Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Maine Event

Got back from Maine & New Hampshire last Sunday and am finally catching up on my blogging. I was amazed to find that after coming back I've had almost no desire to cook for a bit. Maybe going out to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is habit forming.

In any case, we had 4 lovely days of backpacking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Tam, I must say, it goes UP there!!

After emerging from the wild and showering, we went out for Clam Chowdah in Camden and then on to the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland. It is a superb testament to Andrew Wyeth's work, as well as having quite a few nice works from other contemporary artists.

We stayed three nights at a B&B in Boothbay Harbor, taking in the local color at the Opera House where we watched a charming open mic event. Boothbay before the season is really quite lovely as there are no crowds and it really is a beautiful little town.

We hit two different crab houses while there and also took advantage of the Glidden Point Oyster Farm being right down the road. Paired with a Seal Cove mixed sheep and cow milk Olga, they made for a wonderful lunch by the sea in the fog.

I highly recommend the Botanical Gardens in Boothbay. Be prepared to walk a lot, but they just opened 2 years ago and they are already gorgeous. The café at the Botanical Gardens serves local food whenever possible and the food is quite tasty.

It was fiddlehead season as you can see, so we bought a bunch and sauteed them with a bit of garlic butter. Turns out you are supposed to cook fiddleheads for more than just a couple of minutes. Tasty things fiddleheads, but boy did we get sick.

Anyway, the trip was fantastic, now let's just hope I get inspired to cook again.