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Liz's pickles, plus Vietnamese in Boothbay Harbor

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Liz's pickles, plus Vietnamese in Boothbay Harbor

MU | Aug 24, 2002 09:15 PM

Was just in Boothbay Harbor for a few hours today after a trip to the Montsweag flea market to pick up some of Liz's pickles, which are not to be missed, especially the dills and the bread & butters. She will be there tomorrow, her last day there this year. She said she does some craft fairs around the Augusta area in the fall and winter, selling wreaths and such, but also sells any pickles and jams she has left after the summer. Folks, we buy them every year, and always wish we'd bought more.

As for Boothbay Harbor, I live in Portland but had never been before. I found it mostly an icky tourist trap, except for this: Since we were not interested in the vaunted Lobsterman's Coop experience, we stopped for lunch at a place called Baker's Way, which had a sign for baked goods and "traditional Vietnamese food." How could we not? Inside was a little bakery counter with some ordinary looking danishes and croissants, standard sandwich offerings listed on the wall, and, sure enough, a pretty thorough Vietnamese menu. The place seems to be run by a family, with Mom and an older sister cooking, and brother and Dad out back working on the garden. I got bun tui (forget the exact name), a rice noodle salad topped with some stir-fried shrimp & pork. It was generous with the meat, chock-full of cilantro, basil and mint. There were only two shrimp but they were fresh and not overcooked. My husband, a vegetarian, got a plate of stir-fried veggies, which were good, but not much of a test for such a place. I'd want to get corroborating reports before declaring the place great, but the impression was definitely good.

Anyone else been? I'd love to hear other peoples' impressions.

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