Where to observe National Lobster Day in Providence

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In early August, the U.S. Senate shelled out a few hours to approve a resolution that marked September 25th, 2015 as “National Lobster Day,” inspiring headlines like, “US Senate Gets Cracking & Passes National Lobster Day Bill.” If only our founding fathers could see us now, dedicating a day to the crustacean that was once in such abundance, it was deemed the underwater equivalent of a rat! (Following the recent glorification of Pizza Rat, you can expect to see the Senate approve a National Subway Rat Day in 2016.)

Since you probably missed the Maine Lobster Festival in late July (yeah, the one David Foster Wallace wrote about in his essay “Consider The Lobster“), and you probably gave up on the Shuckin Truck line at the Rhode Island Seafood Festival a few weeks ago, this is your chance to savor the last taste/chewy consistency of summer while engaging in a Senate-approved activity! Here’s a run-down of where to make your reservations or takeout plans to get your lobster fix this Friday:

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Yes, National Lobster day is technically on Friday. But certainly the most cost-friendly option is to kick off your celebration early and head down to Captain Seaweed’s tonight. Every Thursday, this beloved pub (located on the corner of Ives and Williams) gives out raffle tickets with every drink ordered, announcing the winner of a free tray with two lobsters and a bag of mussels at the end of the night. Our tips for winning and then how to cook your winnings can be found here.

2. Yoo

This isn’t my first time at the rodeo, so believe me when I say Yoo is the best sushi I’ve ever had in Providence. And, they deliver! (Important because no one I know has ever been to the physical establishment.) Yoo makes a Super Lobster Roll with lobster tempura, mango, avocado and soybean wrapped in seaweed. I admire any dish that sounds like it’s going to come in a buttered bun but is instead mostly composed of sticky rice.

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Captain Seaweed’s Thursday Night Lobster Raffle: Cheap beer, cheese puffs and live lobsters

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One Thursday night, these two BlogDH writers decided—like the proper seniors we are—to ignore our readings for the night and drag our housemates to Captain Seaweed’s Pub on the corner of Ives and Williams. The honeymoon period with the GCB was waning, and it was good to get out to the other bars of Providence—you can only go to Spats so many times before you feel like you should be a real adult and branch out. Meanwhile, Seaweed’s is home to good-spirited bartenders, plenty of fishing tackle and an old decrepit statue of a fisherman, whose level of creepiness is certainly up there.

But the real reason to visit Seaweed’s is for the Thursday night lobster raffle. Every Thursday, each drink comes with a raffle ticket, and then, at 11:30, winners are chosen and given a tray with two lobsters and a bag of mussels.

The success of the evening is all about strategy.

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Spotted on the MBTA: The latest crustacean celeb

If you’re getting home after finals by way of the commuter rail anytime soon, keep an eye out for a special rider: a lobster chillin’ in a cooler.

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Calvin (but no Hobbes)

They say a leopard can’t change its spots, but a lobster’s might save its life. Calvin the calico lobster was caught in Maine and discovered by a chef in his Cambridge restaurant‘s tank. (Fun fact: Though now a pricey food, lobster meat was seen only as fertilizer, fish bait, or a mark of poverty until the mid-19th century in North American society.) His shell’s spots got him out of a tight spot. Noticed for his strange coloration, Cal was spared being boiled or steamed alive and thrashing… or after having been placed in the freezer or stabbed between the eyes, or dying in some other more humane way, that is, if the chef had been concerned that he could feel and remember pain. Apparently, calico lobsters, 1 in 30 million, are the second rarest type of lobster in terms of color after white, estimated at 1 in 100 million.

The lucky crustacean is currently in quarantine at the New England Aquarium and somewhat of a celebrity. And you know what, lobsters are actually a lot more interesting than you might think if you’re procrastinating on studying for finals. Indeed, “they are tranquil and serious, and they know the secrets of the sea,” according to French poet Gérard de Nerval, who had a pet lobster named Thibault. Like snails and spiders, they have blue copper-rich blood, can flee backwards at up to 11 mph, and don’t show signs of aging(!). This means that, protected from injury, disease, and capture, Calvin might live to like 100 years once he gets to his new home at the Biomes Marine Biology Center in North Kingstown, Rhode Island where he will be displayed for school field trips and other educational purposes. Road trip, anyone?