Didnt arrive till 10 p.m. Went to Kennebec Tavern. (Open till 11.) Nice cup of smoked tomato soup. Ordered fried parsnips. They were shaved paper thin and fried dark brown. I love parsnips but didnt care for them. The S.O. hates parsnips but loved them. Go figure. Steamers for me; served in a pasta bowl. They were small, sweet, and on the money but at $15 Ouch! S.O. had baked stuffed haddock with Newburg sauce., along with mashed potatoes with scallions or some such. I tasted-(O.K.) He really liked it. Local beer for him, Riesling for me and Spanish coffee for dessert. Also an excellent carrot cake. $94. with tip.
Breakfast at Maes Café (formerly Kristinas)
Great dark roasted coffee. Interesting Bloody Mary w/ oregano and other spices. S.O. loved his omelet w/ cheddar, ham, onions, peppers. I went with crabmeat and tomato omelet. About 3 fingers of fresh crab and some diced tomatoes. They completely cooked the omelet and then folded the filling in. Good, not wow. Terrific home fries w/ paprika. Way too much food for 2. Better to order 1 meal there and split. Little blueberry muffin samples at the counter. Bought some blueberry and oatmeal cookies for later. @$28.
Farmers Market (Sat. morning on Commercial St.)
About 8 stalls. The produce looked very inviting. Saw some giant tomatoes and many varieties of potatoes. 2 homemade cheese stalls. Tasted some blue that I definitely wouldve bought if we werent going to be in the car all day. Bring a cooler if youre visiting from out of town. Bought some local maple syrup for a gift.
Lots to see. $30. gets you an hours boat ride around the river and 2 day passes to the museum. The boat goes by the Bath Iron Works and they tell about the destroyers, the giant floating drydock, local history etc. You also see man made osprey nests, and a couple of small lighthouses. The extensive lobstering exhibit was neat.
Walked around Fort Popham and shared a lobster roll. $13! for skimpy untoasted roll, wilted lettuce, and sin of all sins- Miracle Whip! Yuck! Good thing we only got one.
Since we decided to do dinner at 5 Islands, we didnt do Reds, Spragues, or Sea Basket. (Big Mistake!) Stopped in Treats; a wine and cheese store and bought ¼ lb. of Hudson River Camembert. (Tempted by the award sign.) Sat on some stoop to taste it and it was so orgasmically good we polished the whole thing off right there. I have to find more of that stuff here in Boston.
Five Island Lobster Co. (the big letdown)
After a brief rest at the hotel we arrived about 7. Its a gorgeous spot. Unfortunately, every mosquito in Maine arrived too. Fried clams and onion rings for me. Clams light and crunchy with cornmeal. O.K. but same coating on the rings. (not O.K.) S.O. hated them and said the clams at Red Wing Diner in Foxboro where we go frequently are far superior. I wouldnt say superior but just different. (no corn meal) He had fried scallops. They were fried dark dark brown. Awful! I tried to make up for it by ordering steamers. The cashier there was very kind and lent me her cintronella candle. We moved to the other side of the dock and things improved a little. Sadly, the steamers ($6.) were very sandy which is alright if you have hot broth to dunk them in. The broth was very hot, but so salty I couldnt eat them.
Chauncy Creek Lobster (Sun. afternoon.)
On the way home managed to find this place after some quick outlet shopping. Another first and we both loved it. Dozen oysters and littlenecks,($28.) lobster roll, creamy chowder, steamers.($13.) All perfect. Again the salty broth but no sand. Beautiful day, seat next to the water, a bottle of Gewertztraminer. Well be going back there as often as we can.
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