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Chef Allen Once Took Julia Child Stone Crabbing, and Guess Who Pulled the Traps?

Chef Allen Susser, Chef/Owner Chef Allen's

Talking about Food was one of Julia's favorite subjects. She was always involved. But Julia never saw food as an armchair discussion. She wanted to get right into the middle to experience the foods, the flavors, and the culture. I loved showing her our mangoes, jackfruits and the freshest seafood.

When Julia came to Miami on one of her many visits she insisted that I take her out Stone Crabbing.  She wanted to know first hand all about our delicious Stone Crabs. Julia was funny though; she seemed large for the little boat. She had to personally pull the traps, and break the claws from the crab. Then after our sojourn down to the Keys she became very excited to throw the just caught claws into a pot of boiling seawater to cook them.

We devoured the lush Stone crabmeat. I remember Julia saying, " This is what life is about" while she licked her fingers clean.

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Jackie Sayet