Lobster Bake – Broklin’s Way

What is the world is that? That was my first question when I snapped the photo of these barrels. At first I thought the barrels were used for something to do with the wooden boats being built-in the Wooden Boat School. You should have seen my expression when I was told they were used for baking lobster. At the time, I smiled and thought to myself, “I know what I’m NOT eating while I’m here”.

I mean come on, the lobster I’ve eaten in the past is accompanied by a brilliant mix of butter, herb, & garlic sauce and a nice bottle of wine, YUM. This lobster was pretty much from the ocean, to the barrel, to your plate served with water or tea and lot’s of wipes for your hands. Oh, and a cup of water to help wash out the innards of the lobster before you ate it. Yes, you better believe this is the BEST way to eat lobster. Straight from the barrel!

Folks, I’ve never tasted lobster quite as delicious as the one’s we had while visiting Brooklin Maine. Brooklin Maine is a quaint little town with a population of about 850 people and home to The Wooden Boat Magazine and School. I’ll write more about our vacation to Maine in a later post. For now, let me tell you that I’ve never eaten lobster as delicious and fresh as the lobster that was baked in these 2 rusted out barrels. Lobster bakes in the barrels such as these is pretty common and part of the coastal town culture and charm. 

The Cadillac way of baking lobster! Firewood is inserted through the holes at the bottom of the barrel. At the top are 2 tubs that are filled with a little water then the lobster is put in to bake.

The Cadillac way of baking lobster! Firewood is inserted through the holes at the bottom of the barrel. At the top are 2 tubs that are filled with a little water then the lobster is put in to bake.

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After the lobster is done baking they are placed in a cooler to keep them warm. These were fresh lobsters taken literally from the ocean to the barrel to the plate. The most amazing ever!

Wooden Boat – Brooklin Maine

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This was the view at the end of the day after a day long class in Seamanship. I was standing at the end of the pier enjoying the peaceful early evening and landscape. Would you believe it was only 4:55 PM when this photo was taken? The day was a little drizzly with a slight chill. The water had a blanket of fog almost all day.

I was looking for the song that would help set the mood of the photo and the best one I could come up with is, “Come Away With Me”, by Nora Jones.

Enjoy!

 

Piscataqua River Bridge – New Hampshire

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We entered Maine through US 1 crossing the magnificent steel bridge, “The Piscataqua River Bridge“. This steel bridge was constructed starting May 1968 and is the main thorough way between Maine and NH.

Talk about great timing for a photo with some beautiful lighting!

Enjoy.