My goal today was to enjoy a Sunday afternoon in Portland. My first stop was for food and I knew exactly the place to satisfy my hunger. Duckfat. Duckfat in Portland offers upscale versions of classic sandwiches, such as the homemade meatloaf panini with bread from nearby Standard Baking Company. You won’t want to miss Duckfat’s namesake fries, which are crispy, creamy, and shamelessly addictive. I’ve been lucky to try various poutine, and none have been more decadent and indulgent than Duckfat’s poutine. The poutine was worth the trip to Portland and better than I ate in Quebec.
As I wandered away from Duckfat in a poutine stupor, I noticed a baking scent wafting from Two Fat Cats Bakery across the street and simply had to investigate. One smell and look convinced me they are committed to high quality, scratch baking with an emphasis on American desserts and pies. I purchased a single shortbread cookie with a lemon glaze which melted in my mouth with only a delicate hint of lemon. It must have had a pound of butter in it, but I didn’t care. They offer a Pie For Breakfast menu!
With my hunger satisfied I moved on to Victoria Mansion, a much-loved Portland landmark. It is easily distinguished in the area for it’s pre-civil war Italianate architecture and amazingly original interior. It’s a one-of-a-kind home that I was asked not to photograph. Rules are rules. You can learn more about the mansion at: www.victoriamansion.org
On the way home I stopped for a tour of one of the world’s most famous waters. (at least in Maine) It was Poland Spring Water that built Hiram Ricker’s family empire, and if you visit Poland Spring be sure to include Poland Spring Preservation Park, home to the Poland Spring Museum and Spring House, to learn about the legendary healing power of the water as well as to the three-story, octagon Maine State Building & All Souls Chapel which are maintained by the Poland Spring Preservation Society.
I suggest you begin at the free museum, where exhibits detail the history of the famed water and explain its origins. Poland Spring water won the Medal of Excellence at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, and the Grand Prize at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. After that be sure to visit the nature trails lace the grounds and connect to the other sites. I need to return and finish hiking those as it was too wet and messy today.
See photos at http://emiling.com and I’ll you next Sunday from Somewhere in Maine!