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Field Trip: SF Crabbing Crew

Have you ever met a person who doesn’t like crab? I’ve met people who don’t like lobsters (I forget who, maybe it was a chef or a boy or both) but I haven’t met a person who is like, “You know what isn’t delicious? Crab.” Well, I suppose people who keep kosher and have shellfish allergies don’t like crab, but you get the picture.

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Crab nets with bait.

When I was home in May, I received an e-mail from the awesome crew at SF Crabbing Crew asking if I would like to come crabbing one afternoon. Uh, yes please!

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My friend Mai pulling in a crab cage.

So long story short, two guys had been taking their friends out crabbing for a few years then realized they had a pretty solid business model in place – bring lots of snacks and drinks, post up on a wharf overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, throw some crabbing cages out, cook said crabs and repeat. I know a lot about being a good hostess and good customer service and I’m going to say they have it down – making sure everyone is happy, refilling drinks – even catering to their guests who are vegan and don’t eat crabs but want to come hang out. And all of this is only $40 for 3-4 hours!

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A group later was coming for a birthday… so they brought a crab cupcake!

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Catching my own lunch is so #paleo.

If you’re a local or just visiting SF, this is a great way to spend the afternoon. You get a little buzz going, eat seriously amazing crab, watch seals swim by and have tourists take photos of you holding crabs. It’s just like being back in Asia!

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This seal is the honey badger of the Bay.

I’m going to let the photos tell the story. If you have any questions, be sure to visit their website or leave me a question in the comments.

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They bring lots of snacks and libations – Bloody Marys are basically required for crabbing, right?

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Lunch.

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If a crab isn’t bigger than four inches – or is a Dungeness Crab – you have to throw him back.

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A bit of the East Coast in California.

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There’s nothing like your lunch being alive 10 minutes before.

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Quintessential NorCal BBQ.

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Look at this guy!!!! (insert emoji with hearts for eyes)

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Worth the cold and wind.

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The butter sauce the crabs were cooked in – so good!

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Karl taking over. (Yes, the fog has a name.)

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The city lookin’ good.

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The baguette fell in the window so I threw it to a seal that had been hanging around.

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Perfection.

Chat with me:
Have you ever been crabbing? How cute is my mermaid hat? What do you want to do if you visit SF?

Field Trip: Hiking Mount Tamalpais State Park

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When I hear “Mt Tam” I think “Mt Tam Triple Creme” from Cowgirl Creamery. My favorite thing about California is cheese. And wine. And sunshine. The first two are why I need to detox. I also just looked up the nutritional info of Mt Tam and died a lot little inside.

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Mt Tam moments.

But I digress. If this is your first time ever reading this blog or you’ve been living under a rock, I love being active. I love being outside. I love having an excuse to eat ice cream. So I love hiking. Hiking is such a first world thing if you think about it – “Hey guys, let’s go walk through the woods and up a mountain to go Instagram some views”.

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Ang modeling.

When anyone comes to visit me, they are subjected to at least one hike that I have wanted to do. This hike I did with Angela is actually my favorite one that I have done so far. I had never thought of hiking Mount Tamalpais – I guess I had been on it before in some form or another visiting Muir Woods a few years ago – but I’m so glad I did. The drive to Stinson Beach is really windy and is what I imagine Ireland to be like.

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Right before drinking wine and giving up on going any further because of the fog.

What: Mount Tamalpais State Park
Where: Stinson Beach, California.
Get there: Type 32 Belvedere Ave, Stinson Beach, CA 94970 into your GPS. Park on the street near the community center or if there isn’t any street parking, park at Stinson Beach State Park. There is a sign that marks the trail. Just walk to the end, turn around and come back!
What to bring:
Water, snacks, toliet paper/tissues, wine (if you’re smart)
What to wear: 
Hiking clothes – yoga pants, running tights, leggings, a tank and bring a sweatshirt in case it gets cold. Also wear good walking shoes.
How to get there:
 1 hour drive from San Francisco (maybe 90 minutes from downtown)
How much: Free!
Tips: Bake in some extra time because the drive is gorgeous. Also, there are allegedly coyotes on the trail. I warned you. If you’re looking for food on the way back to SF, I recommend Tamalpie Pizza in Mill Valley.

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A good hike to cross off all your Northern California outdoor things: waterfalls, redwoods and ocean.

The hike is pretty mild – lots of stairs at first and uphill (obviously) but the trail is well marked and well-maintained. We only ran into one or two other hikers on our Monday afternoon hike. It got a little cold at the top of the mountain, especially with the fog rolling in. Angela and I had Kind Bars and drank some (terrible) wine then headed back to eat our weight in pizza and beet salad at Tamalpie then ice cream at Bi-Rite because San Francisco.

Chat with me:
Do you like to go hiking? What is something you make all your visitors do? Do you hike with wine?