We found this tour on the web, after taking a similar tour in Chicago. It was a great way to spend two hours, enjoy some of the fabulous food that Portland has to offer, explore the old port area, learn some history, and make some new friends.
We met up with Pamela (director of Maine Foodie Tours) and John (our tour guide) at LeRoux Kitchen where we sampled Lobster Salad. It was a quick walk over to the wharf to Harbor Fish Market where John showed us how to tell the difference between a male and female lobster. We got to sample smoked maple glazed trout. I’ve never had trout but I loved it. We made a mental note that we would have to come back to get some trout to take home. While walking along, John explained that there are over 300 hundred restaurants and 90% of them are chef owned. Portland is a real foodie city.
Our next stop was K. Horton Specialty Foods where the owner Kris Horton explained and we sampled some fine Maine cheese. Maine is not know for their cheese since almost all of the cheesemakers do not wish to get any bigger than they are. They prefer to make quality products in small quantites. Stonewall Kitchen was where we had scones fresh from the oven topped with wild Maine blueberry preserves. This company was started by two guys named John and Jim who made jams at their homes.
Dessert was up next at Dean’s Sweets, a shop run by a husband and wife team. Kristin explained how truffles are made and she gave us some samples. It was a quick walk to Two Fat Cats where we had a whoopie pie. John told us that Maine is about to make the whoopie pie the official state pie since legend has it was invented there. The chocolate cake is to die for, and inside is made form home-made marshmallow!
We ended the tour at Gritty McDuff’s where we sampled Vacationland Summer Ale and Best Brown Ale. What’s cool about Gritty McDuff’s is that they have something called a mug club. You get a numbered mug that hangs over the bar. You come in, give them your number and your mug comes down and gets filled with 21 ounces of beer. There is a five year wait to get into the club.
This is a great way to spent a few hours, and I would highly recommend it to everyone!
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