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20 Lobster Rolls Worth Traveling to Maine For

20 Lobster Rolls Worth Traveling to Maine For

There’s something about eating a lobster roll that almost feels wrong. As lobster is one of the most gourmet and expensive food items out there, piling it up on bread and eating it with your hands almost feels like cheating — the right way to eat a lobster is in a fancy restaurant, with a bib, a shell-cracker, and a little pot of clarified butter, right? Well up in Maine, they’ll tell you that the right way to eat a lobster is in a roll.

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According to John Mariani’s The Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink, the lobster roll as we know it first appeared on a menu in 1929, at a restaurant in New Milford, Conn., called Perry’s. Its popularity spread, and today the lobster roll is one of the Northeast’s signature culinary creations.

The lobster roll comes in a few different varieties. A Connecticut-style lobster roll is served warm and soaked (in the best way possible) with butter. In Maine, the lobster is cold and usually mixed with a little mayo. From there, the possibilities are endless. Some like to gussy it up with some celery salt, paprika, diced celery, or lemon. Others keep it as simple as possible, with the lightest touch of butter or mayo, or in some cases nothing at all.

Whatever augmentation the lobster gets, one thing must always take priority when it comes to the lobster roll, however: the lobster. It should be super-fresh and generously portioned. Lobster rolls don’t come cheap, and after eating one you should feel like you got your money’s worth.

In order to assemble our list of the best lobster rolls in Maine, we consulted with several native authorities on the subject, as well as major publications and other trusted lists. While everyone who lives in Maine has their favorite lobster roll place, we believe that the spots on our list really stand apart from the pack. Not only have they reached a level of renown (some among locals, some nationally), they hit that Platonic ideal of the lobster roll and the lobster roll-eating experience: a perfect balance of lobster meat to condiments to bun, eaten in a setting that you’ll later dream about, a relaxed place, preferably overlooking the water, or at least close enough that you can smell the briny sea that your meal emerged from. A sunny patio also helps. Read on to learn about the 20 best lobster rolls in Maine, and find the best lobster rolls outside of Maine here.

Additional reporting by Arthur Bovino and Jeff Bauer.


America’s 20 Best Lobster Rolls Outside Maine

It’s widely accepted that most of the best lobster rolls in America can be found in Maine. Why? There’s no shortage of lobster there, for one, and there’s something about the sea breeze, the salty air, and the even saltier fishermen who you’ll find at the best lobster shacks that make a Maine lobster roll not just an amazing sandwich, but a life-affirming experience (click here to see our picks for the Best Lobster Rolls in Maine). Thankfully, that experience isn’t exclusive to Maine, and elsewhere in the country there are not only incredible lobster rolls to be eaten on patios overlooking the water, but at fine restaurants as well.

If there’s such thing as a perfect food, a great lobster roll could very well be it. First of all, it’s lobster, one of the most gourmet — and delicious — foods in existence, democratized in a sense by removing it from the shell and sticking it inside a bun. The best lobster rolls are ones that boast heaping helpings of super-fresh lobster, kept in large chunks, served warm or cool, moistened with a little bit of mayo or butter, accented with some salt, pepper, and other spices of the chef’s choosing (or none at all, but as long as the lobster isn’t overpowered there’s certainly room for creativity), nestled inside (and on top of and around) a bun that’s been buttered and toasted on a griddle. Aside from the sandwich itself, the eating experience is about as decadent as possible, and there are few foods that represent summer quite as much as a lobster roll. What’s more, there are two major lobster roll styles to choose from, and both are arguably equally delicious: Maine-style, which is served cold with mayo, and Connecticut-style, which is served warm with butter.

In order to find the best lobster rolls outside of Maine, we searched far and wide for those that have the highest level of renown, but also ones that meet all the qualifications set forth above. While obviously the opportunity to eat your lobster roll on a picturesque dock overlooking a harbor filled with lobster trawlers is ideal, that’s not a make-or-break criterion for a great lobster roll. Some mediocre lobster rolls are served in the most picturesque settings imaginable, and likewise, some of the country’s best lobster rolls are served at restaurants with no water in sight.

Our journey across Lobster Roll America takes us to a restaurant in Los Angeles that serves a green curry-spiked lobster roll in a jet-black bun, an oyster bar in Philadelphia that ships both lobster and buns in from Maine daily,and a sprawling patio in Austin, Texas, where super-fresh lobster rolls are served with a side of drawn butter. Click here for the best lobster rolls outside of Maine, and find the best lobster rolls in Maine here.


