Summer of Lobsta

Well summer in New England is just not complete without lots of seafood, lobster in particular! We have had a lovely summer trying some seafood shacks that we haven’t tried before. A couple of weekends ago we tried the Lobster Pool in Rockport, MA. It is gorgeous setting right on Ipswich Bay on Cape Ann. It is a causal setting where you order your food and then take it to one of the tables inside or the picnic tables outside. We ordered our staple fried shrimp and a 1.5lb lobster. It was a little crowded so we sat on a blanket in the grass, overlooking Folly Cove. The shrimp, though a little small, was delicious. The batter was not as delicate as the shrimp at J.T. Farnham’s but still tasty. The lobster was wonderful! Perfectly steamed and very sweet! It was a nice treat after so many lobster rolls. The restaurant doesn’t have a liquor license so they allow you to bring your own drinks. We brought a bottle of white wine and had a lovely picnic! Though the food was not as good as J.T. Farnham’s the setting and atmosphere was definitely better! What a wonderful way to spend a summer evening watching the sunset (picture) and eating lobster!

In case we haven’t had our fill of seafood for the summer season, this past weekend we went to the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland, Maine. The towns of Rockland, Rockport, and Camden are all very close by and quite cute to walk through with local shops and eateries. G and I stayed in Camden and walked around on Friday evening and spent the day on Saturday at the festival. Though lobster is the theme, the festival has a couple of entertainment stages, a carnival area with games and rides, a few tents dedicated to arts and crafts and many food stalls. The main event is a large eating tent with lobster (of course!), shrimp, scallops, haddock, mussels, and corn and coleslaw. We were with a fairly large group and ordered 10 lobsters and corn on the cob for all of us. The lobster was fresh and nicely steamed. It was such fun to have a large table of people all covered in lobster! But, more than the lobster… the stand out for me was the Orr’s Island Seafood Chowder. It was filled with scallops, haddock, shrimp, and lobster! The base of the chowder was rich and creamy with a perfect amount of seasoning. The chowder also has nice chunks of seafood and potatoes so that each spoonful had some seafood in it. In fact, I went back for a second cup before leaving the festival! As we left the festival, G declared, “I am seafooded out!” Well, he may be but I could still go for another lobster roll before the season is over!

The Lobster Pool
http://www.lobsterpoolrestaurant.com/
329 Granite Street
Rockport, MA
978-546-7808

Maine Lobster Festival
http://www.mainelobsterfestival.com/

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