One of the main reasons for traveling is to experiment with new dining experiences, to learn about different cultures and to try different types of food with the locals. In most of the world, people afford to eat what’s locally grown, caught and raised. For the most part, it’s a lot healthier. There will be little if no preservative or pesticide if local. A steak in France will taste different than a steak in Argentina. Corn in Peru tastes different than corn in the US. Seafood is another example. A lobster in North-East America is different than what you may taste in the Middle-East. Luckily, some of us have the luxury to travel to eat, or simply order it online and have it delivered to your door the next day.
Maine Lobster Delivery
This takes me to my latest discovery of LobsterTaxi.com, an online market started by Hunter Nelson when he was just 15 years old. The clever motto for his Maine Lobster Delivery business is “Maine Today, Yours Tomorrow”. I had the chance to chat with Hunter over the phone to learn more about his company. And was thoroughly impressed by this young Entrepreneur! This was not his first company, as he started his first business at the age of 8!
Hunter has spent his summers with his grandparents in Maine where he tasted the best seafood. Caught and cooked within minutes from the fisherman. This is where his ‘ah-ha moment‘ went off to start this business so that friends and strangers around the country as well as the world could also have access to the deliciousness of a fresh Lobster without necessarily having to travel to Maine on any given day.
Live Maine Lobster + a Variety of other Wild Caught Seafood
He sells live seafood freshly caught from boats in Portland, Maine, delivered straight to your front door overnight. They specialize in Live Maine Lobster weighing 1 lb – 1.5 lb, starting at $11.99 each. They also sell Shellfish: Wild Maine Mussels, Steamer, Fresh Sea Scallops, Damariscotta Oysters and Cocktail Shrimps. Recently, they added a wide variety of seafood specials such as: North Atlantic Salmon, Swordfish, Yellowfin Tuna Sushi-Grade and Maine Haddock. I get hungry just looking through their website, wanting to add all to my cart.
“When buying Maine lobsters at the supermarket anywhere outside of Maine, you do not know how long the lobster has been outside of their natural habitat,” said Nelson. “The difference in taste between Supermarket lobster and Lobster Taxi’s is enormous. If someone has never had Lobster from Maine, they may not ever find out how good they really are.”
The process of this Maine Lobster Delivery is super simple. Go to LobsterTaxi.com. Decide which seafood items you’d like. Add to cart and select the day you want it delivered. If you know you have a dinner party coming up, you can even order ahead of time. Order by 10:30am and receive the box by the next morning. Lobster Taxi packages the tiny sea-creatures in the most efficient way to guarantee the seafood arrive alive and as fresh as possible.
My Maine Lobster & Seafood Dinner
While preparing seafood may be intimidating, I have learned that it is easiest to cook compared to most dishes. Seafood in itself has so many rich flavors that you virtually do not need any seasoning to bring out the natural flavors. Maybe a touch of salt, pepper, garlic and voila! If you want to be extra gluttonous, melt some butter to prepare with it or to dip it in.
I have found that cooking a meal like this for loved ones is such a special treat that they will absolutely appreciate. It’s cheaper than going to a restaurant and with much better quality of freshly caught seafood. It’s also a terrific idea for holiday dinners such as Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner.
On my first order, I ordered the lobster, clams and mussels. It shipped overnight to my dad’s house. I decided to steam the lobster and make a Spicy Korean Seafood stew out of the Clams and Mussels for our dinner.
Recipe for Spicy Korean Seafood Stew
Ingredients (for 3-4 people):
-1 lb clams, 1 lb mussels
-2 tbsp Gochujang (spicy red pepper paste you can buy at the Korean market)
-4 mashed Garlic
-1/2 white (or yellow onion) AND/or 4 sprigs of Green onions
-3 slices of Ginger (the size of quarters)
-2 cups water
-2 cups vegetable, chicken or beef stock
-2 tsp Soy Sauce, 1 tsp Sesame Oil
-Sliced pork and/ or any additional seafood you’d like: squid, octopus, shrimp
-Additional Vegetables: sliced carrots, spinach, cabbage, kimchi
-Add Udon, Glass or Flour noodles at the end!
To make it spicier:
-Thai red chili, chili powder
- Sauté the garlic, ginger, onions or white part of green onions, (+kimchi) in oil for 45 seconds
- Pour 2 cups of water, wait for boil, then add the Clams & Mussels in.
- Once the shells open, which takes up to 2 minutes, add 1-2 cups of stock (depending on how much soup you’d like)
- Add the gochujang in (more or less according to taste – the liquid should be a dark orange), the spicy peppers, salt and pepper.
- Once it boils, you may add the optional vegetables and seafood.
- When it’s ready, add 2 tsp of Soy Sauce, 1 tsp of Sesame Oil, and chopped green onions (the green part).
For the best Maine Lobster Delivery, order on LobsterTaxi.com!