UNIQUE SPINS ON THE LOBSTER ROLL, THAT ULTIMATE SUMMER STAPLE
There's no sandwich that’s more synonymous with summertime than a lobster roll. It’s as simple as it is tasty, and depending on where it’s served, you can enjoy it New England style (hot with melted butter) or Maine style (cold with mayo). But many eateries are introducing their own spins on the seasonal favorite, with surprising flavors.
Brown Butter Lobster Roll, Eventide Oyster Co., Portland, Maine, and Boston
The James Beard Award-winning seafood restaurant serves its lobster roll in a classic New England style, but the roll takes its inspiration from an Asian favorite. The Brown Butter Lobster Roll comes in a house-made bao, a Chinese-style steamed bun.
"We wanted our lobster roll to be something wholly different—evocative of the delicious classic, but distinct enough to be entirely our own," says Mike Wiley, chef and owner of Eventide. The lobster roll is prepared with brown butter, which Wiley says "lends a jammy concentrated dairy to the sweet, rich, hand-torn lobster meat." And it also can be prepared gluten-free.
The James Beard Award-winning Eventide Oyster Co. serves its roll on a house-made bao bun.
The Clobster Roll, The Crabby Shack, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Gwen Woods and Fifi Bell-Clanton’s Crown Heights-based eatery is a mecca for seafood lovers, especially those who love crabs. And just as its name suggests, the Clobster Roll is a half-crab, half- lobster sandwich.
The roll is packed with premium Alaskan snow crab and lobster meat, with the crab tossed in a butter sauce and the lobster tossed with their signature Shack sauce, and served warm on a lightly toasted bun. Woods says the roll was created because "our customers were always torn between the Crab Roll and the Lobster Roll. It’s the best of both worlds in one sandwich."
Curry Lobster Roll, Bite into Maine, locations across Maine
This Maine mainstay has a variety of unusual lobster rolls on its menu, but perhaps none as unique as the Curry Lobster Roll. And that’s by design, according to co-owner Sarah Sutton. "When we started our Bite into Maine food cart [in 2011], we knew we wanted to do one thing exceptionally well—lobster rolls," Sutton says. "We had only been living in Maine for five years and couldn’t understand why lobster rolls in Maine were only made with mayo or butter. We thought to ourselves, ‘why not incorporate other flavors that we’re fond of?’"
So Sutton and her husband, Karl, created different kinds of mayo, including Indian curry mayo, which has been featured since opening day. The mayo has a vibrant yellow color from the turmeric in the curry, and Sutton describes it as "a marriage of sweet lobster and savory curry, without heat or saltiness."
Angry Lobster, The Happy Lobster, Chicago
Longtime friends Alex Robinson, Tyler Cullitan, and Neal Bassett started The Happy Lobster in 2014 as a way to live out their dreams of opening a food truck. And while they have a traditional New England-style lobster roll on its menu called Happy Lobster, they also have its fiery opposite: the Angry Lobster. And true to its name, this lobster roll is served New England-style with an emphasis on heat, as it’s prepared with special seasoning, hot giardiniera, and spicy mayo.
If you’re looking for a lobster roll with an edge, the Diablo Lobster Roll might be for you. Chef and co-owner Marco Barrila, who was born and raised in Sicily, created the Diablo Lobster Roll on a whim, yet also as a nod to his heritage.
"One of my top specialities is lobster fra diavolo, which I make with black squid linguine," he says. "One time I was making a lobster roll, and I was thinking, 'why not use my beautiful fra diavolo sauce for the roll?'"
Barrila says it was an immediate hit, especially because he created it during wintertime, and his clientele—including members of the Shinnecock Indian Reservation, where the restaurant is located—welcomed the amped-up heat and spice.
Served on a toasted and buttered brioche roll with homemade potato chips, Barrila describes the Diablo Lobster Roll's flavor as having a spicy, earthy quality. "The flavor is like dipping a piece of bread into a beautiful spicy tomato sauce—that also has a chunk of fresh Maine lobster [inside it]."
Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce that its affiliated brokers and independent sales professionals achieved a record US$150 billion in 2020 global sales volume, a nearly 32% increase in sales growth year over year, as the definition of home changed for consumers around the world. Due to a longstanding commitment to innovation, Sotheby's International Realty® agents were able to seamlessly help clients navigate the changing market dynamics brought on by the global pandemic with existing technology offerings which propelled business momentum.
"Agents affiliated with Sotheby’s International Realty quickly pivoted to address the impact of the global pandemic," said Philip White, president and CEO of Sotheby's International Realty. "Thanks to innovations we pioneered nearly a decade ago, our affiliated companies and agents made the impossible possible. Their adaptability to serve clients safely further extended our position as a leader in luxury real estate."
