Kennebunkport Festival

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Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. is situated in the middle of the beautiful and bustling fishing port of Kennebunkport, Maine at Cape Porpoise Pier. Located along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, Kennebunkport boasts beautiful scenery, a friendly atmosphere, and a wealth of culture.
 
One of the best ways to enjoy all that Maine has to offer is by attending the Kennebunkport Festival this June 3rd through June 8th. Guests of the festival will experience the luxurious side of Maine through fine dining, wine & beer tasting, local arts & crafts shows, and fantastic musicians. This year’s celebration marks the 10th year for the festival.
 
The Art of Dining is one delightful experience not to be missed. Held in the most exquisite designer homes of Maine, local famed chefs prepare a savory feast for all guests to enjoy. Up and coming restaurateurs, Chad Conley and Greg Mitchell of Gather Restaurant and the anticipated Palace Diner in Biddeford, Maine, will be among the talent this year; alongside Blue Elephant Events and Catering founder, Fausto Pifferrer.
 
The Brews & Tunes event features the soulful sounds of Spencer Albee and other local musicians. Albee’s music can be enjoyed outdoors on the Green at the Captain Lord Mansion.
 
The Cellardoor Winery will be sponsoring the Grand Tapas Party, which will be featuring the food and wines from eight countries. With the caliber of talent and entertainment available at the festival; food, wine, and art enthusiasts, will be planning for the Kennebunkport festival well ahead of time. Visitors will get the opportunity to enjoy the best that Maine has to offer; from the fabulous Kennebunkport festival events, to the breathtaking scenery of Maine in the springtime.
 
Visitors who are searching for a place to stay during the festival can check out The Fontenay Terrace Inn. It offers a quaint and cozy escape and is just a stone’s throw away from ocean views and the Kennebunkport festival events.
 
For those who want to start their summer season off while enjoying the natural beauty of Maine, fine food and wine, and warm Maine hospitality; make your reservations now.
 
 
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Why Is Lobster Red?

red lobsterIt’s a simple question, and those who have never cooked their own lobster might even be surprised to learn that the delicious, bright red lobster served in restaurants didn’t start out that way. Even though there is some variety in color due to genetics and diet, most live lobsters start out a brownish color,”even though their shells contain astaxanthin, a carotenoid from the same family of organic pigments that includes beta-carotene, the source of carrots’ bright hue,”  says Shaunacy Ferro of Popular Science. Other shellfish, like crabs and shrimp, also contain this substance.

 

Free astaxanthin is red, but when it bonds to proteins in a lobster’s shell it changes color and can become blue or yellow. When you look at a live lobster, you are actually seeing light as it is reflected through layers of bonded and free astaxanthin and that is why they typically appear brown.

 

Michael Tlusty, the director of research at Boston’s New England Aquarium says, “What happens when you cook it, you denature the protein through the heat, and it releases the pigment.”  Ferro goes on to say, “The resulting free astaxanthin makes the shell red all the way through. The same process applies to crabs and shrimp.”

 

Diet can vary the color of live lobster.  When they don’t eat things that contain astaxanthin, like shrimp and seaweed, they are much lighter in color. In addition, genetic differences in lobsters can make some look blue. However, their tantalizing red color makes you think of red symbols, like the Valentine’s Day heart, which makes them the perfect way to dine with your loved one.

 

There is a synthetic form of astaxanthin that is used in farm-raised seafood to help the color, but nothing can replace the real thing. In addition to providing the signature color, astaxanthin is also an antioxidant, very healthy in a human diet. It is said to have anti-cancer properties and can reduce inflammation in the body

 

So, the next time someone serves you a shiny red lobster, you may want to think about the process it goes through to come to you looking that way. To witness the process for yourself, order fresh live Maine lobster from Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. today.

 

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Perfect Valentine’s Day Dinner for the Lobster Lover

Lobster for Valentine's DayFor those who are looking to share the perfect Valentine’s Day with their loving companion, it’s time to start thinking seriously about how you’ll make February 14th as special as it can be. Of course, you can probably guess what we’re going to suggest. That’s right, we’re talking about FRESH MAINE LOBSTER!

 

Think about it. Lobster is the perfect indulgence for any special occasion. It’s the pinnacle of fancy eating, and makes any day memorable on its own. We’re willing to make a bet that you can remember the last time you had lobster. It’s too delicious to forget!

 

Even better, great lobster doesn’t require hours of slaving away in the kitchen, trembling in fear over the possibility that you’ll mess up some crucial part of the process. Lobster is relatively easy to cook, and fresh Maine lobster as good as ours is pretty difficult to mess up. Just boil it or broil it, serve it with melted butter, and watch as your significant other smiles with blissful satisfaction.

