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A Super Rare Cotton Candy-Hued Lobster Just Caught in Maine

It’s not often that a ‘cotton candy’ lobster that has an iridescent hue reminiscent of a paint job on Pimp My Ride is spotted. And by not often, I’m talking in the odds of 1 in 100 million. But this past weekend, Bill Coppersmith, a regular lobsterman for Get Maine Lobster, struck the lobster lottery by catching the ultra elusive cotton candy lobster.

The dazzling and iridescent cotton candy lobster is the result of a genetic mutation that creates stunning colorings. Coppersmith decided to name the lobster Haddie, after his granddaughter.

As of this writing, Haddie is chillin’ in a tank at Get Maine Lobster, a direct-to-consumer seafood company based in Portland, Maine that supplies fresh and frozen lobster and seafood across the country — straight from the dock to consumers’ doors.

Instead of cooking Haddie, Get Maine Lobster is reaching out to local organizations and any interested aquariums to see if any would adopt her, ensuring she lives out her cotton candy-hued life in peace and comfort.

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Packaged Food Products

New Maine Lobster Butter Sounds Perfect For Any Meal

Maine Lobster Butter is a first of its kind spread from myseafood.com and Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative and honestly, besides being blown away from the jump at how brilliant this mash up is, my first thought was bringing a tub of it to Red Lobster and slathering it on the glorious manna that is their Cheddar Bay biscuits.

But back to the lecture at hand, Maine Lobster Butter blends the sweet succulence of wild caught Maine lobster and premium butter, cheered on by hints of lemon, garlic and sherry. This next level butter, folks. Upper echelon spread ahead, act accordingly. And that absolutely would be to buy a lot of it here.

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Restaurants

Slapfish x Nathan’s LOBSTER CHEESESTEAK Is The Surf n’ Turf Collab We Never Knew We Needed

Time and time again, Andrew Gruel’s Slapfish had proven to hit the spot when it came to satisfying those quick-service seafood cravings in creative ways. The chain is known best for putting a modern spin on traditional seafood, featuring sandwiches, burritos, rolls, and loaded fries.

Now, Chef Gruel has announced that one Slapfish location will collaborate with Original Nathan’s in creating a Lobster Cheesesteak.

Slapfish x Original Nathan’s Lobster Cheesesteak features a 1/2 lb of Pat LaFrieda’s premium quality Black Angus ribeye, 1/4 lb of fresh lobster meat with drawn butter, steak sauce, American cheese, caramelized onions, and chives on a Balthazar Baguette.

The new item will be available in two locations: Slapfish in Huntington Beach, CA, and Original Nathan’s in Coney Island, NY.

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Recipes

How To Make Super Garlicky CHILI OIL For Ice Cream

Arguably one of the best ingredients on the planet is the humble garlic. While simple looking enough, garlic packs such a rich and bold flavor that it stands among even the fanciest of ingredients. 

In this week’s Foodbeast Recipe Challenge, our team was tasked with creating a Stinky AF Garlic Recipe. 

One of the ballsiest takes was Foodbeast’s own Constantine Spyrou, who created an extra garlic-packed chili crisp that he doused over a scoop of ice cream. This unlikely combo became a trend in China, which ultimately became the inspiration for his contribution.

Check out how he pulled off his garlic recipe, along with this week’s STINKY AF garlic creations.

Other participants during the garlic challenge include Lasinya Aloo, AKA Indian garlic potatoes (@theglobalvegetarian), Garlic Fried Lobster Poutine inspired by Cantonese & Canadian cuisine (@hungry_jona), and Roasted Garlic Flatbread w/ Lobster & Garlic Confit (@mkubiesa).

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This Bottle Service Includes A MASSIVE 15 POUND Lobster

Bottle service at the club tends to be a rip off. Spending a quick $2000 only to have two measly bottles of alcohol and some sparklers show up is absolutely shameful. Luckily, Foodbeast is here to take a stand.

At Foodbeast’s upcoming noodles festival, Nood Beach, which takes place on September 1st in Huntington Beach, CA, bottle service is an all-encompassing affair. You can not only get bottles delivered to you and your friends’ table, but also a massive 15lb lobster.

Fif-teen. Just look at how big the claw is.

In case you’re still hungry, it’s served over a bed of luscious noodles, cherry tomatoes, and bok choy, all sauteed in garlic sauce. 

The service doesn’t skimp on the alcohol, either. The default can be Dom Pérignon – two bottles of it on ice – but ultimately, the choice is yours! It all has the same effect anyways, right?

If you’re interested, email for pricing here at lobsterservice@foodbeast.com. Prices range depending on the package you choose. 

So, if you want to eat a 15 pound lobster, see a 15 pound lobster, or just be in the spiritual presence of a 15 pound lobster while you eat at one of the other 20+ noodles vendors, make sure to head out to Nood Beach in a couple weeks.

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Animals Grocery

Costco Has Been Spotted Selling Enormous Lobster Claws In Some Stores

Lobsters are one of the more unique crustaceans we capture and eat on a regular basis. The older they get, the bigger they tend to grow, with some stretching out to some ridiculously massive proportions.

It seems like some Costco stores may have been able find a supplier of these recently, as a few have been spotted carrying the massive claws of these lobsters.

