Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Clubs, Chowders, and Crab Fried Rice
Semolina dredged, sautéed calamari and fresh pasta, garlic, red pepper flakes, fresh oregano and marinara. Spicy stir-fried with thai basils, organic greens, mushrooms, and pork. Thick slices of toasted white bread containing 1 and 1/4 pounds of lobster, bacon, lettuce, and tomato. Hungry yet?
One thing about living at a vacation destination is that often locals forget to enjoy what they have in front of them. This summer I made a concerted effort to take a night off once every two weeks and go out to dinner. My husband and I revisited old favorites, found unique local dives, and explored the food scene that our coastline has to offer. No matter what you’re looking for, Camden and the surrounding towns can deliver. People come to Maine for seafood, and we have some of the best. The Brass Compass in downtown Rockland delivers a lobster club that can stand up to any challenger, including Bobby Flay from the Food Network who lost to this colossal club a few years ago. If you’re looking to branch away from the typical seafood fare, Long Grain in downtown Camden is your answer. My daughter upon her return from three years in Singapore RAVED about Long Grain being authentic Thai done right. Cafe Miranda is an eclectic Rockland venue with a line out the door any day of the week. The menu is five pages long. Why? Cafe Miranda’s motto responds “Because we can”. Each item present unique dishes combining the best of Maine’s coastal cuisine with a unique twist that keeps customers coming back.
Tonight I plan to try out a local newcomer, Valentina’s. By this point in the summer, after this many fantastic meals, the bar is set fairly high, but I have no doubt that Valentina’s will meet and surpass my expectations. After all Maine is known for it’s good food, and while I have the incredible opportunity to live here, I intend to enjoy it, one meal at a time.