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Spiny Lobsters season opens Oct 6th...your fave places to go?

Beach Chick Oct 2, 2010 07:51 AM

Love love love me a fresh grilled spiny lobsters with fresh flour tortillas and homemade beans and rice..double ramikins of melted butter..
I've been to Rimel's in LJ, which does a great job of presentation.
Where do you get your spiny lobster fix?

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    dmtuggle RE: Beach Chick Oct 2, 2010 02:05 PM

    There is two or three places that do it well in Porto Nuevo (baja), it is worth the 30 to 40 min drive. It is just a little south of Rosarita.

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      Beach Chick RE: dmtuggle Oct 2, 2010 02:30 PM

      Puerto Nuevo doesn't count dmtuggle....it used to be worth the drive back in the days.
      San Diego places only..what you've got for me?
      : )

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        foodiechick RE: Beach Chick Oct 2, 2010 07:22 PM

        My place, I can see the first lobster traps of the season from my front window. (purchase them at El Pescador)

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          Beach Chick RE: foodiechick Oct 2, 2010 08:59 PM

          I can't get them live since I cry like a baby when they go in the hot pot..
          I'm a mess and its just too too much for me!

          Can you see Russia from your house too?

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            foodiechick RE: Beach Chick Oct 2, 2010 10:24 PM

            You betcha! wink wink ;D

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              cstr RE: Beach Chick Oct 3, 2010 04:55 AM

              Isn't that why go married to Mr. BC, to do the 'bad thing'? Betcha enjoy those suckers in drawn butta!

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            dmtuggle RE: Beach Chick Oct 4, 2010 11:17 AM

            Sorry Beach Chick, the only other place I go is to my brother Dan's house.....he is a free driver. He gets the Lobster and I make the tortillas (with lard of course..lol)and refried beans. This is high holy season in our family.

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              Beach Chick RE: dmtuggle Oct 4, 2010 11:41 AM

              I'd like to be part of the families 'holy' season..I'll bring the Carta Blanca's..
              If he's a 'free driver' can he come and pick me up...hee hee

        2. foodiechick RE: Beach Chick Oct 3, 2010 01:02 AM

          On a serious note - I do buy fresh caught lobster during the season at El Pescador, I have them clean, cook and split them. Bring to room temp then quickly pan fry in a well buttered skillet.

          IMHO Rimels does the best job with their simple presentation, but Georges and Nine-Ten have done some interesting specials in the past using local spiny lobster.

          As much as I love some of the "old school" lobster houses in Puerto Nuevo, many of the original families/fisherman that owned them years ago have sold them and moved on. Unfortunately, much of the lobster that is sold in PV in now frozen/defrosted from New Zealand.

          In that mindset, did anybody else read that disturbing article in the SD Union about most apples used in autumnal products in Julian not being from Julian at all? Sad.

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            cstr RE: foodiechick Oct 3, 2010 04:53 AM

            I agree, El Pescador has the best and freshest. I just boil them, crack them open and go, not even butter needed.

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              MrKrispy RE: foodiechick Oct 4, 2010 01:02 PM

              I saw that article FC, quite a bummer but I guess inevitable at the current scale when you see Julian Apple Pies in most markets down here.
              We also stopped going to Puerto Nuevo....once the prices escalated with the lobster quality diminshing we lost our excitement. The mess in Baja kind of sealed it for us.

              I am very interested in picking up some pre-cleaned fresh lobsters...how is the price at El Pescador?

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                littlestevie RE: foodiechick Oct 4, 2010 02:14 PM

                I also saw the UT story about Julian apples. At least when you go to a winery, It says on the label where the grapes are from, you would think an apple pie would do the same. It kinda ruins the ambience of the pie. We have gotten our lobsters at FHVC or Seaside in Cardiff. We bring 'em up to temp on the outside grill. That bit 'o char on the lobster (without overcooking it) really brings out the flavor. However I am waiting for Dungy season to open up!

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                  littlestevie RE: littlestevie Oct 15, 2010 03:11 PM

                  No sympathy, but a little melted butter.

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                eatemup RE: Beach Chick Oct 5, 2010 11:48 AM

                I have never been but I guess Ortega's in Hillcrest (www.ortegasbistro.com) is related to the Puerto Nuevo family. They have lobster PV style along with other stuff.

                1. Beach Chick RE: Beach Chick Oct 6, 2010 06:55 AM

                  Opening Day of the Spiny Lobsters...wooooo hoooooo!

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                    MrKrispy RE: Beach Chick Oct 6, 2010 11:51 AM

                    I was hoping to get some more ideas of places to buy local lobster already cleaned....anyone?

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                      Beach Chick RE: MrKrispy Oct 6, 2010 02:28 PM

                      I would check out Catalina Offshore..


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                        MrKrispy RE: Beach Chick Oct 6, 2010 03:43 PM

                        I live right near there, didn't expect that they would clean them. I will call and ask them, thanks for the idea!

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                          Beach Chick RE: MrKrispy Oct 6, 2010 05:14 PM

                          Keep us posted MrKrispy...don't know if they do, but for people like me who can't bear to put lobsters in a hot pot of boiling water, they would make a killing..no pun intended.

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                            cstr RE: MrKrispy Oct 7, 2010 07:08 AM

                            Mr. K, not much to clean, boil water in a large pot, add some spices if you wish and drop'em in. BC can close her eyes when you drop'em!

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                              MrKrispy RE: cstr Oct 7, 2010 10:39 AM

                              I am with her, I don't have the stomach to drop something living in to a pot of boiling water. Barbaric but oh so tasty.

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                                cstr RE: MrKrispy Oct 7, 2010 10:49 AM

                                I will gladly give out blind folds and drop your bugs though, one might be missing.