20 Lobster Rolls Worth Traveling to Maine For

There’s something about eating a lobster roll that almost feels wrong. As lobster is one of the most gourmet and expensive food items out there, piling it up on bread and eating it with your hands almost feels like cheating — the right way to eat a lobster is in a fancy restaurant, with a bib, a shell-cracker, and a little pot of clarified butter, right? Well up in Maine, they’ll tell you that the right way to eat a lobster is in a roll.

According to John Mariani’s The Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink, the lobster roll as we know it first appeared on a menu in 1929, at a restaurant in New Milford, Conn., called Perry’s. Its popularity spread, and today the lobster roll is one of the Northeast’s signature culinary creations.

The lobster roll comes in a few different varieties. A Connecticut-style lobster roll is served warm and soaked (in the best way possible) with butter. In Maine, the lobster is cold and usually mixed with a little mayo. From there, the possibilities are endless. Some like to gussy it up with some celery salt, paprika, diced celery, or lemon. Others keep it as simple as possible, with the lightest touch of butter or mayo, or in some cases nothing at all.

Whatever augmentation the lobster gets, one thing must always take priority when it comes to the lobster roll, however: the lobster. It should be super-fresh and generously portioned. Lobster rolls don’t come cheap, and after eating one you should feel like you got your money’s worth.

In order to assemble our list of the best lobster rolls in Maine, we consulted with several native authorities on the subject, as well as major publications and other trusted lists. While everyone who lives in Maine has their favorite lobster roll place, we believe that the spots on our list really stand apart from the pack. Not only have they reached a level of renown (some among locals, some nationally), they hit that Platonic ideal of the lobster roll and the lobster roll-eating experience: a perfect balance of lobster meat to condiments to bun, eaten in a setting that you’ll later dream about, a relaxed place, preferably overlooking the water, or at least close enough that you can smell the briny sea that your meal emerged from. A sunny patio also helps. Read on to learn about the 20 best lobster rolls in Maine, and find the best lobster rolls outside of Maine here.


How to make a lobster roll just like they do in Maine

One of summer's simplest pleasures is the lobster roll. Sitting seaside on the deck of some seafood shack while eating a decadent yet shockingly simple sandwich as the breeze flows through there's no reason why lobster rolls should be relegated to beachy vacations and road trips through New England. The essence of the lobster salad is super easy to replicate at home.

There are actually two styles of lobster rolls: Connecticut and Maine. Maine lobster rolls — the more famous style — are served cold and tossed with a mayonnaise-based dressing. Connecticut rolls are served warm and with drawn butter. What they have in common, however, is being served on top of a buttery grilled split-top bun with an essential squeeze of lemon.

But today, let's talk about how to make a Maine-style lobster roll. After all, cold dishes just taste better on hot summer days.

The technique for making a lobster roll is actually really easy. The first thing you need to do is make a simple dressing out of mayonnaise, celery, onion and lemon juice. Then, fold in your cooked lobster meat -- lobster rolls are actually a great way to use up leftover grilled lobster tails, so if you spot a sale in the seafood aisle, pick up an extra tail or two. If you aren't sure how to cook this crustacean, here's the best way to cook lobster tails.

For you visual learners, check out our video on The Daily Meal's YouTube channel showing how to cook lobster tails and use them to make lobster rolls:

Season your lobster salad with some salt a few shakes of Old Bay seasoning won’t hurt either.

Like all great sandwiches, what takes a lobster roll to the next level is the bread. Don’t just use your grocery store brand hot dog bun, splurge for a quality split-top bun. Trust us, you want this bread to be good. After you acquire your bread, melt butter in a skillet until it starts to foam, then open up the buns and toast them until they're golden brown.

After that, it’s time to assemble! If desired, add lettuce to the bun, add your lobster salad and garnish with some celery salt and chives (if you so happen to have these ingredients on hand). Serve with some homemade fries and enjoy this sandwich worthy of the dinner table.

Lobster Roll recipe

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon diced celery

1/2 pound cooked lobster meat, cut roughly into 1/2-inch chunks

1/3 ounce shredded lettuce

Celery salt, for garnish (optional)

Chives, minced, for garnish (optional)

Step 1: In a mixing bowl, combine 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon diced celery, 1 tablespoon diced onion and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.

Step 2: Fold in lobster meat and a pinch of salt. Taste and adjust for seasoning.

Step 3: Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a medium sauté pan until it starts to foam. As foam subsides, open each hot dog bun wide and place them split-side down into hot butter. Toast until golden brown, about 1 minute, then remove to individual plates.

Step 4: Divide the ⅓ cup shredded lettuce evenly between buns, then top with lobster mixture. Garnish with optional celery salt and chives and serve immediately.

