I'll be in Santa Cruz for the evening tonight (monday, President's Day) and am looking for a cool place with reasonable prices to eat with my girlfriend. Not a totally fancy place, but not the opposite either. Somewhere in the middle.
The Smithsonian Institution is home to some of the most culturally significant artifacts in American history. While the Smithsonian archives all facets of culture, their collection of culinary memorabilia is particularly fascinating. From political movements to fast food fads, here are some of the most interesting food items in their collection.
Crab cakes are so often disappointing -- mushy or gummy, full of starchy filler. But these easy cakes are full of beautiful lump crabmeat, and a light panko coating ensures they fry up crispy and golden brown. Bright, lemony aioli makes a piquant counterpart to the sweet, sweet crab. Read more.
A roasted boneless leg of lamb makes an impressive centerpiece for your table, but this recipe is easy enough to pull off any time. A classic gremolata perfumes the lamb; the mixture of garlic, lemon, and parsley holds its own against the strong flavor of the meat. Read more.