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Crab Feast
Saturday, Aug. 02, 2003, 7:22 p.m.

QUESTION: Got crab?

WHAT I LEARNED: Kid free is not work free.

Last night was crab feast night. Friends invited us to this annual swim club function, which was a no-kids-allowed evening. That alone made the event almost priceless. For a set price ticket, you got all you could eat crab, shrimp, frozen margaritas, and beer along with a band and no kids.

There was coleslaw, potato salad, chips and salsa, and rolls beforehand and we saw them there as we came in but any die-hard crab eater knows that you save yourself for the crab and maybe a few shrimp. The die-hard shrimp eaters usually don't even bother struggling with the crab - they are a lot of work after all - but just grab a big bowl of steamed shrimp and start peeling. I have a strong work ethic – for me it is crabs and a cold beer.

My husband is a fan of the steamed shrimp. I saw many bowls piled high with shrimp appear and disappear with alarming regularity from our table during this event. Me - there was one huge tray of steamed crabs between 2 of us and by the end of the night there were only some claws left which were wrapped up and delivered to the kids at around midnight when we finally arrived back home. I've got everyone hooked on delicious crab and cracking crab claws with a wooden hammer is very entertaining - especially for 14 year old boys.

The best thing about crab is that by the time you do all the work picking out the little chunks of crabmeat that make up your meal, you’ve probably burned most of the calories of the meal right off. If it weren’t so messy and time consuming it might be the perfect diet food.

Now if only the daiquiris were calorie free…

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