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Maine – the way life should be… some weekends :)

May 3rd, 2010 · 43 Comments · breakfast, Uncategorized

I just got back from an incredibly relaxing weekend away. My parents in law have a log cabin in Friendship, Maine – a small town with a population of around 1,000. Adam and I visited them there aboutย  a year and a half ago. Although we had a blast the first time around, somehow it took that long to go back. We won’t let it happen again!

Friendship is about 3.5 hours away from Boston. Adam and I took half-days on Friday with a plan to stop mid-way for lunch and get to the house early-ish. Unfortunately, a car exploded (or something like that) in the middle of the highway so we were stuck in the worst traffic jam of my life. After about 40 minutes of not moving at all, people decided to enjoy the sunshine outside their cars. Yup, these pics are in the middle of a major highway.

We were kind of pushing it with a late lunch as is, but with a 2 hour delay, I was starting to get very cranky. KIND bar to the rescue! This baby filled me up but it was crazy sweet. I wouldn’t buy it again. It was like a candy bar on steroids.

Yeah, 10 miles took 2 hours. The scene of the crime (I hope everyone was ok! I couldn’t find anything in the news about it)

We were planning on stopping in Portland, ME but lunch turned into dinner – at the famous Red’s Eats lobster shack in Wiscasset, ME.

Lots of fried stuff… and Maine’s #1 lobster roll. My PILs have been telling us about this place for years!

The owner said we were a good looking couple and a few locals offered to take a picture of us. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

The lobstuh!!

There is more than a whole lobster in every roll. They don’t add anything to it – you can add your own mayo or melted butter. I brushed it slightly with butter but it really didn’t need anything, just some pure lobster goodness.

That’s a good face!

Some homemade ice cream for dessert: 1/2 cookie dough, 1/2 coffee (I asked for maple pecan but got coffee. I’ll let it slide because it was still good)

We arrived at our final destination at nearly 9pm on Friday. We had a few more snacks and some beer (I had maybe 1/2 of one – if that) and went to bed. I haven’t slept this well in ages. It was glorious.

Good morning! :mrgreen:

My father in law made this sign in workshop class when he was 12 years old. How cool is that?

The weather was gorgeous. We spent a lot of time doing exactly this:

Strawberries to come!

Bleeding hearts flowers. I want to plant these in our yard!

And then there was breakfast. My parents in law seriously went out of the way getting stuff they thought I’d like. They bought A LOT of fresh produce, humanely raised meat, oikos yogurt for me, dried cherries and apricots and even Barney Butter!! We sure ate well this weekend.

Lavendar scones

I had one…

+ oikos with 1/2 mango, Kashi golean crunch cereal, dried cherries and chopped hazelnuts. This was amazing. I need to recreate this bowl at home. Mmm….

This breakfast even fueled me for a little run. Adam and I did 3 miles around the ‘hood. It was the hilliest run I’ve ever done and it was tough. I tried not to let it show too much though because I needed to encourage Adam to keep going. He was swearing at me during it but was super happy at the end. I knew he would be. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am SO doing it again next time we come, and I’m adding at least another hill to it!

Lunch: turkey, ham, cuc and toms sandwich + mixed greens and grapes

Finally we got dressed and did a few productive things. First stop: Moose Crossing garden center – a GIANT nursery.

I went a little crazy taking a million pictures but the flowers were just too beautiful, I couldn’t help it. Plus I am still learning how to use my camera so really this was necessary. :)

So so beautiful. We picked a few flowers to plant in our yard. Very cool!

Next stop: Beth’s farm market

Beth’s had some flowers but mostly herbs

… produce. Not a lot of things are in season right now (everything they sell is grown at the farm) but these guys caught my eye. That’s fiddleheads for those of you who’ve never seen them. I bought some to make for dinner some night this week.

