Just last weekend I returned from a two week trip to THREE different places! I began my journey in Indianapolis, Indiana for a friend’s wedding, then traveled to Boston, Massachusetts to visit with my brother for a few days (he is attending Boston College), and finally culminated my travels with a week and a half visit to my family beach house in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. If you find yourself feeling like you need a break from this crazy Charleston heat, New England is definitely the place to be! I ate a lot of delicious things throughout my travels and thought I would take some time to share a few highlights.
- Landwer Cafe’s Breakfast for Two
My brother’s apartment where I was staying was literally just a few blocks down the road from this fabulous Mediterranean restaurant, so naturally I went there for breakfast both days I was there. I was immediately obsessed with the place as soon as I walked in the door. I loved the diner style setting paired with an authentic Mediterranean ambiance. Upon my first visit to the restaurant, my brother and I enjoyed “Landwer’s Breakfast for Two”, which consisted of two veggie omelettes, cream cheese, feta cheese, labneh, halva spread, eggplant and tahini spread, tahini with salsa, guacamole, Greek yogurt with granola and honey, jam and butter, and pita bread to pair. The spread was perfectly arranged on a platter in small bowls, providing a very unique dining experience. The full meal cost us just $28, making it a pretty good bang for our buck.
2. The Circle Pizza
I admittedly was a bit concerned about eating my first meal in Boston at this divey Boston College bar, but I was with my brother and a few of his friends, so I went with the college kid flow. We ordered pizzas and well, turns out they were actually some exceptionally delicious pizza pies. We ordered a buffalo chicken pizza and a veggie pizza. I was impressed with how large the pizzas were and the heaping amounts of veggies they put on the veggie pizza! The dough was soft and flavorful and they definitely did not skimp on the cheese! I honestly probably would’ve gone back for more If I had the time.
3. Lobster Rolls at the Lobster Shack
One of my favorite places to eat a lobster roll when I go to Maine is the Lobster Shack, located at Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth. The restaurant is very casual and has picnic benches right on the water, providing a beautiful setting to enjoy your lunch. You can get a “lobster boat” for just about $16, which gets you a delicious, melt in your mouth lobster roll, as well as a side of cole slaw and french fries. You really can’t beat the views at this restaurant or the lobster rolls to pair.
4. Poutine at Duck Fat
I traveled 20 minutes from my beach house one evening to head into Portland for a bit of exploration and of course some dinner. Portland, Maine has many famous restaurants and therefore, getting into one of them proved to be more difficult than I expected. We were able to get a table at Duck Fat, which is known for exactly what the name entails…duck fat…particularly piled on top of a heaping plate of french fries! My family and I ordered the poutine, which consisted of Belgian fries topped with locally sourced cheese curd, duck gravy, and chives. We had the option to add duck confit on top, which of course we couldn’t say no to. The dish was messy, just as poutine should be and I loved the crunchy texture of the fries paired with the melt-in-your mouth texture of the duck confit. The cheese curds gave it just the right amount of tangy flavor, making it the highlight of our meal. I also enjoyed a delicious wedge salad, complete with duck fat bread crumbs and chucks of delicious and flavorful smoked duck. Highly recommend checking this place out if you ever find yourself in Portland!
There is no ifs, ands or buts about it. Maine blueberries are the best blueberries. Every summer when I am in Maine, I stock up on all the fresh, local blueberries, which you can find in most grocery stores in the area. These blueberries have just the right amount of sweetness, with a hint of tart flavor and are so delicious paired with your morning yogurt or oatmeal. I had the opportunity during my visit to pick my own blueberries, which proved to be so beautiful and delicious that I baked a blueberry crisp on the final evening of my vacation.