Rock Lobster

September 19, 2010

in food truck, music

Ever since I won these VIP tix to the Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival, I’ve had that B-52′s song in my head!

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There are actually three other Lobster Festivals in the area going on this month, but this one holds the Guiness World Record for “Most Seafood Served at an Outdoor Event.” All of those crustaceans are flown in daily, directly from Maine. (Not the most eco-friendly event, I know.)

We drove to San Pedro around 1pm – parked on a side street and walked about 20 minutes to the site. I hadn’t eaten since last night’s Mexican Fiesta so I was ready to get my lobster on!

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The VIP ticket included weekend admission, a drink (I got bottled water), front-of-the-line privileges and a separate eating area (which was so crowded we just sat in the regular one). And of course, the lobster meal:

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Yes I geeked out and wore my lobster shirt.

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And in case you’re wondering what Abe got with his VIP ticket, they just gave him doubles of all the sides…

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…turned out to be a total waste because they were so nasty we barely touched them. I ate the watermelon, but had only a few bites of the coleslaw, roll, and potato.

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The butter dipping sauce got chucked too.

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I’ve never been a butter fan – not on bread, corn, and certainly not lobster! I like it with lemon, though.

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Haven’t had a whole, steamed lobster in years – it’s just as good as I remember it! I don’t touch the body or the head; I know my mom would be freaking out that I passed up so much valuable meat. In general, I feel pretty bad about all the waste that occurred – had I paid the $78 for the price of the two tickets, I would’ve been really pissed!

Still hungry, we wandered around the packed festival…

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…TONS of other food choices…

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…but all we wanted was stuff we’d seen on TV – two contestants from The Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race” were parked in the midst of it all.

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We got PB and J Pudding from Nana Queen’s.

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Split a large ($6) with Abe – heaven in a paper cup. What’s not to love – thick, rich layers of pudding, plenty of Nilla wafers, and peanut butter/strawberry sauce drizzled on top.

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Walked around for a bit. The festival also has live music – we caught this band Walking Sleep for the last half of their set.

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Also stopped in this awesome store Candy Town -

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All in all, it was a really fun way to spend a beautiful afternoon, and I’m so happy I won the giveaway (thanks, Caroline on Crack!)

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Plus, we discovered some new music – bought Walking Sleep’s new album, Measures, and listened to it on the drive home.

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If you eat lobster, what’s your favorite part? I heart the tail.

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{ 27 comments }

1 Lauren September 19, 2010 at 6:06 pm

How fun!!!! But I think I would have died over that pudding cup. I’m seriously thinking of recreating this right this moment, even though I just ate dessert. :)

2 Evan Thomas September 19, 2010 at 6:06 pm

My grandparents have a house on the Maine coast, and whenever we go up they have lobster caught that morning. Hello, local eating!

3 Danielle September 19, 2010 at 6:13 pm

wow that looks like one fun day!…if you like seafood you would love a place we go to here in Essex, Ma…its called Woodman’s. They have pretty much any seafood you could want. My fiance said that PB&J thing looked yummy lol….
I was always a fan of the lobster legs.

4 lequan@luvtoeat September 19, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Dang Ms. Lynn Chen! You’re the luckiest with giveaways!

That totally sucked that they just gave Abe double of the sides, wth? I woulda been like, “ok Hun, you get another lobster and I’ll eat that too.” Teehee, nope, no shame at all when it comes to seafood :-O. Needless to say, I enjoy the whole lobster, every inch of it. Make that two people freaking out that you threw away the head. Head and tail are my faves. I can’t even comment on the candy cause I’m still drooling over the lobster. Luv the t-shirt by the way!

5 Chelsea September 19, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Wow, what fun! That pudding looks great, maybe there will be a quick shot of you on the food network when you were ordering.

I love the lobster, and like you, I consider the tail to be the best part. I haven’t had lobster since earlier this summer in New Hampshire on the beach.

6 greensandjeans September 19, 2010 at 6:58 pm

I used to eat lobster on the regular when I lived in Maine, but I haven’t had it in forever! The tail is DEFINITELY the best!

7 Liz @ Tip Top Shape September 19, 2010 at 7:13 pm

All that food looks so good!!! The tail is my favorite part, too :D

8 Katie September 19, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Fun!! I’ve actually never eaten lobster! I’ve had it in stuff before but not when there’s an actual lobster on my plate. Same with crab. I really want to though, I like the idea of ordering it and getting to wear one of those bibs, haha!!

