Jan 19

Serendipity served with a side of lobster.

in Family, Product Reviews

It’s good to belong to a foodie family. Special serendipitous things seem to happen when you have fellow family members that think about and love yummy food as much as you do. Case in point: Saturday morning I had been having an email conversation with Lolly about lobster rolls (don’t ask) and was CRAVING lobster because of it. At about 9am I got a phone call from my mom saying that she and my dad had a proposal for us. They had been down in San Diego for a conference and were driving back and wanted to know if they could stop off at the Fuji cottage and cook up a couple of fresh lobsters in our kitchen. My mom’s exact words were, “You provide the butter, and we’ll provide the lobster.” Are you kidding me? Seriously, just minutes before I had been sent into a tailspin of crazy pregnant cravings for the very thing my mother was proposing to cook in my very kitchen. Um, “Yes”????
When they arrived a while later, not only did they have 2 beautiful live lobsters in hand, but they had bags filled with other goodies as well. We pulled out a big pot (the inaugural use of one of my Christmas presents–a Le Creuset Dutch Oven), filled it up with water and turned on the flame.
In the mean time other goodies were pulled out of bags and we had our first course of the day: 2 kinds of smoked fish–salmon tail
and albacore.
I love anything smoked, and smoked fish is right there at the top of my list. The salmon tail was yummy, but the albacore? Oh the albacore. The albacore was beyond moist–it just melted in your mouth the moment it hit your tongue and then you were rewarded with a burst of smoky flavor. So good you could cry. Hands down the best smoked fish I have ever eaten in my entire life. Sigh.

2nd course to come out of those magic brown paper bags was fresh clam chowder and sourdough rolls.
Mmmm… Not the best clam chowder I have ever had, but nothing to scoff at–still incredibly palate pleasing. And the sourdough rolls? I could be convinced to do lots of embarrassing things if you promised to give me another one of those rolls.
Finally the water in our big pot was boiling and the lobsters were pulled out.
We had to take a moment to let Squirrel inspect them (she was quite upset when we wouldn’t let her hold the big “bugs”, but hey, those suckers can be mean!), and then plop! Into the pot one went until he was ready, and then the other one got his steamy bath.

3rd course: lobster tail from two spiny lobsters.
Lobster Verdict: OH YUM.
As I sat there dipping pieces of lobster tail in melted butter I had to echo my dad’s sentiments when he said that nothing beats fresh lobster made at home–it just always tastes better.
Pot Verdict: Perfect lobster pot!

So Mom and Dad, when are we doing this again?

Source of our gourmet meal:
Point Loma Seafoods
2805 Emerson St.
San Diego, CA 92106

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Tamakikat January 20, 2009 at 1:22 am

What a happy story. As a recent eater of crayfish I can appreciate how you feel crustaceans:)


K and S January 20, 2009 at 3:27 am

Your parents are so cool!


Bob January 20, 2009 at 9:28 am

Nice, I love it when stuff like that happens. :D


Bob January 20, 2009 at 10:03 am
Meg January 20, 2009 at 2:01 pm

I was wondering if that is where they had gotten their food. YUM YUM!


diva January 20, 2009 at 5:49 pm

the smoked fish looks awesome..and having lobster cooked in your own home is indeed a grand moment. although i hafta say the one time i was on a boat in australian waters, and we had lobster freshly caught and cooked on the spot in the boat kitchen – that was pretty amazing too. :) x


Semsavblanc January 20, 2009 at 7:17 pm

I am sooooo jealous!


Melanie Gray Augustin January 20, 2009 at 8:01 pm

Ohhhh yummmm! Can I join your family??? I can’t imagine anyone in my family dropping around with live lobster!


Misha January 20, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Yes, that does look wonderfully delicious! Wow, I would love to cook lobster fresh like that in my own home. How funny they came over with lobster on the exact day of your lobster craving–and unplanned!


TattingChic January 21, 2009 at 5:39 am

That sounds fabulous! What a great set o’ parents ya got there! Thanks for entering the OWOH giveaway on my blog! Good luck to you! :)


LollyChops January 22, 2009 at 6:11 pm

I have had such a busy week I am just now seeing this post Fuji! We had such crazy lobster karma going on didn’t we?!?!

I have never had any fish smoked except salmon.. I never even knew they smoked tuna until now.. I am going to def have to give that a try!

I love Squirrel in her little BYU bib…what a doll!


Judy January 22, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Wow, I think Diva’s experience having lobster on a boat in Australian waters beats all lobster experiences. I’ll put that on my list for the next place I want to eat lobster!


Fuji Mama January 23, 2009 at 7:23 am

Diva– Oh, I am SO jealous! Dream….

Lolly– Yeah, we think she’s a doll too! :-)

Judy– I couldn’t agree more!


MomChops January 23, 2009 at 7:56 am

You are TOO MUCH, girl! Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy BIIIRTHDAY to FUJI, Happy Birthday to you! Good luck on Monday, sweetie – I had 3 C’s myself! :)


Fuji Mama January 23, 2009 at 9:00 am

THANK YOU MOMCHOPS! You are so sweet!


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