I had the pleasure of visiting the relocated miss Barb Peacock at her new home in downtown Portland! Being Instagram addicts and food lovers, we set out on foot through the charming city to explore the best flavors Portland has to offer. Here are our findings:
Duckfat: Don't skip the poutine! There is always a line out the door, but it's more than worth it for these deep fried decadents with the best dipping sauces on the East Coast.
Holy Donuts: That maple bacon and dark chocolate sea salt is a godsend. Also, all their donuts are made with real Maine mashed potatoes, so buy as many as you can before they sell out for the day.
Coastal Maine Popcorn Co: Never thought I'd love lemon chiffon popcorn, but I had to buy a large. You can sample their 50+ flavors - and from glazed cinnamon bun, to maple sriracha, to southwest cheddar, there's something to fall in love with.
Portland Patisserie & Grand Cafe: The mint julep iced tea tasted exactly like its namesake, and the chilled lavender honey macaron was one of the best I've ever eaten (and I've been to France).
Fore Street: Possibly the best dinner of my life??? Appetizer - wood roasted pork belly, french toast, toasted pecans, sugar beet puree, + maple glaze. Entree - marinated half chicken, duck fat fried sourdough bread, shallots, + greens. Dessert - blueberries + lemon curd, whipped cream, + spiced sugar. The kitchen was totally open in the middle of the room and the walk in fridge was all glass! Everyone who worked there was so passionate about food.
Standard Bakery: The. Friggin. Fresh. Baked. Bread.
The Farmer's Market at Monument Square: An epic farmers market, even though I've heard it's a fraction of the market that runs on weekend. Zinnias for $0.75, $1/pound heirloom tomatoes, $5/quart cherry tomatoes, $2/pound for potatoes, rainbow carrots, and green beans. Needless to say, my crock pot will be filled with fresh farmed Maine veggies tomorrow.
Marcy's Diner: Remember that place where the owner yelled at the crying kid? Well now they have hilarious t-shirts commemorating it. The ham, broccoli and cheddar quiche was hot and delicious, and so was their grilled peanut butter apple muffin.
Mi Sen Noodle Bar: Don't skip out on the taro rolls and chive puffs. The Tom Kha soup with vermicelli was perfect, and so was the sticky rice and Pad Thai.
Bring your walking shoes and an appetite and you'll have a ball!