1) When? Friday nights, into September, as long as the sunlight holds up. We love our lobster bakes. The crunchy path underfoot, giving way to a carpet of grass. Swaying tablecloths, delicious bites near the tennis courts. Cartwheeling children making way for Sophie. Fashionistas comparing foolish to grand lobster wear. Family group photos (what Tim calls MFFs; mandatory family fotos!), sometimes difficult to herd but treasured after the fact. Skeptical faces transforming to pleased at their first taste of Maine lobster. Pearly light fading away over the lake.
2) What? They are boiled, actually, not baked along the ocean shore, but we love them served this way, steamy and dripping. Keeping them company, of course, steamed clams, corn bread, New England clam chowder, corn on the cob, barbeque ribs, chicken, red potatoes……..oh, please, can it be summer now? Breads, salads (love that tomato, avocado and watermelon; did you get the recipe not long ago?), desserts….
3) How? Well, Migis guests know when to stroll down, and to resist afternoon snacks and maintain a hearty appetite. And, don’t say no to the bib when it’s offered! Trying to eat lobster and be careful? Well, it’s just not as fun that way. So let go and dig in, and don’t spoil your nice shirt. Accept the bib, then indulge with your fingers. We will do some of the work for you, of opening up that crustacean, so you won’t need to bring a hammer to dinner.
We’ve had some funny questions, lobster related, through the years. Yes, we are Migis Lodge on Sebago Lake, but lobsters don’t live there; they are delivered to our kitchen each morning fresh and cold from their ocean home. (See earlier blog about Dave McVane, who has been supplying us for over fifty years!) And the finger bowls we sometimes offer? They are for cleansing, not sipping.
There is (of course!) an APP for that now; search Maine Lobster in the app store for your phone or other iDevice. Free how-tos, recipes, stories…………..fun!
Of course, as a Migis guest, lobster is available to you every night at dinner, not just on Friday night. It is, however, a special time of day out there when we have the weekly feast to celebrate Maine’s favorite meal. What are you waiting for? Come join us! 207-655-4524
And to get to know Dave’s story a bit more, see December 2011′s From the Cold Atlantic to Migis Lodge.