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Stone Crabs in Albany

October 21, 2010

The project that started out as An Open Letter to Capital District Chefs is starting to take form.  You may or may not have noticed a new tab at the top of the FUSSYlittleBLOG called The Good Stuff.  I wanted to make sure that regardless of where these local promotional posts fall on the page, they are always easily accessible and identifiable to readers.

Now here the news.

Chef Ric Orlando tweeted yesterday, “Just brought in the Most AmazingCrab Stone Crab Claws-Super Sweet/Delicious- Super-sustainable.”  Which prompted me to ask him if these were going to be only available down at New World Home Cooking, or if they were also going to make it further north up to Albany’s New World Bistro Bar.

His response, “Those yummy crab claws–will be on BOTH NWHC and NWBB Menus until thy’re gone”
This was about 24 hours ago.  I’m still working on my turn around time for these posts, so you may want to call ahead if you plan to head out in the rain for these magnificent crustaceans.

When I was a child in Miami, Stone Crabs were exclusively a regional delicacy.  In the past several years, they have been easier to find outside of South Florida.  The famous Joe’s Stone Crab restaurant even has outposts in other cities now.

You can read a bit about them from New World Bistro Bar’s sustainable fish purveyor, sea to table.

Officially, I think this is big news.  But while some other additions to the NWBB menu were picked up recently on the Table Hopping blog, this one was conspicuously absent.  Sustainable seafood on the menu is newsworthy.  If you have the means and the time, I encourage you to make it down to Delaware Avenue and try these delicious treats that seafood watch declares a best choice.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 21, 2010 1:18 pm

    You do see conspiracies, as well as your own superiority, everywhere, don’t you, Daniel?

    I did not include the stone crab claws in this morning’s NWBB post because that detail was not included in the information sent to me about specials for this weekend and next. This was the restaurant’s omission, not my choice to conspicuosly leave it out.

    • October 21, 2010 1:42 pm

      I do not see conspiracies, I see a pattern of selective promotion. You and I discussed this back in July, and I got a clear picture from you about what Table Hopping considers newsworthy and what it doesn’t.

      http://blog.timesunion.com/tablehopping/16360/unclear-on-the-concept-2/#comment-66001

      The difference is that I am out there looking for these kinds of things, that is all. If there is any kind of smug superiority in my tone for this post, it is only because I had to get it out quickly and Mrs. Fussy wasn’t around to apply her gracious copy editing skills.

  2. October 22, 2010 8:38 pm

    You guys are both my heroes, so stop it. However, I cannot express the same affection for King Crab Claws.

    They remind me of the special “Tomahawk Steaks” which are prepared especially for Atlanta Braves fans (GO GIANTS!) by Niman Ranch so possibly tipsy fans can brandish them by the non-trimmed rib bones.

    Big is not always better.

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