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2012 Summer vacations were short and sweet. Sweet and delicious like a lobster from Maine, like a fluke tartar or a lobster roll on a Japanese steamed bun.

A big cheers for Portland, its nice people and quiet days!!!

The view from our hotel.

The waterfront

For the ones that don’t know that much about Portland, Maine, here is a short description by Wikipedia.

Portland is the largest city in Maine and is the county seat of Cumberland County. The 2010 city population was 66,194, growing 3 percent since the census of 2000. With a metro population of over 500,000, the Greater Portland area is home to more than one-third of Maine’s total population.

Tourists visit Portland’s historic Old Port district along Portland Harbor, at the mouth of the Fore River and part of Casco Bay, and the Arts District, which runs along Congress Street in the center of the city. Portland Head Light is located in nearby Cape Elizabeth and marks the entrance to Portland Harbor.

The city seal depicts a phoenix rising from ashes, which aligns with the city’s motto, Resurgam, Latin for “I will rise again.” The motto refers to Portland’s recoveries from four devastating fires. The city of Portland, Oregon was named for Portland, Maine.

We arrived by air, in a very convenient flight of 45 minutes from JFK. It was a late flight so we went straight to our Hotel. The next morning we went for coffee and a tasty berry tart at The Standard Baking Company and a nice walk around the Waterfront.

The Standard Baking Company
75 Commercial Street
Portland, ME 04101
207 773 2112

The Sea Bags store.
Sea Bags makes eco friendly tote bags and products from recycled sails.
25 Custom House Wharf, Portland, ME 04101
207 780 0744
Monday-Friday 8:30am – 5:30pm
Saturday 9am – 5pm

For lunch we went to Portland Lobster Company. We had a lobster bisque and a lobster roll along with a glass of a chardonnay. I have to say that I was expecting something better for what we paid.

Portland Lobster Company
180 Commercial St
Portland, ME 04101
207  775 2112

After lunch we went to Portland Museum of Art, where we saw a very interesting collection. Photos were not allowed on most of the galleries but we had the opportunity to visit the McLellan House , a preeminent example of Federal architecture, it was designed by John Kimball, Sr., one of Portland’s most highly regarded housewrights, for shipping tycoon Major Hugh McLellan.[br]

Before dinner we walked around downtown and saw very interesting architecture and stores… lobsters are everywhere…

To fight our thirst we stopped by Novare Res, a well known beer bar.
Novare Res Bier Café
4 Canal Plaza, Suite 1
Portland, ME[

We were lucky to get reservations for a nice dinner at Five Fifty Five, the award winning restaurant by Steve and Michelle Corry.

Five Fifty Five
555 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101
tel: 207 761 0555

Blueberries for salad
Bibb lettuce . maine blueberries . airy yogurt . granola crumble . honeycomb . seasonal lavender

Braised baby octopus[br]
crispy snell farm potatoes . chimichurri . house hot sauce . cool buttermilk salad

Summer tomato salad
assorted heirloom tomatoes . house-made mozzarella . broken blossom vinaigrette . maine sea salt . fresh basil br]

Steak and cheese
prime angus beef carpaccio . horseradish crème fraiche . pickled beech mushrooms . truffled pecorino

Pepper-crusted new england scallops
whipped fennel-potatoes . butter-glazed local summer beans . organic baby carrot-vanilla emulsion.

Quinoa-crusted colorado lamb loin
roasted eggplant puree. zucchini pearls . chic pea croquette. greek yogurt emulsion

A trio of interesting house-churned ice cream
Lemon-basil, Chocolate-blueberry and Sour cherry-vanilla.

After hours we went to Sebago Brewing Company Pub in the Old Port.
211 Fore Street 04101
Ph: 207 775 2337
Hours: Every Day 11AM – 1AM

… random night photos


The next morning we walked to East end beach

For lunch we went to Eventide Oyster Co. Definitely the best food and service that we had in Portland.
86 Middle Street
Portland, Maine
207 774 8538

Fluke tart.
Cucumber, Hyssop

Eventide Lobster Roll.
Choice of: Hollandaise, House Mayo, or Brown Butter Vinaigrette.

Rare lobster tail.

Swordfish tail and deep fried polenta with capers and olives sauce.

More walking before our flight.

Leaving Portland…

… and back to New York.



Claudia Sandoval

Travel and food visual storytelling

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