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"If you are having any symptoms of coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, easily fatigued, trouble catching your breath are all signs and symptoms you need to see a specialist," advises Dr. Parikh. "Do not take your breathing lightly! We have ten deaths per day in the United States due to undiagnosed asthma."Bottom line: stay on top of any lung conditions! 5 Get Screened for Lung Cancer According to the CDC, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most diagnosed cancer in both men and women in the United States. Just like mammograms for breast cancer and colonoscopies for colon cancer, Dr. Mintz points out that there are now special CT scans for patients at risk for lung cancer that can pick it up early and potentially save your life. While not everyone needs this test, certain people should definitely get one. This includes adults aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history (1 pack a day for 30 years, 2 packs a day for 15 years) and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. 6 You May Not Be Washing Your Hands Enough This is the easiest way to prevent the coronavirus from spreading. "Most respiratory infections are transmitted from inhaling respiratory droplets of someone who is sick," Dr. Mintz reminds us. Like mom used to tell you, the best way to prevent the spread of viruses is washing your hands. 7 Get Your Shots! "Everyone should get a flu shot," states Dr. Mintz. Despite the misconception, the flu shot doesn't cause the flu. "Even if you never get sick, you should still get a flu shot because it will not only protect you, but will protect your loved ones," he points out. In addition, adults 65 and up should have a pneumonia shot, which is actually two pneumonia shots given a year apart. Same goes for the coronavirus vaccine—get yours as soon as possible.RELATED: 9 Everyday Habits That Might Lead to Dementia, Say Experts 8 Check Your Air Quality According to the CDC, Radon, a naturally occurring gas that comes from rocks and dirt and can get trapped in houses and buildings, is a risk factor for lung cancer. The scary thing is, it cannot be seen, tasted, or smelled. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains that exposure to radon causes about 20,000 cases of lung cancer each year —meaning it the second leading cause of lung cancer. An estimated out of every 15 homes in the United States is thought to have high radon levels, which is why during the home-buying process it is recommended to do a radon test. If you are worried about radon in your home, you can have a test conducted by a professional or even buy an at-home test at the hardware store. We suggest splurging on Airthings, a smart-home device that continually monitors the air quality in your home and transmits the data to your mobile device. 9 Stay Clear of Other Toxins and Chemicals According to the CDC, being exposed to asbestos, arsenic, diesel exhaust, and some forms of silica and chromium can increase the risk of getting lung cancer — in some cases, even higher than smoking!RELATED: Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" Cancers. 10 Exercise More Regularly Exercise strengthens your muscles as well as your lungs. When you are physically active, your heart and lungs work harder to supply the additional oxygen your muscles demand. Just like regular exercise makes your muscles stronger, it also makes your lungs and heart stronger. As your physical fitness improves, your body becomes more efficient at getting oxygen into the bloodstream and transporting it to the working muscles. That's one of the reasons that you are less likely to become short of breath during exercise over time. The recommended amount: at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week. And to get through life at your healthiest, don't miss: This Supplement Can Raise Your Cancer Risk, Experts Say.

One of America's Fastest-Growing Pizza Chains Plans To Open 460 New Locations

Pizza has been one of the most beloved foods to order for decades. The past year's spike in pandemic takeout and delivery proves that's not about to change anytime soon, and one revolutionary pizza chain is setting their stake in the ground to deliver on consumers' love of good pizza, but in a restaurant concept that comes with a modern twist. Here's where they're moving into next.Blaze Pizza is a Southern California-based pizza chain that opened in 2011 with the idea to become the Chipotle of pizza: customers can call out their pizza toppings as they go, and the pizzas are then baked in a real fire oven and served within minutes. It makes sense that customers love the customized feel that comes from great variety—a choice of five sauces, eight cheeses, and over two dozen possible toppings, including vegan chorizo, "ghost pepper chicken meatballs," more classic meats like bacon and crumbled meatballs, and veggies like artichokes, spinach, and even roasted garlic.RELATED: The Saddest Restaurant Closures in Your StateBlaze Pizza's CFO, Brad Reynolds, told QSR this week that while the brand currently has 340 locations in 40 states and six countries, they're looking to greater than double their size by 2025. Blaze restaurants currently occupy parts of California, Texas, Florida, Las Vegas, Chicago, Philly, New York, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. areas—with locations also in Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and more.Now the company, in collaboration with two franchisees, have announced their plans to move 16 more restaurants into Tennessee, Florida, and the Austin, Texas area, with their eyes on Alabama, Mississippi, and the Florida panhandle in the next four years. After that, reports suggest they'll go aggressive to take the brand even wider, with the goal to reach 800 locations by 2025.This is even though 80% of Blaze Pizza's business was in-restaurant before the pandemic, and, due to no-dining restrictions during COVID, their annual revenue dropped 22% between 2019 and 2020.Still, Reynolds says that among the company and their franchisees, there's a strong spirit of determination. "The excitement is there. The passion is there," Reynolds said. "Our brand is really well-loved out in not just the pizza marketplace but fast casual, broadly speaking. We have a really great concept and a great product and people love that, and our franchisees do, as well."Sounds good to us. Sign up for the Eat This, Not That! newsletter for the biggest news about your favorite restaurants. Also read This Fast-Casual Chain Is Likely the Source of a New Norovirus Outbreak, and check out:McDonald's Maintenance Workers Expose an Equipment Hazard That Could Make You Sick50 Surprising Restaurant SecretsAmerica's Top Pizza Chain Accused of Using Controversial Ingredients

