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Yes. This is real life.
Welcome to Portland, Maine!
I got sent up to Portland for my first shoot with Channel One: a feature on a local high school’s innovative seed saving program. And when I heard Maine… I heard Lobstah!!
And I’m not alone in my foodie expectations. Portland was named America’s foodiest small town - so obvs I had high hopes.
Here is my trip to Portland, Maine – in eating (and working) chronological order:
* The trip started out strong – Within our first two hours in Maine, my producer and I were knuckle deep in lobster. Based on my research for the shoot (read: my comprehensive analysis of Portland’s food blogs) we choose Street and Company for their epic seafood spread. And Maine’s best finger food did not disappoint - we were sucking those lobster legs clean!
* Perfect way to cure a Lobster Belly? A night time stroll on Portland’s cobblestone streets!
* How does one top off a seafood overload induced sleep? A morning Cappuccino – Obvs. I knew I had to get some caffeine pumping in me before my first shoot, and let’s be real – I’m always down for a Cappi Hunt. So up and off to Bard Coffee I went for a soy cappi, oatmeal, and a cold pressed iced coffee to go!
*With my cold pressed coffee in hand – we hit the road!
* After a 2 hour ride sight seeing Maine’s waterways, we arrived at our road trip destination: A local high school’s horticulture class (and yes, this made me think of Harry Potter.) One step into their greenhouse and I knew this shoot was right up my alley – look at all the pretty plants and flowers! Hello plant biodiversity!!
* Here’s what I learned on my first shoot: This is what lettuce seeds look like! Boom – some plant knowledge for ya face.
* The shoot is wrapped… so obviously it’s time for our next meal! With no plans except a map through Maine and 5 hours until our flight… we began our meandering. Lucky for us, Lobster Fate was on our side. We pulled up alongside a little roadside shack on the water selling Lobster Rolls… little did we know, these weren’t no regular folk Lobster Rolls – these were Red’s Eats‘ world famous Maine Lobsah Rolls!
* And then we took said world famous Maine Lobstah Rolls and ate them water side… Can I get a collective Lobstah Belly happy sigh?? Oh yeah, there it is.
* And now… A Girl and Her Lobstah: A photo collective.
* Apparently this is the face I make when I think I drop a piece of Lobster. And no, I am not overreacting.
* And after a long day of eating (and working…), I just needed to buy these lobster slippers for my feet. I mean, it was a necessity.
* Spark notes: this sign for a local Portland bar perfectly sums up my relationship with Portland, Maine.
Big props to Portland, Maine for showing my tum a grand time!
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Let’s Take It To The Blogs -
- IndieTravelPodcast‘s list of the top five things to do in Portland starts with Eating and Drinking… so you know it’s legit.
- FromAway eats their way through all of Maine – Portland included!
- The New York Times calls Portland – “one of the best places to eat in the Northeast”
- TheAwl delivers great summertime activities in Portland… Lobstah included!
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What’s your best Lobster Belly experience??