The wonderful flavors of the northern coast of California.
Heat olive oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add onion, fennel, garlic, bay leaves, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Cook until the onion is tender. Stir in tomatoes with juices, clam juice, wine, parsley, and 1 cup water. Cover, bring to a high simmer, then reduce heat to low and cook, stirring often, until flavors meld, about 15 minutes. Stir in halibut, clams or mussels, shrimp and bring back to a simmer. Cook for about 2 minutes. Add crab, cover, and cook until clams/mussels open and seafood is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add a generous squeeze of lemon juice. Taste and adjust salt and pepper. Serve with crusty sourdough bread. Serves 4-6.