Beach House Diaries: 5 Tips for Savoring Local Seafood

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For anyone who hasn't actually tried lobster now is the time. Throughout North America, June 15 is National Lobster Day. Here are some tips for enjoying your local catch of the day.

Celebrate Seafood
Feast at themed festivals, like July's Pictou Lobster Carnival: expect lobster dinners, lobster boat races and trap-hauling contests. Coastal states – including Maine, Louisiana and Oregon -- boast their own line-up of seafood-oriented activities and events.

Cook it at Home
Nova Scotia Tourism has a video tutorial on boiling lobster plus recipes for chowder, risotto and more. If you need instructions on dismantling a whole lobster, check out the Gulf of Maine Research Institute's step-by-step diagrams.

Catch it Yourself
In Nova Scotia, Fundy Adventures offers how-tos in lobster fishing, clamming and (since seaweed here is a snack) "dulse" gathering. In New Brunswick, you can learn how to catch, crack and consume lobster by signing on for an interactive Lobster Tales Cruise. On Prince Edward Island, harvest Malpeque oysters by hand on a Tong & Shuck tour, one of Experience PEI's edible adventures.

Handle With Care
Being low in calories and cholesterol but high in omega-3 fatty acids, lobster is good for you – provided it is handled properly.

Learn More About Lobster
Lobster Fishing on the Sea -- a children's book by fellow Pictou Islander Maureen Hull -- gives kids an inside look at lobstering.

Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb will report on life at a summer beach house in AOL Travel's weekly Beach House Diaries. Follow along with her or share your beach house tips in the comments below.
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