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Clues It's a Heart Attack and Not Something Else, Say Doctors

Your worst fear has come true: a pain in the chest. "This is the Big One," you think, "a heart attack, the end of me." You clutch your left pec and wait for it to pass. It doesn't. And then it does.You're fine. False alarm.But what was that weird feeling? And how can you tell if it might be a heart attack, so you're better prepared next time. Read on for the essential Eat This, Not That! Health guide to learn what your chest pains could mean. It takes a heartbeat to read, and is worth every second—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these 16 "Health" Tips to Stop Following Immediately.Signs You May Be Having a Heart AttackNot all heart attacks manifest with chest pain. Conversely, not all chest pains are symptoms of a heart attack.If you feel:Pressure or constriction in the center of your chest, or in your jaw, neck, arms, back, or stomach—particularly if coupled with:A sense of doomNauseaFatigueOr lightheadedness…get to the emergency room as quickly as possible. It may be a heart attack.How Long Does a Heart Attack Last?Heart attack pain is usually unrelenting, often lasting five minutes or more (up to half an hour or, rarely, two hours). If you think you may be having a heart attack, taking immediate action may save your life. So it's crucial to call 9-1-1 to get emergency treatment as quickly as possible.Is It a Heart Attack Or Something Else?However, other types of chest pains, especially if the pain is briefer and fleeting, could be stemming from something outside of cardiovascular distress.Millions of Americans are rushed to the ER every year after they experience some sort of chest pain—but only 20 percent are diagnosed with a heart attack or angina (cardiac pain that can signal an impending heart attack). Many other parts of your body could be causing chest pain — from your lungs and esophagus to a variety of other muscles.Clue That It May Not Be a Heart Attack: Chest Discomfort or Pain That Becomes Better With ExerciseHeart-related pain tends to worsen with exercise. Sharp chest pains that get better with physical activity are more likely to be caused by something else, like acid reflux.Clue That It May Not Be a Heart Attack: Pinpoint Chest PainIf you feel a sharp pain that seems to be coming from a precise location, it's likely not heart-related. Heart pain is typically diffuse or radiating.Clue That It May Not Be a Heart Attack: Chest Pain That Gets Worse When You Take a BreathIf your breathing is affecting your pinpointed chest pain, it could be anything from a broken rib to pericarditis (swelling of the membrane surrounding the heart) to something involving the lungs, like pneumonia or asthma.Clue That It May Not Be a Heart Attack: Chest Pain That Manifests in Different AreasFor instance, one day, your chest pain is on the left side just above your ribs, the next it's on the upper right. While cardiovascular pain can radiate into your arms, neck, back, or jaw, it rarely moves from place to place on different days.Clue That It May Not Be a Heart Attack: Momentary Chest Discomfort or Pain–Like an Electric Shock or BoltHeart-related pain is typically unrelenting, lasting for at least several minutes at a time. If your chest pain is momentary, it's likely caused by a musculoskeletal injury like a cracked rib or pulled muscle, or possibly nerve pain, like the kind that can be caused by shingles involving the chest.What Are the Four Most Common Causes of Non-Cardiac Chest Pain?Chest pain that is not a heart attack can be either cardiac or noncardiac in nature. You could be having a problem with inflammation around your heart (which by the way requires immediate doctor attention) that could be causing chest pain or you could be suffering from something totally not heart-related, like bad indigestion. Here Are the Four Most Common Causes of Non-Cardiac Chest Pain:Common Cause of Non-Cardiac Chest: Pain Gastrointestinal PainThey don't call it heartburn for nothing. GI issues are the most common type of noncardiac chest pain culprits often include acid reflux, GERD (chronic acid reflux), or esophageal spasm.Common Cause of Non-Cardiac Chest: Musculoskeletal PainWeekend warriors, consider yourselves warned! If you haven't lifted anything more substantial than your iPhone for more than a couple years, you might just want to ease into that new HIIT class you signed up for. You may feel like you're having a heart attack, but it's more than likely you may have suffered a strained chest muscle.Common Cause of Non-Cardiac Chest: Lung PainPneumonia or a condition like pleurisy, which is an inflammation of the tissues surrounding the lungs, can cause pain in the chest that might be mistaken for a heart attack.Common Cause of Non-Cardiac Chest: Panic AttackOften described as extremely intense, panic attacks can present itself with such similar symptoms to a heart attack that many people believe they're in cardiac arrest when they're not. At the core of an attack are factors like significant stress, traumatic events, or sudden life changes. Panic attacks typically come with few or no warning signs and tend to peak within 10 minutes, whereas heart attack symptoms may start slowly and last for more extended periods.What Are the Most Common Causes of Cardiac Chest PainAngina — or cardiac pain — refers to discomfort in the chest due to something being wrong with the heart. A cardiologist will want to first determine that the chest pain you may be having is related to clogged arteries (think: atherosclerosis or heart attack). Various conditions of the heart can cause angina but are unrelated to the dangers of clogged arteries.Common Cause of Chest Pain: PericarditisPericarditis occurs when the sac that surrounds your heart — the pericardium — becomes inflamed. Most people are better in 7 to 10 days and won't suffer serious problems from this condition.Common Cause of Chest Pain: MyocarditisMyocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle — or myocardium — which can impact your heart's ability to pump, causing a rapid or abnormal heart rhythm. Generally caused by a viral infection, myocarditis can also result from a reaction to a medication or inflammatory condition.Common Cause of Chest Pain: CardiomyopathyCardiomyopathy refers to diseases of the heart muscle, which have many causes, warning signs, symptoms, and treatments. With cardiomyopathy, the heart muscle becomes thickened or enlarged, making it more rigid. Less commonly, cardiac muscle is replaced with scar tissue. As this condition worsens, the heart becomes weaker — and is less able to pump blood throughout the body and maintain normal sinus rhythm.Common Cause of Chest Pain: Aortic dissectionAortic dissection is a serious condition in which the inner layer of the aorta, the large blood vessel that branches off the heart, tears. Blood fills the tear, causing the inner and middle layers of the aorta to separate or "dissect". If the tear ruptures through the outside aortic wall, the aortic dissection has a high likelihood of being fatal.You Are Still Not SureChest pain can be frightening, regardless of its cause. Please listen to your body. If you're having severe pain in your chest that's radiating to your neck, jaw, arms, or back — which is accompanied by nausea, fainting, shortness of breath, and cold sweats — call 9-1-1 immediately. You can't beat a healthy heart. And to get through life at your healthiest, don't miss: This Supplement Can Raise Your Cancer Risk, Experts Say.

