countryside. With the grandparents :)

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To start, I had a cracker with a little bit of olive tampenade and a crab spread -

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And toasted with one of my favorite wines – the Ferrari Carano Fume Blanc

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For dinner I ordered a Strawberry-Spinach Salad with pecans and sharp cheddar. I doused it in balsamic vinegar. Fresh and tasty!

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And had the soft shell crab, which was served with a size of shredded zucchini and a herb-lemon-butter sauce that I ordered on the side (good decision!)

Along with a side of sweet potato-wrapped asparagus! SO good. I will be replicating this at home. And I loved that it wasn’t covered in oil.

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From above -

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Check out my grandmother’s monster prime rib!! I had a bite. Talk about a huge portion!

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I wasn’t going to have dessert so I ordered a decaf tea

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But of course I happily enjoyed bites from my mom’s Yeast Cake with Raspberries and Lemon Curd and my grandmother’s Raspberry Sorbet -

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I loved how fresh my food tasted – not drenched in oil. And I ate a fair share of veggies! It was a great dinner out.

Off to read in bed. Tomorrow we’re hosting a 90th birthday party for my grandfather at his church so it’s up early to get things ready.

Goodnight all :)

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1 VeggieGirl May 10, 2008 at 8:57 pm

Love the photograph of you and your grandparents!

Oooh, the sweet potato-wrapped asparagus and your grandmother’s raspberry sorbet look MARVELOUS!! yum!!

My grandfather turned 90 this time of year, in 2007 – how lovely that it’s your grandfather’s turn to celebrate a great birthday :0)

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2 Becca May 10, 2008 at 9:24 pm

The meal looks delicious. I might have to make a trip out there at some point, is it far from Baltimore?

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3 Suzanne May 10, 2008 at 9:39 pm

Oh – I agree, the sweet potato-wrapped asparagus looks so good! The crab looks scary to me – but I’m not a fan of shellfish….I’m glad you enjoyed it though!

And you didn’t get dessert??? Wow, I’m impressed! :) Good self control – I know you love dessert as much as I do. I actually struggled with the decision whether to get a blueberry scone at lunch today. I finally decided I would get it, but alas, the waitress said they were all out! :( Oh well, that’s a good thing (I guess??).

Happy Birthday to Grandpa! What a sweet photo of everyone!

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4 kristin May 10, 2008 at 11:02 pm

wow! your dinner was indeed fresh– i love it when my food isn’t drenched in oil when i dine out too.

i live in D.C, Baltimore isn’t too far from me– do you mind telling me the name of the restaurant? i’d love to go there!

your grandpa is so cute! happy birthday to him :)

i thought the same thing exactly– i’m going to try the sweet potato-wrapped asparagus at home too!

have a great weekend!

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5 kristin May 10, 2008 at 11:03 pm

never mind, i just re-read the post and saw you mentioned the restaurant name ;)

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6 yaz May 10, 2008 at 11:13 pm

Wow Kath your vacation food looks better and better every day. Can’t wait to see the cake tomorrow… i wonder if the husband is also having wonderful meals like yours. if my bf were home alone he’d starve or just live on sandwiches till i got back. :)

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7 Kirsten May 11, 2008 at 6:53 am

I love oregon grill! I grew up 5 min from there. For anyone in the area, it’s about 20-30 minutes from downtown- just up 83 near where the hunt valley mall used to be (exit 20 i think). Enjoy all the crabs! We are having a crab feast today for mother’s day :)

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8 dc_rd May 11, 2008 at 8:10 am

I wonder what the little white purse thing is on Kath’s plate? I might have to venture out of the city to baltimore…everything looks fantastic!

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9 Katers May 11, 2008 at 8:24 am

Dc_rd. the white purse is lemon.

Looks great Kath! You’re so lucky to have both your grandparents still with you. Enjoy the party!

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10 Courtney May 11, 2008 at 8:29 am

I looooove Oregon Grille! They have a really good lunch menu too! I’m glad you got to experience the crabs!! Haha, well have a lovely day in MD and happy birthday to the grandfather!!

Kirsten, I live a few miles North of Hunt Valley!! That’s so funny! Gotta love Baltimore :)

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11 Cat May 11, 2008 at 8:50 am

LOVVVE soft shell crab. Glad you experienced it cooked at a wonderful restaurant!

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12 Tina May 11, 2008 at 8:54 am

Yuuum! Love crabs!

Happy 90th! :)

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13 Cassie May 11, 2008 at 9:18 am

Great pictures Kath! And that sweet potato wrapped asparagus is genius! I love sweet potato anything!

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14 Brittany May 11, 2008 at 9:35 am

I love soft shell crabs. The first time I had one I thought it was kind of odd to eat the shell and all but it tastes so good!

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15 BMX May 11, 2008 at 10:18 am

I hearted about Oregon Grilll restaurant of Maryland countryside.You passed a nice time with your grandparents.Your pictures say that you enjoyed many fantastic dish in Maryland.I am jealous.

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16 Cara May 11, 2008 at 10:20 am

Ha, Kath, I came on to say how impressed I was that you could eat the crab like that…I love shellfish but only as long as it doesn’t actually look like it once might have walked the sea-floor! Also, I am a lazy diner and don’t like having to work for my dinner and I thought you’d have to root through the shell for the flesh, but from the comments I’ve learned that you eat EVERYTHING, shell and all?! Doubly impressed. I guess I need to open my mind, some!

This is my first time commenting but I’ve been reading for a while and I really enjoy your blog, reading about your (ever so healthy) eating habits, and your lovely family, thanks for sharing it all!

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17 Becca May 11, 2008 at 11:23 am

ooo sounds like this place isn’t far from me! Yea!

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18 Kelly T May 11, 2008 at 12:55 pm

im curious to see what the husband is eating, too….i say boxed mac and cheese and frozen pizza.

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19 flipflops May 11, 2008 at 1:06 pm

A mac and cheese pizza and batter dipped, deep fried chocolate donuts with a six pack of some tasty lager is my guess. Heh heh. I could not eat the crab that way. Frightens me. The sides however look awesome.

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