 

If they haven’t spent time in the area, chances are that your loved one hasn’t experienced the true taste of live Maine lobster. Plus, our reasonable prices will allow you to enjoy the most delicious lobster available, delivered fresh to your door, for less than it would cost for a fancy dinner on the town. Besides, a dinner that you prepare on your own will be appreciated so much more.

 

We’ve forgotten to mention one of the most important factors of all: Lobster is red!—perfect for Valentine’s Day. Need another reason why lobster is perfect for a day as romantic as Valentine’s Day? Research shows that lobster can act as an aphrodisiac.

 

To get started on your Valentine’s Day plans, and to show the object of your affections that you truly care, look into placing an order for fresh Maine lobster at Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. and make this Valentine’s Day one you’ll remember forever.

 

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Now at Cape Porpoise Lobster Co: Bacon Wrapped Lobster Tail and Crab and Lobster Cakes

Bacon Wrapped Lobster TailAt the Cape Porpoise Lobster Company, we strive to deliver delicious, fresh Maine lobster and crab to our valued customers. In addition to our large selection of fresh seafood that we have been offering for years, we enjoy adding new items to our menu on a regular basis. That is why we are proud to introduce a few of our latest food options, including our bacon wrapped lobster tail appetizer. As if lobster tails weren’t already tasty enough, you won’t believe how good they are after we wrap them in high-quality, mouthwatering bacon. We offer our bacon wrapped lobster tails in packs of 15 and 30, making them ideal for snacks, appetizers, and so much more.

 

Crab and Lobster CakesIn addition to our new bacon wrapped items, we are also introducing Maine crab and lobster cakes. Even if you have tasted crab or lobster cakes before, there is nothing comparable to Maine seafood. By using the freshest crabs and lobsters available in Maine, we have created unforgettable seafood cakes that you will want to have with every meal. Whether you are throwing a wedding, hosting a dinner party, celebrating a holiday, or any other occasion, these crab and lobster cakes are the perfect additions to any meal.

 

The lobsters and crabs found throughout Maine are famous for a reason, and we are here to serve as proof that the best seafood in the world comes from New England. All of our food items have a fresh taste that you won’t experience anywhere else, and we offer a wide variety of options, affordable prices, and fast shipping. Whether you are looking for bacon wrapped appetizers or seafood cakes for a party, we can help. If you would like to learn more about any of the items on our menu, please contact us. Browse our site to view our complete inventory and place your order online today!

 

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7 Fun and Interesting Facts about Lobsters

Interesting Lobster FactsLobsters are a favorite and a luxury for many diners. It is the crustacean of decadence, and a classic for special occasions. The only thing most of us know about these delicious creatures of the sea is what they’re like when boiled or grilled to perfection, how they go perfectly with Champagne, and that they taste great dipped in butter.

 

In addition to these better-known facts, there are many interesting and fun tidbits about lobsters worth sharing. The next time you sit down to a fancy meal and crack one open, you can feel just a bit more knowledgeable about the meal you’re enjoying, and you might even feel like sharing the information with those sitting across the table.

 

1. If in a difficult situation, when very hungry, lobsters will not hesitate to eat each other. That’s right, if times become tough, and there is only another lobster available for dinner, they will eat it, and without remorse.

 

2. Female lobsters outdo their human counterparts by being able to carry and release thousands of eggs at a time.

 

3. Lobsters explore the world by smell through antennae, their sense of taste is in their feet, and they hear with their legs.

 

4. Lobsters actually come in many colors, but they only turn red once cooked.

 

5. Before lobsters became the choice of seafood for the well-to-do, these “lovely” crustaceans were once “lowly” crustaceans, used to feed prisoners and household servants. Lobsters were so undesirable that the law limited the amount of lobsters that could be fed to any prisoner or servant in a certain period.

 

6. Out of the tens of thousands of eggs that are laid by lobsters, only about 10 will survive to maturity.

 

7. For crustaceans, lobsters can have a long life of about 6-7 years, just to get to a size where they can become edible. If not captured to be eaten, they have been said to live almost 100 years.

 

For the finest live Maine lobsters available, visit Cape Porpoise Lobster Co.

 

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Is Lobster Healthy?

You know what’s better than succulent, great tasting Maine lobster? How about the fact that, unlike too many other delicious foods, you can actually enjoy eating it without feeling guilty? That’s right lobster lovers, there’s no need to resist the irresistible anymore. Let’s take a look at the numerous health benefits you can get from eating lobster meat.

 

Lobster is a high protein food, helping the body perform the necessary functions of growth and repair while providing healthy energy. More importantly, that protein is provided with a surprisingly low amount of calories, especially when boiled. It has a bit of fat, but nothing significant enough to avoid. And the Atkins lovers will be pleased to hear that lobster is also a carb-free food. All of this spells good fortune for your waistline.

