Remember the "claw" games that used to litter every campy restaurant or amusement park, and you'd pour about ten bucks' worth of coins into a game just to get a 40 cent trinket?
Well, the Love Maine Lobster Company now lets you pick your own live lobster from an arcade-style tank. All you need is a pocketful of quarters and a sick desire to see your dinner try to escape the grasp of a metal claw. Oh, and the $15,950 to buy a Claw Game.
And once you have your terrified, exhausted crustacean, how do you cook it? Why, with the microwave lobster steamer from the same company. Clasp the critter in the steamer -- which looks like a plastic take-out container -- and add a few tablespoons of water, then nuke on high for about 7 minutes.
The company claims this is "the most humane method of cooking lobster." (And if you've ever dispatched a lobster, you know that leaves a lot of room, since it's never a very pleasant experience -- even if the lobsters do not actually scream.) But if you've selected your lobster from the arcade-style tank, it might be time for a little humanity.
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.