Dunvegan Skye

Michael and I made it back from Scotland this weekend and are oh so happy to be reunited with our sweet pup! We have plenty to share about our trip and will likely begin with a few posts next week, but here’s a quick peek into our Scottish adventures for now. We spent the week in absolute awe – what a beautiful country!

Scottish Highlands

Glenfinnan Viaduct

Inverarary Castle

Greystones Oban Scotland

Kilt Rock

Skye Lambs

Edinburgh Scotland

The Balmoral

All photos taken by Meredith Perdue for Map & Menu.

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Polux Fleuriste at All Good Things

While most of my recent trip to New York was spent in the Village (more on that coming next week), I did have a chance to venture beyond the idyllic treelined streets and charming brownstones for just a bit. I knew my mother, a gifted florist, would just love the shop, All Good Things, I’d read about on the Ann Street Studio blog awhile back. After our walk up the High Line, we hopped in a cab and headed down to TriBeCa to visit this darling store – a flower shop, cafe, and gourmet marketplace all in one.

We both enjoyed browsing the selection of fresh flowers at the Polux Fleuriste portion of the store, and while the owner regretted to tell us that the shop was looking a little empty as she was awaiting the day’s floral delivery, we could barely tell. Even on a day when the shop wasn’t quite as flower-filled as it usually is, we found the selection to be lovely. The potted succulents, the fresh stems of anemones & ranunculus, and the jewel toned tulips & roses were the perfect cheerful anecdote to our final rainy day in Manhattan.

The only downside of our visit to All Good Things was that we’d already eaten breakfast and couldn’t take advantage of the delicious baked goods for sale. Next time, I’ll make sure to come hungry… There’s even a restaurant that serves a prix fixe menu downstairs Tuesday-Saturday evenings.

After our visit, I can say that without a doubt, All Good Things is one of those places that truly lives up to its name!

All Good Things Tribeca

All Good Things

All Good Things NY

All Good Things Polux Fleuriste

Polux Fleuriste

All photos taken by Meredith Perdue for Map & Menu.

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The High Line

Visiting the High Line is a New York must for me! It’s easily my favorite activity to partake in during any trip to the city… besides eating, of course! Last week’s walk up the High Line was a bit dreary and chilly, but certainly one I’ll never forget, as it was the first time my mother walked the High Line. Her excitement was contagious and it was as if I was seeing all of the green spaces, flowers, views of the city, and architecture through new eyes. In fact, I’ve never actually been on the High Line during the spring season, so a lot of what I was seeing was new, and since it was a little rainy we nearly had the whole park to ourselves. I’m so thankful we didn’t let a bit of rain keep us away – it was a wonderful way to spend a quiet morning in the city.

The High Line Spring

The High Line NY

View from the High Line   High Line NYC

All photos taken by Meredith Perdue for Map & Menu.

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Blue Pig Croton on the Hudson

I was tickled to get to share one of my favorite ice cream shops, The Blue Pig, with my mother on our way back from New York City last week. Just like Michael and I did on our last trip down to NY, we stopped at The Blue Pig for a bite to eat after picking up our car at the nearby Croton Harmon train station. (Fellow New Englanders, this is our preferred way to get into the city – the drive is easy, the train ride is relaxing, and some of the best ice cream I’ve ever tasted is literally right on the way to the train station. A win-win, if you ask me.)

After debating the dozens of flavors that all sounded delicious, we each settled on a cup of Butterfinger Coconut, which was just as tasty and creamy as last summer’s Rooftop Strawberry! For me, the highlight of our quick stop at The Blue Pig was just noting how comfortable it felt to return almost a year after our last visit. There was this delightful sense of familiarity upon walking through the door – similar to the feeling that Michael and I get when checking into our dear Hotel Fauchere on our frequent road trips to North Carolina. There’s something so satisfying about reacquainting oneself with a familiar place while traveling – whether it’s a special restaurant, a beloved inn, or a favorite pastime – there’s just something wonderful about the comfort of returning to a place and reliving past memories.

