Hi bento pals! This month's astro-bento is for Cancer the Crab...or crab cake. We took a holiday weekend jaunt to the homeland of the crab cake: Baltimore, Maryland. And happily, this city was not only full of wonderful food, particularly seafood, its layers of the past and sense of originality were fully in keeping with the nostalgic, lunar spirit of this sign.
Lexington Market was an incredible journey through American food history, now in its 220th year. Today, it preserves in architectural amber the spirit of the last century. The intact Art Deco vividness of the "Chinese Savouries" stand amazed me:
So many options for local seafood and soul food here:
And an abundance of all kinds of sweets:
You can bring your delicious prepared food purchase upstairs and take a seat overlooking the food hall and listen to live music: a reggae band was playing when we visited. The maze-like proximity of food stands serving everything from crab cakes (of course) to hot sausages, fried chicken to Italian pastries was overwhelming, exciting and so much fun...
The next morning we explored the city's waterfront as sizzling heat radiated off the streets, then hopped on a water taxi to venture out to Fells Point and Canton...delightfully cooling and a way to get closer to the aquatic heart of Baltimore.