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G & M Seafood, Lithicum, MD
I am seafood lover and lately I haven't been blown out of the water with excellent seafood.
I was in Lithicum yesterday on business and I remembered my friend giving me rave review of this seafood restaurant. She said the crab cakes were to die for.
I decided to visit the restaurant during lunch and there was a waiting line. Luckily it was myself and I was seated promptly.
Interesting menu and I did see under the appetizers fresh oysters. Now anyone that loves oysters will contest that oysters are usually already shucked and refrigerated. Of course the quality of the oyster may not be the best, so the flavor is bland and we all know when flavor is bland, the quality is compromised.
I love oysters, why you ask/ Fresh oysters are briny (salty) with a dash of oceany but plump and firm. I took a chance and ordered 1 dozen.
The oysters on the half shell came out, freshly shucked and very plump! and flavorful. I'm coming back just for the oysters.! Sipping the oyster juice along with the sea just made it so much more delicious. A little cocktail sauce with a slice of lemon and fresh horseradish.
The waiter was courteous and prompt. I got fresh warm rolls. The menu was varied covering everything but I wanted to focus on the crab cakes. There was a crab cake platter, 1 crab cake, lettuce and tomato and a pickle. and for the side I ordered coleslaw.
The waiter advised me whether I wanted 2 crab cakes or 1. I asked how many ounces and he said for 1 crab cake it was 8 ounces. I told him I'll have just 1.
What was surprisingly pleasant was the waiter was very professional. He knew when to take away dishes, watched my drink and filled it up appropriately.
The crab cake platter came and the beauty of Maryland crab cakes is very little breadcrumbs are used and all jumbo lump crabmeat. Baked perfectly, warm to hot in temperature.
For the price it was well worth it. I highly recommend it and for those thinking of visiting Maryland, this is the place to go for real genuine Maryland Crab Cakes!
Chef Woo Can at www.chefwoocan.com
I have to express my sadness and anger towards the current administration approach with the immigration issue that's making headlines these last few days.
Yes, I agree that we have laws that must be followed and enforced. It's an order that if the law is broken, we must enforce them. However those illegal immigrants that have children, how do we handle those situations. We take them away from their mother's and lock them up in cages and the Border Patrol is prohibited from holding children that are crying for their mother's and the children are no more than 3-4 years old.
There's been comparison to similar events in the past but do we ever learn from the past.
The position of the administration is "very stoic," rather cold. There is no legislation that considers "Morality" or "Moral Values" of taking children away from their mother's or family!. These concerns fall into the "GRAY" areas.
So, the question is how is the United States of America any different from other countries that lock up illegal immigrants and separate their families and moms.
Ok, the provide food, shelter, laundry service but what these circumstances is pure understanding and compassion.
It's comes down to common sense which we already know the Democrats and Republicans don't have.
Everyone has an opinion of this matter and I would respect each opinion, but something must be done.
The illegal immigrants are people too. They cry, know happiness, know struggle. they love their children and families and always want to strive for a better life.
How are our relatives different from today's immigrants. Yes, they did things the right legal way, but today, governments are different now.
As a chef, I still believe we need to have a better understanding by talking to the people themselves rather than those representatives that act as their spokesman. and share bread and a meal with them.
I bet you there is not one Congressional representative that has actually met these people over a meal.
If they did its always a "photo opportunity."
A man who calls a spade a spade is a man we look up to. Yes, some will people will be insulted, others will be turned off by his eloquent use of profanity but in the end no matter how we feel, we are comfortable with what he says, a real honest guy from Jersey. You see those of us that were raised in the tri state area, New York Long Island, Connecticut and New Jersey, survival of the fittest applies. To get what we want, we have to be brutally honest. Yes, maybe a little too aggressive in our approach and yes, we may cause a few arguments but we are a product of our environment.
Anthony Bourdain was this kind of guy. He called it like it is. Although a chef by trade, he started at the lowest rung in the culinary world, dishwasher and slowly made it up to chef. So, he knows what its like to work hard and be rewarded for his efforts. He took his talent to write a few articles, recognized for his travel to various places in the world but what made him stand out from all the other cooking, travel shows, he took time to get to know the people. the culture and the history. One person brought just a little change to the world by sharing the world's cuisine.
One person was able to bridge political, ethnic and cultural difference just by talking while eating the native foods. For that brief moment in time, there was an understanding of our countries differences, just like that, breaking bread over a delicious scrumptious meal.
Some cultures demand strangers try their food, and once he did, that opened a pandora's box of curiosity that the people were more than happy to share.
Anthony, did it all, a one hour show brought a different view of people throughout the world, We actually have something in common , food!, Food can be considered the great communicator.
Building walls, polarizing ourselves from the world, gated communities in our country only isolates ourselves from our fellow Americans. Yes, if you break our laws, there will be consequences but in America, unlike other countries, you create your destiny and if a food business is what your good at, and there is a demand, why not, food speaks all languages with a smile, happiness.
So to always remember this great man and the effect he had on all of us, I encourage each one of us to try an exotic and ask questions about the proprietor or how the dish is made and you'll be surprise how small our world is really is. You don't need to take a plane trip to Thailand, check out the local restaurants and you'll be surprised. Sometimes the best places for authentic foods are those places that are considered a "hole in the wall."
I'd like to suggest in Rosedale, MD there is this restaurant called Chop Stix that during the week from 11-3 PM or Saturday and Sunday from 10-3 PM they serve this Chinese breakfast called Dim Sum (like Spanish Tapas) that a lady rolls a cart with delicious steam or fried dumplings of various shapes and textures and its served like 3-4 pieces on each plate allowing you to try different types. Then if your still hungry, my favorite is the chicken pan fried noodles with a side of red vinegar. Yummy
Antony Bourdain, did what he loved but blended it with his personality and curiosity to present interesting issues while political in nature, we got to be there right with him as he explored foreign lands and that had an effect on me.
Chef Woo Can at Chefwoocan.com