Last year at this time, I was presenting at an academic conference in Baltimore, Maryland.
The conference wasn’t that lively as many people avoided coming there heeding advanced warnings of an impending hurricane. Like many people, I didn’t believe the media hype, so I went to the conference. Prior to the storm, I spent a couple days enjoying Baltimore as I’d never been there before. I loved the American Visionary Art Museum, the Inner Harbor, Mccormick’s World of Flavors, and sampling the famous crab dishes.
Below is the postcard I sent my wife (not the delicious crab claws aplenty):
Then all hell broke loose…
Although, the mega-storm didn’t hit Baltimore as hard as New York City or the Jersey Shore. Two people died in Baltimore due to the storm. Meanwhile at home in Toronto, I learned the same storm had killed someone there.
Sandy also grounded flights – so I was trapped in Baltimore for a couple days and missed my favourite holiday (Halloween) with my family. But that was nothing to what many people endured.
The NY Times has a good article on the hurricane and its aftermath.
Here’s the backside of the postcard with the recipe:
“I know how much you love to collect recipes – and doesn’t this dish look so delicious! If you make it you’ll be my Miss Baltimore Crabs [from the movie “Hairspray”]! Be sure to include the pinchers as depicted.”