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All in a Hard Day’s Work

Surfing, scuba diving, sunshine and sea urchins in San Diego: now we’re talkin’. It was time to move on from the cold weather, burly man stuff. I wanted sunshine and surf and that’s just what I got in beautiful San Diego. The first thing I discovered is I need to work on my West Coast [...]

Halibut and Rock Crabs in Santa Barbara

Ah, Santa Barbara, Calif. — a welcome relief weather-wise after Oregon. The sun shone brightly for three days straight, and I could feel my fingers for the whole trip (which are essential for braking on a motorcycle). Craig Lewis, a local trawler who traded the high seas of Alaska for the area, refers to it [...]

Secrets to a Better Oyster Chowder

Swan Oyster Depot is my favorite place to stop by when I’m in San Francisco. It’s a San Francisco institution that’s been serving nothing but seafood since 1912. Leaving aside the fact that this was the only place I got skunked on the fishing, I still hold strong to my belief that San Fran has [...]

Where to Find the Best Crab Cakes

When I decided to ride my 1973 BMW motorcycle for this entire seafood odyssey, I neglected to factor in something major: Oregon. While Oregon is one of the most beautiful places on earth, the elements of the Pacific Northwest can be far from friendly.  I think I averaged about three layers of clothing and a [...]

Gumbo Secrets From the “Queen of Creole Cuisine”

“I went to Dooky Chase To get me something to eat The waitress looked at me and said Ray, you sure look beat, Now it’s early in the morning And I ain’t got nothing but the blues” —Ray Charles, “Early in the Morning Blues” For anyone traveling to New Orleans on a food pilgrimage, Dooky [...]

The Best Seafood in the South

Charleston is a town steeped in history. The first shots of the Civil War were fired here. In fact, you can still find live cannon balls from the war in the oyster flats! But in the modern era, Charleston has become a tourist town where you can find some of the best seafood in the [...]

Behind the Scenes of Hook, Line & Dinner

I unexpectedly fell in love with the city of Miami while we were shooting last night’s episode of Hook, Line & Dinner. I hadn’t spent much time in the city before, but by the end of the shoot, I was telling everyone I was planning to move there. The city has something special going on. Everything [...]

Crawfish in the Bayou

I am ashamed to say my knowledge of crawdads (also known as mudbugs, yabbies, mudpuppies and crawfish) goes only as far as Buck — the bright blue one I have in my fish tank at home. I watch him every day, but at no time have I ever thought to eat him because, to me, [...]

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