The salted caramels were naughty but to die for. Seriously one of my favourite flavour combinations. I didn't indulge in the rest, but my kids were happy to help me out. The chocolate bars had bits of lemon in one, and raspberry poppers in the other. I might have nibbled the corners. ;) The cracker jacks made me laugh out loud...haven't seen those in years! Thanks, Jane.
For more information on the Foodie Penpals program, and how to join, please visit the Lean Green Bean!
I just returned from a crazy-assed, whirlwind 55 hour road trip to Maine, with my daughter! Our motivation was nothing more than seeing summer out with a bang...well, that and postcards. My daughter kinda has a postcard obsession. Me, I kinda like food. So it was a win-win! We managed to hit NY, VT, NH, ME, and MA...we left Tuesday after work, and got home early, early Friday (this morning). The US leg of our trip actually started 7 hours to the east, in Cornwall, ON. We crossed the border on a chilly Wednesday morning about 7:30 a.m.
While taking the ferry across Lake Champlain from NY to VT, we picked up a pamphlet for a creperie called the Skinny Pancake, that advertised locally sourced ingredients (really). That sounded like lunch! So we found the quaint little place in Burlington, right down by the water, not far from the awesome Church Street marketplace. Wifi was a bonus! What a prudent stop. If you are ever in the area, check it out!
I had the Sass-squash, made with local butternut squash, chèvre, apples and spinach. OMG so good! And with a whole wheat crepe to to wrap the works in, a whole lot of fibre! My tummy was v.v. happy. ;) My daughter's had beef and mushrooms in it. She really enjoyed it too. What a great little place!
Next stop, Ben and Jerry's ice cream factory in Waterbury VT, which was quite an eye opener. We took the tour, which included a film on the history of the business. Great to hear that they use fair trade ingredients. We sampled some delicious chocolate caramel ice cream, and talking about flavour combinations, I couldn't resist their Not-a-Colada smoothie afterwards. We also visited the flavour graveyard. Hilarious tombstones!
After crossing the state of New Hampshire and not finding one single postcard, we arrived in Old Orchard Beach, Maine about 5:30 pm. We walked down the beach but decided it was far too cool to swim, so we went in search of lobster. Not hard to find! It's everywhere....even in the front gardens!
I chose Surf 6 on the beach, and put on my big girl panties (and a bib). One steamed lobster please! But to start, a delicious bowl of the best clam chowder I've ever eaten. And given the cool temperatures, it was heaven sent.
I admit, I had no idea how to eat a whole lobster. The closest I've ever gotten is a lobster tail. The waitress brought a placemat with picture instructions. I tried to follow them, but it was a bit of a disaster. My daughter took pictures as she ate her chicken fingers and my french fries. Hell, I threw caution to the wind and dipped that precious meat in melted butter (breaking all my own rules). You only live once! The verdict? Tasty but extremely messy. Next time I'll probably go the lazy man's route and order lobster cakes and lobster roll. ;) Cross "lobster on a beachfront Maine patio" off the bucket list! It was only a 14 hour drive. Nothing crazy about that, right? LOL.
After watching the sun rise over the ocean, and wolfing down fresh coffee and a banana, we headed back to Portsmouth, NH and checked in at Starbucks for breakfast sandwiches. I picked up this cute little lobster butter-warmer next door, as a souvenir of my trip. I'm a sucker for off-beat kitcheny things.
Lunch was a healthy bowl of "tart" yogurt with fresh raspberries and granola at Kimball Farms in Weston, MA. This is like a soft serve greek yogurt, and I had mine flavoured with lemon and cherry. Not sour, but not sweet either.
I snacked on a fresh peach from Walmart in Chicopee. It took the cashier about 5 minutes of studying a fruit chart to ring it in, I kid you not. I was hungrier than that, but I was saving myself for dinner at the Olive Garden in Clay, NY. Yes, we took a slight detour off of I-90 just so we could say we ate in Clay. :p
I forgot to take a photo until I was done, I was so hungry. I grossed my daughter out again by having shrimp, clam and mussel capellini. Mmmmmmmm. One of these days she'll appreciate good seafood. She had a chicken carbonara dish, with a fried lasagna appetizer. It made her happy.
We packed the leftovers into the cooler and got back on the highway towards Canada. After an inappropriately long border crossing at Buffalo and quick pee stop at Tim Horton's, we sleepily made our way home. But it was worth every second. Yeah, we're crazy, but at least we know it!
One year ago, I was making Sweet & Crunchy Beetroot Salad.
Two years ago, I was making Chicken, Olive and Preserved Lemon Tagine.
Three years ago, I was making Leek & Potato Soup, as well as Incredible Roasted Shoulder of Lamb.