The loot (+ fiddleheads) – strawberry rhubarb jam, peanut butter whoopie pie, chocolate cookies with white choc chips. I always buy baked goods at farm stands. It’s as close as it gets to homemade without actually being homemade. :)

The pb whoopie pie was a treat we enjoyed on Sunday – a bit before lunch, the rest in the car on the way home. Yum!

I’ve gotten a bit of track (sweets do that to me) – our next stop was Rockland, ME. We had dinner reservations later in the night and wanted to check out the cute boutiques in the area.

We ended up buying some framed photos to put in our office. They were gorgeous. I hope to be able to take gorgeous pictures I can put on our walls some day. Until then, I’ll buy the ones that speak to me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Dinner was incredible. The best dinner I’ve had out in a long time. In fact I can’t remember a meal this flawless in years. Every single thing we ordered was great, the atmosphere was enjoyable, the service was top-notch. Really, really perfect. I’m going to have to do a separate post on it because I don’t want it to get lost in this monster post.

Breakfast: blueberry and hazelnut baked french toast

I told you we ate well this weekend! Actually all the recipes were healthy so I felt good about eating. I even helped make this dish.

Sunshine makes it hard to take photos but I’m not complaining. ๐Ÿ˜†

Lunch: steak tips and chicken (marinaded in a ginger lime marinade overnight), grilled peppers, endive and yellow beans – all straight from the grill. Heaven!

It was so hard to leave! There is something about a weekend away from phones and internet (we didn’t even have cell reception – go ATT! ๐Ÿ˜• ) that is just so necessary sometimes. I was able to sleep for 8 hours each night as my mind was finally able to stop going at 100 miles an hour. It was pure relaxation… and really great food. What else can you ask for? I know this kind of lifestyle is not for us all the time, but I will say that I want to make a getaway like that a more frequent occurrence. Do you have a second home? When was the last time you were able to just un-plug from our fast paced world? I highly recommend it!!

Thank you again, Jim and Jane, for hosting us this weekend. Adam and I truly enjoyed every minute this weekend.

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43 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)

    Wow, everything looks amazing–the food, the scenery–okay, everything *but* that crazy traffic jam. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • #2 - Bridget

    I love Maine :) OMG I am drooling over that lobster roll…lobster is my all time favorite food EVER!! I could eat it everyday!! I love when the rolls are chock full of lobster and NO mayo!!! I’ve enver been to Reds but that is going to change ASAP!

  • #3 - Heather (Where's the Beach)

    Wow what an awesome sounding weekend!! I wish I had a 2nd home or getaway like that.

  • #4 - Sophie @ yumventures

    Oh my what an AMAZING weekend! I’ve never been to Maine, but I am dying to go! You had the perfect weather too :)

  • #5 - Adrienne

    Aaaah, Maine. My home state! My parents still live there, it’s like vacationing when we go visit them. I wish I had been there this weekend instead of home boiling water :-p

  • #6 -

    omg i totally loved the traffic pics.. especially the guy sitting on his car. lol too funny!

    my fav thing about travelling is stoppnig at little cafes or roadside eateries and grabbing a quick munch. thats when food tastes the best to me!

    whoopie pie! never heard of this!!! sounds delicious and looks fabulous!!

    lvoe the french toast! little wild blueberries are the best. such a wonderful weekend u had- u really lived it up!

    xoxo <3

  • #7 - Claire

    That french toast looks amazing, love blueberries and hazelnuts so much! It sounds like an amazing getaway.

    I do have a summer home that my mother’s family has had since she was 12…it is on Martha’s Vineyard on the water and I used to spend weeks there every summer growing up. Unfortunately, in the last few years I have only made it for 2-4 days max. but I still love every minute of it!

  • #8 - Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards)

    Amazing pictures! Sounds like a great weekend. It is so necessary to get away once in awhile and just unplug like you mentioned. For me, I traded a million-miles-a-minute life in LA for a slow paced life in Africa. I live in a bamboo house, I sleep eight hours a night, I go to sleep without a million things yet undone running through my head (usually). It is lovely… but also boring! I hope I can go back to the States and have a balance between the fun craziness of “normal” life and the joys of getting away for awhile.

