Comin’ at you live from Portland, Maine. More about that later.
First, I had this Hungry Girl recipe for lunch today before I left the warmth of my homestead. I was really looking forward to it, mostly because it was reminiscent of the potato martinis we had at our wedding reception. These were basically the same idea, except these have a veggie burger hiding in there.
Also, I’m pretty sure they didn’t use ketchup on the martinis.
I am not knocking the ketchup. In fact, I often use it on macaroni and cheese and I’m pretty sure that in my youth I applied it in the same manner to mashed potatoes.
All in all, another hit from Lisa Lillien and 300 Under 300!
In other news: I am heading up to Fort Kent tomorrow for my niece’s graduation. I flew into Portland instead of Bangor because 20 or so years ago I used to live here and I wanted to be a tourist for a day.
Tonight I went to dinner at the Pepperclub. With all the choices in this area how is a girl to narrow it down? First, it was two blocks away. Second, Rachael Ray suggested it.
A word or two or a hundred about RR: I don’t love her. But back before she became overexposed I used to watch $40 a Day. I’m all about the travel. And, of course, I had to buy the book. I’ve visited a few of her suggestions: the Adirondacks, Saratoga, and Cooperstown. Frankly, I wasn’t impressed. The Pepperclub was her redemption.
This place was adorable. I was intending to sit at the bar, but there wasn’t one. It’s a tiny little cafe with friendly wait staff. I started off with some Pinot Noir and a spring roll. I would love to post a picture, but my battery died. Before I made it to the spring roll, though, I had a plate of bread. I believe they said it was honey wheat. Whatever the name, it was heavenly. I hear they turn it into English muffins too. With my second glass of wine I went for the corn fritters with zucchini, quinoa, and black beans. Said beans were a little spicy for me, but the rest was delish. After that I was pretty full, but I still came home with some sea salt truffles. Lucky for you my camera was ready and waiting.
Even in the to-go box they are as cute as two peas.
I swear that was the best sea salt EVER.
Eat well and Savor.