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A Weekend in Portland, Maine

by agirlandhermutt on May 29, 2015

Heeeeyyy there. Today I am preparing for an epic beer weekend after coming off of an epic getaway weekend. I’m going to need a break from all things beer and cheese related…starting Sunday! 😉

My traveling schedule has been a little sad this year because of my illness and surgery and I was feeling the itch to get out of town. Because I can’t really take too many vacation days right now, I have deemed this the Discovering New England year. I’m going to explore what my neck of the US has to offer.

First stop was Portland, Maine. I’ve actually been a few times but but for *very* short times. We are talking a few hours at most. This time we went for the weekend!

There isn’t much to tell you about the weekend other than it was perfect weather, Portland is perfect for beer lovers and foodies and that AirBnB is a fun way to find places to stay!

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Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth.

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Bissel Brothers– Go early! The line starts forming about 30-40 minutes before they open. It is a small brewery so they sell out quickly of the cans of their popular beer. We saw MANY people walking out with cases (~$75/each) of beer. We had a few samples and bought a 4-pack. Losers. 😉

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UntitledUntitledIn the same neighborhood are several other breweries, Allagash, Austin Street and Foundation. Allagash was our original destination. We had to reserve tickets (free) for a tour several weeks in advance. Totally worth it!

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We stopped at a few other breweries in the area, but one that really stood out was Oxbow. I didn’t fall in love with any of their beers, although they were all good, but the space was AMAZING. Entrance. Not creepy at all, right?! Untitled

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There is SO MUCH FOOD in Portland! Our host at the AirBnB we stayed at gave us several suggestions on places to eat, including Street & Co for dinner, DuckFat for milkshakes, Flatbread for pizza, and The Front Room for brunch. Perfect suggestions! I should note, try to get reservations at the places you are interested in eating at for dinner. Every place we went was packed and required a two hour wait. That isn’t to say that the food wasn’t worth it, but we were starving by the time we sat down.

Grilled Lobster at Street & Co.
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And I can never say no to stuffed dates. Seriously. If you have a party and want me to come, tell there will be stuffed dates. Wrap them in bacon to make me arrive early!
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I should note right about here that I’m sorry for some weird coloring in the photos. I exclusively am an iPhone photographer now. 😉

Potato Gnocchi for brunch at The Front Room. Gnocchi for brunch? Uh…yes.
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No trip to Maine is complete without lobster. Honestly, lobster isn’t my favorite seafood item, but I do enjoy the novelty of having lobster in Maine.

We managed to sneak some in during almost every meal. I had a lobster poutine and of course, the traditional lobster roll at 3 Buoys Seafood Shanty Grill.
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In addition to touring around Portland, we also ventured out into the water to visit Peaks Island. The island is about 3 miles from Portland and accessible via ferry. Most people tour around on bicycles or golf carts on the island, but I like to get the steps in so we walked. It was a total of 4.5 miles to go around the perimeter of the island.
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No trip to Peaks Island is complete without a trip to the Umbrella Cover Museum. Yep. You read that right. The museum curator, Nancy 3. Hoffman, was a small hilarious woman that played the accordion. She was fantastic in every way. And yes, her middle name is the number “3”. The museum’s mission statement sums up this quirky spot perfectly.

The Umbrella Cover Museum is dedicated to the appreciated of the mundane in everyday life. It is about finding wonder and beauty in the simplest of things, and about knowing there is always a story behind the cover.

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And the most entertaining things to watch that day was the line of people going into a bar right near the ferry drop-off. Apparently, Bud Light was hosting some party and people were showing up in packs to attend this party. The line kept getting longer and longer and longer. It was nuts! There was a lot of plaid, Sperry shoes, rompers with really, really high wedges and pants with anchors or lobsters on them. I loved all of it.
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In addition to some great beer, food and sightseeing, we also stayed at an awesome AirBnB. We stayed with a woman, Denise, who had a HUGE house that we pretty much had to ourselves. One afternoon we came home to a little cheese plate and some wine to enjoy. Pure Portland perfection.
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Oh, and did I mention we went to Freeport to see the huge LL Bean factory?! I was obsessed with seeing the giant boot. Done.

