Posts Tagged ‘sandwiches’

Here Comes the Sun!

April 27, 2010

While Rice and I have had the matzoandrice twitter account for some time, I never had my own until 2.5 weeks ago. When I started my own, I instantly chose to follow thinkgeek, one of my favorite geek stores. About 2 hours after starting my account, they posted that NASA was holding a contest to have people be twitter correspondents to their Solar Dynamic Observatory Launch press conference. I signed up and got picked! Insane!

We first met at NASA to get our press passes and headed over to Grand Deli to grab sandwiches. I chose the House Special, a croissant with turkey, lettuce, tomato, and some sort of condiment. You can’t go wrong with the “house special” right? I’d say it was a decent sandwich, but that’s really only because anything on a croissant tastes instantly better. Really, it was an average sandwich, but it was made quickly and the staff was friendly.
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Thinly veiled attempt to make a post about food rather than science.

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Soft-shell Crab Sandwich

July 26, 2009

Growing up in Wisconsin, my mom would periodically bring home blue crabs from the Asian food mart in downtown Madison. The crabs would still be kicking around–nothing but fresh and the best for my mom–and I would gently prod them with a chopstick to see if any of them would make a grab for it. (While I often imagined one of them making a break for it and skittering along our linoleum floors on its way to freedom, this never happened. ) Her method of cooking was clean and steam. She’d remove their shells, scrap off the gills, and put them on plates in the wok, which served as a makeshift steamer, and not long after, we’d have sweet, fresh crab for a summertime feast.

Steamed crabs covered in Old Bay at Costa's Inn, Baltimore, Maryland.

Steamed crabs covered in Old Bay at Costa's Inn, Baltimore, Maryland.

Now that I live in Maryland, though, I’ve learned to eat crabs the Maryland way–which is, steamed whole and covered in a salty, spicy layer of Old Bay seasoning, and thrust onto a table with mallets and knives and cold beer. My first, and probably only crab feast this year happened last weekend, and boy, was it a treat. But it wasn’t to be the only crab I would have even that week. Earlier that morning, the boyfriend and I went to our local farmer’s market and what did we find for sale but soft-shell crabs! While this farmer’s market is sorely lacking in cheeses (if you are ever in Madison, Wisconsin, you must check out their farmer’s market and stock up on squeaky fresh cheese curds) it makes up for it with other local specialties.

Looks like a spider...tastes like a dream.

Looks like a spider...tastes like a dream.

Now, I’ve never actually worked with crabs before. That was always mom’s jurisdiction. This was a bit daunting. The crabs were still actually alive as we carried our bounty home, and I stuck them in the fridge, a little unsure after the initial food excitement subsided. How the hell was I to clean and prepare these odd little crustaceans?

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Portobello Mushroom Sandwich

January 30, 2009

I’m not really one for new years resolutions, but I tend to half-heartedly make a few here and there with the beginning of each year. There are your tried and true ones: lose weight (15lbs, which had been 10lbs before the holidays), read more, write more, exercise more often. I’ve also included in that list, “slow down.” I have a tendency to move fast (to compensate for my lack of height) which often leads me to getting caught on doorknobs, tripping on whatever is on the ground, (or on the ground itself), falling into walls, or running into people who don’t realize that yes, I am going to take that corner that hard and that fast (I’m talking about walking here, though I did recently have a unfortunate run-in with a curb that exploded my tire).

But that’s neither here-nor-there. I have another grand old resolution that many other people have: Eat healthier.

A portobello mushroom sandwich with the works.

A portobello mushroom sandwich with the works.

My boyfriend has been periodically trying to convince me to go vegetarian (not that he is, but since I prepare most of the food, me going vegetarian would mean that he would also go vegetarian), but my food-loving self can’t give up the variety of foods and flavors that does include meat. But eating MORE vegetarian is not only healthy, it’s also cheaper and a lot more environmentally sustainable, something I’ve also been meaning to work toward in this new year.

So what helps is finding really delicious vegetarian recipes that I crave constantly, and for me and the boyfriend, this portbello mushroom sandwich is #1 with a bullet.

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