Blog :: 01-2012

Longer Days

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What is more subtle than each season's evolution and the day-to-day changes that go unnoticed? It wasn't all that long ago that we were jolted with complete darkness before five pm. On a walk with the dogs two days ago, I realized that there was still brightness in the sky and it was after five. It added some pep to my step.

Although it has been snowing all day today, it won't be long before the grass is green and our winter jackets are back in storage!

Longer Days

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What is more subtle than each season's evolution and the day-to-day changes that go unnoticed? It wasn't all that long ago that we were jolted with complete darkness before five pm. On a walk with the dogs two days ago, I realized that there was still brightness in the sky and it was after five. It added some pep to my step.

Although it has been snowing all day today, it won't be long before the grass is green and our winter jackets are back in storage!

Portland Harbor

It isn't too often that I get to walk around downtown Portland on a sunny winter day and when I do, I always try to make the most of it. The Portland waterfront is still very much a working one. Sure, there is a mixture of expensive condos, tourist restaurants and more recently, a major law firm has taken over an old warehouse, but for the most part it is a winning mixture of small businesses, boats, ferries and fishing-related services.

Had a great lunch at the Sapporo Restaurant on Commercial Street. They offer a number of sushi and roll combination options that are not only filling but affordable. Plus, it always is a treat to watch the chefs prepare your food right in front of you!

Did a lot of window shopping and stopped at two places to purchase items for dinner. Got three pounds of fresh cold water Maine shrimp at the Harbor Fish Market. Located at 9 Custom House Wharf, this fish market is the real thing and worth a visit on your next trip to Portland. Filled with giant lobster tanks and cases of fresh fish on ice, you get the sense that you are stepping back in time. And the staff is very helpful and patient. Picked-up three pounds ($2.50 per) of the unpeeled shrimp (heads and tails still on) for a linguini dish. Next time I might opt to spend a few dollars more for the already peeled shrimp.

Stopped at the Standard Baking Company on the way back to the car. I successfully avoided all the pastries and purchased a baguette. By far breads are their primary product but they also offer coffee and treats. Well-worth a visit.

Having a great city like Portland so accessible is one more reason western Maine is a great place to be!

(Waterfront photo courtesy of Harbor Fish Market)

Portland Harbor

It isn't too often that I get to walk around downtown Portland on a sunny winter day and when I do, I always try to make the most of it. The Portland waterfront is still very much a working one. Sure, there is a mixture of expensive condos, tourist restaurants and more recently, a major law firm has taken over an old warehouse, but for the most part it is a winning mixture of small businesses, boats, ferries and fishing-related services.

Had a great lunch at the Sapporo Restaurant on Commercial Street. They offer a number of sushi and roll combination options that are not only filling but affordable. Plus, it always is a treat to watch the chefs prepare your food right in front of you!

Did a lot of window shopping and stopped at two places to purchase items for dinner. Got three pounds of fresh cold water Maine shrimp at the Harbor Fish Market. Located at 9 Custom House Wharf, this fish market is the real thing and worth a visit on your next trip to Portland. Filled with giant lobster tanks and cases of fresh fish on ice, you get the sense that you are stepping back in time. And the staff is very helpful and patient. Picked-up three pounds ($2.50 per) of the unpeeled shrimp (heads and tails still on) for a linguini dish. Next time I might opt to spend a few dollars more for the already peeled shrimp.

Stopped at the Standard Baking Company on the way back to the car. I successfully avoided all the pastries and purchased a baguette. By far breads are their primary product but they also offer coffee and treats. Well-worth a visit.

Having a great city like Portland so accessible is one more reason western Maine is a great place to be!

(Waterfront photo courtesy of Harbor Fish Market)

Comments

  1. sweetmeow on

    Nice pictures of Portland -- loved our one trip there several years ago seeing the Portland Light, walking the wharf, then having dinner at DiMillos - a restaurant inside of a ferry. Yeah - it's a tourist trap but fun. Thanks for the good idea of where to get some fresh Maine seafood to bring back to camp. Yeah ... peeled shrimp is a lot easier *g*
    • Stanley Tupaj on

      The season for the Maine shrimp is short and since the annual 'catch' total has been reduced, the season will be even shorter. But there always is great local fish available year-round. I know it is hard to leave camp when you are here but a trip to the coast is worthwhile! Thanks

      AFC Championship Game

      1984 was a big year in my life. Rondi and I got married, moved to downtown Baltimore and I started graduate school at the University of Maryland. When considering schools, Charm City seemed like a good choice. In addition to affordable tuition and housing, the city was home to the Orioles and my favorite football team growing up--the Baltimore Colts. I loved Johnny Unitas, Tom Matte, John Mackey, Bubba Smith and all the Colts and looked forward to going to games, that is until the snowy night of March 29, 1984 when the team moved out to Indianaoplis.

      During the next 12 years, watching football on TV just didn't have the same excitement. Especially with Jack Kent Cooke trying to make the Redskins Maryland's team. Getting the Cleveland Browns to move east wasn't the most honorable way of having a Baltimore franchise but after getting passed over for expansion teams, it seemed to be the only way.

