Tonight’s episode of Hook, Line & Dinner really tested me. Though it lacked the barracuda danger I encountered during my last trip to the Bahamas, this time around, the Caribbean definitely felt a lot more challenging.
When I heard that a local diver would be taking me on a hunt for spiny lobsters, I thought I was heading into a cakewalk. Of course the spiny lobster would be easier to catch than its clawed cousin – it’s half as fast and doesn’t have any pinchers to nab you with, right? I was a little less confident once he showed me what we’d be fishing with: a Hawaiian sling, which is basically an underwater bow and arrow. But I really lost hope once I realized I’d be firing this thing under 20 feet of water without a scuba – not so much the cakewalk I’d pictured.
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Ben Sargent's not-so-secret anymore lobstah roll.
For about a year, Ben Sargent sold lobster rolls out of his Greenpoint, Brooklyn apartment. He was dealing 150 buttery, succulent, fresh-from-the-sea sandwiches per night — illegally. Then, just as he was about to go legit, while he was away taping a pilot for a show on seafood for Cooking Channel, his underground lobster pound was shut down by the city of New York. Ben Sargent and his lobster roll-slinging alter-ego Dr. Klaw were lobster roll pushers no more.
Now that he’s legit, the host of Hook, Line & Dinner will no sooner share his top-secret lobster roll recipe than he would eat imitation crab meat. It just won’t happen.
But he did walk us through the process at a recent visit to the Cooking Channel and Food Network test kitchens, and smart cooks just might catch on . . .
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Seafood lover, chef, restaurateur and artist Ben Sargent takes on a new gig as host of Cooking Channel's Hook, Line and Dinner, premiering June 7th.
Obsessed seafoodie Ben Sargent returns to Cooking Channel a whole season of Hook, Line & Dinner! Sargent will be setting out on the ultimate coastal road trip as he searches for the best clam shacks, lobster pounds and chowder pots serving up the freshest seafood in New England.
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The tax man cometh, and he cometh today (or really, April 18th for those of you who really like to procrastinate. Thanks to some fancy governmental footwork, Tax Day 2011 was extended a bit.) But whether you owe Uncle Sam, or he owes you, you still gotta’ eat. If you’re expecting a big check, hopefully you’re planning a fancy feast, but if you’re the one writing the big check, don’t worry, you won’t be stuck eating Fancy Feast; we’ve got plenty of delectable options for those looking to save and for those who want to splurge.
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Dr. Klaw, a.k.a. Ben Sargent, on a lobster-roll delivery. Photo by: Cody Raisig
Like any illicit deal you can imagine — and I did use my imagination, having never illicitly dealt or acquired anything — you had to know someone to get the secret phone number. After arranging the deal, you traveled to a seemingly-random address in Brooklyn, and sent a text message when you arrived. The reply was an estimated delivery time, and you were left to wait patiently in front of a red-sided building for the next command. At the appointed time you were sent the pick-up address where you’d meet a man, pass over some cash in a handshake, and receive the goods.
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