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Throwing a Lobster Party with Fresh Direct

I’ve had some pretty freaking cool experiences since starting this blog, but Fresh Direct helped me pull off a really cool one last week.

A few weeks ago I was driving back from the Hamptons, and I got an email from the FreshDirect PR people asking if I wanted to participate in a lobster party with them. IS THIS REAL LIFE? WHAT IS MY LIFE? immediately went through my mind, and I emailed the lovely lady back as soon as I stopped, saying “I am obsessed with lobster, so yes please!”

I really like entertaining, but it also makes me really nervous, so I just wanted to plan something small with my closest friends. I was dumb and originally planned on hosting it the night after the NYC Tri, but, LOL no.

FreshDirect provided me with gift cards to pay for the entire experience, which was really nice. I logged on earlier in the week and reserved my lobstahs, and updated the order the night before when I was sure what my menu would be.

On Friday, I anxiously waited for a call/email from my doorman that I had a delivery.

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Oh, did I have a delivery! (The other two bags are tangentially related but were not part of the order.)

I brought the boxes upstairs and was TERRIFIED to open them. WHAT IF LIVE LOBSTERS JUMPED OUT?

Thankfully, Lacey came over soon after and was a tremendous help, as she always is when I have a party. Just when I start freaking out, she steps in and helps me project manage.

We’d gone to Uplift the night before, and I’d warned her that she’d be doing any lobster-killing. Luckily, I had checked that I wanted the lobsters split/cleaned (which I think was an extra $1 or so per pound – WELL WORTH IT.)

I’d decided on an easy menu since the lobsters would be the stars of the show: roasted red potatoes and Mexican corn. (I found that recipe because I googled “Mexican corn no grill”, because, NYC. I don’t have a panini maker, either, so we boiled the corn and then cooked the rest of it in the broiler.

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Just cheesin’.

And yes, of course I wore my lobster dress.

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Props to my mom for bringing me these plates, and props to Emily for having fabulous hair. (Oh, and being a fabulous friend, too.)

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FreshDirect sent over a Lobster Party Kit with some tips and recipes.

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No, Alex, let’s pretend to be serious here for the picture, ok?

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When it came down to it, the lobster prep was actually pretty easy, since they’d already been cleaned and split. (Ain’t nobody got time for dirty lobstahs.)(And I just watched this lobster-splitting video…and it looks terrifying.)

I got 8 lobsters, so we had 16 halves. We cooked them by throwing them in boiling water with some tarragon, lemon, salt and pepper and cooked for about 8 minutes per pot. They provided Homarus lobsters; FreshDirect is an exclusive retailer for the lobstahs which come straight from Maine, where all good lobsters come from, and are sourced straight from Homarus’ dock. They have a slightly softer shell, so they’re much easier to crack open.

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Hi guys!

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WAIT, WHAT? They were alive??

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Ta-da!

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Like chicken of the sea, right?

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He was not allowed lobster.

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We also made some drawn butter to dip the little guys in. (And yes, I do have a lobster print on my wall. Thank you for asking. I cannot fake this level of love for lobsters.)

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Sides!

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True Life: I Live in an NYC Studio So My Dresser Doubles as a Buffet and the Lobsters Did Not Try to Steal My Jewelry.

I should also note that Fresh Direct has a decent wine selection; I was PSYCHED to find my fave, Babich, on their site.

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Do you want to have your own lobster party?? Of course you do. Fresh Direct is currently having a KILLER sale — $4.99/pound!!!

If you have your own lobstah party, I’d love to hear about it! Use @freshdirect #FDlobsterparty to…join the party! There’s also a lobster hotline if you’re “in hot water.” 1-844-4LOBSTA. Without Lacey, I sure as hell would have called it.

Thank you so much to FreshDirect for hooking me up with this! I now: want to cook more lobster, entertain more, and uh, just cook more.

Do you like lobster? How do you cook it? Do you entertain often?

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Casual Friday Afternoon Ninja Warrioring

HI!

I’ve probably never mentioned that I love my job, right? (P.S. Today is our first birthday!)

Today’s work activity was particularly fun. We called it a day at 3pm and headed out to Brooklyn Zoo (not the kind with animals) to meet up with the Greatist crew for a little mingling and jumping around.

I was expecting something more like that, but we kept it classy.

Have you watched American Ninja Warrior? Or at least seen that one epic clip? A lot of the stuff we did was pretty similar to that, like running up this wall. (AND THEN JUMPING INTO THE FOAM PIT.)

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(That’s technically my coworker Amanda, but she’s another blonde girl from NJ who spends some summer weekends out in the Hamptons, so we’re basically the same person.)

The class was lots of climbing things and jumping off them, and basically acting like we were 12 again…and it was amazing.

I’m constantly trying to define and redefine what fear means for me and where my line is. I participated in every single one of the challenges, except sliding down the pole. Weirdly enough, that’s the one that scared the crap out of me, and so I felt no need to face that fear just to say I had, when I’ve faced plenty of fears lately.

Swing around in silks, though? Why the hell not? What you can’t see in that video is that I started laughing until I was delirious getting off the silk. I’d been in kind of a crappy mood until getting there this afternoon, and I let it all out on that silk. How can you not, twirling around upside down?!

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Afterwards, I hightailed it back to Manhattan to pick up my bib for the NYC Tri. For someone who’s not always the calmest person, I’m feeling a weird amount of calm about Sunday’s race. I’m actually really excited!

What’s the most fun thing you’ve done recently? What are you feeling unexpectedly calm about?

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