Maine lobster – five ways

Who says you can’t eat lobster for every course? Well, not dessert (I think) but I did eat these wonderful lobster dishes while in Maine last week. Not one was overcooked, which is typically how you find it in the south. Sweet juicy lobster meat was delicately seasoned, sometimes not at all, so that you are able to taste the true flavor.

80% of the lobsters found in the US come from Maine. It is not uncommon to find Mainers lobstering (fishing for lobsters) through the summer. They are also fished sustainability, meaning only a limited number can be taken by each fisherman and resident. The female lobsters cannot be fished and have to be sent back into the water.

Lobster is comparatively cheap in Maine. You can get a whole one for about $9 in an inexpensive shack, which can land up for $60 in a fine dine restaurant outside the state. So, while in Maine, I did what the Mainers do – eat lobster!

The Inn by the Sea has a wonderful restaurant, Sea Glass serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch on the weekends. They source everything locally and promote a farm to table concept. Enjoy a delicious breakfast of lobster omelet with a hot cup of cappuccino, then take a stroll on their boardwalk, watch the birds, and relax on the beach.

Lobster Omelet at Sea Glass

Lobster Stew at The Lobster Shack at Two Lights, literally a shack by the ocean side. You can order stews, rolls or plates at the counter, then grab a picnic table and enjoy the views with your meal. Open March-October.

Lobster Stew at Lobster Shack

Fisherman’s Catch Wells is a rustic seafood restaurant which can be easily missed if you are not looking for it. Here you will find communal style tables and the fresh simple seafood. While the fried clams here are listed in “100 things to eat before you diet” the lobster rolls are no less. A traditional Maine lobster roll should have lobster meat, a dash of paprika, some mayonnaise and toasted roll. If they offer you lettuce and tomato, just say no.

Lobster Roll at Fisherman’s Catch Wells

You cannot come to Maine and not eat a whole Maine lobster stuffed with shrimps and scallops. For that, you go to Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport. The hotel has won many awards and is a popular wedding destination.

Whole Maine stuffed lobster at Nonantum Resort

I love it when the work is already done for me and the meat is processed yet presented in it’s shell. One of the best dishes I ate in Maine was an orange infused lobster with roasted corn risotto, served with baby carrots and a light buttery sauce. Delicious creation of Chef Mitchell Morgan Kaldrovich at the Sea Glass restaurant in Cape Elizabeth.

Orange infused lobster with roasted corn risotto at Sea Glass

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Romancing New England by the sea

Located 20 minutes away from downtown Portland, in Crescent Beach is the Inn by the Sea. It is rated as one of the best hotels in the world by Travel & Leisure 2011. After spending two magical nights here, I can surely see why!

Inn view

A perfect romantic getaway, with your better half and man’s best friend, the Inn by the Sea is a great place to unwind, reconnect and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. When you walk in, you feel like you have stepped into a modern luxurious guest house, surrounded by manicured gardens with colorful blooms, and an inviting short walk through the woods onto a private beach. There are only 57 guest rooms on the property, a full service spa, swimming pool, gym, restaurant and bar.

Inn during FallThe rooms are spacious and homey. With inviting fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, oversized showers, kitchenettes and private balconies, you wouldn’t want to leave. Get a romantic treatment at the spa or let the restaurant pack you a delicious picnic basket to enjoy at the beach. The Inn’s premises are a natural wildlife reserve and perfect for bird watchers.

The best part is you can also bring Fido with you on your vacation. Many of the rooms are pet friendly and offer blankets, bowls, dog walking service and in-room dining. Spoil your fluffy friend with room service items such as Meat-Roaff (steamed rice, raw vegetables, natural ground beef) and dog cookies.

Breakfast at the Inn

The Sea Glass restaurant boasts farm to table fresh ingredients cooked to perfection. Each dish is carefully prepared from scratch, with a lot of love and precision. Chef Mitchell Morgan Kaldrovich changes the menu with the season sourcing local ingredients only. Try the pan seared scallops with parsnip puree and fennel salad; butter braised lobster with sweet corn risotto; and pumpkin bread pudding for dessert. Even the blueberry pancakes are nothing like you have ever tasted before!

Inn by the Sea is also listed as one of the world’s top 10 green hotels by Forbes and Trip Advisor. It is the first carbon neutral hotel in Maine.

If you want to have a relaxed vacation with your loved ones and feel good about not leaving your carbon footprints behind, consider staying at the Inn by the Sea.