Long-Standing Commitment to Virtual Technology Paved Way for Success
Sotheby's International Realty continued to lead the industry and was well-positioned to meet the needs of consumers as the buying and selling process became increasingly virtual. Sotheby's International Realty agents accelerated the use of the brand's existing video, virtual reality, and live-streaming technology to produce new forms of content that engaged buyers and set a new standard for marketing luxury properties. Currently, buyers can safely tour more than 6,000 properties via virtual reality or video on sothebysrealty.com. Property videos also proved engaging on social media where the brand's YouTube channel delivered 43 million views, or the equivalent of more than one million hours watched.
"As a leader in the luxury real estate industry, Sotheby’s International Realty is able to anticipate trends," said Chief Marketing Officer, Bradley Nelson. "Our priority remains to present listings in the best possible manner and to provide a superb end-user experience however buyers prefer to search for their new home. Virtual technology has been at the forefront of our marketing strategy for several years and comes as naturally to us as our commitment to high quality service."
A Year of Strategic Growth and Record Achievements
Despite travel restrictions, Sotheby's International Realty remained committed to expanding its global footprint and achieving strategic growth. In 2020, the brand opened more than 50 new offices across the world, bringing the brand’s total presence to nearly 1,000 offices in 75 countries and territories with approximately 24,000 independent sales associates worldwide.
The brand's existing affiliated companies around the world continued to grow in 2020. Sotheby's International Realty increased its total domestic presence to 45 states around the country. Sotheby's International Realty facilitated affiliate expansions through 12 domestic M&A transactions, including California, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, and Washington.
The brand also continued to expand internationally in key markets and opened offices in seven new territories. In Europe, the brand expanded to Ukraine, Romania, Montenegro, and in Germany. In the Asia-Pacific region, the brand opened its first office in South Korea and expanded in the Caribbean and Latin American region with two new offices in Paraguay and Antigua & Barbuda.
"Our international footprint is one of our greatest competitive advantages," said Tammy Fahmi, vice president, global operations and international servicing. "Our brand's locations are in the most desirable places around the globe, so our clients know they can rely on our local market expertise wherever they are looking to buy or sell."
As affluent individuals looked to acquire secondary homes in markets around the world, Sotheby's International Realty agents acted as true global real estate advisors and referral volume surged by 42% to US$2.9 billion in closed sales volume.
"Our 2020 results prove what is possible when you focus on quality above all else. We remain proud to be the real estate brand of choice for so many luxury real estate experts and affluent clients. We will continue to work tirelessly to prove their trust has been well placed," concluded White.
Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce the release of its inaugural 2021 Luxury Outlook report which examines high-end residential markets across the globe in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The comprehensive report provides insight into the world’s top primary and secondary markets and the anticipated wealth trends that will drive discretionary investment in the coming months. The report reveals that global wealth is forecasted to grow and pandemic trends are expected to persist in the year ahead. With priorities shifting toward larger homes with special amenities, including "Zoom rooms," multiple offices and workspaces, and an increased interest in sustainable homes with wellness and technology features, the Luxury Outlook highlights new spending habits and homebuying trends.
"As a leader in luxury real estate, it was important for us to analyze trends emerging from the most unparalleled year in modern history," said Bradley Nelson, chief marketing officer for Sotheby’s International Realty. "The pandemic recalibrated interest in larger, greener properties, secondary cities, and geographies with favorable tax and emigration policies. These preferences are likely here to stay for the foreseeable future, and it was important for us to provide a resource to those looking to navigate the months ahead."
On this episode, we're joined by Moira Holley of Realogics Sotheby's International Realty in Washington and Molly Harris of Venture Sotheby's International Realty in Hawaii to discuss how having access to virtual technology and a global referral network made a cross country, multi-million dollar sale possible.
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York and Ogunquit, Maine (August 26, 2020) – Anne Erwin Sotheby's International Realty is pleased to announce the addition of Andrea Swanson to its team of esteemed real estate professionals serving the greater Southern Maine and New Hampshire markets. Andrea brings a wealth of experience to the team with her many years serving customers and clients with the utmost professionalism and integrity from her 30-plus years managing the design and construction of luxury estates and the restoration of American landmarks. Prior to joining Anne Erwin Sotheby’s International Realty, Andrea was affiliated with Tate and Foss Sotheby’s International Realty. As more people are moving to the coast from places like Boston and New York, Anne Erwin Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to be adding Andrea to its roster of talented, hard-working, and well-regarded agents. Our direct access to the latest technological innovations and the global network of Sotheby's International Realty® agents makes us the modern go-to for sellers and buyers who can expect us to deliver a truly personalized, client driven experience.
