I ended up in the mood for crêpes again and this time I went to Portland to finally get to go to Sip of Europe. They have sweet and savory crêpes along with coffee drinks. I went with the Italian fiesta with turkey which was a good lunch. Iced coffee was good too. I like a place I can just sit and relax and enjoy my meal. I’d like to come back when I’m in the mood for something sweet.
I love crepes and am happy to report there a few places that make them in southern Maine. I took a trip recently to South Portland to check out Flip Crêperie. I was welcomed into the shop by the nice staff. I decided to try the Flip’s breakfast galette that is made with a buckwheat crepe with eggs, roasted potatoes, comté cheese and bacon. I thought it was yummy and a filling breakfast. I’d like to go back and check out one of their sweet crepes. They also serve teas and pastries too.
Yesterday I was in Biddeford and grabbed a Caesar salad from the new place on Alfred Street called Part & Parcel. Wow. Inside was so nice with fresh vegetables. It’s right near Suger and Biscuits & Company. It’s nice to see businesses in Biddeford like this revitalizing this mill town as a destination for food and fun.
After my errands were done I went to Portland to scout out something I saw on instagram. I like trying random things and this fit the bill. Curlio’s Creamery at 94 Commercial Street has these crazy fish shaped cones filled with soft serve. It was really hot so I was quick to snap a picture and start eating. I want to go back to try their Needham’s ice cream. I’ve never seen that as ice cream.
I was surprised when I got asked by the local radio station Q97.9 to use my photo. It was cool to be mentioned on the radio. I joked with my friends I was famous. http://wjbq.com/tags/curlios-creamery/
I was starving after doing yard work and wanted to not cook. I drove to Portland. The first place was closed due to needing ice and ice cream! So after driving around I decided to go to Tu Casa on Washington Avenue. Its a Salvadoran restaurant serving various dishes with chicken, beef, seafood and vegetable. I tried the enchiladas Salvadorena that was very tasty and a nice balance in flavors. The staff was polite and I saw others getting the burritos that looked huge. When I had mentioned I had gone there to grab an early dinner others voiced their opinion of their place that they like going there so made me confident I had made a good choice.
Today I ventured out and grabbed lunch in Portland. I decided to brave the construction and found a parking spot nearby to enjoy some food at Terlingua. I liked the feel of the restaurant and the copper tables. I got the pork shoulder sandwich with kettle chips. I liked the mix of slaw and pork that had a good balance and not too tangy. I want to go back again to try something from the dinner menu.
After lunch I wanted something sweet. I decided to go to monument square in Portland and check out One Six Green where they are offering coffee in a cone. I like to try unique things so why not. The shot of espresso was good, melting the chocolate inside the cone. They offer breakfast and lunch too making it a good place to grab food and coffee.
Over the weekend we promised my niece some ice cream and had to go get some. We decided to check out Lib’s Dairy Treats. My niece and sister enjoyed the twist with jimmies while I got the twist chocolate and vanilla with the birthday cake dip coating. They had some yummy choices including cherry and butterscotch dip for your soft serve which I hadn’t seen before. It’s cash only there so be prepared. I want to try the Tony’s stuffed with soft serve donut sometime that they are selling.
Yes I live in Maine and I do like lobster. Though I’ve noticed I don’t eat it that often. Today I decided to try a lobster grilled cheese from High Roller Lobster Company in Portland, Maine. I hadn’t thought of that combination before but it was actually very tasty. The bread and cheese they use went well with the lobster. The fries were dry but the dipping sauces were good. The place does play music and it can be loud in there but I was fine enjoying my meal. Compared to other lobster places they are creative with their offerings. I’d like to try their cheese crisp taco stuffed with lobster.
Today I was very undecided as to where I should go out for lunch. I’ve been working from a list of places that I really want to try. It’s surprising but a lot of places are closed on Mondays so that does limit the choices. I scored a good parking spot on Congress Street in Portland so I decided to go with Mi Sen Noodle Bar. I love noodles and this was one of the places I had been really wanting to check out. I walked in and thought the place looked nice and was given a seat near the window in front. I liked that they have a lunch special so you can try a dish with an appetizer. I went with the chive cake as the appetizer. I had never had one before and it went well with the chili sweet soy sauce. The dish I chose was the dry noodle instead of my usual choice of pad Thai. I was happy I went outside of my comfort zone because the dry noodles with the sen ba mee (egg noodles) it was actually just like how I like my ramen with very little broth. So now I have a new favorite with the dry noodle dish. I liked how attentive and polite the staff was and how delicious the food was. After that experience I would put Mi Sen on my favorites list.