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Lobster and Oysters in Ogunquit and Portland Maine

If they happen to be in Kennebunkport they should check out Big Fish for a quick visit. It's on the left heading in from the south. They've come up with an inventive tomatoe ice type horseradish garnish to replace the traditional cocktail sauce. It is quite interesting. Oysters were properly shucked and chef came out to discuss oysters with us, so he is quite interested in the subject. Our visit was quick, just to satiate an oyster craving and our interest. Service began a little rocky and then pulled completely around to a staff that was engaged in our thoughts. I think the place is in it's opening turmoil but would be a great place to support.

Jul 05, 2010
gyppielou in Northern New England

Upcoming trip to Big Island-Going from Hilo to Volcano and need Rec

Perhaps some of the best thai ever. We were lucky to be staying in VV so got it for takeout back at the ranch twice!

May 22, 2010
gyppielou in Hawaii

kennebunkport - wedding dessert

I have always wondered what happened to the gifted people from ChaseHill Bakery. They made the most fabulous pies! I mean really really fabulous. I think lots of pies and chocolate covered pineapple, bananas, strawberries, blackberries might be fun.

May 18, 2010
gyppielou in Northern New England

24 hours in Portland...my plans so far

I recall fondly walking into J's Oysters. The whole bar area looked up to greet me. And then I looked down at a bunch of pre shucked oysters and walked out. One of them actually came out and tried to welcome me back. I protested cruelty to oysters being mishandled in death and went on my merry way.

I love the duck panini and duckfat fries and duck gravy. Take them down to the waterfront park for a picnic.

I also like Front Room for brunch.

May 18, 2010
gyppielou in Northern New England

Searching for an italian pasta maker in Boston. Any suggestion??

does age or sex matter?

May 16, 2010
gyppielou in Greater Boston Area

wells ogunquit report

Ohhh! And Joshua's. This place is so easy to recommend. Great bread, daily cosmo with fresh products for the drink special. We had the always amazing haddock and a pasta vegetarian special - both perfectly prepared. Love this place!

May 14, 2010
gyppielou in Northern New England

wells ogunquit report

Maine Diner: Over it! Used to love the seafood chowdah and lobster roll. So very tired. The chowder was days old considering the texture of the seafood and one little potato, which normally wouldn't be a problem, but the shellfish texture was lost in a vat of chowder. The lobster roll was highway rubbery. That buggah was definately cooked at least a day or two ago and was dismally reheated to its tired chewy lackluster self. Poor ting. Even the chips and pickle seemed tired and old.

98 Provence: The mussels were a kitchen miss. Lovely flavours, but didn't make it to the table bubbling hot but barely lukewarm which didn't mesh with the ingredients. Done proper it would have been wonderful. The loin of veal was wonderful. The loin of beef was wonderful. The place still has it going on!!!

LobsterShackPerkinsCove: The lunch special of lob roll and fish chowdah made up for the Maine Diner. Sweet and properly handled lobster and just the most very basic and classic fish chowder. First time to order steamers here, and they were sweet and wonderful. We didn't get our favourite chili dog, but that is a go to meal for many years and is never a dissappointment.

Hope that helps someone. Also a couple of interesting places in Kbunkport for future stays.

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Maine Diner
2265 Post Rd, Wells, ME 04090

98 Provence
262 Shore Rd, Ogunquit, ME 03907

May 14, 2010
gyppielou in Northern New England

Kauai, Maui and Hawaii food report

Thanks Hunt

I think you were the reason I was hoping return to lunch at Mama's at a much slower pace and treat it like a dinner. Alas with only 3 nights and savouring some pool/hotel/beach time before we head for the hills of the Big Island, it just didn't happen.

oh and thanks fly too

May 07, 2010
gyppielou in Hawaii

Authentic Japanese Sushi?

thanks for the link

May 06, 2010
gyppielou in Greater Boston Area

Authentic Japanese Sushi?

That's great! I suggested it because how does one really define authentic or traditional sushi? I hope you enjoy it. I look forward to revisiting it in the coming months. So much to take it is is worthy of a second read. Enjoy!

May 06, 2010
gyppielou in Greater Boston Area

Authentic Japanese Sushi?