  • #9 - Dana

    I went to college in Connecticut and am sorry to say that I never made it up to Maine. I have heard so many wonderful things about it and your pictures told a great story.

  • #10 - Lauren

    Looks like a fantastic weekend! I could use a mini vacation somewhere serene and peaceful :) Your in-laws place is lovely.

    All of the food looks delicious – I can’t wait to read the post about your perfect dinner!

  • #11 - Maria

    I am so jealous of your weekend. Glad you were able to get away. Love all of the flowers and good eats too:)

  • #12 - Diana @ frontyardfoodie

    Oh my goodness how wonderful! Everything looks so peaceful.

    I LOVE getting away for a while.There’s nothing like taking it easy for a couple days to rejuvenate you!

  • #13 - Kelly

    Wow! Maine is so beautiful. I’m giving you some major props for not losing it in the traffic jam. Situations like that make my blood boil, but you seemed to take it in stride.

    Can’t wait to see what you do with the fiddleheads. I wouldn’t know where to start. So glad I read blogs like yours to spark my creativity. :)

  • #14 - Christina @ Bon Appetit Beantown

    Looks like you had such a great time! My bf’s parents have a place in Wells, ME – we we this weekend as well :). The air just seems fresher up there, huh? What a great way to spend a beautiful weekend!

  • #15 - runeatrepeat3

    Homemade ice cream? PB whoopie pie….oooh man, good eats!!
    I want your food and getaway!

  • #16 - shelly

    I love Maine! My fiance and I are actually seriously considering moving to Portland….but of course, the problem is that we’ve only been there during the summer so we are a little worried about how we’ll deal with the winter.
    He’ll be okay (he’s from Ohio and at least acquainted with cold weather) but the furthest North I’ve lived has been in central Mississippi!
    Do you think I can handle it?
    I’ve actually been to Boston in Dec. a few years ago and was pretty cold- but we did spend the entire weekend walking around outside and my wool peacoat was purchased in Mississippi (and therefore completely worthless for Boston weather.) I have much better cold weather attire now.

  • #17 - Elina

    Shelly – I can’t comment on winter weather in Maine. I’ve never been there during that time. It was summer weather this weekend. I hear it’s cold there though in the winter… you can always buy a warmer coat and stay inside for the majority of the time :)

  • #18 - Madeline - Greens and Jeans

    I used to live 10 minutes away from Red’s Eats! Maine winters are no joke (most of my memories involve shoveling snow), but the rest of the year is absolutely beautiful!

  • #19 - Kelly

    Sounds incredibly relaxing Elina, I’m so jealous. I love lobster rolls so I made sure to get a couple of good ones before I left boston. I’ll admi I’m a sucker for mayo on mine though. Yours looks awesome though and all the food sounds fanastic.

  • #20 - sister inna

    i am sooo jealous
    your photos really do tell the story. i was transformed to mail via your blog hehe [unfortunately it didn’t take away my bruises + soreness from the mover ๐Ÿ˜‰ ]
    i have to say, you are a beautiful couple ( i especially like the photo in the nursery), but you guys look like giants in front of the Red’s shack lol
    i want lavender scones!
    did you get the grape juice jars? that looks so intriguing…
    i want blueberry french toast YUUUMMMMM
    ok i’m done ๐Ÿ˜€

  • #21 - sister inna

    erm mover => move

  • #22 - Lindsay

    I would love that blueberry french toast! I think a town named Friendship is bound to be a great place!

  • #23 - Jenna

    I am drooling over that Maine Lobster roll! That is the first thing I eat when I go back home to New England! Looks like a fun, relaxing trip. :)

  • #24 - shelly

    Haha the similar approach in New Orleans is to basically stay inside all the time during the summer.

