Hello from Portland, the beer capital of New England!
I love Amtrak because it’s such a relaxing way to travel. I read my novel for an hour and Matt and I had pb and j for lunch. We arrived at Jeff’s this afternoon and caught up on fun cable shows before heading out to dinner at Nosh Kitchen.
I had a Smuttynose Maibock, which was thick and delicious, but very high in alcohol. I had to sip it slowly!
Matt and I are fried pickle connoisseurs, so we had to try these huge tempura fried spears. Probably the largest fried pickles I have ever seen. The batter was slightly sweet = perfect.
The restaurant served all local, grass-fed meats, but I ended up ordering the falafel flatbread because I was in the mood for flatbread. Lesson learned: never order a sandwich just because the bread sounds good. While I liked this wrap, it was a little dry and I was quite jealous of all the burgers at the table.
Nosh knows how to do burgers. I ended up having about four bites of Matt’s burger with bleu cheese, a fried egg, and garlic pesto, and it was hands-down one of the best burgers I have ever tasted.
After dinner, we head to Grace, a bar and restaurant in an old church! This place is gorgeous….I want to go back for dinner!
Given that my first beer was 9% abv and we’re getting up to go skiing at 6:30 tomorrow, I opted for a light blueberry ale. It turned out to be a great choice, because it was very flavorful – much better than Wachusett’s blueberry beer.
Now I’ve got to lay out my ski clothes and mentally prepared for the early wake-up and cold temperatures, but I’m excited to ski. Night!