Today I woke up with a stiff neck so I wasn’t up for much but I still wanted to get out of the house. I decided to travel to Westbrook today. My first stop was at Big Fin Poké, a Hawaiian style restaurant. It reminded me a little of Chipotle where you pick what you want for ingredients. I got the poké bowl with sushi rice, shrimp mixed with spicy aioli, corn and crispy wonton strips. I wasn’t sure what to go with but it did taste good.
I walked over to the new coffee and bookstore Quill Books and Beverage. It was a large space with a nice staff. The book selection was interesting and in categories to make it easy to find what you may like. I got a cold brew with a brownie. They have free WiFi and beer too. Seemed like a good hangout place and saw they will be offering board game nights.
I had plans to check out an exhibit on Monday but oops winter hours it wasn’t open. Oh well. Next time. Instead I decided to get some walking in and check out a few places I’ve never been. It’s like I’m looking for my favorites and conquering my fear of new places.
My first stop was at Slab. I heard they had good pizza and yes it was delicious. The sauce wasn’t heavy and the dough was chewy. They even had blue cheese to dip it in. I tend to be a ranch fan but that was good. It was interesting to see the space where the Portland public market used to be years ago. I’d like to go back to Slab and try the muffuletta sandwich.
I took a walk after pizza time and got myself a cold brew from Arabica Coffee Co. I’ve probably walked by this a million times but have never stopped in. The coffee was good and the place looked like a nice place to chill.
After walking around Portland I went to Tony’s Donut Shop. I feel like there are too many places I’ve passed by that I have never stopped at. I got the chocolate glazed. It tasted good like it was freshly baked and I was surprised at the selection available in the afternoon like they bake extra to meet demand. If you are craving donuts it would be a good place to stop to get your fill.
I decided to walk off my donut at Mackworth Island in Falmouth. It’s one my favorite loop trails. I was so happy the snow had melted off the trail. Despite the wind it was a good walk listening to the Ologies podcast.
I can’t wait for Spring. But alas that won’t be happening for awhile. So to pass time while I wait, I will continue wandering trying new things.
Today I went to Omi’s coffee shop that moved to South Portland. They have yummy homemade poptarts! I wish I had ventured upstairs to check out the seating upstairs.
I went back to Portland and checked out Flea for All on Congress Street that sells antiques and unique finds. I feel like most of the places I’ve been going to have all moved location and I’m checking out the place again like it’s new to me. I liked looking at all the cool things.
The highlight of my day was visiting the Portland Museum of Art. They had an art in bloom series where local florist did arrangements based on artwork. I thought it was cool to see and something free to do on a Friday. I realized I hadn’t been in awhile and was fun to check out all four floors. On the fourth floor there were wood carvings done by Bernard Langlais, an artist from Maine. I’ve always admired his work so that was a treat to see.
On Monday I ventured out to check out a new coffee place in Portland called the The Proper Cup Coffeehouse. It was a nice coffeehouse that was comfortable to hang out in. I tried an iced latte and hung out reading a book. They have baked goods and WiFi too. I hope they have great success and becomes a regular hangout for locals.
Despite the cold I went to Portland today to check out places I’ve never been. I like to explore and try new places. Maybe it will become a favorite.
My first stop was at Little Woodfords on Forest Avenue. The avocado toast was delicious.
Belleville on North Street offers pizza and croissants. I tried the spinach and artichoke. I will have to go back to try one of their croissants.
After some walking around I went to the Portland Public Market to get a chicken arepa that I enjoyed at home from Maiz.
Before I drove home I made a quick stop at Two Fat Cats Bakery and grabbed myself a treat. I was happy I got to cross off a few places off my list of places to check out.
Today I left the house despite the cold weather and got myself a cappuccino with Oatly oat milk from Sweden at Bard Coffee in Portland. I always like how pretty these drinks are. It was good so I’m sure I’ll be back soon.