Linda Briggs, owner of Anne Erwin Sotheby’s International Realty says, "We are so fortunate to bring on board an associate of Andrea's caliber to our team, and we have nothing but good things to say about her work ethic, her dedication to her clients, and her undying enthusiasm for her work. Andrea has developed not only her real estate career along the seacoast, but her own family roots run deep here. Andrea lives in Kittery, where her ancestors were the founding families in the early 1600's."
Andrea is a member of the York County Council of REALTORS®, Maine Association of REALTORS®, and the National Association of REALTORS®. As the exclusive affiliate of Sotheby's International Realty in Southern Maine and Seacoast New Hampshire, property listings of Anne Erwin Sotheby's International Realty are distributed on the newly redesigned sothebysrealty.com global website, as well as on the firm's local website, anneerwin.com.
Anne Erwin Sotheby's International Realty has had a leading presence in the southern Maine real estate market for 40 years. Founded in 1980, the company offers an extensive selection of distinctive homes in every price range in Maine and NH. Anne Erwin Sotheby's International Realty has offices located at 31 Long Sands Road, York, Maine and 19 Beach Street, Ogunquit, Maine. The Sotheby's International Realty® luxury real estate network continues to expand worldwide, with offices located in luxury markets within metropolitan areas and destination communities around the world. Currently, there are over 23,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in nearly 1,000 offices in 71 countries and territories worldwide.
Spring is in full effect in the northern hemisphere and as restrictions on some outdoor spaces begin to lift, here are five ways you can enjoy some much-needed sunshine and fresh air while practicing safe social distancing guidelines.
First and foremost, take care of yourself and the members of your household. While some of the heavier restrictions are being lifted, it’s still important to make sure that you stay up to date with CDC guidelines and ensure that you’re washing your hands frequently and wearing a face covering when in public spaces – even while outside.
Just Get Outside
It’s no secret that sunshine offers many health benefits – the good news is that you don’t have to go far to get it. Carve out a part of each day to get outside, even if it’s an hour on your patio, yard or doorstep to get that all-important boost of vitamin D. Enjoying the sunshine doesn’t have to be complicated; if social distancing guidelines in your area permit, take a walk by yourself or with members of your household.
Camping in Your Backyard
You can take your family on a camping adventure in your own backyard. Set up a tent, have a bonfire, roast some marshmallows and tell campfire stories. Try leaving cellphones and other electronics in the house for a truly authentic camping experience.
Go for a Hike
Some trails and parks are beginning to reopen their gates, which means you can lace up your hiking boots and get back into nature. The National Recreation and Park Association offers some guidance like warning other trail users of your presence, allowing proper space or stepping off trails as you pass others, and keeping the recommended distance at all times.
Towns in Southern Maine are making plans to open beaches and hiking trails. Starting Monday, May 18th, a soft opening of York's beaches, Mount Agamenticus trails and other walking paths like the Cliff Walk, Fisherman's Walk, Wiggley Bridge and causeway, and kayak launch under Route 103 will be accessable to residents. Rules are in place to limit gatherings of groups of people. On Monday, May 11th Wells opened its public beaches with restrictions for Mainers allowing them to swim, fish, walk, work out or surf and social distancing rules are to be followed. Note: A 14-day quarantine remains in effect for visitors from out of state, as well as for Mainers returning to the state. Enjoy your time outdoors!
There are many famous quotes about home – "home is where the heart is," "there’s no place like home," and "home is where your story begins," to name a few. These are sentiments we can get behind now, more than ever. Let’s settle into our favorite spots and take a look at the importance of home.
A Place to Reflect
Home is a place where you feel most comfortable, which is why it feels so good to come home after time away. It’s a place where can you curl up with a good book and the place where your bed and pillow await after a long day. Now that many of us are spending more time in our homes than ever before, we may forget that special feeling of "coming home," and how nice it is to walk through our own front door every day to a place of warmth and familiarity. Now is a perfect time to reflect on where you’ve been, where you are, and where you want to go in the future – and yes, that can include a travel bucket list.
An Expression of Lifestyle
As many of us are spending more time at home, we’ve been able to better evaluate the everyday functionality, layout, and aesthetic of our households. Our time at home right now affords us the opportunity to experiment with our space and whether it is truly working to best fit our needs. Consider reorganizing drawers, pantries, and closets as an easy weekend project. For something new, consider rearranging the layout of a room, ordering some new accessories or a new patio set, and if you have the time, trying a new paint color. Making small updates to your surroundings helps your home continue to be a place of comfort and inspiration.
Memories and History
A favorite coffee mug from a special trip, a treasured family photo, memories of funny kitchen mishaps, and the first time you walked through the door and called this space home are all things to remember during a time like this – especially if you’re beginning to feel restless. Take a moment to look around your home and take stock of all it has provided over the years – let those memories bring a smile to your face. Remember, just because you’re home doesn’t mean you can’t make new memories; virtually visit a museum or take in a live performance to help pass the time.