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maine trip report

pat hammond | Apr 11, 2000 01:43 PM

It rained every blessed day (8) but it didn't slow us down.
The chow scene was peculiar. My sister is on the Atkins Diet and I decided to keep her company by going on it for just the week. Eating out became a chore because of the prohibition of carbs. A Maine crab roll, sans roll, at Demillo's floating restaurant in Portland was perfect. Lots of pure "peeky toe" crabmeat which I ate on the lettuce that was in the roll. The place is VERY touristy but fortunately tourist season is a few months away. My sister's oysters on the half shell were so fresh they visibly cringed when lemon was squeezed on them. Portland has a fairly new public market with a number of intersting food booths. It's sort of like Fanuiel (sp) Hall in Boston.
Didn't go to Slades, Barb H., because they were advertising for a chef in the local paper. But I did get to A-1 Diner in Gardiner, a "suburb" of Augusta. For diner buffs this is a true gem, an original Worcester diner. I had a very hefty and flavorful roast beef sort of "melt", without bread of course, and a tangy and creamy side of cole slaw. But the menu is amazing and I'll definitely hit it next time when I'll eat with more abandon. Here are some intriguing choices: Brazilian black bean soup, potage a la Bretonne, Oaxacan potato soup, Sengalese shrimp stew, mushroom stew with orzo. No menu item over $9.50. Some very good looking food passed by my potatoless, breadless, orzoless booth.

The best meal I had was cooked by me: incredibly fresh and huge diver's scallops simply carmelized in butter, spinach sauteed in olive oil topped with crispy fried garlic slices, and the obgligatory salad.

Now, can anyone tell me why heavy cream has fewer carbs than skim milk?? Oh, and I lost 4 pounds. pat

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