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March 26, 2016



For those who do not get the SF Chron, here's a good one from April 14, 2016
The Peninsula first attracted wealthy San Franciscans in the mid-19th century — city folks seeking a genteel life in the country as well as space where they could build lavish estates. By 1894, the Burlingame train station opened for those early commuters, and now Caltrain allows Bay Area residents and visitors alike the chance to explore the town and its surrounding shoreline, abounding with delicious seafood.

Downtown Burlingame, lined with stucco buildings topped with red tile roofs that complement the train station’s Mission Revival-style architecture, is a great place to start.
Stop in at the New England Lobster Company, a casual restaurant and seafood market, and take a seat at one of the picnic tables in the dining room, with its nautical decor, to enjoy specialties that include the naked lobster roll. Featuring lobster meat tucked into a house-made bun, it’s served with drawn butter, crunchy house-made chips and coleslaw. Other options include fresh oysters on the half shell, crab nachos and lobster corn chowder. For a feast, dive into a whole Maine lobster weighing 1.25 to 1.5 pounds.

At the market, pick up fresh oysters, clams, mussels and lobster tails, as well as whole cooked Dungeness crabs or lobsters. It also sells live lobsters and crabs for the serious home cook or chef, along with tools for cracking and cleaning.

Then, instead of having a mint after the meal, step through a doorway in the back of Gary Doss’ retail shop and enter the Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia. Doss started the Pez exhibit more than 20 years ago with his personal collection, which has now grown to fill several display cases filled with hundreds of Pez dispensers, topped with plastic heads of characters ranging from Kermit the Frog to Bugs Bunny. The owner and curator’s enthusiasm for the whimsical candy dispensers becomes evident as he leads visitors on a tour of the tiny, two-room space sharing the history of the Pez company and details of the assemblage, and relays fun facts.

In addition to the museum, Doss sells new, vintage and imported Pez dispensers in his shop and online to collectors around the world. Pez devotees can even get married on site, with their wedding ceremony officiated by Doss, a California wedding officiant and ordained minister with the American Marriage Ministries: Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia, 214 California Drive, Burlingame. (650) 347-2301, www.burlingamepezmuseum.com . 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Closed during major holidays. $3 adults; $2 seniors 65 and older; $2 children ages 4-10 and free for children younger than 4.

New England Lobster Company, 824 Cowan Road, Burlingame. Market open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily; restaurant open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. (650) 443-1559, www.newenglandlobster.net .
Stephanie Wright Hession is an arts, culture and travel writer and photographer. Instagram: @stephaniewrighthession Blog: www.bayareaarts.blogspot.com

Cathy Baylock

Somebody needs to inform "arts, culture and travel writer" Stephanie Wright Hession that the New England Lobster Company is east of highway 101 on the bayfront and couldn't be geographically farther from Burlingame Avenue!


Stephanie Wrong Hession.

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