If one more media outlet mentions sweet, succulent lobsters, we’re going to have to put the “Gone Lobster-Trapping” sign up on Boston Daily and get ourselves a taste of our favorite crustaceans.
Last week, the Cape Cod Times’ hilarious webcast told us that lobster tomalley is dangerous to eat right now. An FDA warning states that if we eat too much of the green goo, we’ll get Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning, the symptoms of which are “tingling and/or numbness of the mouth, face or neck; muscle weakness; headache; and nausea.”
But with the price of lobster falling fast, it’s a risk we’ll gladly take.
“If the economy is not too strong, it’s hard to get people interested in lobster,” said Bill Adler, executive director of the lobstermen’s association. “It’s not bread or milk. One of the first things people will say is, ‘I’ll just go without the lobster dinner.’ It’s a celebration food.”
If the price of lobster is a somewhat reasonable $6.99 a pound, it’s going to be a celebration every night at Boston Daily HQ. We’ll boil two lobsters, eat one for dinner, and use the other to make a lobster roll for the next day’s lunch. Maybe we’ll even splurge on the lobster maki at Fugakyu.
Or perhaps we’ll head to Somerville for the Mt. Vernon restaurant’s weeklong lobster special, which the Somerville Journal reports is being promoted by two guys in gigantic lobster suits.
“This is our second day,” [kitchen employee Gabriel] Blois said. “When we put these suits on, they used to be brown. We’ve been cooking all day under the sun.”
Mmm. Gigantic baked lobsters. We feel like Newman on that episode of Seinfeld in which he hallucinates Kramer as a roasted turkey after he gets a bad sunburn. Do you think the tomalley warning applies to them?
So go forth, lobster-lovers. Celebrate the creepy-looking creature by indulging while prices are low. If you’re on vacation, you can even head to the home of tasty lobster for the Maine Lobster Festival, which kicks off today. Just be on the lookout for PETA, which is scouting a location in nearby Skowhegan for the world’s first Lobster Empathy Center.
Photo by S. H. Bagley, Somerville Journal.