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Monday, September 26, 2011

Maine Lobster, Lobster and More Lobster or Should I Say Lobsta?

Well once again I have to say I love my job. This week it took me to New England for a great meeting with a soon to be favorite customer. It was amazing. It's a place I have always wanted to go but have never had the opportunity. I landed in Boston and then drove up to Portsmouth New Hampshire. Growing up in Southern California makes one very hungry for history. I saw buildings built in the sixteen hundreds. I can't even put into words the feeling I got standing there in front of a church that George Washington once worshiped at. Anyway back to the food. I mean that is what you want to hear about right? I went to dinner with a client. I told him to choose the place. I preferred something that represented New England. He didn’t disappoint. We went to a place called Robert's in Kittery Maine. We ordered the Clam Bake and it was awesome! they brought a big ol' bucket of seafood all from within a few miles of where we were sitting. This was one of the best meals I have ever eaten. The thing that is so cool is just how simple of a meal it was. This is the epitome of it's all about the ingredients and fresh is key. The next day I stumbled onto a true find. It was the most amazing Lobster Roll in the world at a place called (what else?) Lobster Cove in York Maine. It was loaded with lobster claw meat and almost nothing else. After that I headed up the coast just a few miles and found a working light house called the Nubble Lighthouse. It was breathtaking to sit there on a foggy afternoon. It was like being in a painting that I had seen my whole life hanging in my grandparents house. Being that my grandparents were from Maine it was cool to be close to my roots. It really looked like the painting but with the sound of gulls and a fog horn dubbed in. After dragging myself away from such an amazing sight I headed into the local town of York where I spotted a building with a sign out front that said Maine Lobster Outlet. I almost crashed my rental car with full coverage insurance and a half tank of $5.00 per gallon gas. I absolutely had to stop. They had hundreds of lobsters in tanks. I was completely floored when I saw on the chalk board behind the counter "1 3/4 lbs Lobsters $4.99 lbs" I thought I was reading this wrong for sure. Then I asked if they knew if it was possible to take them on the plane. They said "sure can that's what these boxes are for" " you can even fit them in the overhead carry on compartment. I got four big ass lobsters and a $7.00 box for thirty two bucks. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I say the price. The next night after I returned home to Colorado we had a serious lobster feast. It was the first time in my life that I have been totally stuffed on lobster and nothing else. No sides, no salads, not even bread. I could get use to this but would also have to get use to living with Gout. Next month it's New Orleans so stay tuned - Shannon

Dinner at Robert's in York Maine

Dinner at my house in Colorado

Lobster Roll at Lobster Cove in York Maine

Lobsters in the box at Lobster Outlet York Maine

Nubble Lighthouse Yorke Maine

Foggy nubble Lighthouse Yorke Maine

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Smallest Brew Pub in CO

Yup. I found the smallest Brew Pub in Colorado. It just happens to be 1 mile from my house, in the suburbs, in a strip mall, surrounded by chains chains and more chains. It's pretty rare to see a non-chain in the 'burbs so I was happy to see Dad and Dude's Breweria open up right by my house. They say it's the smallest Brew Pub in Colorado and once you see it, you'll probably agree.

My wife and sons took me there for my birthday and everything was delicious. The decor is great, staff is helpful and knowledgeable and the food and beer was very good. My wife and I had a Pale Ale and I had a Black IPA, which I've never had before. Both were good, but I would have preferred more hops in both.

They use the spent grains from their beer in the pizza dough, as well as agave nectar. I was really happy with my Bootlegger pizza (meatballs, pancetta, roasted red peppers)! A solid "american"-style pie.

Probably one of the biggest surprises was that we went on a Tuesday night. Usually one of the slowest nights of any restaurant. When we got there around 6, there was a decent crowd (for a Tuesday) but by the time we left, the place was hoppin'! Great to see that. I'll definitely be back -- Drew

Bootlegger: Meatballs, Pancetta, Roasted Red Peppers

Penne with Marinara


Nice head on the Black IPA!

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