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August may be quickly dwindling down, but if you can't get your derriere in the sand and a drink in your hand during these last summer weekends, you shouldn't feel salty - just bring the good vibrations to the dinner table with the help of Sam Talbot.
Five Ways to Bring the Beach to Your Table: Sam Talbot
For a good ol' clambake, get fresh clams from the market, sausage from a local butcher, throw it all in a pot and invite some friends over for some beer while it cooks.
When it comes to lobster rolls, I like to spice mine up a bit. It’s the perfect beach protein for obvious reasons, and you could simply toss yours with fresh butter or mayo, or try this recipe of mine."
My Favorite Lobster Rolls
2. Ambiance, ambiance, ambiance
Throw one of these in your DVD player, light some paper lanterns, put on your board shorts and crack open a cold beer from the cooler."
3. Cook with seaweed!
One of the salads on the menu right now is the seaweed salad that I serve with seared tuna, mushrooms, and a ponzu-sesame vinaigrette. The salinity of the seaweed, mixed with its crunchy texture, easily makes this dish one of my favorites right now.
Also, when I’m on the beach cooking up some freshly caught fish, I lay down some seaweed - plucked right off the sand - on the fire under the fish. It infuses a rich, slightly smoky and ocean-y flavor that’s hard to describe unless you’ve tried it.
Squeeze a little lemon on the fish, and enjoy. Nothing’s better after a long day of surfing."
4. Star-gazing with gooey, warm s’mores
I keep mine simple with a big bag of marshmallows, old-school graham crackers, and milk chocolate bars, but you can get as fancy as you want with it.
Then download a star-watching app (they’re quite cool and I’ve become addicted to them), throw on a pair of Natives (my favorite beach shoes), and have the perfect summer night."
5. Don’t forget your sunscreen
Yes, it’s for kids and it goes on different colors, but it lasts for a quick 20 minutes and always makes me laugh."
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