Maine Mini Vacation: Lobster Rolls & Ice Cream
Six months ago I mentioned to my parents that I was going to Vermont for Blog Brulee. My dad immediately said, “We wanna go.” Kidding at first, but then serious. My parents are semi-retired and are always up for traveling. So my Vermont adventure turned from just a blogging trip to some quality time with my parents. Andrew was busy at work and couldn’t join us (bummer), but the three of us had a great time.
When Blog Brulee ended on Sunday afternoon, I jumped into my parent’s rental car and we were off to Portland, Maine. However, some necessary stops were made along the way.
First, lunch at Crop Bistro. The hostess sat us right next to a fireplace, which was perfect because we were freezing cold (being the Texans we are). I ordered the Daily Flatbread and it came with a side salad.
After lunch, another important stop was made at the Ben & Jerry’s Factory. We took the tour. At the end of the tour they passed out samples of ‘At the Chocobanana’ ice cream. It was good, but we all decided a few more scoops were in order.
Then we loaded back into the car and drove 4 hours to Portland, Maine. You guys…I adored Maine. I’m not a mountains kind of girl. I was oceans and cliffs going into the oceans and whale watching and beach walking and sunsets and sunrises over the ocean horizon. I’m slowly but surely warming up to the East Coast. I’ll always have a place in my heart for Southern California, but I so so loved Maine. Can’t wait to go back with Andrew sometime.
It was like 8pm when we got to Portland and we wanted dinner. We were cold and tired and so over sitting in a car. We needed something that was quick and easy for dinner because I had a grad school paper to write that night that I had managed to forget about. So pizza it was. Half pepperoni, half Hawaiian. I think I’m becoming a pizza snob. I’ve been extremely picky in my pizza choices lately. There are just so many gourmet pizzas out there that are completely delicious and don’t leave you feeling like junk. I want whole wheat, thin, crispy crust with a light sprinkle of cheese and ya gotta have roasted tomatoes and arugula among other toppings. I don’t know when it happen, but I have absolutely zero craving for delivery pizza. Like ever.
The next day, my dad and I got in a morning workout at the hotel gym. I did a version of The Lean Green Beans’ Terrible Two’s workout.
Then I had oatmeal for breakfast at our hotel.
After the trolley tour, it was time for lunch and I knew exactly where I wanted to go. Kara had recommended Portland Lobster Co. for lobster rolls. The restaurant was gorgeous. For me, you can’t beat restaurants on the water that serve delicious seafood.
Then we took a ferry over to Peaks Island. We walked around the island but there really wasn’t too much to do other than get an ice cream cone. But we were still ice creamed out from the day before. The ferry ride definitely worth the trip though. I love ferries and boats in general.
For dinner I was excited to eat some chowder. We ended up at Gilbert’s Chowder House. I got a bowl of clam chowder and a glass of wine. Perfect end to the night.
We shopped and ate at The Clam Shack and then shopped some more.
For lunch I ordered another Lobster Roll and we got onions rings to split. Actually my dad ordered onion rings and then my mom and I couldn’t resist stealing some. While we were waiting for our food I realized The Clam Shack Lobster Roll was on Food & Wine’s list of Best Lobster Rolls, which made me even more excited to eat.
The lobster roll ended up being even better than the one from the day before. The bread was fluffy, yet crisp so your bite into the sandwich went–>fluffy bun, crispy buttered bun layer, rich buttery lobster, crispy buttered bun layer, more fluffy bun. So fantastic and probably one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.