Grilled Lobster, Anyone? A Rhode Island Girl’s Memories and a Recipe

I’ve always lived in Rhode Island and going to the beach and enjoying seafood were always favorite family traditions.

Now that Jim and I have a family of our own, we enjoy seeing our children playing, swimming, and exploring the same beaches we grew up loving.

Part of the beach experience is being able to, after a day at the beach, meet the fishing boats coming back with their daily catch, and getting lobsters and crabs to take home.

Here are some photos of Angelina’s first lobster, her first trip to the beach, a recent trip to the beach, and beautiful Galilee, RI. Find out more about our special place

Ok, so, I posted this picture on Instagram – it was #tbt #throwbackthursday and since I had been part of the IG community for exactly 2 years as of yesterday I thought I’d share my very first post.

Grilled Lobster !  I was happily surprised that quite a few people liked the picture and were interested in the recipe. So, I decided to put it here in my blog, and hopefully inspire people to try it at home, either just for themselves, or for entertaining guests.

Grilled Lobster

This recipe is adapted from the cookbook: Lobster! By Brooke Dojny

You will need :

4 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons fresh basil

2 teaspoons lime or lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

4 small or 2 large live lobsters

2 tablespoons vegetable oil


Lime or lemon wedges

1. Mix together and melt butter, basil, zest, juice, salt, and cayenne.

2. Parboil the lobsters. ( If you are comfortable to split the lobster live, go right ahead. ) I prefer parboiling – bring a large pot of water to a boil and add salt. Drop the lobsters head first into the boiling water, cover, cook, just until bright red, 3-5 minutes, depending on size. Remove with tongs and plunge into large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking , then split and clean.

How to Split and Clean

1. There is a cross mark on the top of every lobster shell near the head. Insert the point of a sharp, sturdy knife into this mark and plunge the knife straight down into the body. The lobster might move a bit, but don’t worry, it’s dead.

2. With one quick motion, cut the body in half through the head.

3. Turn and cut through body and tail.

4. Discard the intestinal vein and sand sacs in head near the eyes. Remove all that runny yellow- gray tomalley. Pull off rubber bands.

5. Build a hot charcoal fire or preheat gas grill to medium high.

6. Rub the lobster shells with the oil. Place lobsters on the grill cut sided up, brush the meat with butter mixture, and sprinkle with paprika. Close the grill. Cook, without turning, brushing them once or twice with more butter, until the meat is creamy opaque white but still juicy, 8-10 minutes.

7. Transfer to platter, brush them with more butter, and serve with lemon or lime wedges.

We usually serve them with corn on the cob and another seafood option, such as quahogs.

In the summer we keep it all super simple, but our real seafood feast is the traditional Italian Christmas Eve – 7 fish? 9? 13? It’s debatable about how many different types of fish should be there, but I think my mom goes a bit overboard. Here are a few that were on our table December 24, 2013 –

Are you in the Rhode Island area, or plan to be ? Check out for the 28 Best Seafood Restaurants in RI

Also worth reading – publisher John Palumbo indulges in lobster love and lore in the July issue – “A Lobster Tale”

Thanks, friends !!

Hope this was useful, or at least,  interesting enough you got to this last line;)


“The Audrey” styled for work…I would wear this anywhere ;)

"The Audrey" styled for work...I would wear this anywhere ;)

“The Audrey” Styled for a Date Night or Early Evening Event but I would switch the shoes to flats and wear this to work… or anywhere !

"The Audrey" Styled for a Date Night or Early Evening Event but I would switch the shoes to flats and wear this to work... or anywhere !

Boutique Moschino pink top
$165 –

Brian Atwood pink shoes
$320 –

14k earrings

Pink makeup

“The Audrey” Party Look – of course I would wear this anywhere ūüėČ

"The Audrey" Party Look - of course I would wear this anywhere ūüėČ

VIPARO black jacket
$330 –

Red purse
$95 –

Chain necklace

Maison Michel fur hat
$575 –

Clinique lips makeup
$25 –

Professional Style – Outfit Inspiration

Professional Style - Outfit Inspiration

Boutique Moschino black top
$335 –

Boutique Moschino white sweater
$250 –

Shirts blouse

$2,510 –

Jaeger trench coat
$310 –

Givenchy capri
$535 –

Theory skirt

Halcyon Days bangle bracelet

Elizabeth and James cuff bracelet
$215 –

Caps hat

Interview Outfit Inspiration

Interview Outfit Inspiration

Boutique Moschino short dress
$715 –

Jaeger trench coat
$310 –

Chanel eyeshadow
$62 –

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics lip gloss
$29 –

Formaldehyde free nail polish
$28 –

Summer Staples – a few of my favorite must- haves for this season

Summer Staples - a few of my favorite must- haves for this season

Long dress
$54 –

Short dress

Bikini swimsuit

Jack rogers sandals

Wedge sandals

Gold sandals

Flora Bella beach tote

Nila Anthony yellow purse

RMK lips makeup
$16 –

Topshop nail polish
$9.28 –

Styling a Denim Vest

Vests! Vests! Vests! So many to choose…so little time…


I love to have a variety of clothing and accessories to mix and match and have fun with but really all you need is one denim vest. Let me tell you how this denim vest project got started. My friend, Alison Lape Palassis, or aka @ap4esl, who I met from sharing stories and antecdotes about our lives as Moms, teachers, and self- proclaimed fashionistas on Instagram, commented on one of my outfits of the day that she liked my vest and finds her own so versatile. We talked about all the different ways a denim vest can transform an outfit and thought it would be fun to write a blog post about it. So, this is what we came up with! Hope you find yourself inspired to play with your clothes and come up with your own ideas for using a denim vest or other of your favorite pieces in different ways!

We love the way a denim vest can change the look of a classic leopard dress.

We used a denim vest to make another look with our beloved dresses from! Alison’s jewelry was handmade for her by an appreciative parent of one of her students.

The talented and generous parent is Alejandra Santiago Garcia.

   Here are some skirt / tee shirt looks we created incorporating our basic denim vests.

Dresses are fun and certainly easy wear on their own but a vest can change a cocktail dress to a casual look and make you feel like you have an entirely different outfit on.

I like to add a vest to a summery strapless dress or tank top to make it more work appropriate.

And of course we love to pair our favorite denim vests with another favorite – stripes!

Now, here’s where it really gets fun- We created what we think are the ultimate best 10 ways to wear a denim vest ! Hope you enjoy the next 10 posts as much as we enjoyed creating them !