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Enjoy your weekend and see you soon!

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Still getting back into it…

by agirlandhermutt on March 23, 2015

Hi folks! Just a quick drop-in to say hello! This is a nice little brain dump of what has been going on in my life.

Last week was a little bit of a hot mess. I started off the week with my debit card number being stolen online and charges for Overstock.com that added up to about $6k. Fortunately, my bank knows that I’m not in the market for a remodel of my living room and was able to quickly cancel the charges. There is a special place in hell reserved for people who mess with other folk’s money.

Do you know the best way to go on a no-buy challenge? Have your debit card cancelled unexpectedly. 😉

I somehow managed to mess up the start times for a fitness class that I love not once, but twice. I made the most of it though and discovered a class called Kettle & Core.

I decided to take it easy since it was my first time using weights since my surgery. Poor decision. My instructor decided to call me out on how I needed heavier weights. Normally I would be embarrassed but instead I was smug and pointed to my incision mark. Um recovering from surgery over here! Hey. At least I was there!

I did discover that my neck does NOT like crunches. Funny, my abs don’t either. 😉 It is just way too much constant pressure on my incision. It feels like any minute my neck is going to come unraveled like Raggedy Anne and my head is going to roll off. Maybe a better analogy would be Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas?!

My husband was traveling last week so I got to do a little lazy girl cooking in the kitchen. I try to keep things normal when I’m cooking for the both of us, although he will eat ANYTHING I make, and try new/lazy things when I’m cooking for just myself.

This time I decided to go the tortilla pizza route. Just a tortilla, sauce, pepperoni, a little cheese and a crap ton of arugula with balsamic drizzled on top. It was weird and delicious all at the same time. Plus, for those of you that remember I’m on Weight Watchers now, it was just 5 points for the whole sucker! I managed to slam 2 down.

While I was being lazy in the kitchen, Korky was busy getting into anything and everything. He just gets super antsy when one of us isn’t around as much as he would like. To calm himself he likes to knock over the kitchen trash, pull out my chapsticks from my purse (that I have no idea how he grabs off the bed!) and “knocks” on the front door to go out every 10 minutes. I bribed him the whole week to behave through treat after treat after treat after treat.


I’m so cute and I have something on my lip that I probably found in the bathroom trash. That I ate about 3 times.

Oh, and yes. He IS looking a little homeless puppy right now. He gets groomed tomorrow and I think the whole house is ready to be a little less hairy.

On Thursday I met with my book club and proceeded to eat all the rest of my 49 weekly points in one sitting. Seriously. One piece of bread was 6 points. Don’t get me wrong. It was totally worth the splurge.


Mustard Chicken at Not Your Average Joe’s. Ugggghhh. So good.

We also discussed the book. Like for REAL discussed the book. This month’s book was Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things. Gilbert is the author of Eat, Pray, Love, which I loathe, so I wasn’t surprised to find that I didn’t really care for the main character in this book either. I liked the book for the most part, but I found a lot of the text to be just filler and totally unnecessary. Anyone else read this? Thoughts? Or did I totally lose you when I said Eat, Pray, Love totally stunk?

In weather news, it is still cold as crap and it snowed on Saturday.

Isn’t it so pretty?!

Saturday was the Beer Advocate Extreme Beer Fest. We dragged our feet a little on getting tickets and decided to volunteer instead. I’m so glad we did! We had a good time doing something different from our normal weekend schedule and we got to try some really interesting beers. Jalapeno Apricot? Yes!

Sunday was a day of rest. I slept in ridiculously late, went grocery shopping and wondered around Target for about two hours. It was just lovely!

This week promises to be pretty busy and I’m ready to get going!

See ya soon!

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2013 Favorites

January 9, 2014

I am a product junkie! I love anything that says “New & Improved!” on the box. Over the past year I shared some the things I absolutely loved in my monthly faves posts. This post is a biggie though…these are my favorite things for ALL OF 2013. I’ve divided it into 5  categories: -Food (Food, drinks, […]

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