The claws vary in size, but usually weigh somewhere in the range of 2 to 7 pounds. It’s mainly been folks across California reporting on the claws, so for now, that seems to be where they are sold. For example, the above lobster claw photo from Instagrammer @julesfood came from a Costco somewhere near Newport Beach, while the below Instagram photo was geo-tagged in the Oakland, California area.

Users on Reddit have also noted the humongous claws being sold, with posts going back as far as mid-January of 2019.

The biggest lobster claw I’ve ever seen from r/mildlyinteresting

 

Some commenters questioned whether selling the lobsters were illegal. If they’re being packed and shipped from Maine, though, it seems to be okay. In 2011, state legislators passed laws rolling back regulations on lobster processors, allowing them to sell the oversized lobsters. On average, about 1 percent of lobsters shipped in from places like Canada can be oversized, weighing up to 15 pounds. The tail meat is usually converted into lobster products you’d find in grocery stores, but it seems like these claws can make it to places like Costco.

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Animals Restaurants Video

An Entire Lobster Head Is Sticking Out Of This Restaurant’s Lobster Pot Pie

There’s no stronger confirmation that you’re eating meat than having your meal stare you straight in the face.

Such is the case with this Lobster Pot Pie from Castaway, a hilltop steakhouse and brunch destination in Burbank, California. Chef Perry Pollaci’s newest brunch creation comes with a lobster’s head peeking out of the pie crust, letting you know that you’re about to tuck into a decadent crustacean feast.

Like the presentation, Pollaci’s pot pie comes with a few other surprises as well. The pot pie is actually inspired by Thai curry, which is incorporated into the sauce using a curry paste, coconut milk, white wine, green apple, potatoes, and mirepoix. If you manage to make your way past the lobster’s gaze, you’ll also find a second hole in the pie crust nesting a poached egg, waiting for you to bust it open and let its oozy yolk run all over the lobster meat.

Photo: Reach Guinto // Foodbeast

The dish’s appearance may shock and avert those not 100% down with seeing their food looking right back at them. However, it’s definitely a conversation piece for the whole table, and whoever does order it will be rewarded with a luxurious brunch served with a unique Thai twist.

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Restaurants

9 Wild DineLA Dishes We Need To Sink Our Teeth Into

Photo Courtesy of Ma’m Sir

We’re smack in the middle of Los Angeles’ acclaimed restaurant week, and for those of you in Southern California through January 25, a bevy of eateries are participating in dineLA. This is an event where participating restaurants craft an exclusive menu, lunch or dinner, that best represents them — just at a fraction of their regular prices.

For those who participate in dineLA for the adventure, and want to venture away from the more traditional dishes you can find at most restaurants, you’re in luck. We discovered nine innovative dishes that have piqued our interests this season.

Check them out below. As with most cases during dineLA week, reservations are highly recommended.


Cracklin’ Beer Can Chicken

 

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Found at A Frame, this Cracklin’ Chicken combines the moistness that comes from beer can chicken with the rich, bold flavors that can only be found at this Hawaiian Soul Food spot. With a beauty like this, it’s no wonder this chicken item has become one of A Frame’s signature dishes.

Croissant Bread Pudding

 

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Made with dulce de leche and vanilla bean gelato, Art’s Table is serving up this sweet rendition of bread pudding made from croissants as part of their dineLA menu. Croissant Bread Pudding checks off a lot of the boxes for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Ribeye Dry Aged In An Environmental Chamber

 

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A dry-aged steak is an experience that beef lover should have once in their life. APL Restaurant is serving a ribeye that’s been dry-aged in the restaurant’s famous 1,000 square foot chamber. Man, imagine the flavor waiting to be unlocked within that steak.

Duck Confit Poutine

 

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The duck confit fries from Belcampo are one of the best fries I’ve had the privilege of trying in Southern California. Belcampo takes them to a new level by throwing in crispy duck leg confit, duck gravy, and white cheddar.

Lobster Tacos

 

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Fans of hard shell tacos can find Blue Plate Oysterette’s Lobster tacos stuffed with Maine lobster, shredded lettuce, jalapeños, and drizzles of a “cheesie” sauce and truffle oil. A huge departure from the hard shell tacos I enjoyed in college, but a welcome one.

Lobster Pizza

 

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There was a time when throwing lobster on a pizza was unheard of, but Cattle and Claw’s took their shot and it looks delicious. This may be the first pizza I wouldn’t dunk in ranch dressing.

Butter Lobster Ramen

 

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The key to a solid bowl of ramen is a rich broth, and Hinoki + The Bird’s Lobster Ramen does not shy away from that. This decadent dish features butter poached lobster swimming in a seafood broth and hand-made ramen noodles.

Longanisa Burger

 

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I haven’t been a fan of longanisa sausage for long, but since trying it, the Filipino ingredient has become too delicious to quit. Ma’am Sir’s Longanisa Burger serves up an entire patty filled with those juicy Filipino flavors. Wonder if I can request a double patty here?

Big Mohawk

 

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Fans of the Impossible Burger will want to check out Mohawk Bend’s Big Mohawk, a meatless play on McDonald’s prolific Big Mac Sandwich. It features two vegan Impossible Meat burger patties, shredded lettuce, vegan American cheese, pickles, onions, and special sauce on a sesame seed bun.