Posted by: sforshner | October 9, 2008

portland dining

Our drive to Portland included a stop at the Kittery Outlets (I made out with a cute dress and work pants) so by the time we arrived – we were starving. Our first stop was Bull Feeney’s on Fore Street.

My hunger got the best of me when I didn’t even think to grab a picture of this amazing appetizer until I was half way done – lightly friend camembert cheese with blueberry sauce

And then I plowed through this amazing mix of sweet potato and regular fries with ketchup, curry and horseradish mayo dip…before I could get a full shot.

But, I was able to snag a photo of this wonderful dish in all its glory: BANGERS COLCANNON – Traditional Irish Sausages with Mashed Potatoes and Cabbage Cooked in Bacon and Onion Butter 

I will never eat mashed potatoes without bacon again, at least in the moment that is what I claimed.

This was my chicken wrap which had grapes in it (the major selling point for me). And my Wolaver Organic IPA, which was perfect…

Unfortunately I could only get through half of it because I had housed all the starters. 

Jump to Saturday night – we went out for sushi at Fuji. In the hotel, we used Bryce’s sly tactics, delicious cake and cool party hats to surprise Leigh for her birthday. When our waitress saw her hat, she also brought out a cheesecake for the occassion.

I also realized that I love Sapporo beer. Typically I am an ale drinker and the more hops the better, but I never know what to get when I am having sushi (which is something that is still fairly new to me, but I am getting more acquainted). This beer is perfect. It is light, but it is full bodied and it even tastes a bit fruity.

We were so stuffed by the time we left here that I don’t know how we made it through the rest of the night – but we did.

The next morning we found out what happens when five girls are cramped in one room and need to share one shower – by the time they get out for breakfast, they are famished.

For breakfast we went to Mims on Commercial Street.

It’s a cool place that is carved into the corner of a building and has a circular format. See this shot of the ceiling with the beams that jut out from the center? Mike, even though you weren’t there, I was tempted to ask you what you thought of this structure. 

Yeah I hate all of this delicious food – aside from the few bites of my raspberry muffin that I gave away because it was too good not to share. The best part is that the coffee was great. And based on my experience in Portsmouth on our last weekend getaway, the coffee kind of makes or breaks a place for me (sorry Friendly Toast!). 

And sorry Dominique – I didn’t really eat any seafood, aside from our sushi dinner, what’s wrong with me? I guess it didn’t necessarily occur to me to go out of my way to order it because I can always get great seafood in Boston.

I can’t believe I had never been to Portland before, but it was better late than never.

And I can’t forget to thank Lisa for reminding me of the names of some of the dishes we ate and the sushi restaurant!



  1. oooo good call on Portland! Might have to take a ‘staycation’ there soon 🙂

  2. Looks like an awesome culinary trip! Love the food porn.

  3. i love your pic of the little street that bull feeney’s is on. seriously, is everything in new england that freaking cute? and quaint? the few times i’ve been to boston, and the one time i was in providence, everywhere i look were these adorable old school streets and cute houses and cottages and sea side towns. i could go on and on about my love for that area!!! maybe it’s because everything in texas is all suburbanized and new construction? boring!!! looks like you girls had fun. 🙂

  4. Can I even tell you how much money I lost at Kittery??? So much! Also, when I tried my first lobster roll, the claw freaked me out so that I threw it out and just ate the bun!

  5. Ah…well, all the more lobster left for me to enjoy when I ever get back up that way 😛
    Toss that lobster claw this way, will you? Can’t get lobster rolls here in Michigan…

    Love the Bull Feeny’s sign, though!

    How was the blueberry ale? I’ll sometimes try a fruity microbrew/brewpub brew or ale, although I usually just stick with something like a lager or an amber ale if I can get that.

    Sounds like a great weekend!

  6. @Julie Q yes you should – it isn’t far at all
    @MRhé I know I had so much food
    @CC you will have to come and check out the rest of NE – I’ve never been to TX, I would love to check it out one day
    @Camels & Chocolate I am lucky that I live just far enough away that I can’t go drop my paychecks there every weekend 🙂
    @Dominique I actually didn’t drink the blueberry ale, but I didn’t hear any complaints!

  7. The blueberry ale was light and refreshing. I prefer the Beer Works brew with the added bonus of blueberries in the beer, but this one hit the spot for an afternoon.

  8. oh no susie–thank you. thanks for documenting our lives so we are forced to look our very best at all times, for fear of immortal humiliation on the internet.

    and we did rep the seafood a bit..crab and avocado melts…

  9. It looks like you had such a good time…Portland is a lot of fun!

  10. I am addicted to food blogs, especially when they SHOW food in beautifully taken pictures (like this one) but… they make me fall of my diet. Every time!

  11. I had that same kind of blueberry beer for the first time last month. It was definitely…interesting 🙂

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