Hello Foodie Friends,

I hope you have been enjoying reading about my adventures in Boston  (Part 1 and Part 2) and now the journey continues as I hop in my Mini (courtesy of Mini of Peabody – pronounced Peabiddy. Just thought you’d like to know so you don’t make the same mistake I did, lol) and head to the foodie town of Portland to meet my tour guides and have an enjoyable evening in the Old Port district.

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It was a bit overcast as I approached town but that didn’t deter me one bit.

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Parked the car and got out to take a few pics…walked around a bit before meeting my tour guides for drinks and bites at Duckfat. Duckfat is a small sandwich shop that has it all: classic Belgian fries made with local Maine potatoes fried in duck fat, panini, soups, salads, charcuterie, sodas and milkshakes all made in house. They also have a killer beer and wine list.  It’s a small unique place that seriously packs ’em in. They are not presently on our tour, but may have to figure a way to incorporate them in the future. We decided to sample a couple of their paninis, the Belgian fries with numerous dipping sauces, the poutine, a salted caramel milkshake and some beer. To top it all off we had their beignets for dessert. These are not to be missed (sorry, I didn’t take a pic of these). They’re good for dessert or for breakfast, as I happened to have the one left over the next morning 😉

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This is a reflection on the pavement at night that came on when I hit my key fob to unlock the door. Kind of like Batman’s spotlight…

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My Airbnb home in Munjoy Hill, a convenient location to the Old Port (Portland, ME)  Although I did not get to see my host John, we had been in constant communication through text. I found the key exactly where he had instructed and everything I needed was there. He had parking for me at his home which came in handy also the next day when Marcia, one of my guides came to pick me up and took me for a short drive around the city before we embarked on our tour.

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One of the lovely scenic stops we made as we were leaving Munjoy Hill heading into Old Town Portland.

Here’s what one might expect when taking our “Taste of Portland” historical walking food tour:

Stroll through the Old Port, sampling your way through various restaurants and shops offering an array of delectable items that reflect Portland’s distinct cuisine.  Your guided walking tour carves a path through the historic streets of the Old Port; an area that 100 years ago was home to canneries, factories and textile mills. Today, this warehouse district has been revitalized with dozens of quaint restaurants, coffee houses, bakeries and shops selling gourmet merchandise.

Your local guide will introduce you to several of the finest Old Port venues to sample their wares. While the exact stores and restaurants always vary, you can be sure that the items will be heavily influenced by what’s fresh and indicative of the local cuisine. Some of these Maine-inspired foods may include Maine lobster, cold-water mussels, farm-raised lamb, organically grown vegetables, fresh-baked pastries and seasonal berry jams. It’s no coincidence that Bon Appétit magazine recently crowned Portland “America’s Foodiest Small Town” because there’s so much here to please the palate. As you sample the various culinary treats, the proprietors will elaborate on how they were prepared and where the ingredients were obtained.

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Marcia, our “Taste of Portland” tour guide extraordinaire

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At the Porthole Restaurant & Pub – our first stop on the “Taste of Portland” tour. Guests will get a demonstration on how to crack open a lobster and have an opportunity to taste a lobster roll and clam chowder. Great location right on the pier.

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13599831_1078611312174057_6274293152923201153_nThe Cabot Farmers’ Annex is the second stop on our “Taste of Portland” foodie tour. Here guests will have an opportunity to experience top shelf, award-winning cheddars and other local specialty items.

Dobra Tea

Our third stop on the “Taste of Portland” tour is Dobra Tea. Set in a beautiful, tranquil environment, guests will have an opportunity to sample some teas and taste some locally made treats.

East end cupcakes

What’s a visit to Maine without a taste of a whoopie pie? It is the state’s official treat. (Blueberry pie is the state’s official dessert). Here at East End Cupcakes tour participants will have the chance to do just that!

Vena's Fizz House

Last but certainly not least is our stop to Vena’s Fizz House, a soda shop and cocktail lounge that creates the best drinks using high-quality, natural ingredients. Guests will be delighted and entertained by owner & mixologist Steve Corman or one of his staff. Vena’s is a one-of-a-kind Mixology Shop, Natural Soda Bar, and Cocktail Bar catering to kids & adults of all ages. Click here to watch this cool video.

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Team Portland From left: Pete Lyons, Marcia Noyes, Greg Wyman and sitting: Savor Our City Founder & Chief Foodie Officer Denise Righetti

The “Taste of Portland” tour is available for private groups of 10 or more. For additional information or a quote, please contact us at info@SavorOurCity.com or (954) 410-3177.

Next stop: Bar Harbor for “A Taste of Bar Harbor” and a stay at a wonderful Airbnb in Southwest Harbor, what they refer to as the Quietside…

Until we eat again…

I send you delicious wishes, xo

Denise