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Over 60? Stop Doing These Things Immediately, Say Experts

Aging gracefully isn't about trying to look like a 20-something — it's about living your best life and having the physical and mental health to enjoy it. Like a bottle of wine, you can get better with age with the right care. Ideally, you'll have already been practicing healthy habits throughout your life. But even if you haven't, it's never too late to start taking proactive steps to maintain and even improve your health. The good news is, it's never too late to adopt new habits and improve your lifestyle. That's according to Dr. Martin Miner, Regional Medical Director of Vault Health— the first men's telehealth company to provide performance-based treatments for physical, mental, and sexual health—who's also an expert authority on aging successfully. Read on for his essential 7 takeaways—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these 16 "Health" Tips to Stop Following Immediately. 1 Realize That Your Body is Communicating With You Becoming acutely aware of your own physical and emotional feelings is something many men neglect to do, and it has a negative impact on their health as they age. Take command of your feelings and life, and learn to take actions that steer the ship the way you want to go. 2 Go to the Doctor When You're Not Sick Seeing a doctor regularly can help the doctor find problems early or even before they start. 3 Rethink Your Typical Daily Diet The days of gorging without gaining weight are over. And as your metabolism slows, eating fewer calories can boost health. But you should also make sure to get adequate nutrients, vitamins, and fluids.RELATED: Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" Cancers. 4 Exercise Consistently (Instead of Intermittently) Regular exercise significantly lowers your risk of diseases, such as heart disease and cancer, and helps you retain your mobility longer. Exercise also lowers stress and improves sleep, skin and bone health, and mood. 5 Take Stress Reduction Seriously The effects of stress on your body are vast, ranging from premature aging and wrinkles to a higher risk of heart disease. Being happy and keeping your stress down goes a long way in helping you live and age well. In addition, testosterone levels are reduced in response to stress according to studies. RELATED: 9 Everyday Habits That Might Lead to Dementia, Say Experts 6 Start Investing in Your Relationships This is more crucial than ever coming off the heels of this pandemic when many people have slipped into isolation. Studies show that meaningful relationships and a strong social network improve mental and physical well-being and longevity. If you don't currently have an active social life, look for opportunities to reconnect with old friends or make new ones. Seek out like-minded others at work, church groups, volunteer activities, gyms, alumni groups, or any other group that corresponds to an interest of yours, and to get through life at your healthiest, don't miss: This Supplement Can Raise Your Cancer Risk, Experts Say.

