July 30th

Portland, Maine: Summertime Edition


Portland was just lovely! If it wasn’t so cold in the winter Paul and I would be moving there stat! That being said, it is a world of difference between visiting in February and visiting in July. I strongly recommend the latter. Since Portland is only 2+ hours away, we were able to check into the hotel with enough time to walk around before dinner. Upon check-in my lover arranged for oysters and vino to be sent to the room! There is no better kickoff in my mind. If you are ever looking for a interesting new wine to try I would highly recommend the Alma Negra. Alma is a sparkling Malbec out of Argentina. The oysters came served on a plate of salt which was the perfect touch. If you are an oyster lover like myself, I would definitely recommend this small but powerful addition! On Friday we rented bikes and rode along East Coast Greenway toward Cape Elizabeth. Our first stop was Bug Light Park. It was a beautiful park with plenty of benches and beautiful views. We quickly learned that we a definitely more of the walking/running type.  I am still convinced that I just need to find a bike that a little bit less X Games and a little bit more me. During our trip we had a short list of must dos. For me it was oysters, a bike ride, Bard Coffee, Portland Hunt and Alpine Club and Otto Pizza. For Paul it was lobsters rolls, more lobster rolls and Otto Pizza. Given the overlap, we had Otto Pizza twice and it was awesome! I would recommend their Butternut Squash, Ricotta & Cranberry pizza, and as I type this I see Paul shaking his head vigorously in agreement. I know it sounds weird, but it’s absolutely worth a try! Also, if you are a dessert person like I am, I would finish your order off with their wonderful cannoli’s. We also were able to revisit J’s Oyster, which was packed as usual. Every time we’ve been to J’s we’ve made new friends over oysters and wine – what could be a better lunch? Portland Part Deux Picks:

Otto Pizza

Gourmet pizza withthinn-er crust, lots of topping options. Bonus: They deliver till 2am!

Bard Coffee

Cute interior, friendlybaristas (not annoyingly snooty) they carry almond milk and stevia! Also, the coffee is good.

Portland Hunt & Alpine Club

Loved this place! They have an awesome happy hour if you can get there before6p during the week! Lovely, modern/industrial interior and the bartenders are very helpful! Bonus: they have a whole list of sparkling wine cocktails! I ordered Lunar Phases which was a French 75/ Vesper hybrid, (two of myfavs-thank you) and Paul ordered the Doctor. Also we got some marinated olives to snack on (very spicy, and not for the faint of heart)!

J’s Oysters

This is a good dive spot. They have wonderful oysters and a really good lobster roll. Every time we have gone here it has been packed (and I am talking weird hours like 3:30p on a Friday). That being said, we have always squeezed into the bar and had a lovely time. Bonus: They are open year round.

Portland Lobster Co

Great water views, awesome outdoor seating. The food was good, albeit a little pricey for its environment. Since we were more in a take-out kind of mood, this was the perfect spot. We had shrimp cocktail and wine while we waited for the takeout.  For our entrees, I got the catch of the day (blackened) with a salad, and Paul ordered the lobster roll. We enjoyed our wine staring at the sun setting over the marina, overall I would say it was quite lovely!

We still stand by picks from last visit, we just didn’t have enough time to circle back. Also, the Westin we stayed at had lovely views of the bay from their rooftop bar if you are in that kinda mood!

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Portland Kickoff: Sparkling Malbec and Oysters

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They have vegan sausage, enough said.

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One my fav coffee places in Portland / Cute boutique 

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Yummy drinks and snacks at Portland Hunt & Alpine Club

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Bard Coffee Interior

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Bike ride break / Adorbs boutique

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 Bard coffee and some informed reading