It’s vacation weeks around here. Here are some impressions. Island time.
Farmers market in Belfast
free range dogs and chickens.
Indoors at Chase’s Daily
Old Port, Portland
It’s been quiet around this little blog, mostly due to summer, a lot of work and letting loose. I still have a few milestones until I release myself on a 2 week vacation but I take work to the beach. Good if you can. One half of me enjoys the salty, tangy sea breeze and the other half gets work done. Not bad.
Here are a few impressions from the last weeks.
It is an event if there is a Rolls Royce Convertible in Belfast. Even men take selfies with the car.
Otherwise, the new find in Belfast is “Meanwhile in Belfast”, a Neapolitan Pizzeria, run by an Italian family with just the best pizzas. The colors of white and pastel make the place look fresh and cozy.
And that is the sandwich…. with fresh baked bread.
It is August, and people actually swim in the ocean. Brrrh.
I am not sure what happened here, maybe a paparazzi convention in Rockland?
I had not been in Rockland for at least 5-6 years, and new stores have popped up, like this gorgeous, local version of a Wholefoods, with a nice hot bar (Main Street Market, Rockland, ME).
Acai bowl for me!
Another place I hung out this summer, accidentally, is Havana in Bar Harbor. It is ‘far away’ (maybe a half Mile) from the center of the tourist craze, there are plenty of parking spots, it is quiet and it has excellent food. What’s not to like.
The outdoor patio of Havana’s.
Home-made pickled vegetables at Havana’s.
And, yes, working with a view (Northeast Harbor, ME).
Summer seems 2/3s over, and for some reason the summer is not really coming around fully this summer. It is rather chilly, and rains quite often. oh well.
I made a smoothie with kale from the garden with a spring of mint, some fresh figs, almond milk and a teaspoon of raw honey. The key is to have just a few leaves, and a few figs for sweetness. Delicious.
I love these new stainless steel tumblers from Starbucks.
Otherwise, I discovered Greek giant beans this summer, which I just love. Combined beautiful salad mix from the farmers market, some tomatoes and a balsamic vinaigrette. Yum!
These week I went strawberry picking. Everything is rather late this year because of the never-ending winter, and the strawberries never quite made it. The pick-your-own places closed almost as soon as they opened because there was not enough to pick. After a week of sunshine, they opened again. “Why not.” I thought, local Maine strawberries. They are $3.50 if you pick yourself, and otherwise $6 per quart.
I arrived at the farm, got some containers. “To the left” she said “you can pick anywhere you want, but it is slim pickin’s.”
The farm does not believe in mono-culture and instead in the benefits of weeds being the good soil for next year. Just…..“Where are the strawberries?”
Despite the ‘slim pickin’s” I just took me about a half hour of foraging to fill 3 quarts (and probably eating 1).
Strawberry Fields Forever.
A few years ago, people posted photos of “Things I put on my cat”. Like the greeting card below.
But now, the cats have taken revenge.
They wrote a whole book of poems about things they could pee on. I understand they are indeed very opinionated about being ‘pissed’.
Otherwise, it is flowers and sunshine, or it should be.
From coffee shops to
Shore path walks
to the Bar Harbor Grand
To piers in repair
to Maine cocktails
to tourist classics
and a Ford Model T (I think)
to those from Asia
Bar Harbor is open for every place in space and time.