Thursday, January 10, 2013

Lobstavore

Last summer I made my first trip north to Maine, vowing to return in the fall to celebrate Mr. Mix’s birthday and taste test hot buttered lobster in the crisp autumn air…the things we food writers are lucky enough to call research! We landed in Maine’s Mid-Coast for our autumnal adventure, where we hiked Camden’s scenic mountains, explored historic harbor towns, snuggled beneath covers and in front of fires at cozy seaside inns, and upped our “lobstavore” credentials eating crustaceans in every configuration–from street cart to five-star. My article about our long weekend in Vacationland hit international newsstands in last month’s edition of Spice magazine. You can preview the first few paragraphs below, and follow the link at the bottom of the post to read more:

Maine’s Mid-Coast delivers on its legacy for New England charm and leaves visitors in hungry pursuit of the region’s local delicacy–lobster.

The menu for my trip to Mid-Coast Maine was a multi-course affair complete with piles of lobster and whole blueberry pies. The easternmost state among the union, Maine’s rugged climate is home to cold hardy blueberry bushes and native species of American crustaceans, ubiquitously named Maine lobster.

A dignified dish in any restaurant, in Maine, lobster preparations range from straightforward steamed lobster with drawn butter, to dime-a-dozen lobster rolls and elevated lobster-centric creations like roasted day-boat lobster tails served atop a bed of root vegetables and celeric puree, finished with dollops of shellfish foam that look and taste of the sea.

Any culinary seaside tour of Maine’s Mid-Coast begins with choosing a historic inn or B&B in which to lay your head. From Rockland to Belfast, lobster reigns king in Maine kitchens, but if you aim to find shelter along the shoreline, you would be wise to consider The Inn at Ocean’s Edge in Lincolnville…

For more Mid-Coast Maine traveling tips, click here to read my full length article and Eat it Up!

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