|Classic eggs benedict|
|Traditional breakfast, local bacon and farm eggs|
Steve's co-worker, Brian, joined us for my actual birthday dinner. We could see the chef preparing the food at a station right out in the restaurant. Garlic, herbs, butter, and other delicious scents filled the air. The atmosphere was cozy, yet polished.
|tuna tartar with rice chips|
|Steve's crab 2 ways|
|Brian's scallops with risotto|
|Julia's housemade spaghetti with scallops, mussels and shrimp|
Steve wanted lobster without the work so he ordered lobster already picked out of the shell. One bite and we knew we had never eaten fresh lobster before now. Sweet, the right texture, and swimming in butter--nothing else to say!
With two greenhouses and acres of produce, each day harvests: honey, fruits, veggies, eggs, edible flowers, micro-greens, fresh chicken and house cured & smoked meats. What is not grown at the restaurant comes from other local and sustainable farms that owners Chef Melissa Kelly and Price Kushner are proud to support.
The Primo experience is truly special and unique.
We arrived early to tour the property, a decision I don't regret. The grounds are covered with various beds, gardens, a green house, chicken coop, pig pen, flowers and much more. I collected several ideas for future back yard gardening, much to Steve's dismay. He usually ends up doing the work and I don't maintain the weeding as I promise. We noticed many varieties of lettuce, something we can only grow in our area in early spring before the brutal Texas sun beats down on everything.
Once inside, the dining room was nicely furnished, quiet, and relaxing.
The amuse bouche of duck liver mousse in the shape of a butterfly arrived next. With the Amarone, this bite was heavenly.
Goodbye Primo. We love you.
Our last day in Maine started with a trip to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the gardens. I loved the children's garden and the vegetable garden area the most.
We drove to Portland for a change of scenery and toured the Commercial Street area. A relaxing glass of wine in a waterfront place called Dimillo's, then we headed for a late lunch at Harraseeket in Freeport. When I was looking for the best lobster roll in the area this place was named over and over. It was also featured in a Food Network episode with Rachael Ray a few years ago.
|Oyster Mine Clam Chowder|
|Harraseeket clam chowder|
We also tried a California Roll made with fresh Maine crab. Outstanding. Oyster Mine has its own sushi chef who knows what he's doing.
We had a great time on our trip and plan to return in the near future. There is so much more to see and experience!
After we returned home the kids came over to sample the cheeses we brought back from Vermont.
I picked up some meats and other items from Central Market and we feasted on the cheese board along with some grilled crostini. Grandson James David ate quite a bit.