Art’s Crab Shak

28 05 2011
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.

A bit of confusion stems from the signage — they still maintain the “Hayward Fishery” neon outside (which is awesome, btw, see the thumbnail pic) and have both restaurant names scattered throughout different parts of the restaurant. Not sure what that’s about. The Fishery used to have a front area that was sort of like a covered patio, but had walls and felt more permanent but not totally like a part of the building. It had wood slatted floors, permanent tables and a sort of tarpaulin roof, if I recall correctly (which I may not). Anyway, at Art’s, this area was like a fossilized relic of what was previously there. It had weathered the storms of disuse, but not in a way I really wanted to see. It’s sort of a sad disused area that’s just sloppy and derelict now. And it’s the first part you walk through when you enter Art’s. Sigh.

sign

Confusing signage.

After making our way through the wasteland of an entry and into the proper foyer, we waited for someone to seat us. The foyer used to be a market of sorts, I believe, that had various seafoods for sale behind a series of refrigerated countertops; picture the Seafood area at Safeway but in a souvenir store. Maybe it still works like this in the day; but it was closed in the evening when we were there. Adjacent the foyer is a teeny tiny bar that seems to still be in use; a few stray stools allow a very limited amount of bar seating.

foyer

Art's foyer.

We were seated in the main dining area. The decor in this place is almost indescribable. I typically start “writing” blog posts in my head while I’m in a restaurant, but I was at a loss in Art’s. Ok: 60’s style fake veneer dark wood tabletops; padded chairs that were somewhat mismatched throughout the dining area; dark wood paneling halfway up the wall, trimmed green; turquoise paint for the rest of the wall height with odd sea-themed decor such as giant fake fish scattered around the walls. Dingy tile ceiling; scattered ceiling fans. I don’t think anyone else in there cared, but I found it depressing and a bit sad.

art's crab shak

Inside Art's Crab Shak, Hayward.

art's crab shak

Inside Art's, Hayward.

Menu has a variety of items ranging from casual to fancy-ish seafood, and priced quite high in some cases. Which may be good; you don’t exactly want to each cheap seafood. Crab is, assumingly, a specialty, but I hate eating things that require manual labor to consume, so I stuck with a fork and knife dish. Though all kinds of other people were eating the crab — yet another mildly appalling spectacle here at Art’s. Watching people slurp and drip and crack crab with greasy mouths and shiny fingers is probably one of the more sickening things that I am easily able to view in my daily life. I don’t like it; it’s gross.

Fish dinner

Fish dinner.

tuna melt

Tuna melt.

The food we ordered was actually decent, however. It was heart-attack food (at least mine was), but it was not bad. Fried sole with asparagus and hollandaise sauce (how could it be bad with hollandaise sauce) and a side of fries and veggies. Can’t say I was hungry after. The Caesar salad was mediocre, and boyfriend’s tuna melt was diner-good. The service was friendly, but seemed understaffed. We could not get any face time with our smiley waitress. Too bad. I don’t feel like I will return.





Recipe: Kale Chips

22 05 2011

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.

kale

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.

kale

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.

    kale

    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!





Fish.

8 05 2011
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

Inside Fish. Restaurant

Inside Fish. Restaurant

The restaurant is right near the water and overlooks the harbor. The building is nondescript from the outside (we would have never found it without the Yelp app on my phone), but nicely done with high ceilings, polished timber picnic-style tables, and a huge glass wall that faces the ocean. We arrived in time to grab a table and avoid the huge line that formed; apparently this place is quite popular among locals.

Crab dip

Crab dip from Fish. Restaurant

Fish 'n Chips

Fish 'n Chips from Fish. Restaurant

Crab Sandwich

The Crab Roll Sandwich from Fish. Restaurant

The food was very good — we had two orders of Fish ‘n Chips at our table, along with some Crab Dip and a Crab Roll Sandwich. The Dip was fine; I’m not the hugest fan of Crab Dip, so I won’t pretend that I’m a good person to discuss this with. The Crab Roll Sandwich was highly Yelped, and Boyfriend seemed to enjoy it. My Fish ‘n Chips were heavenly though the breading (which was amazing) was a bit much compared to the amount of fish inside. The homemade tartar sauce was spot on.

Fish. Food

Fish. Food

The only real downside to this place was the prices. Everything was around $15-$20 a plate, which was a bit on the high side for an order at the counter chippy*. However, you do get what you pay for, and if I’m paying extra for healthy fish populations that are kept sustainable over time, I suppose that’s fair enough.

Also, they have a tiny counter with fish you can buy to take home, in case you want some real, fresh, sustainable fishiness at home, yum!

*See definition #1.





Hello Mrs. Knott’s Class!

5 05 2011

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!








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