9 Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) September 19, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Would you believe that I’ve never really eaten lobster? (I’ve had bites of a lobster sandwich but that’s about it.) I would have loved to go to the festival though just to try!

10 Cindy September 19, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Add me to the list with your mom and Lequan. What were you thinking leaving all that goodness?!! I think all that lobster would have had me disinterested in the candy store. It’s been a while since I’ve had a whole steamed lobster. Too long.

Looks like you had a good time and I hope Abe found enough to eat.

11 jessica o'brien September 19, 2010 at 8:24 pm

i don’t know that i’ve had lobster since i was a kid. i always liked crab more! poor abe by the way! ;)

12 Sues September 19, 2010 at 8:53 pm

I heart the tail, too! Well, and the claws, of course :) This looks like a total blast!!

13 Michelle (Delightfully Dietetic) September 19, 2010 at 9:57 pm

That looks awesome!! I just wrote a post about food festivals too haha. I used to live in San antonio and we had a shrimpfest. But never been to a lobster one. Never even had lobster actually. Need to get around to that…

14 Belinda @zomppa September 19, 2010 at 11:13 pm

What a fun event! Glad to have found you. I heart all of lobster! Growing up in New England, steamed lobsters were always fun. Not a fan of butter? !!! Though I do like steamed lobster with nothing…it’s just sweet!

15 coffeeandthepaper September 20, 2010 at 3:37 am

Oooh I’ve never heard of that band! I’m gonna have to check it out!

16 KeepItSweet September 20, 2010 at 3:40 am

oh that PB&J pudding looked awesome!

17 Hannah September 20, 2010 at 5:14 am

I am so ridiculously jealous right now. Lobster is all but impossible to come by here in Canberra, unless, of course, you pay a week’s salary for a tiny portion at a fancy restaurant… (boo!)

I’m pretty sure I can find candy underwear, though. Canberra isn’t called the porn capital of Australia for nothing ;)

18 Emily September 20, 2010 at 5:48 am

Lobster, yum! I can’t remember the last time I had one. I did once visit my ex-roomie’s parents in Maine once and we had lobster races before boiling them. It really freaked the then-vegetarian boyfriend out.

19 Mary September 20, 2010 at 5:50 am

Even if the food left much to be desired, the day was interesting. I loved your photos. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

20 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 20, 2010 at 6:01 am

Ahhh that lobster looks amazing. I haven’t eaten a whole one in YEARS, but I’m going to agree with the popular choice and say that the tail is the best part!! I’m craving lobster at 9 am now :)

21 lowandbhold September 20, 2010 at 9:59 am

I’m not a huge lobster fan, but had to comment that a food truck from OKC won The Great Food Truck Race – Big Truck Tacos. I’m so proud, haha!

22 Amber September 20, 2010 at 10:37 am

That is awesome that Nana’s Queen was there! While I was watching the food truck show I wondered if Nom Nom was the Vietnamese food truck that you blogged about a few months ago. I do expect you to try them out someday and let us know if their sandwiches really are that good.

23 Lynn at The Actors Diet September 20, 2010 at 11:29 am

Nom Nom Truck was at the festival, but on another day – we missed them! I’ve seen them around L.A. but that was before I became a fan of the show. The other banh mi truck we went to was “Mandoline Grill” http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com/2010/03/15/lynn-spring-forward/

I am very curious to compare the two as well!!!

24 MizzJ September 21, 2010 at 12:40 am

Mmm that lobster looks good, but I think the best way to eat lobster is the Chinese style with the cream sauce!

25 Jacky September 21, 2010 at 7:32 am

Yummy, now I want a lobster. Jealous you got to try out Nan Queen’s. We loved the Great Food Truck Race. I wish Chicago would embrace the food truck, it is such a political issue. Though a few trucks have found a work around, I am stalking them in hopes of enjoying their food in the next week or so.

26 Megan (Braise The Roof) September 21, 2010 at 8:37 am

Ohh lobster. Gets me every time. :) I personally love butter on my lobster. It’s how my New Yorker dad raised me. Although I don’t know how I’d feel about the butter cup- if it’s not freshly melted it might just be gross. Looks like a great day!

27 janetha September 21, 2010 at 3:17 pm

stop having so much fun. it’s ridiculous and you are making me jealous. ;)

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