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The Life Cycle of a Lobster Dinner

Yesterday I was telling a friend about how much I'm looking forward to the fabulous Scottish seafood -- specifically langostino. We are only 7 days away from enjoying it for ourselves. My thoughts strayed to past great seafood meals.

I think there is no other food so meant to be enjoyed "at the source" as food from the ocean.

When we were in Muxia, Galicia, Spain, we experienced precebes (barnacles). The locals harvest them and rush them to the restaurants to be eaten that day. We spent the morning watching the harvesters and then enjoyed the fruits of their labor for lunch. The fresh sea taste is amazing.

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Sitting in a seaside restaurant in in Gallipoli, Puglia (the heel of Italy) we watched our waiter go outside and call down to the fishermen who were mending nets on the pier below. A minute later a scooter pulled up to the door and the waiter carried a still dripping mesh bag full of my mussels in for the chef to turn them into this....

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On the coast of Maine, the life cycle of a lobster dinner is short.

Here is the dock where the lobster boats store their traps between runs. The lobsters we were about to enjoy came in here and were delivered to the adjoining kitchen only minutes before they were on our tray.

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Dan waits for his turn to pick up our order.

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Bibs in place, dig in.

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Ahhhhhhhh.....

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Scotland, here we come. Our first stop will be here: Temple Seafood

Comments (9)

Oh that is such torture seeing photos of the Maine Lobster. That has to be the food I miss the most after moving away from the Boston area. I didn't even think about Scotland having good seafood. Lucky you!! Enjoy!

The lobster looks amazing! The mussels look good also, but I can't say that about the barnacles. I didn't even know they were eaten.
Have a wonderful time on your trip! I'm sure you will. Can't wait to hear about it after your return. How long are you going for?

nancyhol:

Wow! You must have been so full after eating that lobster! Yum!

Yum! Love lobsters, love Maine.
Yum, I am waiting for stories about seafood in Scotland.

Marcia:

Oh simply wonderful pictures, we really need to take a trip to lobsterland, I keep saying.

Palma:

Great post! Now I am starving!

Jane:

I am SOOOOOOOO jealous. We need a New England trip just for the lobster. Let's have a Boston GTG

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Deborah, great photos. The lobster looks very delicious. I've been reading that Scotland has great seafood as well.

Enjoy the delicious seafood at the Temple Seafood restaurant. I haven't exactly worked out my itineray yet for later in the year, but your trip planning thread has been very helpful and inspiring to me!

Safe travels and have a wonderful trip to Scotland!

Barb Cabot:

Deborah, a very interesting post with great photos. Have a wonderful time in Scotland. Can't wait to hear all about it. That first photo threw me for a loop...it looks like some foot of a dinosaur!

Deborah responds: Yes, Barb. Everyone says that. In fact. I did a blog entry last year called "Dinosaur Toes"

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