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.
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Accepting Applications for Shakespeare’s Kidz!
Students ages 10-16 are invited to join South Carolina Shakespeare’s new youth company, with classes running September 20th-December 11th followed by a final performance. Contact Katie Mixon with questions about scholarships and applications: PKatieMixon@gmail.com.
Make Your Own Beer and Wine!
Come get started on your “liquid hobby” and help us celebrate our 46th year in the Columbia area. Bet Mar Liquid Hobby Shop: 736 St. Andrews Road.
Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
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U.S. Security Associates
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Pool Cleaning Full & P/T avail. Must have a clean driving record, organized and have a professional appearance. Starting Pay is $10.00/hr. Please bring a copy of your driving record and a list of all past employers with duration of employment listed as well as telephone numbers for references. Please call for an interview. 803-865-1200
Wing Zone is now hiring for experienced delivery drivers, cooks & cashiers. Apply in person @ 132 Assembly St. or call 803-933-9464.
Free Times is looking for a highly organized, detail-oriented self-starter to assist in gathering material from advertisers, coordinating between the sales and production departments, and handling routine clerical tasks. Must be proficient on a Mac, able to conduct business via phone, email, text, Dropbox, social media platforms and face to face while under deadline in a fast-paced, sometimes distracting work environment. The position requires the ability to multitask, excellent oral and written communication skills, and solid experience in quickly learning new computer programs. This is a full time position with benefits. Send a cover letter, resume and salary expectation to firstname.lastname@example.org.