A little road trip to Maine…
…started in Manhattan. And then up to the Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. Madonia Brothers Bakery! Cannoli, filled to order…
…and golden sfogliatelle. All that sweet ricotta and orange zest!
Then we drove for an hour, up and east. 6pm at the bar of The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges. Pinot blanc.
Sweet pea guacamole with fried tortillas. Still warm…
…and a summer tomato salad with shaved red onions, jalapeño, and sherry vinaigrette.
Roasted hake in a stew of baby onions, carrots, peas, and saffron.
How pretty is this poppy seed-crusted salmon? Served with summer squash and a nasturtium vinaigrette.
Don’t forget to talk a walk around the restaurant before/after dinner.
From Pound Ridge, we drove another hour east to spend a night in New Haven. We checked in at The Study and walked to Ashley’s for ice cream. One scoop of Icebox Cake (chocolate-banana base with chocolate-covered graham crackers).
We devoured that while walking to Shake Shack on Chapel Street. I like how every Shake Shacks has special concrete blends (good reason to visit them all heheh). This is Boola Boola Blue, blending vanilla custard with lemon-blueberry pie from Scratch Baking.
We woke early the next movie. And then drove four (!) hours to Portland, Maine. This was my first trip to Maine ^-^
First stop, Eventide Oyster Co.! I could eat oysters every single day.
Oysters! Good glory. All from Maine. Left to right: North Haven, Basket Island, Pemaquid, Dodge Cove, Norumbega, and Winter Point. They do a lot of interesting “ice” flavors that come with the oysters. Think tabasco, pickled ginger, kim chee, nuoc nam (pictured on bottom left). I like oysters best with just a squeeze of lemon.
We walked across the street to Duckfat for a post-lunch treat. Poutine! Belgian fries fried in duck fat. Topped with cheese curds, duck gravy, and chives.
And then we walked to The Standard Baking Co. for…
…a beautiful nectarine frangipane tart.
Next, a visit to The Holy Donut!
These doughnuts are made with Maine mashed potatoes, making them extra plush. Coffee-brandy on the left and cranberry-raspberry on the right.
And then we got gelato at Gorgeous Gelato.
Pistachio on the left, coconut on the right.
From there, we took a long nap at the hotel. And then off to dinner at Miyake. Two seats at the bar, a bottle of sparkling riesling from Austria. Yaki uni! Uni grilled with mascarpone and enoki mushrooms.
Maine lobster with crème fraîche, tonburi, green peppercorns, and dill.
Binchotan grilled duck breast with sansho balsamic.
And warm chocolate cake with miso-caramel and whipped cream.
The next morning/afternoon was devoted to lobster rolls! But first we had to get breakfast. So we went to Ten Ten Pié for visitandine with sour cherries (forgot to take a “real” photo, but you can see the visitandine on my instagram). And then we went back to The Holy Donut because I love doughnuts so much.
A sweet potato-ginger doughnut! Using mashed sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes.
A Maine blueberry doughnut. This one was gluten-free. Not nearly as good.
First stop was in Georgetown for…
…don’t forget to order onion rings with the lobster roll ^-^
Second stop, Shaw’s Fish & Lobster Wharf in New Harbor.
Simple, clean, fresh.
And then third stop at Red’s Eats in Wiscasset…
…love how it comes with warm clarified butter.
A little break at Rockland’s Rock City Coffee Roasters…
…before dinner at Fore Street. More oysters. Basket Island on the left, Damariscotta on the right. Roasted mussels, and their smoked seafood platter. Charcuterie (and really good duck hearts)…
…and local strawberries and raspberries. Served with sugar, cream, and balsamic.
Then off to Gelato Fiasco for four flavors in a tiny cup. Strawberry-balsamic, fresh cream, espresso chip, and ginger-cardamom.
Portland Hunt & Alpine Club was just up the block. So we went there for champagne and popcorn (with parmesan, butter and green chile). What a nice end to dinner.
Rise and shine the next morning!
We started at the original location of Tandem Coffee Roasters for coffee…
…and then we went to the second/newer location where they also have a bakery.
Just as charming, and so much more space. And food.
Ahh Maine blueberry pie! Perfect with that big, fat, buttery streusel topping. Malted ice coffee on the side.
Toasted black sesame banana bread…
And a killer roast chicken sandwich on house-baked focaccia. Hot and sour cucumbers.
A stop at Harbor Fish Market to pick up live lobsters for the drive back.
And one more stop in New Haven at Modern Apizza for the Italian Bomb. Hehheeh.
Thank you for a very lovely road trip ^-^