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IMG_4609We spent the day in Portland, getting lunch and walking around. We stopped into the Standard Baking Co. and I was in love instantly. With so many delicious things behind the counter, it was hard to choose what to get. I wanted one of everything!

IMG_1377The chocolate hazelnut tart was sweet but not too sweet. You would think that with that much chocolate it might be overwhelming.  Not so. And the flakes of sea salt sent this over the top for me.

IMG_1381The lemon tart was equally delicious! It was sweet and tart….really quite delicious.

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We grabbed a blueberry scone to go – usually my experience with scones has not been good – they are usually quote dry, but not these. Simply delicious! I highly recommend stopping by if you are in the Portland area.

The Standard Baking Co.

75 Commercial Street, Portland, ME

http://standardbakingco.com/

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IMG_1392On a recent weekend  trip to Maine, to Kennebunkport, we had some time to kill so we stopped in to Morning in Paris. I had been reading about how they sold macarons and had to stop in to try them out. The inside is cute, if not a little cramped at the tables.

IMG_4652The outside definitely has Paris down pat, right down to the chairs. I ordered a smoothie that was a bit too super sweet for my liking.

IMG_4649When I ordered the macarons, they put them in this box and I was a little disappointed to see that they were from Macaron Cafe, not housemade.

Morning in Paris

21 Western Ave., Kennebunk, ME

http://www.morningsinparis.com/

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IMG_4607On our way up to Kennebunport for the weekend, we stopped in Portland for lunch. Located on a fence between Long Wharf and the Portland Lobster Company on Commercial Street in the Old Port, people put padlocks (love locks) to symbolize their love for one another.

IMG_4601We order inside at the counter and they give us a lobster buzzer. We scope out seats – while it’s sunny outside, there is a cool breeze, but in the end we decided it would be a waste not to eat outside.

IMG_4602There are great views of the water outside, some tables have some shade under the umbrellas. For those not as adventurous, there are tables inside as well.

IMG_4605The lobster roll was pretty good. What threw me off is that the lobster meat was cold but they pour warm butter over it, so if you don’t eat the lobster roll quickly, the butter starts to congeal. The Portland Phoenix voted Portland Lobster Company’s lobster roll the best lobster roll in 2014. In addition to lobster they have a good selection of fried food, salads and wraps. And don’t forget about dessert! Try the locally made blueberry pie.

Portland Lobster Company

180 Commercial Street

Portland, ME

http://www.portlandlobstercompany.com

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IMG_4615We headed up to Maine for a quick weekend away in Kennebunkport. We were staying at Hidden Pond, and while it was hard to pick the thing I was MOST excited about, eating at Earth was at the top of my list.

IMG_4637We picked the same weekend to go up to Kennebunkport as M and B, so we decided to meet up the first night for dinner. The restaurant was quite dark, so the pictures here are not the best – good enough for you to get the general idea though.

IMG_4638The treetop/nature theme from the resort is carried through here as well. The decor is beautiful – I love the white lights on the tree branches above the bar.

IMG_4621The restaurant is packed, as I expected it would be. Earth is Ken Oringer’s seventh restaurant. Earth uses local ingredients and produce from the property’s two on site organic gardens.

IMG_4622Sangria ($15) is always a good way to start a meal!

IMG_4625Burrata, mustard fruit, black olive oil, crunchy olives, rhubarb ($15). The plating is a work of art, unlike any burrata dish I’ve had before. Creamy and delicious, this dish makes me crave more burrata on the plate.

IMG_4629Wood fired lobster, green garlic butter, fresh garbanzo beans, Meyer lemon, chamomile ($42). Another great presentation, I loved my entree. Earth makes it easy for you to eat the lobster meat – and there is a decent amount of it.

IMG_4630Crispy skin duck, fermented garlic, sunchokes, baby turnips, tardivo ($36). I know I keep talking about the plating, but it really is quite something to look at.

IMG_4631Diver scallops, smoked potato purée, Fiddle Head, baby fennel, Vidalia onions ($38). Fiddleheads might be one of my favorite things. The scallops were on the larger side, M couldn’t finish the whole dish.

IMG_4633Warm donuts ($10) came served on a wood board – simple and delicious.

IMG_4632Meyer lemon curd, blondie, whipped cream, umiboshi, white chocolate, granola streusel ($10) While I was so full from my lobster entree, I loved every bite of this dessert – meyer lemon anything is top of my list!