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                                  dmtuggle RE: MrKrispy Oct 15, 2010 11:29 AM

                                  You can put the little guys in the water at room temp and raise the heat slowly and they will never know what hit them (sleepy time)and you don't have to feel too bad.

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                                    Fake Name RE: dmtuggle Oct 15, 2010 01:56 PM

                                    I understand you can do that with frogs as well. They'll believe you've made a spa for them. At least for a while.

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                                      cstr RE: Fake Name Oct 15, 2010 02:25 PM

                                      There is a humane way to prep lobsters for the boil, place them in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes, this slows their metabolism and kinda relaxes them.

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                                        littlestevie RE: cstr Oct 15, 2010 03:10 PM

                                        You should see the movie "Teenager from Outer Space" and then you will realize that lobsters deserve no sympathy.

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                                          cstr RE: littlestevie Oct 15, 2010 04:29 PM

                                          Just wanted to help Fakey not have lobster nightmares after that fab lobster dinner.

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                                          cgfan RE: cstr Oct 15, 2010 11:40 PM

                                          Here's an obscure Austrian technique to help the squeemish...

                                          First build the contraption shown in the attached illustration, then:

                                          * replace cat with live lobster
                                          * wait a moment and your lobster, even though dead, will also be alive! There's no guilt, right, if it's still alive?
                                          * note: one must be careful to prepare the lobster without "observing" it... (Less the wave equation collapse like a failed souffle...)

                                          There you have it, "Lobster a la Schrodinger"! :-)

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                                            cstr RE: cgfan Oct 16, 2010 07:46 AM

                                            How about pairing up the lobster with the cat?

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                                              cgfan RE: cstr Oct 16, 2010 10:18 AM

                                              Yikes cstr, talk about Surf & Turf!

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                                  Beach Chick RE: MrKrispy Oct 8, 2010 09:21 AM

                                  Krispy...did you call...dinner at your house this weekend?

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                                    MrKrispy RE: Beach Chick Oct 11, 2010 01:41 PM

                                    Hi Sorry, I tried to post on my iPhone this weekend but the Chowhound mobile site is a disaster. I called twice and they weren't selling lobsters at the time. I will keep trying!

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                                      Beach Chick RE: MrKrispy Oct 11, 2010 06:51 PM

                                      Thanks Krispy!

                            2. Fake Name RE: Beach Chick Oct 8, 2010 06:47 PM

                              I was down at Catalina Offshore yesterday- the season thus far has been terrible.

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                                eightyhertz RE: Fake Name Oct 10, 2010 11:34 AM

                                I was at Rimels this weekend and they didn't have lobster either.

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                                  Beach Chick RE: eightyhertz Oct 10, 2010 12:35 PM

                                  I called Rimel's since I don't ever remember not having local lobsters...they stated since it was such a cold summer and the water was freezing most of the summer that the lobsters didn't grow very much so they have very little inventory..
                                  They'll get in a couple tomorrow morning to cook up around 2 pounds served with beans, rice and tortillas for around $39 per lobster..

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                                    Fake Name RE: Beach Chick Oct 10, 2010 03:03 PM

                                    Word is the Chinese will buy all the lobster they can get- and pay the transportation costs- for $35/lb. Yes, it sounds like a conspiracy theory. But why would anyone sell lobster for $12 when they can get $35 in wholesale batches?

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                                      DougOLis RE: Fake Name Oct 11, 2010 12:49 PM

                                      Which ironically sounds like the exact opposite of buying an iPhone from China.

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                                        MrKrispy RE: DougOLis Oct 12, 2010 12:03 PM

                                        It was mentioned in the UT a while back, and based on the lack of lobster dinners turning it up it likely is true or prices simply jumped because of the lack of lobsters this year.

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                                lowcaligirlie RE: Beach Chick Oct 13, 2010 07:22 AM

                                Our fave way with spiny lobstahs? Point Loma seafood. Buy them live. Cook them here, broiled to perfection, served wtih unsalted butter, or...
                                spiny lobstah tacos!

                                Life is good.

                                1. Fake Name RE: Beach Chick Oct 15, 2010 04:04 PM


                                  Alvy, now don't panic. Please.


                                  Look, I told you it was a ... mistake to ever bring a live thing in the house.


                                  Stop it! Don't ... don't do that! There.

                                  The lobsters continue to crawl on the floor. Annie, bolding out a wooden paddle, tries to shove them onto it.


                                  Well, maybe we should just call the police. Dial nine-one-one, it's the lobster squad.


                                  Come on, Alvy, they're only baby ones, for God's sake.


                                  If they're only babies, then you pick 'em up.


                                  Oh, all right. All right! It's all right. Here.

                                  She drops the paddle and picks up one of the lobsters by the tail. Laughing, she shoves it at Alvy who jerks backward, squeamishly.


                                  Don't give it to me. Don't!


                                  [Hysterically] Oooh! Here! Here!


                                  [Pointing] Look! Look, one crawled behind the refrigerator. It'll turn up in our bed at night. [They move over to the refrigerator; Alvy moves as close to the wall as possible as Annie, covering her mouth and laughing hysterically, teasingly dangles a lobster in front of him] Will you get outta here with that thing? Jesus!


                                  [Laughing, to the lobster] Get him!


                                  [Laughing] Talk to him. You speak shellfish! [He moves over to the stove and takes the lid of a large steamer filled with boiling water] Hey, look ... put it in the pot.


                                  [Laughing] I can't! I can't put him in the pot. I can't put a live thing in hot water.


                                  [Overlapping] Gimme! Gimme! Let me do it! What - what's he think we're gonna do, take him to the movies?

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