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Getting Fresh Lobsters in Your Mailbox

One Day They’re in Maine, and the Next They’re at Your Door

By Kevin Gray
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There’s more than one way to get a lobster. So here are four:

1. Fish one out of the tank at your local seafood store.

2. Say the words “I’ll have the surf and turf” to your nearest waiter.

3. Own a boat, put on some rubber overalls and set traps off the coast of New England.

4. Check your mail.

All good options. But when it’s the final minutes of a tight game or you’re getting reacquainted with your couch, it’s sometimes best to let the lobsters come to you. So let’s hear more about that last one.

LobstahBox is a new operation that’s fun to say, sure, but more importantly, it’s overnighting you fresh, wild-caught lobsters from off the coast of Maine. It’s online now and ready to feed you.

The lobsters themselves come from a family-owned company that’s been fishing off the coast of Maine for more than 25 years. So that’s a good start. And getting those lobsters sent directly to you is your chance at enjoying a piece of New England from wherever you call home. Maybe even New England.

With your newfound lobsters in hand, you could host an elaborate dinner party for friends or throw a casual lobster boil in your backyard. Or if you know someone else who might enjoy doing those things, send a gift to that crustacean-loving pal.

Here’s what you can get:

—The eponymous LobstahBox, which is a well-named box containing enough lobsters, bibs, tools and wet-naps to appease a room full of hungry people. Plus a step-by-step guide to cooking the things, and even a few placemats with tips for how to properly eat a lobster.

—However many pounds you want of fresh claw, knuckle and tail meat.

—A set of lobster rolls for people who prefer their lobsters between bread.

—Twenty-four ounces’ worth of lobster bisque or clam chowder for a little predinner snack.

—A handy toolkit comprised of a steel cracker and pick to assist you in getting to the good stuff.

—A blueberry pie.

What, everyone likes pie.

Kevin Gray lives in Texas. He likes whiskey, weekends and hammocks, often at the same time.

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