Saturday, September 01, 2007

I have a lot of reviews to catch up on. We've been out to lots of places, including some old stomping grounds like the Waterfront in Camden. We revisited the Whale's Tooth Pub down in Lincolnville Beach the other night. We haven't been there in almost four years because the food was always so terrible. We went with a friend who said that 15 years or so ago when the pub opened up, it was actually really great with fresh seafood and really good food. So we decided to go back. The place was packed on a Wednesday night. Its an interesting location cause its about as north as Camdenites will go for food at night and its close enough for Northport renters to visit. We always lament the food there, because the atmosphere is so great in the bar room. We love the fireplace in the winter.
We were pretty well sated with cheese and crackers by the time we got there and ordered drinks. My vodka and cranberry was served in a stemmed shot glass that reminded us all of a shirley temple. Greg says that the fish and chips there are his new favorite...totally crispy on the outside and light and flaky on the inside. Our friend had eggplant parmesan which she said was really was a ton of food to eat. I had the chicken tender dinner which was also crispy, but dry in the middle and not something I would order again. But I had really nice sauteed vegetables that were fresh rather than bagged like they were last time we went.
I think we'll go back here, because we need a local place to take the place of Willy World.


Wednesday, August 29, 2007

We were in town today and decided to walk around and find something to eat. I noticed that Zoe's had moved from its very hidden spot in the back of a row of buildings to a spot across the street from the Colonial Theater, where there once was a wellness center. We walked in to see what there was on offer and I immediately wanted to leave. I don't know how this place intends to stay open, because for a coffee shop / bakery, it has no soul. I am not invited in to stay by the interior. The baked goods are arranged on plates in a haphazard manner and there are no covers on any of them. None of the baked goods spoke to me and impressed me and made me want to buy them, so I didn't. We ended up leaving very fast. I do hope this is just a case of working the kinks out. As is, come winter, this will not be a cozy place to come sip coffee and write the next great love story. The guy behind the counter was really friendly though, even though you cannot see him until you are deep into the place as the server station is behind a wall.

We next popped into Bay Wraps new space. Finally, I thought, another store front restaurant. We walked in to a pretty empty space with about 4-5 tables, 2 booths and an uncozy looking "living area" with leather couch and chair from Mardens. All it is is another coffee shop with some muffins at the counter. For wraps, one still has to walk through to the back and order, wait and then bring your own wrap upfront to eat. The space has HUGE potential for charm, but it is dark and there really isn't a well designed interior.
Charlie makes great wraps, but they always just miss in taste. It was a nice change of pace for lunch, and one gets ginormous portions, but work out the space and make it into someplace where people actually feel comfortable.


Sunday, August 26, 2007

3Tides did an excellent lobster bake for us for Greg's birthday, complete with Tempo the clown and a DJ. I've since had lots of people call me to say that it was the best lobster they had ever had and that the smokiness of the seaweed lended a great taste to the meat of the lobster. (for those who don't know, the lobsters and potatos, corn and eggs, sometimes steamers are layered in seaweed and then a fire is set below the seaweed which smokes everything.)

We had a few lobsters left over so we picked the meat the next day and made lobster quesadillas for lunch. I sauteed celery, red and orange peppers and onions together in butter, added a bit of garlic power, salt and pepper to taste and then added the cut up lobster meat at the end. Then I put the mixture onto flour tortilla shells, sprinkled liberally with cheese, and grilled until crispy.