Monterey Bay offers fish for the whole family

During a recent Skype session with my 3-year-old granddaughter who’d just moved to Carmel, Calif., I heard all about the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the amazing octopus with his great, big TENTACLES! When I visited recently, the aquarium and fish market were high on our “to do” list, so off my daughter and I headed …

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Fear of Frying: A Puerto Rican Cook Confronts Her Culinary Legacy

I don’t fry. I don’t own a splatter guard, even though I could get one at any dollar store. I cook with olive oil and butter – coconut oil if I’m feeling fancy. But I don’t fry. I’m a Puerto Rican who can’t dance salsa and loves vegetables. Despite these ethnic shortcomings, I feel deeply …

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Slideshow: What summer tastes like where you live

Summer is a time for watermelon and ice cream, burgers and barbecues. But around the country, many states and even towns have their own summer traditions: water ice on the boardwalks from New Jersey to Delaware; frozen custard in Wisconsin; planked salmon in coastal Washington state. AFR readers from north to south, east to west …

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Stillwater Gose and Md. crab soup a trip to the shore

I have always been attracted to in-between things — amorphous, ambiguous areas where no single identity dominates. That’s how I see Maryland. Somewhat Southern, somewhat Northern, the state’s 12,407 square miles mash up historic urban centers, quaint college towns, winding country roads and bucolic shoreline. And that’s how I also see Maryland’s brewing culture. It …

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