Archive for May 23rd, 2007|Daily archive page

Summer of Stone Crabs


Just got an e-mail with some very good news.

Joe’s Stone Crab, the famous Miami Beach landmark, is now shipping all summer long. Unfortunately they only ship in within the US so the crabs stay fresh, so if you live elsewhere, you’ll have to get to the states to try them.

If you’ve never had Joe’s before, you need to try this. If you have a special event or are in the mood for a great meal, spend the extra cash and order yourself some Stone Crabs.

Joe’s used to only be opened from October to May (technically stone crab season), but in recent years they began keeping the restaurant open all year long. The stone crabs are frozen but still taste fresh and are definitely still worth it.

If you’ve never ordered from Joe’s, here are a few suggestions…

  • Joe’s Vinaigrette
  • 2nd Mortgage (Cold Seafood Sampler)
  • Creamed Spinach
  • Any Potatoes or Tomatoes
  • Cole Slaw
  • Key Lime Pie

Not sure if all of the above can be shipped, but the crabs and key lime pie definitely can.

Joe’s also now has locations in Chicago and Las Vegas, but if you want them fresh as can be, you’ll have to head to the original in Miami Beach.

Oh, and if you can’t make it to the restaurant or are low on cash, give these official Joe’s Stone Crab recipes a try. The viniagrette and key lime pie recipes are pretty easy and delicious. TIP: For the key lime pie, use an already made graham cracker crust to save time.

Visit for ordering information (24/7) or call 800-780-CRAB, M-F 9am – 3pm (EST).


Ice Sticks

Ice Tray

Summer is just about here, and these definitely look like a better option to the normal ice cube.

Just fill up the trays with water or any other beverage you can concoct, freeze, and pop out and use.

Get yours from Crate & Barrel. They’re on sale for $4.95 $2.95 a piece.

And here are some ideas for your new ice sticks tray…

Crystal-clear ice cubes: Boil water, then cool to room temperature before pouring into ice cube trays. Bottled spring water will also produce clear cubes.

Decorated ice cubes: Place a small piece of fruit (cherry, melon ball, pineapple chunk, raspberry, lemon or orange twist, and so on) or edible flower or flower petal in each section of an ice cube tray. Cover with cold water that has been boiled and cooled; freeze until firm. Tailor your cubes for their intended use—small lemon wedges or mint sprigs for iced tea, a whole raspberry or blackberry for fruit punches, a cherry tomato for Bloody Marys, and so on.

Flavored ice cubes are great for icing drinks without diluting them. For instance, use lemonade cubes for lemonade, Bloody Mary mix for Bloody Marys, coffee for iced coffee—you get the idea. Forget about trying to make cubes from rum, vodka, and other liquor—alcohol freezes at a much lower temperature than water or juice and won’t solidify completely.