      Since the first Raven game on September 1, 1996, defense has always been the team's strength (Ray Lewis was the team's second draft pick) and offense has been an afterthought. I'm not saying that the Ravens will come up with a victory on Sunday, but I don't believe that it will be a blowout by the Patriots. When I look at the Patriots' string of wins since the two losses to the Steelers and the Giants, I don't believe any were against strong teams.

      Living in the heart of New England Patriot country will make for an interesting week! I'm looking forward to Sunday's game and hoping that Flacco can channel some of No. 19, Johnny Unitas! Let's Go Ravens!

      (Photo courtesy of BACVA)

      AFC Championship Game

      1984 was a big year in my life. Rondi and I got married, moved to downtown Baltimore and I started graduate school at the University of Maryland. When considering schools, Charm City seemed like a good choice. In addition to affordable tuition and housing, the city was home to the Orioles and my favorite football team growing up--the Baltimore Colts. I loved Johnny Unitas, Tom Matte, John Mackey, Bubba Smith and all the Colts and looked forward to going to games, that is until the snowy night of March 29, 1984 when the team moved out to Indianaoplis.

      During the next 12 years, watching football on TV just didn't have the same excitement. Especially with Jack Kent Cooke trying to make the Redskins Maryland's team. Getting the Cleveland Browns to move east wasn't the most honorable way of having a Baltimore franchise but after getting passed over for expansion teams, it seemed to be the only way.

      Since the first Raven game on September 1, 1996, defense has always been the team's strength (Ray Lewis was the team's second draft pick) and offense has been an afterthought. I'm not saying that the Ravens will come up with a victory on Sunday, but I don't believe that it will be a blowout by the Patriots. When I look at the Patriots' string of wins since the two losses to the Steelers and the Giants, I don't believe any were against strong teams.

      Living in the heart of New England Patriot country will make for an interesting week! I'm looking forward to Sunday's game and hoping that Flacco can channel some of No. 19, Johnny Unitas! Let's Go Ravens!

      (Photo courtesy of BACVA)

      Comments

      1. Jonna on

        Is it true that even in the heart of Patriot country one can still find an effigy of Flacco on brie?
        • Stanley Tupaj on

          I believe that his throwing arm remains but the rest of his body has disappeared!
          • Johnetta on

            There's a terrific amount of knodelwge in this article!

            Robin Hurst Jensen Benefit Dinner

            Hurst Benefit Flyer

            Be sure to attend the Benefit Dinner for Robin Jensen this Saturday, January 14th. The event will be at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church on Route 5 in Fryeburg. Pasta will be served between 5 and 7 pm and there will be salad, bread, desserts and beverages. $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12.

            Robin is recovering from recent cancer surgery and during her recovery period, she has been unable to work and is in need of help with her medical and household bills. In addition to being a member of the Fryeburg Rescue Service, Robin is the daughter of Lovell resident and town columnist, Ethel Hurst. The Stow Corner Store is making the pasta sauce (with and without meat) and there will be a 50/50 raffle as well as a Silent Auction with a great collection of items donated by local businesses.

            If you can't make the dinner, donations may be made in Robin's name to: Key Bank, 627 Main Street, Fryeburg, ME 04037.

            And remember, you will be home in plenty of time for the Broncos-Patriots game at 8pm!

            Robin Hurst Jensen Benefit Dinner

            Hurst Benefit Flyer

            Be sure to attend the Benefit Dinner for Robin Jensen this Saturday, January 14th. The event will be at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church on Route 5 in Fryeburg. Pasta will be served between 5 and 7 pm and there will be salad, bread, desserts and beverages. $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12.

            Robin is recovering from recent cancer surgery and during her recovery period, she has been unable to work and is in need of help with her medical and household bills. In addition to being a member of the Fryeburg Rescue Service, Robin is the daughter of Lovell resident and town columnist, Ethel Hurst. The Stow Corner Store is making the pasta sauce (with and without meat) and there will be a 50/50 raffle as well as a Silent Auction with a great collection of items donated by local businesses.

            If you can't make the dinner, donations may be made in Robin's name to: Key Bank, 627 Main Street, Fryeburg, ME 04037.

            And remember, you will be home in plenty of time for the Broncos-Patriots game at 8pm!

            2012 Vacation Rentals

            Here's a quick and easy way to keep warm during these cold days of winter--start planning your 2012 summer vacation! With a large number of cabins both on and off the water, Kezar Realty is the place to book your place on the lake and in the White Mountains. Jeanne Bonner, with more than 20 years in sales and rentals, can assist you in locating the perfect spot for your large or small group while at the same time, staying within your budget.

            Bookings have been active so be sure to start planning now. Take a peek at this home which is a great place to enjoy your Kezar vacation: Camp J2.

            2012 Vacation Rentals

            Here's a quick and easy way to keep warm during these cold days of winter--start planning your 2012 summer vacation! With a large number of cabins both on and off the water, Kezar Realty is the place to book your place on the lake and in the White Mountains. Jeanne Bonner, with more than 20 years in sales and rentals, can assist you in locating the perfect spot for your large or small group while at the same time, staying within your budget.

            Bookings have been active so be sure to start planning now. Take a peek at this home which is a great place to enjoy your Kezar vacation: Camp J2.