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10 Exotic Foods You Should Eat While You're On Vacation


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Maine Lobster
Freshly caught lobster in Maine has an intense flavor you won't find in your grocer's seafood case.
Freshly caught lobster in Maine has an intense flavor you won't find in your grocer's seafood case.
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Fast food restaurants serve lobster rolls these days, so is lobster really an exotic food anymore? Well, yes, if you taste it fresh off the boat in Maine. That's an entirely different taste experience -- the flavor is at once briny and sweet, with a rich, buttery texture. Lobster meat that's been frozen or refrigerated loses its intensity, and live lobsters from tanks aren't nearly as good (they haven't been eating their natural diet, or swimming in their natural habitat, and they're confined and under duress).

Skip the fancy preparations at upscale restaurants -- simply have a steamed lobster from a beloved shack, or maybe a lobster roll -- if it's simply adorned with just a hint of melted butter. After you do, you'll never order a fast food lobster roll again.


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