Eight things I learned about bocce during lunch at 33 Elmwood in Westbrook.

We’ve had amazing summer weather but this past week took a turn and things got cloudy and cooled off. No complaints. You appreciate the sunshine more when there are the occasional bad weather days. Plus, those cooler nights make for great sleeping weather.

We had a friend coming up for a visit and, while originally planning to relax lakeside, had to rethink our agenda when the weather changed. We headed to 33 Elmwood in Westbrook for lunch and bocce. 33 Elmwood is an expansive place with food, drink and games. We walked in and were immediately greeted by the receptionist standing behind the front desk where you can also pick up bocce balls or bowling shoes.  Continue reading

Friday Favorites | Five food activities happening in Maine this weekend.

We’re five weeks into our first year enjoying fresh, local vegetables from our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share. I’m so happy that we finally planned ahead and signed up for a share this year. I love getting our vegetables each week even if I’m not always sure how to prepare them. But, I’m learning. Each week is a new adventure.

While I believe in eating local year round, summer is an especially wonderful time of year to do it. There are so many great options available. For this week’s Friday Favorites, here are five food related activities happening in Maine this weekend. Continue reading

Friday Favorites | Five craft beer activities to do in Maine this weekend.

My husband and I have been working our way through the Maine Beer Trail as part of my bucket list adventures for 2017. There are a lot of local craft breweries and the number continues to expand. It will probably take us longer than one year to get all the stamps on our beer trail map and that’s okay. The adventure is in working our way through the stops and getting to explore more of Maine.

For this week’s Friday Favorites, here are five craft beer activities happening in Maine this weekend. Continue reading

Y is for Younity | Want to try a blueberry wine? You’ve come to the right state.

While we’re working our way through the Maine Beer Trail, one of my bucket list items for this year, we don’t have a lot of experience with Maine’s wine scene. I have been to Cellardoor Winery in Lincolnville, and since they opened their tasting room at Thompson’s Point, I have gone to a few of their wine pairings. So far, that is the only winery I have been to in Maine. We do plan to tackle the Maine Wine Trail eventually, but as I said in my bucket list post, it’s probably best to attempt only one alcohol related “trail” a year.

In researching Maine wineries, I learned that there are:

(a) far more than I realized; and
(b) most of them make a version of blueberry wine.

We bought three bottles of local blueberry wines so that we could have a mini-wine tasting and compare flavors.  For our wine tasting, we opted to try the following wines (all descriptions are from the winery’s websites): Continue reading

V is for Vintage Maine Kitchen | Creatively flavored, all-natural potato chips.

One of the first snacks I ever made for my Dad was a french fry sandwich which was exactly what you think it would be: french fries slathered in ketchup served between bread. This was not because I was young and creating whimsical food combinations. My Dad had requested it. He liked french fry sandwiches. It may have been an unusual way to eat french fries, but it’s not surprising that potatoes would be on the menu.

One thing Maine has is potatoes. We usually show up somewhere in the top ten for states that grow the most potatoes. We’re never at number one, but are always well represented. It’s something in enough abundance that I can almost always buy local ones during my food shopping excursions and I was happy to discover a local company making something especially delicious out of Maine potatoes. Now I have another fun way to support Maine potato growers. Continue reading