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I love Portland, Maine

Posted Oct 31 2009 11:01pm



Good Morning!

We made it home safe and sound early this morning.... 1:00am are just taking it easy this morning unwinding from our trip and getting ready for the Halloween festivities this evening. 

We had a great trip and I have to tell you that we absolutely love Portland, Maine.  It is a really cool little cultural port city.  It is a funky, eclectic town with awesome food! It kind of reminded me of a mix between New Orleans and Savannah without all the problems.  Portland felt very safe and from all the literature is sounds like it is a wonderful place to live.  We were only there for a day but I swear we ate our way through that little town.  More about that later. 

Before heading up to Portland we stopped in Concord and Lexington, MA were the Revolutionary War started.  The beauty is outstanding in that part of the world.  The fall colors were amazing and my kids loved playing outside in the leaves.

Concord, MA




The kids definitely got a little history lesson on this trip.


 More beauty







 

 

Concord was beautiful and we had a nice walk in Minute Man Park.  We then hopped in the car and headed up to Portland, ME.  You drive through New Hampshire where the state the motto is "Live Free or Die" no messing around here, they are serious about there freedom.  

We made it to Portland in time for dinner and of course we had to have lobster.  Unfortunately, since my video camera does not have any flash none of my food pictures came out.  What a shame because we went to town on dinner.  We ate at DiMillo's Floating Restaurant this was a tourist restaurant but was a great place for us to check out the wharf and the kids thought it was fantastic that we were eating on an actual boat! 

I ordered the: 

Frutti Di Mare
Jumbo shrimp, lobster, calamari and mussels, simmered in our spicy tomato sauce and served over angel hair pasta


which was fabulous and let me get a real flavor of the seafood of Maine.

Emmet was hilarious and ordered a special Seafood Bake which came with Steamed Clams, 1 1/2 lb lobster, corn on the cob, green beans and Blueberry Cobbler for dessert (which I helped eat).  It was a ton of food and he is my little eater and ate quite of bit of it.  His eyes are bigger than his stomach but I love the fact that he loves seafood and is willing to try new things. Zoe on the other hand order the kids plain hamburger.

We walked around the cute town and love the fact that it is very arty.  Lots of art galleries, eclectic shops and tons of restaurants. 

The next morning we woke up and went out for breakfast/coffee at Mornings in Paris.  There was more independent coffee shops to choose from and they all seemed to be thriving.  Emmet ordered a Chocolate Croissant with a mug of mulled Apple Cider.  Zoe went for the classic Rice Crispy Cereal mini boxes, this was part of the reason we stopped there.



Emmet is looking like a true Mainer with his Paul Bunyon Hat on.

Next stop was the the Two Fat Cats Bakery.  I was determined to make it to the place where I got the recipe for Pumpkin Whoopie Pies.  I was not disappointed.  This is a very small and cute bakery with fabulous baked goods.



 
New England Whoopie Pies


The had a few bites of eat Whoppie Pie and have to say I love the Pumpkin Whoopie Pies the best! Oh so good.

We then walked around the town to walk of some of the Whoopie Pies and then stopped at Micucci Grocery.  I got this tip from the Bon Appetit article about where to eat in Portland, Me, this is a little hidden treasure and in the back of the bakery they serve up Huge Slices of Sicilian Slabs.  This was literally the best Pizza I have ever eaten in my whole life.
 


The slabs are as big as your head and it is a very different kind of pizza.  The crust is made out of their Luna bread which is light and airy and fabulous.  There sauce is superb and then topped with fresh mozzarella.  I honestly have never tasted anything like this before and I am going to be craving this pizza forever.  This is a local joint and lots of locals bike over there and grab a slab to go they even sell take and bake luna bread that you could make your own pizza.  I wanted to buy some of their sauce to take home but did not think it was the best idea to travel with a glass jar of marinara sauce.




This was definitely the highlight of my day.  Wow!  Truly Amazing.  I am already planning another trip to Portland this summer to experience the city in its prime season and an excuse to come back for a slab. 

The eating did not stop there we had to make a few more stops before heading back to Boston.  One was at Old Port Candy Co. for the kids.



Very cute candy store and the kids went to town.  We are on vacation and are all going to work on getting back on track after Halloween!




I also had seen a blub on Simply Divine Brownies on the Food Network and made a stop there as well for a few brownies for the road.  I know I am a pig!  We did not eat these yet.....



 
 
Simply Divine Brownies is built on cherished relationships. Our company, a mother-daughter enterprise, invites you to join us in celebrating all the delicious things life has to offer! It began as a quest for the quintessential chocolate experience! After years spent together in our family kitchen perfecting old recipes and inventing new ones, we decided to add heaps of love and laughter to our favorite sweet treat: brownies!

Call it inspiration, call it illumination, or simply call it divine intervention, but the combination of the finest ingredients, a bit of Maine charm, and the joy of baking with family has proven to be the winning recipe. Simply Divine Brownies was born!
 
I picked up a Chakra Cherry- O ur crumbly, Michigan cherry brownie...

A fudgy brownie with a Michigan cherry filling, topped with a crumbly, dark chocolate streusel
 
and a 
 
One Potato, Two Potato, Sweet Potato…September’s chocolate sweet potato brownie

Our fudgy brownie swirled with sweet potato cheesecake, topped with an oatmeal pecan streusel
 
Can't wait to give these a try.  
 
Next stop was Rabelais Book Store.  This is nirvana for any foodie. 





Tons of amazing books about food, wine, books and the arts.  I could have spent hours in there but we had to head back to Boston to make a flight home!  

Check out their website at www.rebelaisbooks.com.

What a great trip.  We all wished we had more time to spend in Portland, ME and will definitely be going back there. 

As far as exercise and weight, I did a ton of walking, some abs and lunges in the hotel and ate like a pig and enjoyed myself.  The scale was very kind this morning and I actually weighed the exact same as I did when I left.  Yahoo!

I am going to go on a big run today or tomorrow and get back on track as far as eating healthy and exercising.  Travel is always fun but I am glad to be back home and started the day off with an Abby Oatmeal Bowl.  I missed my oats!

Time for me to get ready for the Halloween festivities.  We are heading to our cousins house to trick or treat and I am really inspired to cook.  I would love to make a low-fat Seafood Chowder, I saw a great recipe for a Ganache Sea Salt Cake that I happen to have all the ingredients for and I am craving salmon so we shall see what the rest of the weekend turns out like.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween!


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