Might I suggest you read 'The Sushi Economy" by Sasha Issenberg. Because, with all due respect, I'm not sure if you really know the definition of authentic sushi you seem to seek out. It is a great read and will be very enlightening to anyone who enjoys tuna, sushi, air travel history, overfishing, farming of fish and how tuna was a throwaway fish in Japan not too long ago

May 05, 2010
gyppielou in Greater Boston Area

Kauai, Maui and Hawaii food report

oops, when I commented on a pedestrian bar it was the chocolate bar - nothing to do with Tropical Dreams

May 05, 2010
gyppielou in Hawaii

Kauai, Maui and Hawaii food report

Big Island - again lots of eating in here. We stayed in Hawi and VV.
Bamboo - loved two wonderful meals here with the true spirit of aloha and really wonderful food and drinks.
Sushi Rocks - some really great sushi, amazing goat cheese salad and a lovely pumpkin cheesecake - oh and a nice sakatini.

Thai Thai in Volcano Village was excepional and authentic. I adored the curry and the hot pad thai so much we ordered in a second night.

Four Seasons ocean/poolside restaurant. Loved it, people watching and enjoying the sunset two nights. Good drinks. Loved the red sangria. meatballs app was like home!!! the wild boar gnocchi was dissappointing. Service was perhaps too casual at the bar and some food served looked like mediocre bar food for a 4S venture. Oh but the overall atmosphere and exploring the grounds twice were wonderful... i think next trip we will try the owners seaside bar instead.

For some reason, grocery shopping on BI was not as good as Kauai. Maybe it was the farmers markets and fish mongers and people I know on kauai. I just never found that connection of buying local products that I did on Kauai, but oh how we loved all of our dining experiences on Hawaii!

Hope this offers someone some good thoughts.

Best
\G

May 04, 2010
gyppielou in Hawaii

Kauai, Maui and Hawaii food report

Oh those wings from Mala

Spicy Pomegranate Chicken Wings

1/4 c pomegranate syrup
1/4 c kecap manis
2Tginger
2Tgrain mustard
1Tsambal
1/8c fresh mint
1/4c tamarind paste
2t ras el hanout

Mix all ingredients and set aside. Bake wings in oo salt and pepper.

Toss wings and fry in marinade until crispy

Finish with scallions and toasted sesame seeds.

WOW

May 04, 2010
gyppielou in Hawaii

Maui Recs For DC Anniversary Week

Well I'm in the midst of a small report, so you will know how I feel about Bev Gannon. We did drop by the Gazebo to check it out. Like the place, like the brassy staff but just never made it back, but the food looked solid and remains all these years later on my list.

Mamas - again, I never made it there, wanted to, but what I do know is that when I do get to return there, I will again return for lunch. Why not soak up that glorious view with equally expensive lunch. I plan on someday making Mama's my big lunch destination, lingering over the vista for a few hours, just as one is used to doing for dinner.

May 04, 2010
gyppielou in Hawaii

Kauai, Maui and Hawaii food report

MAUI

I will be honest and say the real reason to return for a few nights was Bev Gannon
Hali'imaile General Store : We love this place and always head their upon landing, for lunch. We always get 2 sashimi neopoleans and Wendy always talks us into the soup of the day which has never dissappointed. She has a new jalapeno cilantro infused margarita which is really nice with a great depth of flavor.

Nicks. We have had many a fine meal here. We sat at the bar and shared the special thai soup and the excellent scallops with gnocchi. That and the bread basket were plenty for a satisfying meal. The bartendar forgot a round of drinks on our tab and comped them to thank us for our honesty.

Gannons - great room great renovation great barstaff, almost great food. Had venison with a horrible side of rissotto. At the end of the meal I let the kitchen know, but a smarter girl would have asked for a new side. But I didn't really need the calories of more food. Leftover meat and extra bread made for a nice picnic at the pool the next day.

Joe's. Well I never 'got' Bev's crabdip as I had it on Boboli pizza. The real thing can be had here and it is wonderfully rich and yummy. Great staff, she does seem to endear her staff as part of her family and success. Now I know why she holds this recipe in complete secrecy and I have my own theories of why.

Mala - we pricelined and won this great Marriott property. We ignored the restaurants and laughed at the celebrity endorsements. Oh how foolish. When we went in for a cocktail we were informed that those celebrities are actually partners. Well back at the room, chilling and doing laundry we ordered spicy wings and farmers salad. This was no ordinary takeout of either standard. The salad was exceptional and the wings persuaded me to buy Mark Elffmans book on line for the wing recipe.

West End Drive Road Food - well the banana bread is ok, not the best in the world, but that and the little pineapple another stand sold made wonderful breakfast snacking.

