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Where to get Dungeness crab on the cheap

Grubstreet published a handy list of places in the city to buy Dungeness crab for less. This is one of my favorite meals so I was excited when a market near my house made the list.

Wing Hing Seafood Market at Clement and 7th made the list with a price of $3.66 per pound (the lowest was $2.99 in the Mission). The one catch is that you gotta buy ‘em alive.

I’m guessing they will put the crab out of its misery for you at time of purchase, or you can take them home, writhing in your grocery bag, and do it yourself. How fresh is fresh enough?

Not sure how to kill a crab with mercy? Check out the guy in the video below who spent his summer in Alaska doing just that, day after day. No narration necessary. Or check out this video, which is more of a step-by-step guide on how to clean and crack.

And if you would like to bond with your crab a bit before they depart, bone up on how to identify your crab’s gender and gross anatomy. Just so you know whether to refer to your tasty meal as John or Jane. ;)

Sarah B.

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Clouds over Sutro Baths (photo)

Photo by lauralhb

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Santa Claus coming to Angelina’s, Dec. 17

Ho, ho ho! Santa Claus and his merry self will make his annual appearance at Angelina’s Cafe & Deli on Thursday, December 17. If your kids can get through the paparazzi throngs which are sure to be in attendance, they can get their own picture taken with the jolly man in red.

The event will also include cookie decorating and a magic show featuring Professor Salamini, aka Mr. Rando, father to owner Angie Rando.

Enjoy Santa Claus and cookie decorating from 2pm until 3:45pm, followed by the magic show at 4pm. All events and activities are free.

And don’t forget to bring a new, unwrapped toy to drop in the SF Firefighters Toy Program bin (age infant up to 12 years)!

Ho ho ho, Meeeeeeeerry Christmas!

Sarah B.

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More on the Conservatory’s garden railway exhibit

The Chronicle today has a nice article that goes into more depth on the Golden Gate Express Garden Railway that opened a few weeks ago at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. As you may recall, much of the landscape around the railroad is made from recycled materials. Well, that’s putting it nicely. It’s made from garbage. :)

One of the groups involved in the exhibit’s creation was The Bay Area Garden Railway Society, comprised of aficionados who have created and maintain their own garden railways at home.

Along with a former artist-in-residence from the city dump, the group created San Francisco landmarks using discarded goods recycled from the trash. Cereal boxes were transformed into “The Painted Ladies” row of victorian homes, City Hall’s dome was made from an old collander, and “the building’s Styrofoam core is clad with ice cube trays and refrigerator egg racks, and the front steps are a computer keyboard.”

This year’s railway also incoporates a soundscape to make the landscape come alive. Andrew Roth of Natural Sounds dangled mics from the Golden Gate Bridge to capture the fog horns, and incorporated his recordings of the historic sounds of the Castro Theater’s organ, along with the squawking Telegraph Hill’s wild parrots and the bark of the sea lions of Pier 39.

There’s even the sounds of a rumbling earthquake once an hour, of which conservatory staffer Dolores Gebhart says, “I hope people don’t start running from the building.”

Read the full Chronicle article here to learn more about how the Golden Gate Express Garden Railway was put together. Or check out more photos and video of the exhibit at SFAppeal.com.

See it now through April 18, 2010 at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, open Tuesday through Sunday from 9am – 5pm.

Sarah B.

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Where do you dry your vegetables? (photo)

Photographer and neighbor Wolfgang Schubert snapped this pic of snow cabbage drying on a bamboo stick along someone’s front stair case. As Wolfgang points out, “the green-white steps made a nice color complement to the white-green of the Bok Choy leaves.”

Anyone know what this is in preparation for? A particular dish with dried cabbage in it?

Sarah B.

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Green Apple’s new bookmark

One of the nice touches when you shop at Green Apple is the bookmark they insert in the pages of your purchase. I don’t know why I like it so much, but I suppose it’s the personal touch of shopping there.

Green Apple has a new bookmark. The staff over there is pretty elated according to their blog: “We’re excited, but then again we’re bookstore dorks.” Well, then call me a dork too because I think it’s kind of exciting!

The bookmark is like a trading card for the Green Apple gnome mascot. His unique talent? “Natural ability to sit absolutely motionless for decades at a time.” You guys are killing me, really!

And in the interest of efficiency, the backside has a space for you to write a short review or book report about your purchase. How many apples does it rate?

Sarah B.

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Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” comes to the Library, Dec. 16

“To be or not to be, that is the question”. Indeed!

On Wednesday, December 16, the Richmond District Library will host a performance of Hamlet by the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival.

All ages are welcome, with the flyer reading, “Hamletprovides one of Shakespeare’s finest commentaries on morality
and the human condition. The universal dilemmas that Hamlet faces in this ghostly tale will resonate with audiences of all ages!”

The performance begins at 6:30pm at the Richmond District Library, 351 9th Avenue. Admission is free.

Sarah B.

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GGP Hearing led by Supervisor Mar, Dec. 14

On Monday, December 14, Supervisor Eric Mar will hold a hearing about the management of large public and private events in Golden Gate Park, such as Outside Lands and some of the other large scale festivals that we have every year.

The discussion will focus on traffic, transportation, clean-up, parking, noise, safety, outreach and neighborhood notification for the events. If you’d like to share your thoughts with the Land Use Committee and Supervisor Mar, please attend the hearing which will be held at 1pm at City Hall, Room 263.

If you can’t attend the meeting but want to send Supervisor Mar your thoughts on these issues, contact him here.

Sarah B.

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