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Oct 5, 2012 11:48 AM

It's Lobster Time!

Well it's local lobster season again. I usually get mine from Catalina Offshore Products, but their hours don't always fit my schedule.

Where do the Chow Hounds get their sweet spiny bugs?

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        1. re: RhonelyInsanediego


          Maine are always available. Spiny are available starting this weekend (unsure if today) according to the email I got yesterday.

          1. re: Cathy

            just not a fan of local bugs, the meat is mushy compared to Maine bugs.

            1. re: cstr

              I don't like the local ones either; they are different and served with tortillas or in burritos, needing many condiments like other less expensive meat.

              Just was answering the OP.

              1. re: Cathy

                Nothing like our fresh local spiny's. IMHO the meat is much sweeter and more buttery than Maine lobsters. I truly believe it is a far superior product. Only frozen or ill prepared is mushy.

              2. re: cstr

                I am with you on this and prefer New England or Novia Scotia lobster to the local variety--or, as I like to put it, the locals are 'deformed' since they do not have claws, unlike their cold water counterparts which do and I happen to enjoy the meat inside the claws as well as the lobster tail.

                I walk past The Spot in La Jolla on occasion and notice they offer a Maine lobster special...has anybody eaten here and is it good?

                1. re: El Chevere

                  I know it's a preference thing and there is a long running thread and Chowhound debate on which is better, spiny(Panulirus) or Maine (Homarus). I would argue that fresh and local is always better, no matter where you are

      1. I just picked some up at Costco. I'll let you know how they are later!

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        1. re: master815k

          Thanks. Which Costco location? Were they live and local?

          1. re: RhonelyInsanediego

            Mission Valley costco. I only bought the tails.

          2. re: master815k

            Right down the street! How much were the tails at Costco?

            1. re: rogue99

              I think they were $14.99 for the two. It's been a week and my old memory is failing. They were delicious too!

              1. re: master815k

                Great! I think I will pick up a couple!

          3. I guess PLSF has them as well, but I was hoping to find live local lobbys for sale somewhere north of there.

              1. Anyone ever buy lobsters from one of the local Asian markets? If so will they kill and prep them for you? I don't have the nerves to kill them humanely, but they are soooo tasty with some butter x|

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                1. re: MrKrispy

                  I you wish to be humane, you can put them in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes, it'll slowly lull them to a deep rest. You can also start them out in the pot with cold water and by the time it's to a roaring boil they'll have long been gone.

                  1. re: MrKrispy

                    You don't want to do that, they will lose water and the meat will become dry.

                    If you want a more "humane" way of killing them, pierce the head with a knife before boiling.


                    1. re: Rodzilla

                      Avoid the boiling all together and steam them for more moist and tasty lobby.

                      1. re: RhonelyInsanediego

                        Yes, that's how I cook them, keeps the meat quite moist.

                      2. re: Rodzilla

                        Somehow, I can't invision MrKrispy doing that.

                        1. re: cstr

                          Kind of a Honkman thing.

                          <sorry ; )>