We had the pleasure of visiting the Portland, ME area last weekend and even though it rained on our shopping spree on Friday, the dining experiences brought a smile to our faces.
While in Freeport, we stopped for lunch at the Blue Onion. This was our third visit and we always enjoy returning to this small, cozy establishment serving fresh, homemade soups, sandwiches and desserts. Their fish specials for the day received rave reviews from some of the patrons.
We were staying in Scarborough so Friday night we decided to stay in town and dined at Anjon's on Route One. The dining room was warm and inviting. The menu was extensive. We shared an appetizer of Fried Ravioli - delicious. I decided on the Fried Clams with Pasta on the side. They were fresh, light, crispy and possibly the best Fried Clams I've ever had. My date had Veal Piccatta which he couldn't stop raving about.
We were enjoying our evening but unfortunately had to cut it short, skipping dessert and coffee because two tables away from us a man was seated with so much cologne on, we both immediately felt like we were hit in the face with the scent. He was not just wearing cologne, this man must have bathed in it or maybe wears it so much that it comes out of his pores. My eyes began to tear and we were both actually coughing. We quickly asked for the check and left, cutting our wonderful dinner short.
I sincerely wish people would have more courtesy before applying perfumes/colognes. It would also be helpful if restaurants posted signs regarding this problem. These smells are offensive to some people and can trigger various allergic reactions. This started a discussion about smoking, perfumes, etc in public places. Maybe we should start a campaign regarding these offensive smells?
Saturday evening we dined at Cinque Terre in Portland and again thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The Carpaccio was delicious as was the special salad with goat cheese and pears. The swordfish was moist and tender and the veal was also excellent.
An enjoyable weekend - thanks to all Chowhounders who posted previously with their suggestions.
Can we do something about the perfume?