November 12, 2012 |
To keep a lobster tail straight while cooking, run a skewer through the center of the fan and up the length of the tail. If the lobster is whole, run the skewer all the way through. (To kill the lobster painlessly first, freeze it for a couple hours before preparing). As a lobster is cooked, the tail meat naturally wants to contract and curl; the skewer will keep it straight. This technique also works for large shrimp and prawns. If you're boiling lobsters and are working with even numbers, you can also keep their tails straight by tying each pair together before boiling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2012 |
As California's spiny lobster season gets underway, authorities have cited more than 20 anglers for illegal activities, including exceeding the catch limit, taking undersized crustaceans and stealing from others' traps, officials said. In the latest incident, officials with the state Department of Fish and Game are investigating reports that two fishermen poached lobsters from a state marine conservation area at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park in Rancho Palos Verdes. Officials plan to question the men, who allegedly set a commercial trap and netted at least three lobsters in Abalone Cove.
October 8, 2012 |
Just as surely as the calendar pages flipping over in one of those old movies (and a lot more quickly, it seems), spiny lobster season has returned to the Southland. And, of course, that meant the first of what I hope will be several trips to Pearson's Port in Newport Beach. The commercial season for our native lobster began Wednesday (recreational fishermen had a head start of several days) and the holding tanks at Pearson's Port were already packed with feisty specimens. Pearson's, for those who haven't been yet, is a little seafood shack located at the end of a short gangway just under the PCH bridge in Newport's Back Bay. It's the home of one of the few remaining local spots where you can find fishermen selling what they catch.
September 20, 2012 |
Ahoy, matey: Get a taste of the sea this weekend (9/21-9/23) at the annual Redondo Beach Surf 'n Turf Lobster Festival . The waterfront event, a rock- and food-fest, offers three days of entertainment, plus a chance to eat Maine lobster and New York strip steak. The festival is hosted by the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. "Our venue at the big, sandy Seaside Lagoon makes our festival distinctive from others," said Pete Moffett, producer of the festival. "We offer the best Maine lobster, Angus steaks and a choice collection of a dozen favorite fair foods.
August 30, 2012 |
ZOCALO AND SANG YOON: On Friday, Sept. 21, Zócalo Public Square presents "An Evening With Sang Yoon" at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. Yoon, in discussion with moderator Evan Kleiman of KCRW's "Good Food," will talk about beer, burgers, what he has against ketchup and what it takes to make it in the Los Angeles restaurant world. 6 p.m. Make reservations online. Grand Park, 200 N. Grand, Los Angeles. LOBSTER FEST: The Original Long Beach Lobster Festival will take place Friday, Sept.
August 25, 2012 |
BELFAST, Maine - The first sign says, "Slow. " Then, about 50 feet down this back road in mid-coast Maine, there's a second sign. It says, "Slower. " I ease up on the pedal. That about sums up the rhythm of life in this part of Maine, which is about as far as you can get from L.A. and still be in the same country (and sometimes it feels like another one). On this trip, I'm looking to go slower. Or maybe even go in reverse, to a bit of America that's like a half-remembered dream - to a time when books cost a dollar, dinner at the drive-in was as fast as food got and an overnight suitcase was called a "possibilities bag. " Sure, Maine has lots of fancy antiques stores and gourmet restaurants.