For the past several years, I have indulged in Maine lobster around NYE. I love Maine lobster, particularly after a few trips to Maine. We indulged in Maine lobster, sometimes twice a day. We would have a lobster roll for lunch, and whole lobster for dinner.
Some background on Maine lobster: This bright red crustacean was once considered the “poor man’s chicken” and was even used as fertilizer. During the early 1800s, lobsters were so plentiful that they used to wash ashore in piles up to 2-feet high. Because of their abundance lobsters were used to feed slaves, as the meat was cheap and easy to prepare.
Today, lobster meat is revered as a delicacy and perceived as a luxury food item. There are two different species of lobster- clawed and spiny. There are a few things that distinguish them from each other, here is why Maine lobster is the most popular of the two:
Spiny Lobster – This kind of lobster lives in warm water and has long antennas. This spiny lobster does not have the large claws like a Maine lobster which is the feature that clearly distinguishes the two. The spiny lobster can be found in warm Florida waters, in the Caribbean and the southern California coast.
Maine Lobster – Residing off the northern coast, this lobster is well-known for its large claws, which are bountiful with meat. The cool waters of Maine make this lobster sweeter and more tender than its spiny counterpart.
Now that you know why Maine lobster is so delicious it’s time to try some from an authentic lobster shack.
Maine is home to many different lobster shacks, people travel from across the world to taste this delectable seafood.
What side dishes go well with the lobster? I prefer Cole slaw, and some type of potato dish. A glass of white wine or champagne is also apropos.
My lobster arrived yesterday from Maine. Once a year, why not? Maybe add some veggies and a baked potato. And several glasses of my favorite champagne. It is a great way to say goodbye to 2021.
Happy New Year, stay well, stay safe, and mostly, stay happy!