May 04, 2010
gyppielou in Hawaii

Kauai, Maui and Hawaii food report

Aloha, just realized I never posted a report from my journey. We did a lot of home cooking too.
KAUAI
Hamurai Saiman - our first time and loved it, and loved the frozen pie we bought to safely
thaw on the way home.
Pono Market - true Aloha spirit, had to stop in and pick up a small container of chicken to try
Keoki's - a great shared fish and chips at the bar
Mediteranian Gourmet - best mai tai
Bouchon - a pathetic shadow of what it once was
Hanalei Dolphin - fantastic fish market, great takeout rolls and ono salad for back at the ranch.
never interested in what seemed a tired restaurant but the new sushi bar with some of the old
staff from Sushi Blues/Bouchon certainly delivers.
Oly Cafe - excellent special request order of ban/blue/mac pancakes with dismal bacon and
coffee
Baracuda - great meal and service - a fish, a shortrib and a special request dessert which was
gelato escorted by fresh berries was very gracious and delicious and I'm afraid may have
inspired other diners to request the same.
Foodland - really great spicy ahi poke!

Farmers Markets in Hanalei - oh the pines, the meyer lemons, the greens, the chocolate
dipped bananas, the lilikoi goat cheese!!! Only disappointment was the new chocolate
farm. Way overpriced for a mediocre bar of chili chocolate. I respect what they're trying to
do. I got to do the Tuesday market twice and think I prefer it to the Saturday one.

Tropical Dreams - yup, he's a character and the ice cream delivers.
but no way am I shelling out that extortian price for a pedestrian bar.

Regrets; we really felt nothing at the St.Regis to call us there. We were hoping to have a couple of meals there, but were not thrilled with the changes. Tahiti Nui - the food looks better then in the past and the place is still rocking and worth a visit, be it Hawaiian music early or alternative music later on. The daughter opened a tapas wine bar next door and I regret running out of time before patronizing and supporting her endeavors. I still mourn the loss of jean marie J and regret we hadn't time our trip to his new place. Hope it meets the memories of his original place in Kapaa

May 04, 2010
gyppielou in Hawaii

How does water-main break affect Boston restos?

I get the shivers thinking how many establishments with an ice machine will not properly clean and flush out the system, and I have no idea how that is done.

May 02, 2010
gyppielou in Greater Boston Area

Source for beaten biscuits, or other tiny rolls or biscuity things, in quantity

so should I beat my bisquick batter for a half hour before tossing it in the oven?

Apr 29, 2010
gyppielou in Greater Boston Area

Hungry birthday girl seeks tasty carrot cake

I agree, Flour's is quite decadent.

Apr 29, 2010
gyppielou in Greater Boston Area

If you were to propose

congrats, sounds perfect! thank you for sharing

Mar 05, 2010
gyppielou in Greater Boston Area

Boston Restaurant Tonite

thanks for the reply, I think both Bistro and Erb are great recs and deserve the business for trying something fresh.

Mar 04, 2010
gyppielou in Greater Boston Area

Boston Restaurant Tonite

Curious what you ordered. Review in Boston magazine was mixed. Praised the seafood but meat dishes not so much.

Mar 04, 2010
gyppielou in Greater Boston Area

Lambert's and Black Seed Cafe - anything worth eating?

Black seed, I like their steak bomb wrap. Good chicken wrap too. Prefer them to Lamberts

Feb 24, 2010
gyppielou in Greater Boston Area

One Night Only- Where to eat?

Well since I had raw and grilled oysters and Drago and hated them really left left 8 of the 12 behind, as we each only tried on of each. . .

I think you should go to Legal Seafood in Park Square for a lite bite of 6 oysters for $6 before 6pm - try the Wellfleets!!!!

Then move on to. . . . .

Feb 23, 2010
gyppielou in Greater Boston Area

Sweetwater Cafe-give it a chance

Legal's has 6 for $6 until 6pm. You get to choose. I had wellfleets and they were perfectly chilled, perfectly shucked.

Feb 22, 2010
gyppielou in Greater Boston Area

One dinner away from Boston

so many better places to enjoy than Fore Street. The food scene in Portland is so much more than that.

Feb 21, 2010
gyppielou in Greater Boston Area

Sweetwater Cafe-give it a chance

Love sweetwater for what it is. But the idea of raw oysters in this lovely dive gives me the shivers. I am intrigued as they pour a good IPA which would pair well with oysters, really????

Feb 21, 2010
gyppielou in Greater Boston Area

Aquitane still good?

this is so disturbing to hear as they have always been my favorite for steak frites - oh that truffle sauce. .. . you didn't by chance order it medwell? that would make that cut of beef tough under any circumstance.

Feb 18, 2010
gyppielou in Greater Boston Area

Hot and Sour Soup

I would love to have Jae's recipe and C. Hamster's

perhaps a cookoff!

Feb 01, 2010
gyppielou in Greater Boston Area