summertime, and the living should be easy. well in the metro nyc area, it's always business as usual. we, at the subversive garden, took a much needed break & spent a few days in portland, maine. this small city is a gem, perhaps underrated (probably preferred by the residents to save their city as a well kept secret). the peninsula juts out (like an elbow as locals say) into the casco bay. it feels like a mini-san francisco, with its hills, quirky neighborhoods and walkability to the water.
here are some highlights-- worth checking out if you find yourself in the lovely state of maine!
no chains can settle in & steal away local business, thanks to a moratorium on development. starbucks & cold stone creamery did sneak in there before... ugh... but no other chains to be found in the city limits. the powerful buy local alliance is a strong presence as local businesses truly support each other.
arabica: where espresso is "a culinary art", i got my fix of caffeine in a friendly cafe where the frothy, flower design of milk & espresso achieved perfection.
ferdinand: a fun-filled shop on munjoy hill (great views!) where super friendly founder and creator diane offers handmade cards, tee-shirts, bags, "found" vintage trinkets & jewelry, books and other assorted goodies. i love this store!
uffa: super yummy restaurant where head server andre treated us wonderfully... i had fishcakes, peach gazpacho and strawberry-rhubarb gelato.
portland museum of art: a hidden treasure! we saw an amazing frank lloyd wright exhibit plus several floors of american & european art.