Review: Art’s Crab Shak

Update: Art’s Crab Shak in Hayward is now closed.

 
Atmosphere: 2/5   ♦   Service: 2/5   ♦   Food Quality: 3/5   ♦   Value:3/5
Times Visited: Once  ♦   Will I Return?:  Unlikely
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neon sign

Hayward Fishery neon sign.

Art’s Crab Shak, formerly the Hayward Fishery, can be found at the corner of Foothill and C Street in Hayward. The Hayward Fishery was an establishment from my childhood and was immensely popular locally. I don’t know when it changed hands, but it seems different than I remember from when I was a kid (granted, that was a long time ago), and, in short, I wasn’t terribly impressed. Let’s discuss…. 

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Recipe: Kale Chips

After a short hiatus, it’s recipe time!! Have you had kale recently? I’d honestly never really heard of it until the Taminator (omg, that’s the best nickname, I hope I’m the first one to think of it, Tami) brought it over for Girl’s Night. This is, of course, Tami from Everyday Bites, mentioned also previously in the delicious Pesto Pita Pizza post.

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KALE!

So, kale! It’s sort of a fancy lettuce-type food that’s a bit tough and frilly. It seems to be uber “in style” now, like bacon and macaroons. See below photo of Boyfriend with Kale.

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Boyfriend with head of kale.

Kale, when toasted lightly in the oven, turns a bit softer and (if you do it right) gets a bit crunchy. And then eating it is like nibbling a fun crunchy snack instead of being forced to consume vegetables because they’re good for you. Actually, I love vegetables, so I never have to be forced. But still, this is a great way to eat kale.

Ingredients:

  1. Kale
  2. Olive Oil
  3. Salt
  4. Pepper if you like pepper

Steps:

  1. Heat oven to broil. Or 350. Or 375. Just turn the dang oven on, this isn’t rocket science.
  2. Rip the kale up into bite sized pieces and put in a strainer.

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    Kale in strainer.

  3. Wash kale.
  4. DRY kale. This is important and keeps it from being soggy. Use a spinner or paper towels or whatever you’ve got.
  5. Put kale in a big old bowl and sprinkle with olive oil, salt, pepper and whatever other spice you think might be yummy. Don’t over oil, or, again, you risk soggyness.
  6. Spread kale evenly on a baking pan or baking sheet.

    raw kale

    Kale waiting to be baked.

  7. Put kale in the oven for, like, 5 minutes. Watch them closely because they will start burning quickly. You want them crispy and browned on some of the edges, but not completely on fire. If you take them out too soon, they’re fine but they are a bit tougher and not as crunchy. I know because I’ve erred on both sides.

    cooked kale

    Cooked kale looks just like raw kale. Just cook it and trust me.

Healthy, simple, delicious! Yum! For another take on kale chips, see the Runner’s Delight version!

Review: Fish.

Atmosphere: 3/5   ♦   Service: 3/5   ♦   Food Quality: 4/5   ♦   Value:2/5
Times Visited: Once  ♦   Will I Return?:  If I’m in the neighborhood
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Fish, period. That’s what they call themselves, punctuation and all. And what’s not to like about Fish.? Unless you’re a true vegetarian. Or you’re allergic to seafood. Or you just don’t like fish.

But I suffer from none of those deterrents, so I liked my fish at Fish. This place is way out of the way for most East Bay folks, nestled into the harbor-y area in the north part of Sausalito, but people around those parts seem to flock to Fish. We happened to be over there with Boyfriend’s mom and were looking for a good place to dine — we were happy to find one.

Fish has mostly… fish. As you might imagine. And they tout the sustainability thing too, which is refreshing. A large signboard in their dining area describes the virtue of sustainability in fishing and their website mentions that they only receive their salmon from “wild, sustainable sources” and never buy farmed fish. And they do use the word “poop” as a reason why farmed fish are bad — kudos to them for that. It takes balls to talk about poo.

Inside Fish. Restaurant

Inside Fish. Restaurant

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Hello Mrs. Knott’s Class!

No, that’s not the name of a restaurant (though maybe it should be); I’m speaking at my cousin’s 4th grade class today about blogging! First I’ll be doing a short talk about being an engineer (career day, woot!) but then I’ll be hanging out with Mrs. Knott proper and discussing my love of blogging with her awesome kiddos.

A short list of why I love blogging:

  1. It’s an informal way to practice writing, which is important in all walks of life (even as an engineer!).
  2. It’s fun to write about something you love! (I <3 food)
  3. It connects you to other people who love the same thing. If your blog gathers a following, the folks reading are probably a lot like you which is awesome — instant friends!
  4. It’s a great hobby. What else are you going to do with your spare time? May as well use your brain a bit and write!

I’m looking forward to meeting everyone; wish me luck and thanks for having me, Mrs. Knott!! :)

P.S.: Mrs. Knott’s class collects box tops for education and hopes to win a quarterly competition within the school for collecting the most! If you see a box top, please save it and send it to me! Email me for more info: brocandchoc@gmail.com.

Collect your box tops for Mrs. Knott’s class!