In New England and looking for A Taste of Maine On the Go? This is it!
New Englanders know that our summers are so short, we have to explore and indulge as if we are tourists to get the most out of the warm-weather months. That’s why every year, I try to get my fill of ripe berries, salt-water taffy, and of course, fresh seafood before the leaves begin to change.
Last week I was in the middle of my three-hour drive home up I-95 when my stomach started to rumble. I’d been visiting with friends for the weekend and hadn’t thought to eat before leaving—oops! I knew that the safest and most pleasant way to finish the long drive would be on a full stomach.
As I scanned the highway signs for a place to grab a bite, I spotted the logo that signifies familiarity and relief to hungry travelers everywhere: the golden arches of McDonald’s. I remembered that I’d been sent free coupons to try some of their newest menu items in select Maine and New Hampshire locations. They’d only be available during the season, so I figured it’d be the perfect time to try something new.
When I approached the counter to order, I saw that McDonald’s was serving lobster rolls! At the thought of sweet, succulent lobster meat, I instantly craved this summer delicacy. I wasn’t sure how good lobster would be from a fast-food chain, but the sign said they were made with 100% real North Atlantic lobster, and the promo video was enough to make you drool. And since the rolls were only $8.99—and a light 290 calories—I decided it was worth a shot. For only $2 more I added fries and a drink (gotta get my Orange Hi-C fix!), and for dessert, I just had to try one of their Blueberry and Crème Pies, which are under $2 for two. (After all, nothing says “Maine” like lobster and blueberries!)
When I took my first bite of the lobster roll, I was pleasantly surprised with the freshness and quality of the sandwich. The meat was coated in a light mayo dressing that really let the lobster flavor shine, and green lettuce added a crunch to the tender meat. The buttered roll was golden and crispy and hugged it all together beautifully. After tasting it, I was especially intrigued by the low-calorie count and the fact that it was only 6 points on Weight Watchers. This was certainly a good way to conquer a lobster craving.
Although I was filled from my meal, I’d saved a little room for dessert! In short, the blueberry pie was delish. The warm, buttery pastry shell was bursting with blueberries and mouth-watering sweet crème. I had never had any of the crème pies before, but this one really made me a believer in their tastiness. And for under $2 for two, I can definitely see myself picking up many more of these over the summer for a quick sweet fix.
Let’s just say, the rest of my drive was a lot more pleasant once my stomach was content. Plus, I’d found a new place to get some of my favorite summer treats when I wasn’t near the coast or at my mamma’s for some homemade blueberry pie.
Anyone who wants to experience the taste of New England affordably and conveniently should grab a McDonald’s Lobster Roll and Blueberry Crème Pie. These delectable items are available at select locations in Maine and Eastern New Hampshire.