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Lobster “Tale” from a Country Girl for National Lobster Day 2015

Posted on September 26, 2015

By: Jacqueline Bennett September 25 was National Lobster Day. If ever there were a sea creature turned menu item worthy of having its own day – it is the delectably tasty lobster!   On this day of lobster celebration I have a lobster “tale” to share. Back in the day when University of Connecticut football played Yale, the Ivy League heavyweight always had the game scheduled at the Yale Bowl in New Haven which is about an hour and a half drive from UConn’s main campus in rural Storrs. Every September a group of us made the annual pilgrimage down to “the Bowl” to support the Huskies then capped the return ride off with a stop at Valle’s Steak House on Brainard Road…

Beautiful Weather Accompanies “Taste of Mystic” 2015

Posted on June 15, 2015

Write-Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   Beautiful weather accompanied the 2015 Taste of Mystic in Mystic Connecticut which ran June 12, 13 & 14. Crowds that turned out for the event had a chance to sample menu items from about 30 area restaurants. Seafood was a popular choice such as clams shucked on the spot when customers made their purchases at the “HARBOUR HOUSE at the INN AT MYSTIC”, as well as, Lobster Mac prepared by the “Portuguese Fisherman”. Soup lovers were drawn to offerings of Lobster Bisque and New England – of course – Clam Chowder.   The Taste of Mystic was set up in a parking lot outside the Olde Mistick Village shops with a large tent of picnic tables…

Destination: Skippers at Niantic Bay

Posted on September 30, 2014

Write-Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett Although autumn has officially arrived, temperatures in the 80’s extended summer’s reach this past weekend. I spent my “extended summer” the way I began the season, enjoying a restaurant in Niantic, Connecticut near Niantic Bay and Long Island Sound. In this case, a seafood shack called “Skippers”. Skipper’s is a pleasant year round spot with indoor and outdoor seating – the latter is most likely seasonal – and a friendly staff. The food is good. Be sure to try the spicy relish available at the self-serve condiment corner.                        Using “cholesterol free” oil, fried is the focus for seafood dinners here, such as the Fisher Man’s Platter…

Destination: Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough

Posted on August 12, 2014

      Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett     It is like a treasure hunt navigating the twists and turns through the small village of Noank, Connecticut to reach Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough. Waiting at the end is their famous, scrumptious Hot Lobster Roll  “a quarter pound of pure lobster meat (more than is found in a small lobster) with melted creamery butter, mounded on a toasted bun”,  up to ten pounds of “steamed and succulent” lobster dinners, and more melt-in-your mouth seafood selections. Just thinking about my recent visit to Abbott’s makes me want to return.  The atmosphere at this shoreline summer landmark is pleasant and relaxing. Seating is available inside a small screened-in dining area, at an ample…