An article published in Nature in 2007 announced evidence that higher brain functions like creativity, symbolic thinking and technology appeared much earlier in Homo sapiens than previously thought. That evidence was found in a high cave on Pinnacle Point on the southern coast of South Africa, where early humans fled to escape Pleistocene climate change. Our pioneering ancestors used tools to exploit the rich marine life there, feasting on shellfish and grinding them into red ochre pigment.
Those early humans most likely dined on marine life like mussels, whelks and periwinkles, but this is where the science ends and my conjecture begins: I like to think at least some of those creative forebears — prehistoric chefs, if you will — figured out how to take advantage of the brief period of time when recently molted crabs have soft, edible shells.
Fast-forward a couple hundred thousand years (give or take a few) to the beginning of this spring’s soft shell season: Terra chef/owner Mike Davis keeps the focus on the flavors of the crab by keeping the breading and the set very light and complementary, resting a big softie on a bed of spring peas, tiny potato cubes, purple and golden heirloom carrots, fennel and rhubarb, dressed with a coriander-carrot coulis and sherry mustard brown butter. Get them while they last.
This Week @ Social
Edward Shouse performs Friday the 21st, and on Saturday Absolut Vodka presents A Night in Sweden, with specialty Absolut drinks and live music by Christian Slick. Follow us!
Now Hiring in the Vista!
Hickory Tavern is opening mid-December and looking for bartenders, servers, hosts and kitchen staff. Apply in person: Click for details!
A Re-Imagined Christmas Carol at Trustus
Watch as five actors perform all the characters of Charles Dickens’ classic story and create a live musical score in a production that had audiences and critics raving last year. Get your tickets here!
Going someplace cool this weekend?
Let The Backpacker help you go lightweight, comfortable and in style! Patagonia, Prana, Merrell, The North Face and more! Click for location, hours and more info.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage offers 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
Surreal Innovation Salon Now Open
Columbia’s newest total care spa is now taking appointments and offering $10 off services $25 or more for first time clients. Location, hours, and more info here.
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Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season: