Muscongus Bay Lobster

Hello all!

As many of you know, Colin and I are pretty big foodies. Soo…. We decided to start a food blog! We’d love to share our favorite spots and recipes and our love of food with y’all!

We’ve wanted to do this for awhile but we’ve struggled to remember to take pictures of our food while we eat it—when the food is that good, it’s easy to forget everything else! But in an effort to get this thing going, we’ll start (sans all original pictures) with one of our favorite spots in Maine

 

Restaurant Name: Muscongus Bay Lobster

Location: Round Pound, Maine

Price: $$

Our favorite item: Super fresh (and cheap) lobster!

Our rating: 5/5

A popular local spot tucked away in the tiny town of Round Pound, ME, Muscongus Bay Lobster is hand’s down our favorite lobster place. Remote enough that most of Maine’s tourists haven’t found it yet, Muscongus Bay is a simple deck that looks out over the harbor where the fishermen bring in fresh seafood daily. You place your order at a window, grab a communal table, and then dig in to the freshest, yummiest seafood of Maine.

We typically go here to order hard shell lobsters. Sold at market price, they cost on average around $15-16 each, which is a steal compared to a lot of restaurants. They arrive on a plastic tray, with lobster cracking tools and post-lobster wet wipes. Plenty of paper towels are available for messy hands.

Photo: Leslie Massicotte

They also sell delicious steamed clams and mussels, sold with cups of melted butter for dipping. We generally get a bag or two to share for the table. They have great seafood chowders if soup is your thing, and if you’re a red meat eater, the bacon wrapped scallops are super delicious. The corn-on-the-cob is also popular, but being Hoosier corn snobs, we tend to pass on those.

On most nights during the summer, the place is full of locals communally cracking open lobster shells and happily gnawing on fresh corn-on-the-cob. The whole place has got a great, laid back vibe and is the perfect summertime spot for a family dinner.

Our pro-tip: The place is BYOB so why not bring a whole picnic? Pack up bags of Cape Cod potato chips, salads full of summery vegetables, and beer from Geary Brewing (we love their Session IPA) for a complete meal!

Still hungry? Visit the Granite Hall Store just down the street where they sell Gifford’s ice cream for a post-dinner treat.

Photo: Leslie Massicotte

Photo: Leslie Massicotte

 

All images, except when noted otherwise, are borrowed from Google.

Lovely Zanzibar

Oh beautiful Zanzibar. I’m so glad I was able to visit this amazing place. Colin’s sister Alex had the incredible fortune to study abroad on this island off the coast of Tanzania so Colin had visited before, but this was my first time. You know when you type “beautiful beaches” into google and images show up with these unbelievably pristine beaches? That’s Zanzibar. We visited two such places—Pemba, another island off the coast of Zanzibar, and Nungwi, a town on the north-most tip of Zanzibar.

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Those two girls in Mozambique.

Mozambique was a lovely place to visit, very laidback and not too hard to get around. Blog posts scared us about the difficulty of traveling around this country but our experience was pretty smooth. It was helped significantly by our middle-aged, round-bellied taxi driver, who we endearingly called Papa Mario. We found him while wandering the streets of the capital, Maputo, where he was lounging in his taxi parked on the side of the road while a younger guy washed his car. Unclear if he was working or not since his car was covered in soapy water, he quickly assured us that he was ready for business and after the car was speedily doused in rinse water, we took off. He ferried us around the capital city as our reliable driver and referred to us as “those two girls” at first but we quickly became “my dear daughters”.

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South Africa

Before returning Stateside, Colin and I did a bunch of traveling in East and Southern Africa. The first leg of my African travels was to South Africa and Mozambique with a friend I met in Rwanda. I’d been to South Africa before, to Johannesburg several years ago with Colin, but this time we were going to Cape Town on the coast.

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The sun is shining and Rwandan sex ed is on a roll!

The rainy season is finally over, with unfortunately too many casualties (https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/rwanda-landslides-18-killed-heavy-downpour-180508051710402.html), and the sun is back and shining. The sun brings out the best in this country I think, except for the fact that we’ve taken bucket showers exclusively for the past month due to lack of water pressure, but I’m struck over and over again on my morning moto ride to work by just how beautiful this city is.

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“Not knowing what should be known” (Ethiopian Adventures!)

Recently, my friend invited me to crash in her hotel room while she attended a conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It was awesome getting to see another part of East Africa and to experience Ethiopian food in its natural habitat. (Believe it or not, it tastes the same as Ethiopian restaurants in the States; it seems Ethiopians don’t compromise their food one bit to suit foreign tastes!)

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The Orgasm that Created a Lake and Other Cultural Lessons.

Our time here has certainly brought with it many cultural lessons. Our Kinyarwanda teacher one day taught us the history of the word “abarubindi”. It technically means “eye glasses” but literally means “those which fell into the pot.” There’s a story, says our teacher, in which a Frenchman wearing eye glasses came across some local Rwandans taking (drinking) beer. Traditionally, beer was served in a single large pot called a “rubindi” and everyone drank their beer from a straw stuck into the same pot.

Granted, this is a pic from Kenya but the idea is the same.

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Commemoration.

April 7, 2018 marked the 24th year since the 1994 Rwandan genocide. A short overview for those who are unfamiliar, understanding that history is biased and everyone has opinions on how to narrate this history in particular: Rwanda’s history has been full of ethnic exploitation by colonizers and local leaders both, resulting in ethnic cleansing several times in their history. Hutus were considered inferior during early rule by Rwandan kings and were exploited by colonial powers; years upon years of hardship and inequality led to ethnic killings against the Tutsi in 1959 until the balance of power shifted with independence in 1961. A Hutu government took control and reversed many of the policies that favored Tutsis; inflamed by years of oppression, the extremist government incited ethnic hatred against the Tutsis, culminating in the 1994 genocide where approximately 1 million people were killed in 3 months. The current president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, assisted in the military overthrow of the extremist government, ending the genocide, and carried out retribution killings against Hutu folks while pushing them out of Rwanda into Congo. Kagame then rebuilt Rwanda over the next 24 years, an amazing feat when glistening, beautiful Kigali is compared with a city like Goma in DRC, which barely has water or electricity and sports only a few paved roads.

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