What’s the Right Way to Eat a Crab?

Eating crabs in seafood restaurants can be a labor-intensive process. For the inexperienced and impatient, you’ll be better off selecting large-sized crabs, as these are easier to break, and the meat easier to get to. Still, regardless of size, the routine that one goes about eating crabs remain the same. Continue reading


It’s Not a Squid. It’s Not a Clam. It’s Abalone.

You know about scallops, mussels, oysters, and clams, but how often do you visit Monterey seafood restaurants and say, “grilled abalone, please”? Abalone, a single-shelled mollusk of the genus Haliotis, exists in more than a hundred identified species all over the world, at least 15 of which are raised commercially. The California coast used to swarm with abalone owing to its abundant kelp growth, such that in the ‘50s and ‘60s, the commercial catch almost reached 5,000 metric tons of red, black, and pink abalone.

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How to Eat Shellfish Properly

Each seafood lover has his own preferred delicacy. While most go for fish and crabs, some love that briny, juicy meat from shellfish like clams and oysters. Normally, these are served in shells. Those who are eating these delights for the first time may wonder how to eat them properly. Of course, it’s always best to follow the general guideline of not touching your food with your hand, but there can be exceptions, depending on the preparation.

  • If it’s hard to open the shell, don’t force it. This means the shell is not good (or the meat is not edible). By attempting to open it, you’ll simply risk making a mess.
  • Cooked oysters are eaten with a spoon or fork. As for raw oysters, detach the meat with a service knife. Use one hand to hold the shell and an oyster fork to bring the loosened flesh to your mouth.
  • Mussels are eaten much like oysters, but can be dipped in broth first. Use a small spoon to add a bit of the sauce (don’t soak it) and then a fork to pick up the meat.
  • When eating steamed clams, dip the meat into the broth or melted butter. When the clams are all consumed, the broth is spooned out or sipped from the bowl. Fried clams are finger foods, though they are best eaten with a fork because they’re greasy.
  • Put the empty shells on the vessel provided, or put them on your plate, not on the shared platter.

Be Adventurous. Try These Yummy Seafood Delicacies

If having the usual salmon or tuna is getting a bit old, you may want to expand your food horizons by trying out other types of seafood—and what better way to be adventurous with seafood than eating out in Monterey, CA’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Many seafood restaurants in the area like Cafe Fina serve a variety of fresh, local seafood that are sure to intrigue locals and tourists alike. The next time you visit Fisherman’s Wharf, be sure to treat your taste buds to these seafood choices: Continue reading