Monday, September 26, 2011

Northeast Adventure's Bits and Pieces Part 2

Making friends with my gluttonous spirit:
My first lobster roll.   Portland, Maine.   2011.

Belly full and spirit content, the end of each meal on my trip was met with conversation and/or thoughts of the next meal. This was one of the only consistent unchanging elements of my time in the northeast. Days were filled with pastries, coffee, cider, seafood and local micro-brews. Calling me gluttonous maybe the understatement of the year.

Below is a photo record of my gluttony.


Two thumbs up for The Daily Catch Restaurant.

A Boston staple since 1973, the original Daily Catch is located in the North End of the city. It seats only 20 people at a time, and its seafood is fresh and local. Their linguine and claims in white sauce is perfection!

Aesthetically it's a little rough around the edges, but that's exactly what makes it charming!

The pan my linguine was cooked in was served right to my table.

My friend Abbey had a sauteed calamari dish. There is only one word to describe her seafood experience: hardcore!

Across the street from The Daily Catch Restaurant is Mike's Pastry. Home to one of the most delicious cannolis I've ever eaten.

Vegetarian love!

I ate at Clover twice while in Boston. First at their Cambridge shop. Second at their food truck at a Farmer's Market downtown.

 They kept it seasonal with Apple Fritters!

Although their soy BLT isn't their most popular sandwich, I ordered it twice. Yum!

My first seasonal beer of fall:

Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale w/a cinnamon rim.

A true Portland greeting!
My friend Betsy made me a very tasty welcome dinner my first evening in Portland.

Pasta with sun-dried tomatoes.
Naan baked in olive oil.

Peppered fresh tomatoes.

Arugula salad topped with carrot shavings.

A famous local brew pub in Portland:

Gritty McDuff's.

Their "flight" allows patrons to try seven beers for just over ten dollars. My personal favorite was the Original Pub Style Beer.

Seafood love.


Lobster Roll!

Pizza. Pizza. Pizza.

Portland, Maine has excellent local pizza shops. I visited Otto Pizza twice!

Butternut squash, ricotta, and cranberry pizza.
Conventional? No.
Amazingly delectable? Absolutely!

Tis the season for everything pumpkin flavored!

Pumpkin Pie Latte. This drink was so sweet and sugary, I could have been eating ice cream for breakfast.


Before arriving in Portland, Betsy and I decided to have one evening of true indulgence. Ignoring the price tag, we booked ourselves a reservation at the best sushi restaurant in Portland. We each ordered the chef's choice five course meal. We split a bottle of Sake and ordered a couple of Japanese beers.

Although I don't usually travel with evenings like this in mind, I'm immensely glad we decided to treat ourselves!

If you missed my Northeast Adventures Bits and Pieces Part 1 click here.

Otherwise, check back in a few days for part 3. 
Reflections upon art and nature in Maine to come!


  1. This is making me hungry! I had my first lobster roll on my trip to Maine several years back and that alone would be worth going back for!

  2. The lobster roll was amazing! I'm pretty sure I inhaled it. =)

  3. This all looks fantastic. I would love to try that squash, ricotta, and cranberry pizza.

  4. Eating is my favorite part of travelling!

    (p.s I'm a restaurant hostess too. I think it makes vacation - and eating - so much better!)

  5. Glad we share a love of food and travel Sam! And yes, working in the restaurant world has definitely turned me onto food in a new way. =)

    (P.S.- love your blog)


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