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The Cheseapeake Bay region - Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia - is the best place in the United States to find and eat saltwater crab. The art of a meal of fresh crab is complicated, messy, and delicious; the crab must be de-shelled, which is a multi-stage process, and the meat separated from the innards of the crab itself. The mallet you see there is for breaking the often tough shells of the claws. The brown powder you see on the crabs and in the dish in front is Old Bay seasoning. Old Bay is a commonplace spice in the area, and among its more devout followers might be added to almost any food.

The presentation here is a typical crab meal. With newspaper spread out and beer in abundance, crabs are dumped in the center of the table, and grabbing them can be a free for all. Each one contains only a small amount of edible meat, so it's very easy to go through eight or nine or more in a sitting.

As an aside, the start of the school year has sapped my energy and free time, and I haven't been commenting on as many photos as I'd like - hopefully I can pick back up soon!

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