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Lunch with older kids in Portland

Can anyone suggest a good place to take my teen/pre-teen in Portland (not Gritty's, please) - they are great eaters, love seafood to bistro food to hot dogs - not into the touristy places or somewhere we have to take out a second mortgage to eat. We travel to Portland at least 4-5 times a year, last trip up (last week) we went to the Porthole on Custom House Wharf, was pretty good and great atmosphere for the kids . . . . any suggestions welcomed and we walk miles all over town when we're there so any area at all in Portland would be appreciated.

Jun 03, 2012
KJaser in Northern New England

Looking for good spot for birthday dinner near Belfast Maine

We love Darby's - great little restaurant, open year round, not a real touristy place, always fresh ingredients. Like the original room on the right versus the room on the left for some reason (overflow room on left feels kind of well, like an overflow room). Have been bringing our teens there since they were 5 years old and they still like it. And they like to take a stroll around the corner after lunch/dinner to check out the specialty soaps in the garden shop, and the Earth-friendly store (and the candy store and the cooking shop and Coyote Moon clothing shop - I'm talking about girl teens here!)

Jun 03, 2012
KJaser in Northern New England

Bucksport to Ellsworth

In Ellsworth there is a great little pizza place on Route 3 Finellis (New York style, which you don't find in Maine); also downtown Ellsworth, Cleonice which is surprisingly good, not too expensive, friendly, Mediterranean fare (hear they are planning on moving though); Route 1 in Hancock, just a short drive from Ellsworth is Ruth and Wimpy's, very friendly service, exc lobster rolls and chowder, huge plastic lobster just outside the front door, kind of a slightly upscale diner-type atmosphere. There is a great little deli and general store in Orland, between Bucksport and Ellsworth - the Orland Market, on right hand side on Route 175 by the most picturesque church and bridge (and antique store) - but take out only - great sandwiches, pizza, grinders, specials like chicken parm, etc. and ribs; of course if you continue through Ellsworth, you will get to Trenton just before the road to Bar Harbor, and there is the Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound (the only one in the area we'll go to, outside of Thurston's which is a haul up the road) - very fresh and always a crowd in the summer.

Jun 03, 2012
KJaser in Northern New England

Fancy birthday buffet for 30 people (some food snobs) - help!

awesome thank you

Feb 23, 2012
KJaser in Home Cooking

Fancy birthday buffet for 30 people (some food snobs) - help!

I'll have to go to Costco - everyone says they're so much better with food than Sam's Club (which, of course, we belong to). Turkey already ordered - but no law against having turkey and ham at the same meal, especially since there are quiches, roasted veggies and what not for the few vegetarians! thanks!

Feb 22, 2012
KJaser in Home Cooking

Fancy birthday buffet for 30 people (some food snobs) - help!

yum, yes I do live near TJ and that will save some time (I should have mentioned that I own a 20-employee company and have 2 kids, so am extremely limited on time and the party is in two days !)

Feb 22, 2012
KJaser in Home Cooking

Fancy birthday buffet for 30 people (some food snobs) - help!

am going to try the haricot vert w/arugula and prosciutto - sounds lovely - can I assume that you cook the beans just a little bit or are they raw?

Feb 22, 2012
KJaser in Home Cooking

Fancy birthday buffet for 30 people (some food snobs) - help!

I like the onion soup idea - and there's a cheese shop fairly nearby that does a nice pate which will save time - thank you for the ideas!

Feb 22, 2012
KJaser in Home Cooking

Fancy birthday buffet for 30 people (some food snobs) - help!

Having Birthday buffet for 25 adults, about 8-10 older kids - with a french theme (the honoree lived in France and worked in a French restaurant for 10 years). Food doesn't have to be french, although all the wines i've purchased are really lovely french wines. Many of the invitees are -well, not food snobs exactly - but let's say they know their way around the best restaurants in 30 miles. So far the only thing I have come up with is a salmon platter & baked brie for apps, a Greenberg smoked turkey, mini-quiches and roasted asparagus for the buffet table (and the requisite birthday cake for dessert) . . . . .anyone have any ideas for apps/sides or a main dish for those that don't go for the smoked turkey? any suggestions welcomed!

Feb 21, 2012
KJaser in Home Cooking