 

Not only can it help to keep the pounds off, lobster meat also contains important minerals to strengthen bones. Loads of calcium and an even higher amount of phosphorous combine to help form hydroxyapatite, a crucial bone-building mineral. Meanwhile, choline and vitamin B-12 promote healthier nerve and cognitive function. Maybe that’s why all of us lobster eaters are so smart.

 

In addition to brain and bone structure, lobster provides the body with omega-3 fatty acids that help to prevent cardiovascular disease. Eating foods like lobster that contain omega-3’s now can help to stave off heart problems later in life. Lobster is also a good source of selenium, niacin, and vitamin E.

 

Of course, as with anything else, lobster is only as healthy as the way you prepare and eat it. Most people love to dip their lobster in drawn butter, but for those who really want to make it a healthy dish, consider drizzling a little bit of olive oil on it with a dash of black pepper. Likewise, if you use a little less mayo on your lobster roll, you’ll still enjoy the sweet meat of lobster while cutting back on the part that’s not as good for you. On the other hand, if lobster is an occasional treat for you, don’t be so hard on yourself when it comes to enjoying it to the fullest, however way you want it.

 

One thing is for sure, lobster is a great alternative to other meats, with more protein than chicken and less fat than beef. Visit Cape Porpoise Lobster Co to continue the wonderful tradition of lobster eating with pride, and spread the word about just how enjoyable healthy can be.

 

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How to Properly Eat Lobster

How to Properly Eat LobsterHere at the Cape Porpoise Lobster Co, we sell so much Maine lobster that we sometimes forget that not everyone is familiar with eating it. Even if someone has enjoyed lobster, it doesn’t always mean the process went smoothly. Many people haphazardly work their way through eating a lobster, which can take away from the enjoyment of the occasion. Here is a quick rundown of how to properly eat a lobster, from start to finish.

 

Start by making sure you’re equipped with the right tools. You’ll need lobster shears to break open the hard shell and a lobster pick to fish out the meat from hard to reach places. If you have a problem wearing a bib as a grown adult, you’re going to have to get over it. Eating a whole lobster can be a messy task no matter how you go about it, especially if you’re dipping it in butter. Strap on that bib, tools in hand, and get ready to dig in.

 

You’ll want to start with the claws. Pull and twist to remove them from the body of the lobster, then dig the small amount of meat out of the arms with your lobster pick and eat it. Then, snap the claw in two at the joint. There should be some meat to enjoy in the smaller part, but much more in the larger one. Fish it out and enjoy.

 

Next up, tackle the small legs on the sides of the lobster. They should pull off easily, and you can loosen the meat with a pick before sucking it out of the open end. While the amount of meat in the legs will be small, it’s especially delicious.

 

Finally, bend the tail back and break it off the body of the lobster. You’ve reached the gold mine of lobster meat. You should be able to pull it out of the tail in one big piece, which you can cut into smaller portions if you wish. Cut into the body of the lobster with your shears and remove any additional bits of meat inside.

 

This is the point where experienced lobster eaters set themselves from the pack by eating the less visually appealing, yet delicious gray substance that constitutes the lobster’s liver. This is also known as the tomalley. Some people even like to eat the small red eggs found in the body of female lobsters.

 

The more lobster you eat, the more you’ll improve your technique with the various tools and parts of the lobster body. It can be frustrating at times, but keep at it. Eating lobster is a ritualistic experience that can be as fun as it is delicious. To order the freshest live Maine lobster directly to your home, visit the Cape Porpoise Lobster Co and get cracking.

 

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Five Ways to Cook Maine Lobster Tails

Many people don’t realize the versatility available to cooks when it comes to Maine lobster. Try all five of these methods to bring out the delicious flavor of Maine lobster tails in different ways.

 

Boil

This is probably the easiest way to cook lobster tails. Just drop them in boiling, salted water, shell and all. Reduce the heat and let cook for 5 – 15 minutes, depending on the size of the tails. You can crack open the shell after the tail is done cooking to make it easier to eat.

 

Broil

To broil lobster, you’ll need to “piggyback” the meat on top of its shell by cutting down the length of the shell and lifting the meat partially out of it. With this method of cooking, you can season the lobster meat whichever way you wish. You’ll need to bake it for a bit before setting it under the broiler for the last few minutes. Broiling lobster makes for a very nice finished presentation.

 

Pan Sear

Pan searing lobster allows you to get the shell out of the way from the get-go. Gently pull the meat from its shell, being careful not to tear it apart. You should have a nice filet of lobster meat that you can cook right in the skillet in butter or oil.