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What Taking Aspirin Every Day Does to Your Body

You may have read or heard about various reports that taking daily aspirin—yes, that old-time resident of your grandmother's medicine cabinet—may have benefits for modern health conditions. "Aspirin, or acetylsalicylic acid, is a medication that is indicated for many different things," says Kenneth Perry, MD, an emergency medicine physician in Charleston, South Carolina. "From fever control to pain control, even heart attack treatment, there seems to be a new indication every few months." That said, this common everyday drug called aspirin is a strong one, and it can cause some serious side effects in certain people. Read on for more about the features and benefits of aspirin, and what taking aspirin every day does to your body—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Had COVID and Didn't Know It. 1 Aspirin Can Reduce Inflammation Aspirin works by inhibiting prostaglandins, the enzyme that serves as an on-off switch for pain and inflammation. That's why it has been used for fevers and pain for more than a century. Today, it's still often prescribed to treat or prevent health conditions caused by inflammation in the body. 2 Aspirin Can Cause Stomach Ulcers It bears repeating: Aspirin is a strong drug, and some people can't tolerate it well. "Chronic use of aspirin can damage the lining of the stomach, causing stomach ulcers and pain," says Leann Poston, MD. "The risk increases in people over age 65, those with a history of stomach ulcers, and those who take blood thinners or drink alcohol."If you're sensitive to aspirin, your doctor may recommend taking another NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) instead, such as ibuprofen. 3 Aspirin May Reduce Your Chance of Heart Attack or Stroke "If you have had a heart attack or stroke, your doctor may want you to take a daily low dose of aspirin to help prevent another," says the American Heart Association. "Aspirin is part of a well-established treatment plan for patients with a history of heart attack or stroke." But the AHA notes that you shouldn't take daily aspirin unless your doctor prescribes it—they can help you evaluate the risks and benefits and determine if daily aspirin is right for you.RELATED: This Supplement Can Raise Your Heart Attack Risk, Experts Say 4 Aspirin Can Increase Your Risk For Bleeding Aspirin is one of the most well-known anticoagulants, meaning it thins the blood. This has advantages (such as reducing the risk of a second heart attack or stroke, which are often caused by blood clotting) and risks. "In case of injury, internal or external platelets aggregate at the site to help clot the blood. When you take daily aspirin, this aggregation is affected and leads to decreased coagulability, says Nikhil Agarwal, MD. "It can increase your risk for bleeding, especially if you are taking certain other supplements or are on certain medications." One possible side effect is gastrointestinal bleeding, says Barry Gorlitsky, MD. 5 Aspirin May Reduce Your Risk of Colon Cancer According to a 2016 meta-analysis published in the journal JAMA Oncology, people who took aspirin for six years or longer had a 19% lower risk of colorectal cancer and a 15% lower risk of gastrointestinal cancer of any type. The researchers estimated that regular aspirin use could prevent nearly 11% of colorectal cancers and 8% of gastrointestinal cancers diagnosed in the U.S. each year.RELATED: 9 Everyday Habits That Might Lead to Dementia, Say Experts 6 Aspirin Can Cause Tinnitus According to Dr. Guy Citrin, ND, daily aspirin use can cause tinnitus, which is the perception of noise or ringing in the ears. 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Lobster rolls and lobster-filled macaroni and cheese are coming to Panera Bread this summer

As we move out of spring and into summer, warm-weather menu items are rolling in. While we enjoy classic seafood dishes year-round, the dog days are all about lobster rolls. This year, you don't have to travel all the way to Maine for your fix, because surf's up at select Panera Bread cafes throughout the northeast.

