Saturday, October 12, 2013

We stopped on the way home. . .

We are back in Florida but we spent two nights in Portland before we flew back. I love that city! We stay at the Regency as we have for several years. We love the location and the personnel and the amenities. You can read about it here

The weather was glorious - definitely Fall.

We don't venture far from the hotel but we did have an oyster outing. The name of the restaurant is Eventide Oyster Company. On their business card is this quote from poet and essayist  Leon-Paul Fargue: "I love oysters. It's like kissing the sea on the lips." Yes.

My sons live in and around Portland so we went to a restaurant that they have been raving about. If you love oysters and are in the area, it is a must. One chooses the variety of oysters from a menu. They are also on display when you enter the establishment. The wait staff is most knowledgable. We tried different varieties. They are served on beds of crushed ice with varieties of accoutrements. You can read about the menu here. I love oysters just with lemon but the horseradish ice was wonderful.

The slaw was made from purple cabbage and was delicious and a change from green cabbage.

We chose the Beau Soleil oysters from New Brunswick as one of the choices. Wonderful.

We shall go back on our next visit!
So, we are back in Florida. I have a cold. It seemed as if everyone on the plane was sneezing and coughing. Re-entry into the southern home has not been as speedy as I would wish. However,
we are back and the cold will go away.
Have a wonderful week!

(Fried oyster on a bun with pickles)

6 comments: said...

Welcome home!! Sounds like the break in Portland was wonderful. I have never eaten Oysters and I don't think I would like them but sounds like you and Jack love them!Hope you are feeling better now and that the cold is going.

Keep happy, love Jackie.xx

Snap said...

Hope you get over your cold soon and feel much better. I love oysters! YUM!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Carol, I grew up eating oysters... on the half shell, fried, in oyster stew, Oysters Bienville, in Louisiana gumbo, etc. so I loved seeing these in Maine. Wow! And that purple cabbage slaw... Yum! That is exactly how I like to fix it.

Glad you made it safely back and sorry you have a cold. Fred caught one on a flight recently, too. I hope you feel better soon. I sustained a nasty fall in the brick street behind our house and am recovering from that. Broken hand and other injuries which are all in the process of manifesting a healing. I am soooo much better. I hope you will be, too, and soon!

Welcome back to Florida!



Vee said...

Portland at 35 miles away seems like the most exotic place on earth reading this post! How wonderful that you could have the time there to say goodbye to Maine gently. So sorry that you managed to catch the cold and I do hope that it is a brief one. Soon you will be well settled in your Florida home and enjoying all that Florida has to offer!

Pamela Gordon said...

I don't know if I've ever had oysters but I remember my dad eating them and I live in New Brunswick! I had no idea there were different types of oysters from all over including 3 from N.B. I've heard of Little Shimogue all my life, a small fishing community. Glad you're home but sorry you caught a cold. I often pick one up when flying. Enjoy the warm sunshine of Florida.

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Carol:
Like Pamela, I had no idea there were so many varieties of oysters! I personally love them fried.

I don't know if you're aware, but Pinchers (next to SWI at Palmer Ranch) has closed. I was so bummed. Handsome and I were going to have dinner there after a concert last spring and pulled up to find the lights out and a sign on the front door. I think there's still one at Lakewood Ranch, so you and I might have to find out when I'm up in town.

Hope you feel better soon, my friend. I'll look forward to seeing you soon.


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