  • #25 - Liz

    What a fabulous looking trip (aside from the traffic)!

  • #26 - Shannon

    Traffic jam aside, what a wonderful weekend! I love Maine and it looks like you were in an absolutely beautiful spot!

  • #27 - Elina

    Innz – I really wanted to buy the grape juice but all the jarred stuff was very expensive. Maybe I should buy my own jar and pour some grape juice into it. ๐Ÿ˜† Can’t wait to hear about your new place!!!!

  • #28 - Heather

    I am so jealous of your stop at Reds Eats. I have gone to Reds almost every summer of my life – my grandmother had a house right over the Wisscassit bridge. I love that area of Maine so much – and their lobster rolls are the best!

  • #29 - Run Sarah

    Wow – gorgeous photos, it looks like such an amazing weekend getaway. All the meals look SO healthy and fresh too.

  • #30 - Kerstin

    What a fun and relaxing weekend – I’m glad you had such a good time :) And I’m so jealous of the that lobster roll!

  • #31 - Dominique

    What a great weekend getaway, sucks about the traffic though. I remember one similar accident on the highway and every car was stopped for almost 3 hours. Everyone just got out of their cars and walked around.

    I hear you on the Macadamia & Apricot Kind bar. I had that one a couple of weeks ago and whoa, crazy sugary sweet. Not my cup of tea. Even my beloved Almond & Coconut I found a little too sweet. I’m debating whether I should just make my own at a fraction of the cost ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Fiddleheads! My BF and I were at the city’s farmer’s market and picked up some and used them in a pasta and then made a quick saute. But then we also found some wild ones in a small forest near his house. We were about a week late but we still managed to find a couple of handfuls and made another quick pasta out of them with fresh pasta we picked up at the market.

    Those lavender scones…are they homemade? I recently got a bunch of lavender buds and now I don’t know what to do with them besides make shortbread cookies.

    I’d be jealous of your lobster roll except that I’m allergic and when I wasn’t, I didn’t really like lobster ๐Ÿ˜‰ I much preffered scallops and oysters so I really miss those.

  • #32 - Gabriela (froyolover)

    What a weekend, Elina!
    Such gorgeous pics!
    Btw – you and Adam look so cute together… ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Have a great week, love!
    Brazilian XOXOยดs,

  • #33 - Tiffany

    Oh man, I want one of those lavender scones! I basically love any baked good that incorporates lavender; it’s a very underrated flavor (and it’s especially tasty when mixed with pink lemonade).

    I love these photos; they look so vibrant and cheerful. You look fantastic (I love that top!), and best of all, you and Adam look very relaxed. It’s good to get out of the city every now and then. That’s why I try to get up to my family’s place in the white mountains during the summer-it’s great for your mental health.

  • #34 - Elina

    Dominique – great idea about the pasta with fiddle heads. I didn’t think of that but I like it. I wish I got more now! Oh and the scones were homemade. I’m not sure what recipe my MIL used. They needed a bit of tweaking anyway so I’d just use a scone recipe you like and add maybe 1/2T of lavendar (for 8 scones) – the stuff is potent!

  • #35 - Elina

    I got the link to the scone recipe my MIL used:

  • #36 - Alicia

    Hi Elina, It was great meeting you tonight! It looks like you had a wonderful weekend!! I’ve always wanted to try Red’s….I LOVE lobster rolls – and I like that they put the condiments on the side! YUM.

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  • #38 - Dominique

    Thanks for the recipe link! I’m not sure where I’ll find whipped cottage cheese (I’m not crazy about CC anyway), so I think I’ll stick with your original idea and add some to a regular scone recipe.

  • #39 - Shannon

    what a fabulous trip! everything looks great–the location and food :)

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  • #41 - Caroline

    OK I am so amazed that you were in Friendship! My grandparents have an Island in Friendship Harbor and I basically spend a lot of my summer there, it’s such a tiny town and such a coincidence that you have a house there too!

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