Now through Labor Day (September 2), the fast-casual restaurant is serving a lobster roll jam-packed with knuckle and claw meat tossed in a lemon tarragon mayonnaise dressing. The suggested retail price is $17.99 to $19.29.

Wait — this gets even better. Outposts in the same market are topping the chain's near-perfect macaroni and cheese withbuttered knuckle and claw meat, and crunchy seasoned bread crumbs. A full-size order will set you back anywhere from $15.99 to $17.79. A half-portion costs $9.99 to $12.99 and a bread bowl (wow) is around $11.89.

More than 150 locations are selling these items including Long Island, New York Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Hartford, Connecticut Boston and Springfield-Holyoke, Massachusetts Portland-Auburn, Maine Manchester, New Hampshire Salisbury, Maryland and Providence-New Bedford, Rhode Island. Vermont, which is in New England territory, appears to have been left out of the equation.

The rest of the country won't get to enjoy these luxuries either (sorry!), but on the bright side, two other seasonal items just made their debut nationwide. Enter the Summer Strawberry Caprese Salad: a bed of romaine and arugula topped with olive oil, grape tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, salt, pepper, strawberries and balsamic glaze. Wash it all down with the new frozen cold brew in mocha or caramel.

If you don't live in the northeastern corner of the U-S-of-A and you're really sad about your Panera Bread's lack of seafood sandwiches , don't be crabby. There's no question that Maine has some of the best lobster rolls in the world, but there are 20 more elsewhere that are just as good .


Panera Bread is now selling lobster rolls

As we move out of spring and into summer, warm-weather menu items are rolling in. While we enjoy classic seafood dishes year-round, the dog days are all about lobster rolls. This year, you don’t have to travel all the way to Maine for your fix, because surf’s up at select Panera Bread cafes throughout the Northeast.

Now through Labor Day (September 2), the fast-casual restaurant is serving a lobster roll jam-packed with knuckle and claw meat tossed in a lemon tarragon mayonnaise dressing. The suggested retail price is $17.99 to $19.29.

Wait — this gets even better. Outposts in the same market are topping the chain’s near-perfect macaroni and cheese with buttered knuckle and claw meat, and crunchy seasoned bread crumbs. A full-size order will set you back anywhere from $15.99 to $17.79. A half-portion costs $9.99 to $12.99 and a bread bowl (wow) is around $11.89.

More than 150 locations are selling these items including Long Island, New York Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Hartford, Connecticut Boston and Springfield-Holyoke, Massachusetts Portland-Auburn, Maine Manchester, New Hampshire Salisbury, Maryland and Providence-New Bedford, Rhode Island. Vermont, which is in New England territory, appears to have been left out of the equation.

The rest of the country won’t get to enjoy these luxuries either (sorry!), but on the bright side, two other seasonal items just made their debut nationwide. Enter the Summer Strawberry Caprese Salad: a bed of romaine and arugula topped with olive oil, grape tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, salt, pepper, strawberries and balsamic glaze. Wash it all down with the new frozen cold brew in mocha or caramel.

If you don’t live in the Northeastern corner of the U-S-of-A and you’re really sad about your Panera Bread’s lack of seafood sandwiches, don’t be crabby. There’s no question that Maine has some of the best lobster rolls in the world, but there are 20 more elsewhere that are just as good.


Lobster rolls

Alex and I have kind of a thing for Maine, after going to Portland a few years ago and becoming instantly smitten: the weathered barns, the hand-painted signs, wild blueberries and, well, you know the lobster aplenty.


And so, with our anniversary approaching and the looming deadline of babybabybaby, we decided to head back to Kennebunkport for a long weekend later this month. Except, somewhere along the way I got really, really pregnant (funny how those things happen!), I mean like super-pregs, I mean staggering bursts of productivity (the doorways have been detailed) followed by four-hour recovery periods (this whole upright thing is exhausting) and suddenly the thought of a six-hour drive each way a mere three weeks before a due date I’m not buying seemed… ill-planned. Thus, we’ve decided to postpone our trip until a hopefully less waddlesome time.

But I promise, this wasn’t supposed to be a bummer of a story. To celebrate Old Man Alex’s 35th birthday, it seemed only fitting that if we couldn’t bring ourselves to Maine, we’d simply lure it back here. I turned to Rebecca Charles’ — she of the Pearl Oyster Bar in the Village — Lobster Rolls and Blueberry Pie for inspiration and oh, this is a great one for people who share our Maine crush. In it, Charles recounts her family’s summer trips to New England, the roots of her obsession with their summery fare (and, of course, Tartar Slaw). And she bares the secret to her lobster rolls, the ones that put them on the New York map: heaps the freshest shellfish and barely any clutter from extra ingredients, all on a buttery, toasted bun.

