Orvis and I held down the fort here in Maine this weekend while Michael was in California for work, and I’d have to say that we managed to have a good bit of fun even though our trio was incomplete. I came back from our trip to Sonoma with an odd craving for Pai Men Miyake, so I treated myself to a solo lunch overlooking Longfellow Square on Friday. The next day included a stop at the farmer’s market, the garden center, and Longfellow Books where I fell in love with their shop dog, Eloise. Orvis and I ventured over to Cape Elizabeth for a walk in the woods before enjoying the last dinner of the season at my favorite restaurant, The Well at Jordan’s Farm. I had to be in Boston for work the next day, but I did manage to stop by American Field, a pop-up shop of featuring American-made goods from around the country. (More on that this week!)
Hopefully you all had a wonderful, crisp fall weekend as well!
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Meredith and I were very excited when The Guardian reached out to us to write a brief piece about ten of Maine’s best places to stay. Meredith practically had the list formulated before we finished reading the email. We aimed to give readers a wide selection of different Maine regions and think that we were able to come up with a pretty decent list.1 Comment - Leave a comment
Meredith and I don’t often visit new restaurants in their first week of operation. We typically like to avoid the crowds and let the establishment work out the kinks, but after a few days of hearing and reading so many good things about the newly renovated, re-geared, and renamed Empire Chinese Kitchen, we decided that an early dim sum lunch was just a little too tempting to delay.
The new owners of Empire have done an awesome job with the renovation. Long before our meals had arrived, Meredith was happily snapping photos of all the details of the dining room and gushing about the natural light, open space, and relaxed feel of the room. We arrived right as the doors opened and were lucky to get a booth by a window before the room (and waiting list) quickly filled up.
We started with a couple of tasty cocktails (the Yellow Fever and the Dragon’s Milk) and ordered a handful of small plate and dim sum dishes which arrived in a slightly staggered fashion, leading to a leisurely tapas-style lunch. First up were the delicious peking duck buns (my personal favorite) and the har gow (one of a few of the gluten-free options on the menu). It’s a standard rule of thumb for me that pretty much anything served in a steamed bun will be awesome, and the savory peking duck didn’t disappoint – I’d highly recommend trying it. We also tried the lobster dumplings and the unique Empire egg roll, made with pastrami and asparagus and served with honey dijon. We thoroughly enjoyed each of the dishes we tried, and the three-count dumplings led to a number of small chopstick sword fighting battles.
All in all, I think we’re both glad that we ignored our recently-opened restaurant ban this time around, and can’t wait for a revisit to try the remaining items on the menu. Anyone want to join us?
Contact Information - Empire Chinese Kitchen
Portland, Maine 04101
Reading Garance Doré’s post about All Good Things immediately reminded me of Melrose Market (pictured above) in Seattle. Hopefully we’ll be able to swing by on our next trip to New York and compare the two places. If only Portland had something like that…
I’ll be bookmarking this recommendation from A Continuous Lean for a meal at Geist if we’re ever lucky enough to visit Copenhagan.
We enjoyed reading about the Cape Town Love app that Megan and Mike of The Fresh Exchange created in less than 24 hours. While you’re on the site, be sure to check out their recent photos from their time in Cape Town.
Whipping up these peanut butter cookies will surely be a highlight of mine this weekend!
Happy Friday, friends! We’re looking forward to having dinner at this farm tonight, spending some time with friends tomorrrow, and watching Season 2 of Homeland this weekend. We hope you have a fantastic few days ahead!Leave a comment
Updated: Unfortunately Fromviandoux has closed.
Over the past couple of weeks, whenever someone mentions that they’ll be soon be spending time in Camden (or anywhere in the mid-coast region for that matter) I all but interrupt them and insist that they treat themselves to Afternoon Tea at Fromviandoux during their trip. We owe our friend, Anestes, for putting this gem of an experience on our radar, and on a recent excursion to the area, I was able to take advantage of the suggestion and give it a try myself.
Afternoon Tea at Fromviandoux consists of a pot of tea and three scrumptious accompanying courses that are quite honestly almost too lovely to eat! I chose the Avena’s Garden blend which was first served with scones, a peach bread, housemade cream, lemon curd (my favorite!), and jam. After that what followed could be considered a meal in and of itself – eight tea sandwiches presented in pairs. Of the sandwiches, the lobster salad on a cheddar biscuit was simply divine. Up next were the petit fours! At this time I was more than just a little full from the first few courses, but I’ve never in my life turned down a plate of sweets sitting in front of me. The hazlenut chocolate truffle, the strawberry shortcake, and the date & fig “newtons” were all delightfully delicious.
The warm, inviting interior and plentiful light inside the Fromviandoux space creates a perfect environment for such a lovely experience. After such an enjoyable afternoon, I now have my sights set on returning with Michael for one of their Cocktail Wednesdays or Wine & Cheese Saturdays.
Contact Information - Fromviandoux Afternoon Tea
Camden, Maine 04843
With my family in town from Wyoming, we had a chance to partake in many of our favorite activities (read: eat at some of our favorite restaurants) this weekend! On Friday night we met friends at Hunt & Alpine for drinks and then we made our way to Flea Bites for some dinner from Small Axe and ran into even more friends. Saturday was spent working, but on Sunday we celebrated my dad’s birthday by brunching at The Good Table, hiking at Wolfe’s Neck, and dining at Local 188 + Gorgeous Gelato that evening. A wonderfully delicious, fun-filled weekend with family that we don’t see nearly enough!
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I’ve always admired Kate Headley’s editorial work and particularly enjoyed seeing her photographs depicting life on the Chesapeake for Victoria Magazine. There are so many familiar vignettes of one of our favorite inns – the Inn at Perry Cabin.
As you know, we’re always on the hunt for great places to stay while traveling through New England, so we were particularly excited to read about Hotel Vermont in Burlington on N’East Style this week. According to the website, they even have a few dog friendly rooms!
Michael and I are holding on to summer pretty tightly, so I imagine we’ll be listening to plenty of this Late Summer 2013 Playlist courtesy of the Martha Stewart Living blog during our last few al fresco dinners this month.
Falling prey to the multitude of mouth-watering food images on Pinterest, I found myself picking up the ingredients for these Salted Caramel Sugar Cube Brownies this week and I whipped up a batch this morning. Wow.
Also, we finally got around to creating a Map & Menu Instagram account a few weeks ago. Feel free to follow along for plenty of photos of the food we eat and the places we visit on our travels!
Have a wonderful weekend, friends! We’re looking forward to a fun-filled few days ourselves – we have plans to hit the Art Walk, grab some dinner at Flea Bites, and meet some friends for drinks at Hunt & Alpine before our family from Wyoming arrives for a few days!
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