Leaving The Blue Pig, I was again reminded of how thankful Michael and I are to write this blog, mainly because it has introduced us to some of the most amazing businesses, experiences, and people, and we truly look forward to sharing them all with you. We’re curious – are there any spots you like to revisit while traveling? A friend of mine always stops at the exact same diner on the way home from visiting her family. It started as a way to break up the long drive, but now they cannot imagine making the trip without stopping. I love it!

Blue Pig Ice Cream

All photos taken by Meredith Perdue for Map & Menu.

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Michael's Birthday

What a beautiful couple of days it has been in Maine! I’m not sure how long this lovely weather will last, but we’ve been making the most of it lately by spending as much time in the yard as possible. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to be as active outside with Orvis as we usually are, as he developed an infection from a toe injury and has been sporting a heartbreakingly adorable bandaged paw for the past few days. Fingers crossed it heals quickly and he’ll be back to his crazy self in no time!

Over the weekend we had the chance to celebrate a few birthdays, some a little early and one a bit late. Michael will be in Scotland during his actual birthday so we opened his present and had cake on Saturday night, and then the next morning we had our friends, Darcy & Carolyn, over for a joint birthday brunch in honor of Carolyn & Michael’s May birthdays and my April birthday. We picked up some goodies from Scratch, whipped up a blueberry skillet pancake, sipped orange juice mimosas on the patio, and laughed for hours while Orvis slept at our feet. In keeping with the weekend’s festive vibe, we met my mother at Frontier Cafe in Brunswick for a Mother’s Day dinner later that evening and continued laughing the day away.

This weekend’s dose of spring weather surely has us excited for more days such as these. We hope you all had a wonderful few days as well!

Poor Orvis

Birthday Brunch

Lavender Mimosa Frontier Cafe

Spring Risotto

Broadturn Farm Tulips

All photos taken by Meredith Perdue for Map & Menu.

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Table on Ten Room Details

After reading about Table on Ten, a three room inn & restaurant in Bloomville, New York, on Designtripper last year, I mentally bookmarked it and hoped I’d have an excuse to stay and/or eat at what appeared to be a charming Catskills getaway at some point in the near future. A wedding in Cooperstown this past weekend, just an hour north of Bloomville, seemed like the perfect excuse and a pretty great way to break up at least one leg of my trip to New York.

Five hours after departing Maine, I arrived to a bustling scene – every table in the downstairs cafe was filled for Table on Ten’s Pizza Night. I quickly checked into my room and made my way back downstairs to join the crowd for some delicious pizza. The evening’s special, a fennel and spring vegetable pizza with eggs on top and a glass of wine was precisely what I needed after my drive. The food more than lived up to what I’d been looking forward to for about a year now, and from what I heard from the other patrons in the lively cafe (the line was nearly out the door when I retired to my room for the evening), they were just as pleased with their pizzas.

I loved the simple, rustic aesthetic of the entire property, especially the room where I stayed. The dark walls and contrasting accents were a dream to photograph, simply because they’re so different from many of the places we visit. Each of the three rooms at Table on Ten feature a handmade bed that deservedly end up being the room’s focal point. I was a little hesitant about the idea of sharing a bathroom with the other suite on the second floor, but as luck would have it, I was the only guest on that floor, so there was no need to share. Even if the other suite had been occupied, I think it only would have further reinforced the feeling I had throughout my entire stay – that I was a guest in the well designed home of a friend who just so happened to be a talented chef! (In case you’re wondering, the third floor attic has its own bathroom, complete with an en-suite clawfoot tub.) The following morning I enjoyed a delicious breakfast that put me in the perfect mindset for a day of shooting – a final touch to a great stay.

If you find yourself in the Northwestern Catskills or if you just have a hankering to explore the bucolic region of Delaware County, do look into planning a stay or a meal at Table on Ten – it’s a uniquely lovely experience that shouldn’t be missed!

Table on Ten Bloomville NY

Table on Ten Getaway

Table on Ten Room 1

Table on Ten Bathroom Photos

Table on Ten Bathroom

Table on Ten Pizza Night

Table on Ten Cafe

Table on Ten Bloomville

Table on Ten Cafe Bloomville

All photos taken by Meredith Perdue for Map & Menu.

