How to Prepare Fresh Chocolate Clams

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ENSENADA BLANCA – This is Cesar. He runs the palapa bar on the beach of Ensenada Blanca.

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There is no written menu and only three meal choices: Fish Tacos, Ceviche, or Clams. When you order the clams you better have some time to sit back and enjoy a cerveza because after bringing your drinks Cesar will don his fins and snorkel and dive into the ocean to dig them up. Talk about fresh!

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Getting ready to get some clams

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After about 20-30 minutes he comes back with pockets full of clams

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Fresh chocolate clams (spanish: almeja chocolata) from 4-8 feet of depth

DSCN0763Cesar gets the knife just between the shells to open the clam

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Ready

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Whack

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My picture taking must have made him nervous because he sliced his finger while opening clams

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Chocolate clams inside

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Rinsing and scooping the clams out of their shells

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Chopping clams

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Cesar then sautés the clams in lard (!) and garlic

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And then he spoons the cooked clams back into their shells for presentation

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Yum!

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Enjoying clams with some cruising buddies

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