Pulling Off Mussel Meat

Was at the salad bar in Macy’s the Cellar today and lined up behind a lady picking the meat off of the mussels and leaving the shells in the pan. After the first mussel, she turned around and asked me if I was waiting for the mussels. I nodded. She continued with the second and third mussels, struggling mightily to shake the meat off of the shells using the provided tongs. At one point she tried scraping the shell against the side of the pan to get the meat off.

The salads were priced at $10.95 a pound. I wonder how much she saved.

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