Crazy fact of the day: I am leaving Massachusetts a week from today! We just started packing last night. I’ve been a little sad the past few days, but now that we started packing some, I’m getting excited for a change of pace. I am busy, busy, busy from it all though, so I have no idea when I’ll be popping in on here before then!
Over the weekend, I took a day trip to Portland, Maine. It was on our bucket list of things to do again before we move away from the North East. We had lots of good eats, as always, during our travels.
It’s about a two hour drive to Portland from Boston. Claire did surprisingly well in the car, but it was her nap time anyway. My old coworker came with us and brought me breakfast from my favorite bakery (love!). Didn’t snap a pic, but it’s nothing you guys haven’t seen before. 😉 (Also, cue intense tears for having to break up with my bakery when we move 🙁 )
First we went to Cape Elizabeth to see a lighthouse. I’m sure this lighthouse has a name. I don’t remember now, but it was pretty!
Note how I’m wearing a hoodie and covering Claire with a blanket. It was not warm, but I was actually okay with that. I am not a heat person, so it was nice to have an overcast cool day.
The main draw to come to this lighthouse was actually for food, though. My husband found out about this food truck that is rated the 55th best restaurant on all of Yelp! or something crazy like that. For their lobster rolls.
Neither of us are that into lobster rolls, but hubby wanted to finally have a good one. I passed on that and had a grilled cheese with some really good Maine brewed root beer.
I wouldn’t say I think this place deserves the spot it has on Yelp!, but it was pretty tasty. The view wasn’t bad either.
Then we headed off to some breweries. This was really the whole point of the trip (hubby’s idea). We went to Allagash first, which was unfortunately sold out of tours. But they give you 12 oz. of free samples!
Two of these beers were made with wild yeast which I cannot stand (super sour tasting), so I passed on some of these, but two were really good. And hey – free beer!
Right next to Allagash were three other smaller breweries, which was pretty cool. We went to one called Foundation.
There was also a food truck right next to this brewery, called Mami I think? It was Japanese.
Hubby got a “savory pancake” (in the background) which was kind of like egg, potato, Asian-like barbecue sauce, & dried fish on the top. Very interesting, but again, not my cup of tea.
After the breweries, we went to an art museum in downtown Portland and did some window shopping before stopping at the next food venue.
For dinner, we went to Duckfat, which is a famous restaurant that serves fries fried in duck fat, which, if you didn’t know, tastes amazing. They are famous for poutine & have a few other duck-inspired dishes. We had been here once before a few years ago on our other day trip here and hubby said he always wanted to go back, so we did.
I got a milkshake (of course). Because fries & milkshakes = winning.
Hubby ordered poutine with a fried egg & duck confit on top. He scarfed it down before I thought to snap a photo but it was very good.
I split two paninnis with my friend. We got a caprese & a smoked pulled pork paninni.
The caprese was good and the smoked pulled pork one was a special and it was not good. WAY smokey, so neither of us really ate it.
We all shared a ton of the fries too with some really good dipping sauces.
Very tasty! They’re the kind of fries you just can’t stop eating. So crispy!
Questions for You:
- What’s your ideal type of fry, if you’re a fry person?
- Anyone have any really awesome packing tips? We’re only packing about 25% of our stuff ourselves but I am new at this!