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Tiki Sunday at Hunt and Alpine

Work took me on a solo trip this weekend through a beautiful region of New York I’d never visited before – Delaware County & Cooperstown. While spring hasn’t quite graced upstate New York with its presence yet, the countryside I drove through was absolutely gorgeous! I would love to someday come back and make the same drive with Orvis and Michael, perhaps spending a little time hiking in the Catskills. After checking out of the charming inn & restaurant where I stayed on Friday night (more on that this week!), I drove right through Meredith, New York on my way to Cooperstown. I couldn’t help but stop and take a photo of the darling town sign!

Back in Maine, Michael spent most of his weekend working in the yard before heading up to Newcastle to visit Oxbow’s tasting room for the first time with my stepfather – an activity that comes highly recommended from both of them!

I made the long drive home on Saturday night so that I could spend a relaxing Sunday with Michael and Orvis before I head back to New York later this week. After a lazy morning on the couch with breakfast from Scratch, we spent some time outside with Orvis and then made our way to Tiki Sunday at Hunt & Alpine.

I feel like the weekend passed in the blink of an eye, but when I look back, I’m so thankful for how much we both got to see and do.

Table on Ten Breakfast

Everlane Weekender

Meredith NY

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Mint Julep

In the spirit of the upcoming Kentucky Derby and in celebration of all things spring, Michael and I thought it would be fun to share the recipe of one of our very favorite cocktails – The Mint Julep. The simple drink is a staple of our outdoor spring and summer living, and although there are a number of ways to make it, the main ingredients are always the same – mint, simple syrup, ice, and bourbon.

Out of all the recipes we’ve tried, we’ve found this one from Garden & Gun to be our favorite – simple, straightforward, and delicious!

Mint Julep (makes one drink)

8-10 mint leaves
3/4 oz. simple syrup
2 oz. of your favorite bourbon (ours is Woodford Reserve!)

Muddle the mint & simple syrup together. Add bourbon and top with ice. Shake and serve with a sprig of mint on top. (The julep cups aren’t required, but if you can get your hands on a couple, it sure does make drinking them a bit more fun!)

Mint Julep

Mint Julep

Mint Julep  Mint Julep   Mint Julep

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Durham NC

While I was in North Carolina for work last week, I had the opportunity to explore Durham with the help of my sister and brother-in-law, who live and work there. The unexpected highlight of the trip might have been the ride down the slide in American Underground – the co-working space where my brother-in-law has his office – but we also had the opportunity to visit some of my old favorites in Durham, while adding a few new ones to the mix. A family dinner at Nanataco, complete with margaritas and delicious nachos, followed by a Locopops strawberry cream dessert was the perfect way to spend our evening. Later in the week, MacKenzie and Philip took me to Dos Perros, and afterwards, we met our friend Em at The Parlour for ice cream – a place that’s been on our todo list for way too long. Michael and I are fortunate to visit the Durham area somewhat often, and always look forward to what new things our next trip will bring.

If you have a second this evening, today is the last day to vote for Map & Menu for Best Blog in the Portland Phoenix’s best of 2014 competition. We’d love if you take a moment to share your support!

Nanataco

Nanataco Nachos

Durham North Carolina

American Underground Slide

Locopops  The Parlour Durham NC

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Corey & Co. Portland ME

It’s no secret that I adore shop dogs! I think they’re one of the happiest sights – especially when you stumble across them in a shop you wouldn’t necessarily expect to have a happy pup waiting to greet you. I was out running errands in the beautiful sunshine on Saturday and stopped in Corey & Co. on a whim, and was delighted to meet Sadie, the resident shop dog. She let me take her photo, but only when I promised to give her lots of love in return. I thought she was too cute not to share with you all.

On another happy note, I picked up a cheerful scarf while I was at Corey & Co. and found about a dozen other items I just loved. It’s certainly no coincidence this darling shop is located on Pleasant Street!

Sadie at Corey & Co

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