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Brunswick loves pasta!

28 Jul

I must say, I have really been neglecting my poor little food blog, but summer in Maine is glorious, and I don’t want to miss a second. That certainly doesn’t mean I haven’t been eating or traveling, in fact, I have been doing a ton of both! The main thing is finding a time to step out of the beautiful sunshine and into my home office…finally I have forced myself.

Last weekend on a long and often tumultuous journey we called “furniture shopping” we stopped in Brunswick to check out a few shops. Nest is a particularly beautiful store, and we often love to go there and admire their furnishing and wish that we could have a home that was made entirely of custom ordered fabric couches and vintage inspired bird wall hangings, but I digress…we found out they were discontinuing the acorn fabric I so loved in the Times Square Chair so we were back out on the street, our belly’s were empty from an afternoon of defeat from all angles.

We had heard there was a decent Italian restaurant in Brunswick, which we felt was laughable. I mean, we have been in Maine for a year-and-a-half without so much as a single decent Italian meal. Moving from the Pittsburgh area certainly spoiled us for Italian. I mean there it’s all french fries on sandwiches and Italian–the way Nonna made it! It was so darn tasty that I swear…I was afraid after moving here I might never taste that kind of love in a dish again.

We stepped into The Great Impasta on Maine Street in the early afternoon. We were one of only three tables that were seated and I was feeling skeptical. The decor is definitely cheesy, but it had an overall cozy feel. There was one single waitress for the entire restaurant at this time. She was very attentive and came right over with menus and to take our drink order.

We started with the fresh fried mozzarella. It was so delicious, cut right from a fresh block and fried to a delicious level of crispiness. It was then covered with a homemade marinara sauce, which was excellent.

Fried Mozzarella

As you can see we devoured it before the proper photo could be taken.

Next it was onto our lunch entrees. I decided to go for the special, which was linguine with white clam sauce–a dish I can NEVER turn down if I see it on a menu somewhere.

Linguine with White Clam Sauce

It was very nice, with lots of fresh clams, garlic and oil, but it was missing the creaminess that I am used to. I don’t think it had enough parmesan cheese or something. I was yearning for more, so this dish was okay, but still lacking for my high maintenance Italian taste buds.

Mark decided on the stuffed shells with spinach covered in homemade marinara.

He liked it, and overall it was a solid dish, but the noodles seemed a little dry to me, so it was still missing the mark.

Overall, I think The Great Impasta is about the best Italian food I have tried in Maine so far, but I am still looking for a nice, authentic hidden gem somewhere. I would eat here again, but I would try another dish that is for sure. After spending a week in Italy in May I am afraid I will never have real Italian food again. Woe is me.

Next stop on my quest for “real” Italian– Paciarino in Portland!

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Bintliff’s American Cafe, the Cure for the Common Hangover

10 Apr

As per usual, we were out and about in Portland with our friends Ben and Laura, aka the cutest photographer and health coach we know! We had long made plans to go to Bintliff’s for brunch since they had never been, but plans kept getting spoiled and it took us three weeks to FINALLY go! Thank God we made it!

We decided to meet at 10 o’clock on a Saturday. This is just about the earliest any of us could muster the courage to go on a Saturday morning. When we go there, there was quite a line that had formed, but the good people at Bintliff’s, knowing people in need of caffeine are about one second away from a minor riot, had mugs and coffee available while we waited. Nice, crisis averted!

While we stood there, Ben and Laura told us that the hostess had estimated a 20 minute wait. Not too shabby, so we all gladly chatted, got caffeinated, and Ben nursed his small hangover from a pub crawl the evening before.

No sooner had we caught up on life then we were taken upstairs to our table. At the top of the stairs sat my friend, Laura, creator of the amazing street style blog Fore Front Fashion! So, obviously, Bintliff’s is the place to be on a Saturday for brunch!

We sat down and Ben and I decided to get their much talked about Bloody’s. My were they spectacular! Just the right amount of spicy horseradish and a salt and pepper rimed glass. Ben immediately started feeling the effects of the “hair of the dog” and was ready for a hearty breakfast!

Bintliff's Amazing Bloody. The cure for the common hangover.

After Ben started feeling better we all made our brunch selections. Laura and I were in a ‘lobsta’ kind of mood so she ordered the lobster benedict…

Lobster Benedict

and I ordered the lobster frittata with gruyere cheese, spinach, and tomatoes. Yum-O. Both of our lobster breakfasts came with a hearty portion of lobster, it was very fresh and delicious!

Lobster Frittata

Mark and Ben were feeling rather plain and opted for the regular Eggs Benedict. It wasn’t long before huge plates piled high with homemade potatoes (both russet and sweet) fried to perfection came out along with our beautiful egg plates.

Bintliff's Eggs Benedict

Overall, it was a great brunch with great friends. My husband, Mark, thinks they have the best eggs benedict in town! Unlimited cups of coffee are $1.99, bloody’s are $6.99, the lobster dishes were $14.99, and the plain benedict’s were $11.99. So, reasonably priced for the large amount of food you get. We left there so full we didn’t eat until 6:30 p.m. Now that’s what I call a hearty brunch!

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