Oprah and Stedman Take a Crack at Crabs in Baltimore

08/07/2014 at 02:45 PM ET

Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham at Captain James Landing Baltimore
Courtesy Oprah Winfrey

Who says you can’t go home again?

Oprah Winfrey did just that Wednesday night in Baltimore — the city where she spent almost eight years in her twenties (and hosted the local morning show People Are Talking for much of that time) — enjoying an al fresco crab feast.

The Hundred-Foot Journey producer and confessed “truffle freak” was joined by longtime partner Stedman Graham at the iconic Captain James Landing Restaurant. The harborside spot is styled to look like a merchant vessel and has its own water taxi stop. The pair posed for a quintessential check-us-out-holding-our-seafood photo (above), which the media diva posted to Instagram with the caption, “Crab feast in Baltimore!”.

“We had gotten a phone call from a concierge that they wanted to come out,” Captain James owner Bill Tserkis tells PEOPLE. “We seated them on the balcony off our private dining room to give them some space, because obviously when you are eating crabs you don’t want to be hassled.”

Tserkis said they were joined by another couple and stayed for about two hours. They ordered the restaurant’s signature boiled crabs with Old Bay seasoning, crab cakes (shown below) and mussels. “They were just having a normal dinner, talking and laughing,” he says.

And they certainly weren’t shellfish novices: “They definitely knew how to open crabs,” he says. But most importantly, how was the food? “They seemed to really enjoy it, [Oprah] said the crab cakes were really good and Stedman said the crabs were amazing so they had a good time,” he added.

Crab Cakes Recipe
Courtesy Captain James Landing

If looking at Oprah’s shot has got you craving seafood, we’ve got a quick, simple crab cake recipe that will be ready before you can say “a-ha moment.”

—Lexi Dwyer

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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