The perfect Valentine’s Day treat for that lobster lover in your life: Dominique Ansel Bakery’s “Lobster Linzer” anise-scented biscuits with homemade raspberry preserves! They’re available for pre-order online now and for in-store pickup starting this Friday, January 31st.
Thrillist NYC has rounded up eight new grilled cheese sandwiches, including the lobster grilled cheese at Tiny Fork on the Lower East Side. The post claims that the sandwich contains the meat of one full Maine lobster, but with a price tag of $14, I highly doubt it. In any case, this grilled cheese looks amazing!
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Hearty Vegan Chili
(adapted from "Eat and Run" by Scott Jurek)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup finely chopped onion
8-ounce package of white button mushrooms, finely chopped
½ green bell pepper, finely chopped
½ red bell pepper, finely chopped
2 large carrots, finely chopped
1 cup frozen corn kernels
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground coriander
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons kosher salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
28-ounce can diced tomatoes
15-ounce can tomato purée
15-ounce can kidney beans, drained
15-ounce can black beans, drained
15-ounce can red beans, drained
2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup dry bulgur wheat
1 jalapeño (or serrano) pepper, seeded and minced (leave seeds for more heat)
Fresh cilantro, finely chopped
Heat the oil to a large pot over medium heat. Add the garlic, onion, mushrooms, bell peppers, carrots, corn, cumin, coriander, chili powder, salt and black pepper and sauté for 10 minutes or until tender. Add the tomatoes, tomato purée, beans, broth and bulgur wheat, cover and bring to a simmer, then cook over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in jalapeño (or serrano) and simmer for an additional 20 minutes . Season with salt to taste and serve garnished with cilantro.
Photo © 2013 Amber Drea
While visiting family during Christmas, I stopped by Olde Mistick Village, the quaint outdoor mall in Mystic, CT. After an hour of snapping photos and shopping for Mystic- and lobster-themed Christmas ornaments, I grabbed a bite at Bleu Squid Bakery & Cheese Shop, which to my surprise and delight serves a Lobster Grilled Cheese. A steal at $11, this satisfying sandwich features chunks of lobster with a gooey blend of cheddar, Havarti, Fontina and muenster cheeses slathered between two thick slices of locally baked white bread. The shop offers a variety of other grilled cheese sandwiches as well, in addition to cupcakes, cookies and a selection of cheeses. Highly recommended if you’re in the area!
Photos © 2013 Lobster Lover/Amber Drea
I ate lunch at Cull & Pistol a couple weeks ago. Pro tip: Avoid going on a Saturday as Chelsea Market is wall-to-wall tourists who walk slowly while gawking at every. single. thing. they. see. Only by pure luck were we able to snag a table without a wait and promptly squeezed into the back corner of the tiny space that probably holds fewer than 40 people.
I, of course, ordered the ME Lobster Roll, which came with thin, heavily seasoned fries and a mediocre slaw. The sandwich itself was somewhat bland — the small portion of cold lobster chunks were tossed in a very light coating of mayo and dusted with tiny bits of scallion. For $25, I wouldn’t recommend it. A better value is the raw bar menu’s $13 half chilled lobster, which my friend ordered in attempt to game the system by requesting some rolls for the table, but the restaurant doesn’t offer bread on the side. He also got a selection of oysters from both the West and East coasts.
We washed it all down with Cull & Pistol’s signature Chesa-Chelada, comprising beer, tomato and clam juices, and Tabasco sauce, served in a glass rimmed with a mixture of Old Bay seasoning and lime salt.
Photos © 2013 Lobster Lover/Amber Drea
Luke’s Lobster is throwing a lobster boil at Brooklyn Bridge Park this Saturday, October 26th, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.! For $40, you get a whole lobster, corn, potatoes, slaw, blueberry cake, lemonade iced tea and hot apple cider. If that price is too steep, you can try your chance at winning a free ticket from Thrillist here.