Along with a blueberry slab pie, pasta salad, potato salad, wheels of buttered bi-color corn and enough delicious beer to make this temporarily sober girl weep with envy, we couldn’t put out these miniature lobster rolls fast enough at Alex’s birthday party over the weekend. And can I heartily recommend you have your own Maine party this summer? It was so much more fun than gathering in a bar or poorly lit restaurant, and wasn’t a half-bad consolation prize for missing out on the real deal this summer.

The secret to this lobster salad roll is the lack of clutter — just a smidgen of of lemon, celery, chives and mayo to heaps of fresh chunked lobster meat. This is also what makes it such a hit: once you’ve gone through all of that effort and/or expense to get good lobsters, why hide their taste?

Yield: At the Pearl Oyster Bar, they use this recipe to make two lobster rolls, which are served on toasted hot dog buns. We used it to make 64 miniature rolls, from a double batch of Light Brioche Burger Buns (each bun can be made from just about an ounce of dough buns will be a quarter the size of the regular recipe).

2 pounds cooked lobster meat*, chopped roughly into 1/2 and 3/4-inch pieces
1 small celery rib, finely chopped
1/4 cup mayonnaise (Charles insists on Hellman’s I didn’t argue)
Squeeze or two of lemon juice
Pinch of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 top-loading hot dog buns or 64 miniature burger buns (described above) or small dinner rolls
Unsalted butter
Snipped fresh chives for garnish (though we mixed ours right into the salad, for convenience)

In a large bowl, combine the lobster meat, celery, mayonnaise, lemon and salt and pepper and mix thoroughly. Adjust seasonings to taste.

Do ahead: Cover the mixture and store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve. It will last for up to two days.

How they prepare the buns at the restaurant: In a small sauté pan over low to medium heat, melt two teaspoons of butter. Place the hot dog buns on their sides in the butter. Flip the buns a couple of times so that both sides soak up an equal amount of butter and brown evenly. Remove the buns from the pan and place them on a large plate. Fill the toasted buns with lobster salad.

How we prepared our miniature rolls: On large roasting pans, we split each of our rolls and lightly toasted them, open side up, before quickly slathering both sides with butter and filling each with a generous tablespoon of lobster salad.

Sprinkle your rolls with chives and serve with a salad, slaw or shoestring fries.

* We bought our lobster meat, cooked that morning and shelled, from The Lobster Place, for those of you who were going to ask. However, not all markets are as trustworthy when it comes to lobster meat that they label “fresh” — it is often overcooked and not as recently-rendered as they promise. If you’re up for it, cooking and cracking your own will ensure freshness while reducing your grocery tab. About 20 percent of the weight of a lobster is its meat, so you would need, for example, five one-pound lobsters to get one pound of meat. Don’t panic — as I did — when you see how tiny the mass of two pounds of lobster meat might look. Once diced, our salad nearly filled a six-cup bowl.


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Great lobster rolls
Loved the Blueberry soda and chowder

Southern Prairie Cattle

Unbelievable and everything we had hoped for! The quality was incredible! The friendliest place we have been and the lobster roll is the best you will find in the area! Thank you for a great afternoon

Kevin K.

If you are a lobster lover, this is a must try. It's no fancy restaurant. The place is entirely outdoors and you seat yourself at one of their picnic tables after ordering. Be prepare to wait as the line starts to form before the place opens. My party and I arrived approximately 40 minutes before they open and decided drive around since we were super early. We came back about 10 mins before they open and saw a long line! We immediately jumped on line and ended up waiting an hour to order. Despite the long wait to order, food comes out fast. This place serves delicious lobsters at such reasonable prices. Fresh and juicy 1.5lb whole lobster dinner served with mussels and corn on the cob for $22. Or, 6oz lobster roll (chunks of lobster meat) for $23/$24. Most of the items on the menu were variation of lobster meals (lobster mac & cheese, lobster grilled cheese, lobster salad, etc). But they have a few selections of other seafood and hotdog/chicken wrap for non-seafood lovers. For dessert, they have blueberry pie with the option to add a scoop of blueberry or maple walnut ice cream. This delish dessert was the perfect finish to an amazing meal.

Eva Y.

Its pricy but the amount of meat with no fillers will bury your hunger. I was expecting way less given experiences and price with other vendors. Definitely not a place optimizing profits over customers experience. (Felt like i had a few lobsters in my roll).

Clearly family run. You can feel it. You might have to wait a bit, but it will be worth every minute. Lots of love for thier craft.