 What’s your favorite Ken Oringer restaurant?

Earth at Hidden Pond

354 Goose Rocks Road

Kennebunkport, ME

http://www.earthathiddenpond.com/

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IMG_4574The tree spa at Hidden Pond offers three treetop spa rooms connected by a raised catwalk.

IMG_4611How cute are the rooms? The only downside is that they do not have showers at the spa.

IMG_4578I had a pure therapy 60 minute massage ($130) with Emily, who was fantastic. She gave me a customized massage based on our conversation of what I was hoping for.

IMG_4579The spa rooms were very clean, the bed was warm and the room was relaxing. I can see how people fall asleep in massages. They offer many different types of massages: Warmed stone, warmed bamboo, a muscle melt renewal and a pure integration thai yoga massage. They also offer a variety of body treatments: herbal garden body exfoliation, seaweed and green team herbal body wrap, and a Maine honey body buzz warm remedy wrap among others. They have a variety of facials to choose from as well. In peak season, make sure to book your appointments well in advance!

Tree Spa at Hidden Pond

354 Goose Rocks Road, Kennebunkport, ME

http://www.hiddenpondmaine.com/theTreeSpa-en.html

 

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IMG_1365I had bought a Living Social deal months and months ago and booked this weekend getaway to Hidden Pond. We knew friends of friends who got married here and everyone had such good things to say about the resort.

IMG_4663We were there before it was peak season, and it seemed like most of the other guests were also using the Living Social deal. There is so much attention to detail here – it’s impressive. The service from check in to check out was impeccable.

IMG_4584Instead of a hotel, the property has a number of cottages, either one or two bedrooms. We have a one bedroom that is studio style, and the two bedrooms have a full sized kitchen.

IMG_4585Each cabin is named – we get #45, Dilly Dally.

IMG_4586You walk into the front door into a screened in porch, which could be really great on hot summer days/nights.

IMG_1359The inside of the cabin in amazing – the decor is charming – lots of natural elements are incorporated into the design.

IMG_1361There is a small kitchen area with a coffee maker and a small fridge. The fridge is stocked with yogurt, orange juice and milk. There is home made granola and delicious tea. If you call ahead, Hidden Pond can stock your kitchen for you.

IMG_1367Each cottage has an outdoor shower attached to it, with access from the outside and a door inside by the bathroom. (Don’t forget to keep the inside door unlocked!)

IMG_1368It was a little too cold when we were there to take an outdoor shower, but I love the idea of it!

IMG_1369The bathroom was spacious, there was a stand up shower at the end.

IMG_1373Hidden Pond featured L’Occitane products and Frette sheets and robes.

IMG_1362There was a large flat screen tv that was on a swivel arm so you could watch in bed. They also offered a Tivoli radio for guest’s use.

IMG_1366There are so many guest activities that we didn’t have a chance to enjoy – we were so busy!! They offer stand up paddleboarding lessons, mixology classes by the pool, complimentary bikes to use on and off property, a dinner trolley that runs between Hidden Pond and the Tides beach club (so you can enjoy a cocktail (or three) without having to worry about driving, a beach shuttle, and s’mores at dusk. You can even go into Hidden Pond’s garden and pick your own veggies and flowers.

IMG_4640In the morning, they deliver breakfast to your cottage and leave it outside on a hook. It was raining on Saturday morning…

IMG_4660…but on Sunday, we go this cute little cooler, complete with newspaper, freshly brewed coffee, two hot items, two slices of blueberry cake and some fresh fruit.

IMG_4642How delicious does this look? I never want to leave this place!!

Have you been to Hidden Pond? What’s your favorite thing about the resort?

Hidden Pond

354 Goose Rocks Road

Kennebunkport, ME 04046

http://www.hiddenpondmaine.com

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IMG_4648On a recent trip to Kennebunkport, Maine, we stayed at Hidden Pond.

IMG_1384Saturday was grey and it was drizzling, but we didn’t let that stop us from exploring the town.

IMG_1385This was outside one of the restaurants!

IMG_1387We stopped into The Clam Shack just before it got slammed with the lunch rush. They serve everything here to go, and you can sit on the benches outside or, if you dare, on the bridge – but watch out for those birds! We grabbed a seat in the seafood market next door.

IMG_1390The lobster roll is buttered and put on the flat top to get it golden and toasty. The meat of a 1 lb lobster is put on top of the bun with your choice of butter or may….or both.

