Sep 10

Daily Pics: The Foodiest Small Town in America

by in America, US Road Trip 2014

Portland is a little morsel of goodness. There is a passion for food, a pride in local grown and made. So there is no better way to get acquainted with the city than to eat our way across it on a foodie tour. For a little town of 65,000 people, it boasts 315 restaurants, a good handful of them renowned on the dining scene. This food resurgence has reshaped this industrial port town. From hand cut potato donuts, artisan rubs and vinegars, craft beers, artisan cheese and even the revival of mead. It is a complex layer on layer of food, culture, people, attitude, lifestyle and beliefs. Stealing inspiration from Heidi who took a two year sabbatical with her husband to sail across the world, upon return quit her job, opened a travel inspired fancy food store – travel far, eat well, live long. I can definitely subscribe to that!

 

Baby wearing hug the DJ T-shirt and striped cap

Rocking the Portland hipster scene

 

Portland lobster company restaurant

Voted best lobster roll in Maine

 

Mum and baby smiling in the sunshine

With my favorite little person in the whole world

 

Maine foodie tour sign

A delicious find

 

Lobster pineapple and strawberry tasters

Lobster heaven, followed by pineapple with espresso balsamic reduction and strawberry with chocolate balsamic sauce

 

Vervacious sign

Started by Heidi and her husband after a two year sabbatical sailing the seas

 

Stacked balsamic vinegar

Elevating the humble balsamic vinegar

 

Wall of artisan meat rubs

Divine rubs

 

Travel far eat well live long motto

Yes please!

 

Three dollar Dewey sign

Back when the harbor was a place of ill repute, $1 for a lookie, $2 for a touchie, $3 for a…

 

Mum feeding baby under grey cape

Baby Boy O gets his very own foodie tour

 

Old port cobblestone streets

Old Port vibe

 

Farmers market

Weekly farmers market at Monument Square

 

Sunflowers

Sunshine and happiness

 

Band of buskers on the street

Music and life

 

Baby in stroller in front of cupcake sign

Heart and soul

 

Cherry tomatoes

Amazing produce that just screams “eat me”

 

Heirloom tomatoes

Heirloom delicious

 

Cheese case

Getting cheesy

 

Cheese on a plate

Made from cows who eat grass in the lowlands packed with mineral run off blah blah blah

 

Pickles on a board

Pucker worthy mustard pickles

 

Portland town hall

Taking in the history and the sights of Portland

 

Baby looking out

Taking it all in – what curious sights, sounds and smells

 

Stonewall kitchen store

Home batch to major league

 

Scones and Maine blueberry jam

Killer scones and Maine blueberry jam

 

Portland street

Maine street

 

Portland donut shop

Hole in the wall (pun intended!)

 

Bar with hanging mugs

Gritty’s the original brew pub

 

Beer

Refreshments

 

Baby staring at beer

In awe

 

Cobblestone streets with homes and factories

Lots of walking on a three hour tour

 

Graffiti of dog

Eye spy street art

 

Street art of old man

Raw talent, torn apart

 

Randy leading the foodie tour

Randy’s stats – 127 million pounds of lobster, 3.2 million traps, 3400 miles of coastline

 

Seagull on lobster traps

And one lone seagull waiting patiently for the scraps

 

Harbor fish market sign

Iconic fish market where we had delicious smoked mussels and shrimp

 

Lobster in mans hands

Straight from the sea

 

Shellfish on ice

Mermaid food

 

Old wharf warehouses

Fishing roots, anchored to the sea

 

Fore street restaurant

One of the best restaurants in America

 

Two fat cats bakery

With a reputation that travels far and wide

 

Homemade pies

Made from scratch

 

Whoopie pie

Important enough to debate in the legislature. Maine’s official treat, the whoopie pie

 

To do list

Definitely on the list everyday!

 

Eventide restaurant

All this tasting and walking made us hungry

 

Peekytoe crab roll

Peekytoe crab roll

 

Fried oyster roll

Magnificent fried oyster roll with pickled vegetables

 

Baby with spoon in mouth

Getting in on the action with first spoon in mouth experience

 

Bakery sign

Portland in a nutshell – transition from industrial to food capital

 

Baby with oversize sunglasses

Playing it cool

 

Sign for beer geeks on a door

Beer geeks rule

 

Craft beer

They know their stuff

 

Lobster rolls

Couldn’t resist, but it think we are well and truly lobster rolled out

 

Yesterday’s post: Transit Day

Tomorrow’s post: Rainy Day Pie

 

 

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One Response to “Daily Pics: The Foodiest Small Town in America”

  1. From Hsiu Ching:

    I’m hungry again… <3

    Posted on Friday, 12 September 2014 at 6:07 am #

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