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82º | 6% chance of precipitation
Sunrise 7:04 a.m. | Sunset 7:42 p.m.
High tide 2:47 p.m. | Low tides 9:02 a.m. + 9:05 p.m.

 
🦀 Time to shellabrate, it’s soft-shell season
The photo shows how Hank's Seafood Restaurant prepared the soft-shell crab.
Hank’s Seafood Restaurant is serving up soft-shell crab. | Photo provided by Hank’s Seafood Restaurant and bread & Butter.
Take a bite, yes, shell and all. It’s soft-shell crab season, so keep reading to learn about the molting mollusk from Chef Tim Richardson of Hank’s Seafood Restaurant.

What is a soft-shell crab?
A soft-shell crab is a blue crab that is molting, meaning the crab is shedding its shell (to grow larger) and forms a new one in about 10 days.

What is the flavor profile of a soft-shell crab like?
The flavor has similarities to king crab, but they are very different. The soft shell has a rich, buttery, and crisp texture when fried. The soft-shell crab meat itself is denser in texture compared to the king crab.

For someone who has never tried soft-shell crab, what can they expect?
Something that surprises “first-timers” is that they eat the entire crab and that each bite gets better and better.

 
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Events
 
Tuesday, April 2
  • Beachcombers Workshop | Tuesday, April 2 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | The Dill Sanctuary, 1163 Riverland Dr., Charleston | $10-$15 | Kids can get hands-on with history and learn about the treasured from the deep sea that you find when strolling the beach.
Wednesday, April 3
  • Pizza 101 | Wednesday, April 3 | 5:30-8 p.m. | The DIME, Daniel Island, 30 River Landing Dr., Charleston | $75 | Join this pizza-making class to learn from Chef Jalen Reeves about the secrets of Margherita pizza.
Thursday, April 4
  • How to Attract Monarch Butterflies | Thursday, April 4 | 11 a.m. | Wando Mount Pleasant, 1400 Carolina Park Blvd., Mount Pleasant | Free | Monarch butterflies are the secret ingredient to a healthy garden; join a master gardener to learn how to attract these pollinators.
Friday, April 5
  • Flowertown Festival | Friday, April 5 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Azalea Park, 105 W. 5th S. St., Summerville | Price of purchase | Support the local YMCA and small businesses by attending one of the largest arts and crafts festivals in the southeast.
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News Notes
 
Opening
  • Restored cafe, City Lights Eastside, will open today at 12 Line St. The former coffee shop operated for 15 years on Market Street. The cafe has teamed up with Nordic Cooking, Mabel Mae’s Bakery, and Saffron Bakery to offer grab-and-go options and treats. (Charleston City Paper)
Outdoors
  • The Wragg Square renovation is complete, marking its ascent to world-class park status. This project included trees, lawns, paths, lighting, and irrigation restoration. The renovation will be celebrated during a neighborhood garden and tea party on Sunday, April 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. at 342 Meeting St.
Development
  • The College of Charleston is looking to expand its campus with new student housing. A change to the zoning ordinance was proposed before the city council that would allow the school to build a six-to-seven-story student housing annex to the Lightsey Building off Calhoun Street. (Holy City Sinner)
Eat
  • SC’s first food forest is being planted in the Ardmore community in West Ashley. Visitors will be able to pick fruit and cut herbs free of charge. The food forest is being funded by a $50,000 grant from the State Forestry Commission. (The Post and Courier)
Number
  • $2 Million. That’s the price tag the maritime agency’s board approved to pave 18 acres of higher ground at the Leatherman Terminal. Before storms and flooding, cars in the area will be moved to the newly paved area to prevent water damage. (The Post and Courier)
Feel Good
  • Maddie Gies, a student at MUSC, created a coloring workbook that’s helping children 6-12 who are battling cancer. The book follows a fictional child through her cancer journey. Throughout the book, there are questions for the children to answer that aim to facilitate conversation and empower the children. (WCIV)
Travel
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Try This
 
Crab with a local + catch your dinner
The photo shows a person holding up a crab by its claws.
Emeline guests can have their fresh crabs prepared with an Italian twist by Frannie and The Fox chefs. | Photo provided by Cary Hobbs
Looking to play tourist here in our home city? Look no further. The Emeline and Casual Crabbing With Tia have partnered to offer locals and visitors the chance to learn the art of crabbing.

Tia Clark, a Charleston native, started Casual Crabbing with Tia in 2017. Tickets start at $125, and the excursion lasts ~2.5 hours. Pro tip: If you don’t have a valid SC fishing license, make sure you purchase one before your experience.

“The experience is very hands-on as Tia shows everyone the ropes of how to cast nets, how to check crab traps, how to cast a fishing line, and how to measure any crabs that are caught,” said Adam Jimenez, General Manager of food and beverage at Emeline.

Emeline guests can take any crabs caught during the excursion to one of its dining options, Frannie & The Fox (this applies to soft shell season).
 
The Buy
 
Pvolve’s signature equipment bundle — the low impact, clinically-backed exercise method is a great way to work out from home, and the bundle helps you get started. It comes with a month of free classes and includes (bonus) some of Jennifer Aniston’s favorite pieces of equipment.
 
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