Yesterday, we embarked on our first-ever Foodie Walking Tour. I had been anticipating this slice of our Boston Adventure Pie with fear and trembling. Mostly, I was afraid that I would get too full too fast, and miss out on the more delectable snackables they would undoubtedly save for the end. I needn’t have fretted. Our culinary guide, Chris, knew how to pace the aperitifs!
- We began with the Old Port wine and shop. They also specialized in fresh crab meat on specialty crackers. (www.oldportwine.com)
- Next door, we discovered a high-end spice shop named Vervacious. Their 60+ artisan gourmet products include balsamic, rubs, salts, and spices.Their chocolate balsamic with pineapple and strawberries made us want to invest in the business! (www.vervacious.com)
- Then to K Horton Specialty Foods: fresh, local, and award winning Maine cheeses as well as a wide variety of specialty foods. The chive and garlic goat cheese is smoky and mild, with a great aftertaste. They provided a slice of extra sharp pickle as a palate cleanser and then offered us a strong protein-based carmel made from the whey of goats’ milk with its dusting of sugar and a hint of vanilla – fantastic on apple slices! My favorite, though, was the Old Shire Cheese. Again, smoky but not overpowering. (www.khortonfoods.com)
- Stonewall Kitchen offered hundreds of jams (we got two jars of blueberry!), grille sauces, mustard and more. www.stonewallkitchen.com
- Harbor Fish Market (founded 1969) features the freshest fish, seafood, and lobsters. Their smoked mussels were the best I’ve ever had. (www.harborfish.com)
- Andy’s Old Port Pub. I hope you get to meet Andy, because he has Portland in his blood. What a great and gracious host – full of stories about the old days. This is what Portland on the waterfront is all about. Casco Bay Islanders and fishermen frequent this establishment on a regular basis. One taste of Andy’s clam chowder will show you why. (www.andysoldportpub.com)
- Holy Donut provided the sweet confection topping to our tour. Maine potato-based donuts are made fresh, in-house, every day. Get there early, because they close the doors once the stock is sold out! (www.theholydonut.com).
There are so many more that we didn’t have time to visit, but we hope you will. Here are a few that we think you’d like: Dean’s Sweets (www.deanssweets.com); Blue Rooster (www.blueroosterfoodcompany.com); Gritty McDuff’s (www.grittys.com); Two Fat Cats Bakery (www.twofatcatsbakery.com); Shipyard Brewery (www.shipyard.com).
Come to Portland! Eat! Enjoy! I need to get this posted before my flight takes off, so here we go!