 

Grill

Some people like to boil their lobster tails ahead of time for a few minutes. You can cut the tails lengthwise so that you have a “meat side” and a “shell side”. Baste with butter, squirt with lemon juice, but just be sure not to overcook the lobster tail if the flame is too hot.

 

Fry

This is not necessarily the healthiest, but nonetheless delicious way to enjoy lobster tails. Cut your tails in half, toss them in a flour or breadcrumb mixture, and drop them in a deep fryer or deep skillet for a crunchy, flavorful treat!

 

However you plan to cook your lobster tails, be sure to order on the best Maine lobster at Cape Porpoise Lobster Co.

 

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3 Maine Lobster Comfort Foods For the Winter

Maine Lobster Comfort FoodsIt’s that time of year again. The sky is getting darker and the days are getting shorter. No one wants to admit it, but winter is right around the corner. While eating lobster often goes hand in hand with summertime bakes and boils, there’s no good reason not to enjoy it year round. Embrace the cold weather by hibernating inside and enjoying these old home-style favorites with a Maine lobster twist.

 

Lobster Stew

While you can really add lobster to any stew or use it as a substitute for the meat in an existing recipe, there is a traditional way of making a base for lobster stew. It can actually be quite simple to make. Just cook the lobster in butter until it turns a pinkish color, then add cream slowly until you’ve got a good base. Then you can enjoy it as is or add vegetables and other additional ingredients of your own choosing. Stew is always great for warming up after a long day of cold weather.

 

Lobster Pot Pie

The pot pie is as classic an American food as any, so why not try it with delicious Maine lobster? There are three essential parts to a pot pie, the meat and vegetables, the sauce, and the crust. You’ll need to cook the lobster, combine it will vegetables, and pour a sauce made with stock, cream and other ingredients on top. Fill the crust with the mixture, pop it in the oven, and voila, a delicious lobster pot pie to bring you right back to Grandma’s kitchen.

 

Lobster Chili

Chili is the ultimate winter food, providing warmth, nutrition, and delicious wholesome goodness all at once. Lobster chili can be made much the same way as other chili, with tomato paste, chili powder, kidney beans, and spices. Sometimes, fish stock can be used to give it the appropriate flavor. Lobster chili is especially good for when you have some extra lobster meat left over after a big feast.

 

Find the perfect winter recipe and try it with the freshest live Maine lobsters, delivered right to your door by Cape Porpoise Lobster Co.

 

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Why Eat Wild Caught Salmon?

Wild Caught SalmonThese days, the hottest foods are ones that combine delicious taste and natural health benefits. That’s why wild caught salmon has become all the rage. There’s a reason why it shows up on countless “superfood” lists, and is increasingly popular as a healthy option on restaurant menus. Wild caught salmon has real, powerful health benefits that make a great deal of sense, especially when the way these fascinating fish live is more closely examined.

 

Before talking about salmon, let’s look quickly at the physiology of our own bodies, specifically the brain. It goes without saying just how important brain health is for the quality and longevity of life. What many people don’t realize, however, is that the brain consists mostly of fat. One omega-3 fatty acid that plays an integral role in the nervous system is DHA. It assists with cell signaling, allowing information to move smoothly between the brain, spine and other parts of the body. Not only do we need healthy sources of fat to keep the brain strong, we also need DHA to increase fluid mobility. It has been proven that higher levels of DHA and other omega-3 fatty acids can increase brain function while preventing neurological deficiencies and disorders.

 

Salmon are often recognized for the way they swim upstream. In nature, they do this for the purpose of laying eggs. To perform the feat, salmon have evolved into being one of the strongest animals on the planet. As the old saying goes, “You are what you eat.” Indeed, salmon gain much of their strength from astaxanthin, a carotenoid and anti-oxidant found in the red algae they consume. Astaxanthin provides salmon with the omega-3 fatty acids they need for neurological and cardiovascular function, and also happens to give them the pink color they’ve come to be famous for. In turn, when salmon is eaten by humans, all of that healthy energy, including the full spectrum of essential amino acids, is harnessed into what also happens to be a delicious, satisfying food.

 

Is it that much of a big deal for salmon to be “wild-caught”? Actually, it most definitely is. Farm-raised salmon don’t eat the same way their wild counterparts do, because they don’t need the high level of strength to survive in their natural habitat. Farmed salmon are fed an inexpensive diet of grain and meat, usually failing to achieve the pinkish hue that represents healthy amounts of astaxanthin. To compensate, synthetic astaxanthin from unnatural, chemical sources is used. The result is a less healthy, more toxic fish.

 

Not convinced yet? Order some of our wild caught salmon filets, or any of our other products, to taste and feel the difference of quality, fresh-caught fish.
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