Yesterday, Clif and I went to Portland for a food tour. Our state’s largest city, Portland is known for, among other things, the quality of its food and beer. Our daughter Dee gave us this tour as a Christmas present, but neither of us fancied walking around Portland in slush and snow. So we waited until August, when the weather was suitably warm, and I could also call it a pre-birthday celebration. (Remember, our credo is to celebrate early and often.)
A little backstory: I am, ahem, more than a little obsessed with food, so for me it is a perfect day when I can go from store to store and sample food. One of the happiest days of my life was when we visited Smorgasburg in Brooklyn, New York. As we approached the huge parking lot, and I saw what appeared to be acres of food stalls and food trucks, my heart began to beat with excitement. But I digress. Fortunately for me, Clif is what my mother called “a good eater,” and his enthusiasm for a foodie tour almost matches mine.
Here then, captured in photos, is the food tour we took yesterday.
Vervacious was our first stop, where we had lobster mac and cheese and got to sample some of their delectable spices and balsamic vinegar. (Clif is to the left of the sign.)
After that it was time for chocolate from Dean’s Sweets—salted caramel and a chocolate coconut truffle. Oh, deliciousness! (Clif is again on the left.)
Then onward to the Public Market House, which features many vendors under one roof. I had a tasty squash soup. (Clif had something else, but I didn’t get a picture of it.)
And a sort of Maine/Thai fusion dish—sticky rice with coconut milk and blueberries. Very good!
Our penultimate stop—Stonewall Kitchen, for scones with blueberry preserves.
Finally, to Bull Feeney’s, an Irish Pub, for beer and Scotch eggs. Two confessions: I am not a beer drinker—I prefer cocktails—but I was more than happy to give my beer to Clif. Also, I have never had Scotch eggs before. In fact, I was only dimly aware of what they were. But I am an egg lover, and eggs done any way are just fine with me.
So there we have it. As my Yankee husband noted, a pretty darned good day.
36 thoughts on “A Food Tour in Portland, Maine”
Beer and Scotch eggs are very traditional but not to everyone’s taste.
The eggs were delicious. However, I’ve never liked beer, so nothing unusual there. 😉
I like some beer but it must be cask conditioned and not too strong.
Oh, that balsamic vinegar.
It certainly was!
Well, you had my full attention when I saw Portland + Food because I knew that was going to be a winner. But, then a food tour – oh my goodness that’s food heaven. I LOVE Dean’s Sweets, and they are nut free. I’ve got my eye on Bull Feeney’s. I just used the last Luna Bread from Micucci’s so now I have two reasons to head north. 🙂 Celebrate away girl.
Yes, food heaven. If you make a trek to Portland and are in the mood for company, let me know. I’d love to join you at Bull Feeney’s. That Luna bread from Micucci’s is fabulous. Haven’t had it in a while…
Now, that is a plan. 🙂
Yes, yes! Would love to meet you.
What an experience! The food looked good and I’m glad you enjoyed your day. 🙂
Wow. What an amazing day. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. Now I’m hungry.
I know. As I was getting the piece and the pictures ready, I was hungry all over again.
Wow, that all looks delicious! I’d like to have a taste of each!
Very tasty indeed!
An excellent day. I Like the way Clif lurks.
Tee-hee! A picture lurker.
You two live a good life and have fun, excellent! Love wandering the streets of Portland ( on a less formal tour) to enjoy all of their great food. Miccuchi’s Italian market for their awesome Sicilian pizza and some staples always a must!!
So much fun! Came home with a fabulous balsamic vinegar. More about that in tomorrow’s post.
Yum! A good way to sample the good food Portland has to offer.
It certainly was!
J > There’s Scotch Eggs and there’s Scotch Eggs. Hand-made, fresh ingredient, and above all top quality freshest eggs and you have something that is a real delicacy.
Yes, I’m sure there’s a great variety when it comes to Scotch Eggs. The Scotch Eggs featured in the picture were very tasty, but then again, I have nothing with which to compare them. Those were the first Scotch Eggs I had ever eaten.
I like all sorts of Scotch Eggs – even the ones with orange crubs and rubbery eggs. I could happily go on a Scotch Egg tour. 🙂
Clif and I thought the Scotch eggs we had were pretty darned good. (As my Yankee husband put it.) If we ever come to England, perhaps you can take us on a Scotch-egg tour. 😉
I will mobilise Marcus for that -he was my luxury item in Desert Island Blogs and he’s an expert on food in Nottingham. 🙂
Sounds like a plan! Alas, Clif and I will not be coming to England any time soon. Only in our dreams. Sigh.
I will do my best to fill that gap. 🙂
I will do my best to fill the gap. 🙂
Looks like a trip to paradise. . 😄
It was pretty darned good, as my Yankee husband would say.
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