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Moving from Toronto to PEI : Where to buy Lobster in PEI?

As we taper towards the end of our first full AirBnB season here in PEI, we have a number of great questions posed to us by guests … here’s some of the more common ones … Where to buy Lobster in PEI

  • What’s the schedule for the buses? Here …
  • Do I need to rent a car on the island or can I use public transport?  Rent a car … using PEI public transport is brutal and limiting …
  • Can I meet Anne of Green Gables? I’m sure you can meet her representative …
  • Do you think the musical is worth it? Never seen it … I think musicals are the shittiest form of entertainment possible … I would prefer watching paint dry
  • Should I get a Parks Canada pass? Absolutely … invest in one ASAP

However the #1 question we get from our guests is …

Where can I buy Lobster?

Along with some of the logical follow up questions …

  • What’s a good price for Lobster? Market price … but I think 10$ market price is a good price at a store … if you can buy directly from a fisherman, then you’ll really be getting a deal.
  • Where can I find the best Lobster rolls? Souris at the Lobster Shack … link here
  • Is there a marina for Lobster near by? Depends on where you live … but in Stratford, the closest place with the best price is at Mr. Seafoods
  • Do you have shell crackers for Lobster? Yes
  • Do you have a Lobster Pot at your houses? Yes
  • How do you cook Lobster? Videos below … Google is your friend

This is a nice infographic on the ways you can cook your Lobster …

lobster-cooking

Here’s a couple Lobster cooking videos to go along with your new found technique …

As for where are other locations around the island to buy Lobster … here’s a useful Google Map from the PEI Lobster Fisherman’s Association on where to buy Lobster and the numbers you can call for pricing …

Our personal Lobster cooking story …

We’re clearly not from the island … but we do have friends on the island who have guided us appropriately. So here’s our Lobster pot setup in the yard under the Poplar tree next to our Tanton road AirBnB property. In Trinidad, we don’t have a history of cooking Lobster because we cook a lot of Curried Crab … in fact, I can’t recall ever seeing Lobster in a local Trinidadian restaurant.

Now that we had the setup … I completely botched the volume of water required to boil the Lobster. If you fill one of these pots with water … it will take about 17 hours to get it to a rolling boil. While we were waiting for the water to boil … we ended up having some fun with our Lobsters

My dad and his new friends
My dad and his new friends
My son pointing over to his dinner ...
My son pointing over to his dinner …
These were $10.50 a pound at Mr Seafoods …. and they were 1.5 lbs each

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Having dinner while hanging out with dinner ...
Having dinner while hanging out with dinner …

 

After the boiling and the pain and frustration of cooking our Lobster … we had to prepare the table PEI style with all the newspapers and flyers to spread on the table.

Family time crushing the Lobsters ... along with Ken's Island Fries (the best fries on the island)
Family time crushing the Lobsters … along with Ken’s Island Fries (the best fries on the island)

So after our first time on the island finding, buying, cooking and eating Lobster … I came to a couple conclusions

  • Lobster is completely overrated but a necessary PEI vacation experience
  • The effort to meat ratio is about 12 hours of labour to every 100g of Lobster meat
  • I’m going to buy cooked Lobster from a trusted source the next time I have to eat Fries and Lobster
  • Although cooking it was stupidly inefficient … my family had a great time laughing at how poor of a Lobster cook I was.
  • Your PEI neighbours will definitely laugh at your Lobster inexperience … nothing says CFA than an inability to cook or even eat Lobster

Where to buy Lobster in PEI

About Rishiray

Rishi Sankar is a PeopleSoft HRMS Project Manager and Oracle Solution Architect. Over the past 10+ years, he has managed to combine his overwhelming wanderlust with a desire to stay employed, resulting in continuing stints with 2 major consulting firms. He documents his adventures around the world on "Ah Trini Travelogue" with pictures and stories from the road/tuk-tuk/camel/rickshaw. You can follow him on Twitter at @rishiray and on Facebook at "Ah Trini Travelogue . He doesn't like Chicken Curry but loves Curry Chicken and is always trying to find the perfect Trinidadian roti on the road. He also doesn't like cheese and kittens ... and definitely not together. E-mail from his blog is appreciated like a 35 yr old Balvenie at [email protected]

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