Runaway Daily: USA – Day 41. The Day I Killed Lobsters, Thrice.

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Runaway Daily: USA – Day 41. The Day I Killed Lobsters, Thrice.

 


 

Day 41. The Day I Killed Lobsters, Thrice.

 

Since I was in Maine, lobster was THE thing that I could not miss out. Lobster here, lobster there… or “lobstaa” as locals call it. I had to do something with the lobster. While five days we were in Maine, everywhere we went was something about lobster. And I had to have a lobster and lobster roll, because apparently this is what people do in Maine. My friend Katie, almost local Mainer, (she writes at Breakaway Katie ) strongly suggested to eat the lobster in Maine, but only with  butter.

 

Lobster Roll

(or Lobstaa Roll like locals call it)
 
Lobster roll

The day has finally come. The encounter with the lobsters.

In Scarborough, Maine. I finally had my lobster roll at Ken’s Place. We saw lots signs with sale price for lobster roll while driving the coast. Those made me more curious about this food. So, what’s this lobster roll, huh? Lobster rolled with batter that looks like a bun? Or, cooked like a corn dog? Time to find out!

We actually drove back to find Ken’s Place. We were on our way to Portland, Maine, but after few days in Maine, it was about time to have lobster roll.

Basically, it was a lobster sandwich, with a bit of mayonnaise and a piece of lettuce.

Very refreshing.

I had lobster meat before, but those are specially ‘healthy’. I like to use the word ‘healthy’ when I describe food. Odd, I know, but I like the meaning of it into food. Anyway, so yes, Maine lobster on lobster roll was very good. So, this is lobster roll, huh? Worth of detour!

 

Lobster, the real thing

 
Juno eating lobster

 

Where? In Kennebunk Port, Maine.

There are many lobster-related restaurants around the whole Maine coast. Frankly we wouldn’t have known where would be the best place to have lobsters. Our friend Amber and George recommended us this place, Nunan’s.

Lucky for us, there was a special when we were there. Only $24.95 for two 1 1/8 lb lobsters. Mmm… they must know that we were coming.

Two lobsters and clam steamer were the choice of the dinner. Look how gorgeous they are! I’m sorry guys…

It was my first encounter with the real lobster, with the shell and everything. They were huge, and they had the big protection. I had my gears, and I was ready to go.

“Hm, how can I deal with you guys?”

I thought for a moment. Looking back and forth, the gears and the lobsters. But, what can I say, as a Korean girl who’s eaten all kinds of seafood with the bare hand, my instinct told me exactly what to do. No gears necessary.
 
Juno and Maine Lobster

 

“It’s a crab shapes like a shrimp!”

That’s my first impression while I disassemble those guys. They have similar mechanism, internally. Maybe, or maybe not. But It was much easier than I thought. It was a fun process. It was really a crab shapes like shrimp and I’m so very familiar with crabs. And the taste? Oh my gosh! They were so good! Lobster roll was amazing and fresh as it was, but the lobster straight from the pot with a dash of butter… Mmmm…! The tail was a killer.

Fancy, is the word to describe he image of ‘lobster dinner’ as I knew. But not in Maine. It’s just one of the routine what everyone does. But probably it still is a fancy dinner in other cities are not near the coast.
 
Totally smashed lobsters

 

 

So yes, I finally had Maine lobster. It was a memorable moment. My hands smell like seafood for rest of the day, but it was worth it for sure.
Thanks to Stephen of bohemiantraveler.com to take photos of me and my lobsters while I was busy attacking them!
 

 

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Thumbs up, Lobster version!
 
Thumbs up, Lobster version

 
 

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Juno set off for the wider world to pursue her passion for travel and storytelling. She traveled the world as an award-winning travel blogger and photographer, witnessing the everyday life of different cultures. Currently based in Anchorage, Alaska and exploring this amazing Last Frontier. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Instagram .

11 Comments

  1. Erica says:

    OH GOD I LOVE LOBSTER.

    During lobster season it is only like $10 for 1-2 huge tails down here in Central America. YUM! I have yet to try Maine lobster though!

  2. Maria says:

    Glad to see you’re having such a great time discovering the US. Try to find Conch too!

  3. Gray says:

    Welcome to the wonderful world of lobster! You chose the right place to try it; Maine lobster is the best. 🙂

  4. You killed them thrice!! And you’re killing this new blog style. I LOVE it! You don’t even KNOW 🙂 I’m so happy you listened to my opinion/demand: Lobsta with butta. There ain’t nothin’ betta! Well done RJ.

    • Juno says:

      Thanks T. It was an experience. Mmmm! Although, they looked like crab, I never got this kind of satisfaction from crabs. Well done lobster, well done.

  5. Leslie says:

    You look like a true Mainer with two lobsters in front of you 🙂

  6. Hey Juno!
    This post makes me miss my hometown (Gorham, ME) which is really close to Portland and the coast. Glad to see you enjoyed the Maine lobster! Now I’m living in Seoul, and so many Koreans are surprised when I tell them that I love trying all types of seafood. I guess they assume that Americans don’t eat much fish (which is true for a lot of people from middle America, I suppose.) ^^
    Sarah

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