Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Primo | Rockland, Maine

Primo is the best of the best. I unknowingly had this place on my bucket list ever since Anthony Bourdain / No Reservations / Season 6 / 2010. I say unknowingly because I forgot the name entirely for years, but, traveling up here sparked my memory of the show - and an elusive restaurant - a white farmhouse on a hill - in Rockland, Maine....

Surprise! That's where Bob scored reservations for our engagement dinner (obviously having not discussed any plans with me, definitely having no idea about my memories from watching the show many years prior.) Fun how things work out like that. Very serendipitous!

The experience was unforgettable and the staff treated us like royalty! Seriously, I had never felt so special, post engagement glow and all that.

Seared Husdon Valley Foie Gras ($22) | chive biscuit, seared strawberries, madiera jus
Oysters Rockafeller ($17) | baked in the wood oven w bacon butter, spinach + parmesan
Cabernet Franc, Chateau du Hureau ($48) | “Saumur~Champigny” 2010 France
Pan Roasted Halibut ($38) | Maine shrimp + corn, asparagus, fiddleheads, spoonbread
Pork Saltimboca ($33) | roast garlic mash, garden spinach, prosciutto + mushroom, madiera jus
Banana Pudding Parfait | house made Nilla wafers and baked meringue

Also check out Eater New England's 38 Essential Restaurants. I was glad to see Primo on that list.

2 Main Street
Rockland, ME 04841

Thursday, July 13, 2017

more Maine + Summer updates


The Way Life Should Be


A beautiful state to get engaged!

What a whirlwind this summer has been so far! I tend to get pulled away from the computer + blog the most in  warmer months - more so than I would like even though I'm off enjoying life! Weekends have been filled with the unbeatable summer in New England routine - beach, lake, camping, hiking - then pile on extremely busy work weeks (and even a work weekend), add in weeknight blog events, a dash of planning for my sisters wedding shower and bachelorette party and it all adds up to less time for this little hobby!

June went by in a blink - we celebrated a lot - really soaked it all in and enjoyed telling friends and family about our engagement in person. (Come to think of it, I announced it on Instagram but never even made it to Facebook.) We had a lot of home time and city time - cookouts, gardening, drinks and dinners. Simultaneously, I mourned the loss of a dear friend I've had since childhood, an unexpected death that really shook me and the entire Yarmouth/Dennis/Cape crew/community I grew up with. A reminder for sure to live it all to the fullest.

We spent 4th of July at the (sister + brother in law's) house on Lake Winnepesauke followed by a camping + hiking weekend in Crawford Notch. Back to back New Hampshire weekends in the Lakes Region and the White Mountain National Forest, respectively, reminded me of how much I love that state....

...and how each New England state now holds a really special place! MA - everything! my forever home!, VT - my winter home! skiing!, NH - UNH! college!, CT - where both my parents grew up, endless family gatherings, and now ME - engaged! (Sorry, Rhode Island, I've got nothing of importance!) 

I digress. I wanted to share more Maine photos! Hope you enjoy!

1-5 | Maine State Ferry - Lincolnville --> Islesboro
6-11| Exploring the charming, tiny Islesboro town center: Dark Harbor Shop / Antiques / Williams Bros. Plus a little engagement lunch from the Dark Harbor Shop counter - melted ham and swiss w tomato + onion on an english muffin.
12 - 18 | Our memorable Friday night dinner in downtown Camden at the distinctive + precious Harstone Inn. My stuffed lobster tail with parmesan risotto and zucchini + summer squash ribbons and that lemon poppyseed souffle were so, so good. (Saturday night dinner coming in a separate post.)
19 - 24 | Camden Hills State Park: Camden Harbor views from Mount Battie Tower + a hike to the summit of Mount Megunticook.

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Inn At Ocean's Edge

This inn is everything. That infinity pool + hot tub. Those grounds capturing spring in full bloom. The delicious breakfast - Blueberry pancakes! Smoked salmon quiche! The sprawling, comfortable rooms. The incredibly welcoming + accommodating staff. The beachy poolhouse with a sauna, a spa, and a fridge stocked w local beers and mini boxed wines. The cozy outdoor fireplace. 

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend The Inn at Ocean's Edge for a romantic, relaxing, low-key getaway. That Maine Coast is something special. 

20 Stonecoast Road
Lincolnville, ME 04849