Ever been to a clam hut that ran out of clams? A few weeks ago, after a two-page spread on Bob's came out in Yankee magazine, we were that clam hut!
What happened? you might be wondering. Was it the article? Did you sell so many clams you ran out?
Actually, that's not exactly what happened. Yes, we ran out of clams--but not because of Yankee.
Just like tomatoes in the summer or pumpkins in the fall, clams have seasons when they are bountiful and in-demand. Most of the time, particularly in the spring and summer, when clams are "in season," we are able to get clams to Bob's that come only from Maine and Massachusetts. But just like with apples and tomatoes, weather plays a big part in what we can our hands on.
When winter is especially cold--and this winter was ESPECIALLY cold--clam flats freeze. Clam flats are acres of land where clam diggers dig down in the mud to get clams. The clams are safe when the flats freeze because only the water over the flats gets cold; the mud is okay. But clam diggers can't get past the ice to the mud, which means the diggers are out of luck until the weather warms up again.
Luckily, the last couple weeks we've gotten enough warm weather that we've been able to get New England clams again. But the week that Yankee came out, we were trying to order clams from Maryland because we couldn't get clams here.
In twenty years, we've only run out of clams twice. We don't anticipate running out again anytime soon. And we will continue to offer the freshest clams available, even if they come from Maryland, because we can tell the difference between fresh and frozen clams, and we believe fresh clams are better!
Did you know clams and other seafood have harvest seasons? We'd love to know what you know as well as hear your questions. Leave a comment below, or send us a message on Facebook! And as always, eat clams!
Bob's is going on a road trip!
Ever heard of a pop-up? Some of us here at Bob's hadn't, either. A pop-up is what it's called when one business sets up camp at another business and gets to show off some of their signature items to an audience that has maybe never seen them before. And that's what we're doing! We're hitting the road on April 30 for a night at Belly Wine Bar in Cambridge, MA.
A wine bar, you ask? YES. Bob's is teaming up for a warm-weather kickoff at a great wine bar with a rockin' patio and picnic tables and strings of lights overhead and some of the most beautiful evening atmosphere you've ever seen in the city. Liz Vilardi, the resident wine expert at Belly, has paired each dish Bob's is presenting with a white wine. And we are super excited.
Tickets are $19 each, and they include one Bob's clam roll, oyster roll, or lobster roll, and one of three white wines. Other Bob's specialties are available for purchase, as well, including our hand-breaded onion rings and our classic clam chowder. If you feel like heading down there with us from 5-9pm on April 30, tell your friends and secure your dinner! Snag your tickets at this event page and be sure to get the night off from work!
As the day draws closer, we'll keep posting about the event and maybe even put up some pictures of the tent we're making for that night. We can't wait! We hope you can make it!
Bob's has been serving ice cream for more than a quarter of a century. Which brand we've had on the menu--Annabelle's, Ben & Jerry's--has changed several times over the years. We think that the ice cream we carry today, Mount Desert Island Ice Cream, is our best ice cream yet!
What's so special about it? Well, besides the fact that it's made in Maine (the way ice cream should be--that's the state motto, right?), and besides the fact that it's all-natural, hormone-free cream (does that mean it's healthy?!), Mount Desert Island Ice Cream serves flavors you just can't get anywhere else, like... Bay of Figs? Lemon Poppyseed with Blackberry Swirl? BUTTERBEER? (Shout out to our sister restaurant, Lil's--they love HP over there!)
Here are a couple of our favorites that are on the menu right now:
Reverse Root Beer Float (mostly vanilla with the perfect amount of root beer thrown in)
... and Brigadeiro (intense cocoa with a caramel undertone)
We also have Vietnamese Cinnamon, Honey Baked Apple Pie, and Salt Caramel. In the cooler months, we try to stick to the more traditional flavors... but soon we will have:
... Coffee Oreo
... Cranberry Cheesecake
... Wingnut (Coffee ice cream with chocolate-covered espresso beans!)
... and that delicious Lemon Poppyseed with Blackberry Swirl we already mentioned!
Not sure if you're feeling adventurous? Ask for a sample at our ice cream window! We don't serve anything we don't like, and we stand behind our ice cream for having the freshest, seasonal ingredients possible to keep the quality top-notch. It's getting warmer out there.... Why not come in for a scoop? ;-)