Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Crabbing about Crabs

The Masthead on Pier Street Marina in Oxford, Maryland serves the classic summer catch: fresh crabs by the dozen. These crabbies are steamy, seasoned in Old Bay and are served with all the fix-ins (vinegar, butter, sea-salt… whatever you want).

For Memorial Day weekend my family and I stopped there for lunch smack dab in the middle of our 16-mile bike ride. Of course we were biking to our next meal. Exercise? Nahhh….We were on our way to lunch!

We ordered a dozen and a half crabs for four people thinking that would be plenty. How easily had I forgotten how little meat you get inside each one.

I think I burned an equal number of finger calories opening the darn things as I did eating the actual crabmeat. I averaged one mouthful of meat per crab. It also didn’t help that I’m a messy crab eater. At number four my hands were salty, wet, pricked and all crabbed out… I realized then why the table next to us ordered hamburgers.

Overall, I give these fresh, quality crabs a shiny 4 stars (a 5 if they had been larger).

I give myself a mercy 1 star for my crab opening skills.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Facebook for Foodies

I have just discovered the Facebook equivalent for foodie bloggers like me. Foodbuzz is a fabulous community that features different recipes and posts from thousands of bloggers. As a new foodie myself I think this site is a great way to get my creative juices flowing. Looks delicious!

Can you say yum?

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Ben’s Chili… Bowl?

One great thing about going to a ball game is enjoying the ballpark food. In Washington, D.C., Nationals Stadium does a great thing by inviting local D.C. restaurants to serve their food inside the venue. My personal favorite is Ben’s Chili Bowl. You would be hard pressed to find a real Washingtonian who doesn’t know about the original. Located on U Street, this late night chow spot is known for its chili and half-smokes. Their menu at the ballpark serves the highlights.

Like many games I had Ben’s and opted for a bowl of chili. I have to say, the taste lives up to the reputation. It’s not overloaded with beans, not drowned in Tabasco and has some seriously delicious meat.

There was just one problem. Ben’s chili needed a decent bowl.

All good food bloggers know that eating is about the whole experience and a flimsy easy to spill paper plate just didn’t cut it. Something with a lid would have been better.

I spy a friendly bowl!
So I did some research. Apparently Hard Times Café, another local restaurant with a food station in the park, also serves chili and definitely got the bowl thing right.

This really is a lesson for all vendors out there. You may be serving a cheap and delicious dish, but presentation still matters. Speaking from my own experience, I’d like to get the food into my mouth, not down the front of my shirt.

Last but not least, eaters! Top Chef DC had a great episode where contestants had to create a ballpark dish at Nationals Stadium. It's a juicy one. Check it out!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ready… Set… EAT!

Welcome to Foodie Forecast – a place to read about foodie products, foodie restaurants and foodie reviews.

Before I begin you should know that one of my life long goals has been to retire. At the ripe age of 23 I bring up my retirement because I always planned on being a food critic in my future. They say life is short and eventually I’ll be in a home somewhere exchanging ceviche for Jello – strawberry if I’m lucky – and I don’t want to have my food critic days stunted because I have no teeth. So here we go. With food in my forecast and an expert palate for taste, I begin my career in gastronomy.

Now what did you think when you first read the title of my blog? You may have thought to yourself, “Who do you think you are creating yet ANOTHER food blog? Have you read what’s out there in the blogosphere? It’s a sea of eaters, diners, and chefs screaming their heads off and YOU want to get in on the action?”

To that I kick-up-my-heels and shout, “Giddy up!”

Of course I know there are a number of amazing food blogs already out there. I know this because I read them at my day job. I currently do digital public affairs work for a communications firm in Washington, D.C. where one of my daily tasks is to learn about the conversations among bloggers and see what interests them. So, yes, I do know that there are a lot of bloggers out there, but that hasn’t stopped me from pouring the cream into the lemon juice and seeing what happens. 

Here I am; ready to taste, experience and review food in a new way that helps others improve their foodie forecasts.

Ready… Set… EAT!