Sunday, July 10, 2016

Lobster Feed

Kyle and his girlfriend, Ana, came up Saturday.  We did a little wine tasting that afternoon and then went to a lobster feed at the neighboring winery in the evening.

It was like a clam bake; we sat at long tables while big pots full of shrimp, sausage, artichokes, potatoes, corn and lobster bubbled away.  Then we were directed to stand back and the contents of the pots were dumped down the middle of the table.

We dove in and got busy peeling shrimp, cracking lobster claws and chomping on the corn.  I lost track of how many ears of corn Kyle ate.  Kyle and Ana, who had not been to this event before, got right into the spirit of things.

We cleaned up everything.

This is my favorite winery event of the year.  Great food, fun, live music and a view of the sun setting over the vineyards.

This morning we took the kayaks up to Jenkinson Lake and paddled around for a few hours; ate a picnic lunch on the shore, then paddled around some more.


Maybe summer isn't so bad after all.

12 comments:

  1. Looks like a great time. Glad you are back to kayaking.

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    1. I left out the part about me almost falling in the water getting into my kayak because I tried to balance on my bad foot. ...it was kind of embarrassing. And now I'm back to wearing my air cast but it was worth every minute.

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  2. I can learn to cook a lot of things myself that I miss from home. But I cannot just buy a lobster or crab or oyster fresh from the sea. If you can believe it, there is not even canned clam, crab, or lobster here. I'd settle for canned to make chowder, but no.

    I miss Mexican food, and I can fake it. I really, really miss seafood. And the people around me have no idea what I'm talking about. They've simply never had it themselves.

    Whenever I visit home, we have an oyster roast (on the bbq) and eat fresh salmon. When we go to the Oregon coast, we fill our hotel fridge with crabs my uncle catches, and I eat them breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    As good as the wine and chocolate is in Europe, if you were raised on good seafood, it doesn't compensate. Bon Appetit! So happy for you that you got to enjoy it. And hopefully it will be there when I return.

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    1. I would really struggle without Mexican or seafood. There isn't as much Mexican food here as there was in Southern California and it was an adjustment for us. We eat a lot of seafood; a couple times a week at least. I totally get gorging yourself on crab when you are home.

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  3. I wonder if east coast lobster tastes different than west coast lobster? We'll have to go on a fact finding mission.

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    1. I'm pretty sure the lobster was flown in from Maine. We have great local Dungeness crab here, but not much in the way of lobster. Of course, a fact finding mission would still be very appropriate - on location, of course.

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  4. Oh my word!!!! I want to go to that! I love seafood and corn and wine and being messy and good company and and and...looks absolutely wonderful. All of it! :)

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    1. Me, too! ...and we were very messy... and very happy.

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  5. You know how to do it up right! Hope the bibs did their job. I feel full just reading this.

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  6. Oh man, I would love to go to that. When they dumped it all on your table, did the liquid get absorbed into that cloth? I ask because I'd love to do it at home.

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    1. Hi Linda, the pots were a combo pot/strainer deal -- like a lobster pot sized pasta pot (huge). The lifted the strainer part out and let it rest on the grass for a minute before dumping it down the center of the table. Most of the liquid was gone, but there was definitely some water trapped in the artichokes, etc. The table was covered in white butcher paper and that absorbed everything.

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    2. bahahaha..I pictured them dumping it out on your table, liquid and all! That makes much more sense. LOL!! I'm glad I didn't try it at home before I asked!!

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