Legal Harborside: 270 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

Legal_seafood_waitingLobster, sushi, oysters…all fit for a family of foodies visiting Boston on vacation! When in Boston, you’ve got to try classic New England fare and we were invited to meet Executive Chef Rick Vellante at Legal Seafoods to learn how to perfectly crack lobster to get the most meat possible. The Ardis family joined us for the lesson and we set right to work. It was all hands on deck! You have to dig right in with lobsters and use your fingers and the lobster crackers to pull the shells off to remove the largest chunks of meat possible. Just make sure the kids wash their hands before you get started!lobster_roll

While we worked away at the lobsters, Chef Rick gave us a history lesson in lobster. Today, lobster is considered a luxury item, but that wasn’t always the case. He explained that during colonial times, lobster was considered a pauper’s meal because it was so plentiful off the Atlantic Coast. In fact, it was a common meal for the prisoners because lobster was so dirt cheap. Well, lobsters might not be a dime a dozen nowadays, but they sure do taste delicious! There are Legal Seafood restaurants throughout the Boston area and even at Logan Airport so I highly recommend a visit to one before you leave the area.

Some Additional Tips:

• Iconic Boston Dishes: Clam Chowder at Union Oyster House, Baked Beans from Durgin Park in Faneuil Hall, Cannoli from Mike’s Pastry in the North End.
Papa Razi at 159 Newbury St. was off the hook! The chef made us a pasta with short ribs that was absolutely extraordinary. YUM x 10
Pastoral 345 Congress St. Looking for crazy delicious pizza? Look no further! The toppings combos are as cool as the decor – funky and creative.
Anthem Kitchen & Bar Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 101 S Market St – great food combined with an awesome location in the heart of Faneuil Hall. The crew enjoyed the beverages as much as the food – perfect combo after a long day!
Area Four 500 Technology Square, Cambridge – chill atmosphere, outrageously good food and awesome service. We shared a huge table with musicians who were in town for a concert – good times!

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