IMG_1391What’s great about this lobster is the meat – the sheer amount of it and that it’s in large pieces – no shredded miscellaneous meat here. And the flavor – the lobsters are cooked in sea water – the lobster meat tastes fresh, clean, sweet and delicious! We ate ours so quickly that we were tempted to go back for seconds!

Where is your favorite clam shack?

The Clam Shack

2 Western Ave, Kennebunkport, ME

http://theclamshack.net

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First lobster roll of the season! While it still isn’t that warm outside, that didn’t stop people from sitting out on the deck. People bundled up in their coats and headed out to eat their steamed lobsters. We on the other hand decided to stay inside and enjoy out lunch next to the fireplace. I started with a cup of chowder and then the classic lobster roll. Never disappoints.

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And this time we decided to try a dessert. We went with the strawberry shortcake, made locally. I tend to prefer the sweet biscuits/shortcake over the savory ones so it wasn’t my favorite, but it wasn’t bad. Perhaps we will try an ice cream sundae next time…

Barnacle Billy’s

50-70 Perkins Cove Road, Ogunquit, ME 03907

http://www.barnbilly.com/

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One Saturday afternoon we decided to head up to Maine to do some outlet shopping. On our way up, we made a pit stop in Portland for lunch. We tried to get into Duckfat but the line was over 45 minutes long, so we headed over to Two Fat Cats bakery instead. After a long day of shopping, we made our way back down to Portland to see if we could do an early dinner at Duckfat. 15 minutes later, we were in. This place is small and the food is delicious, thus the long wait times. The seating, if you are only 2, will almost always be communal-whether sitting at the counter, the bar or at a table for 8 with a few other strangers.

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We start off with a waiter recommended rutabaga and parsnip soup ($4.50). It came in a small bowl screaming “this is what winter soup should be”. The soup was thick and left almost in  a course pulse from the food processor or blender. It wasn’t bland but I couldn’t even really find a good word to describe the taste, the words that come to mind are earthy and hearty. Good recommendation from the waiter, glad I branched out and tried some new root veggies.

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I went with the classic ham and cheese panini, baked ham and swiss cheese on bread by Sorella’s bakehouse. ($7) The service was good, our waiter was thorough and knowledgeable, but speedy and efficient, which you have to be when there aren’t many seats in the house, but never once did we feel rushed.

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We also sampled the meatloaf panino ($9.25) that came with tomato chutney and lime mayo. The meatloaf was thinly sliced, man was it delicious!

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And of course you have to try the duckfat fries-hand cut Belgian frieds, fried in duckfat with your choice of dipping sauce, and we had the truffle ketchup….one word…amazing. (Large for $6.50, small for $5)

IMG_4626And just to round out the meal, a  blueberry buttermilk milkshake. ($5) Wasn’t really sure if I was going to like this, but it was really tasty. This is what Maine is all about 🙂

IMG_4632And just something amusing… Further reason why magnetic poetry and alcohol should not mix…

Stop by and see how they do things in Maine:

Duckfat

43 Middle Street, Portland, ME

207.774.8080

www.duckfat.com

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On our way up to Freeport, we stopped in Portland to grab a bite to eat. To be honest, we were trying to get into Duckfat, but the wait was 45 minutes….so we headed over to the Two Fat Cats bakery instead. I just love the name!

I have to say….there is just something nice about Maine. The people…the places…it’s refreshing. So this cute little bakery had the most delicious smells coming out of it. We picked up a ton of goodies for about $20, what a steal!

Look at THAT home made pie….oh my goodness! We waited (barely) until we got home to dig into this beauty, but man was it good! Really nice flaky crust and the berries…YUM is all I can say.

I can’t remember the name of these cookies, they were something like chocolate walnut drops….but man…were they good. I am dreaming/salivating about them to this day! They were basically like brownie cookies….

All the other ladies in line ahead of us had pre ordered whoopie pies….so I figured that I HAD to try one. Whoopies aren’t usually my thing, but hey, when you’re in Maine, do like the locals. The whoopie is the official state treat after all. The whoopie was so fresh, so moist, and so light…I could totally see why people were calling ahead for these things!

Totally recommend stopping in if you are in the area-not only are the treats super tasty, but the people there are super nice!

Two Fat Cakes Bakery
47 India Street Portland, Maine 04101
207-347-5144

http://twofatcatsbakery.com/

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