ABOVE: The $9.99 “lobster dinner” from Stew Leonard’s Grill at Calf Pasture Beach, seved with corn on the cob, drawn butter and a view of the beach.
I’m a glass-half-empty kind of guy. So when I’m complaining about how I have to get up at 6 a.m. to meet a reporter for an assignment that requires walking through the mud and sand and who knows what else as part of our Breaking the Sound Barrier series, I tend to ignore all the good things.
Good things like being out of the office, working on my farmer’s tan and exploring new corners of my adopted state.
And the lobster.
When I found out my leg of the trek would take me to Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, I knew one thing: I would be having lobster for lunch and I would not be paying for it and this would make me happy.
As I sat in the cool shade, pulling the crustacean apart, wrenching the sweet meat from its rigid shell, I looked out to the beach, past the leafy trees and busy playground, and out onto the Long Island Sound and the Norwalk Islands. Children, beachgoers, sailors at once enjoying the mild afternoon.
The simple meal provided not only a respite from the day’s long walk, but was also a celebration of the season. This is summer and I was happy, if momentarily.
WATCH THE VIDEO: of course, my video camera’s battery died before lunch.