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If L.L. Bean in Freeport, Maine, is a magnet for Down East travelers, a stop in Portland is also essential. Emerging from its backwater, down-at-the-heels 1970s era, Portland has become an exciting, thriving city with stellar examples of 19th and early 20th century Greek Revival and Victorian architecture, a working seaport, and a lively arts scene centered around the Maine College of Art and the Portland Museum with its superb collection of Andrew and Jamie Wyeth paintings. Walk down Congress Street and Fore Street, or wander the Old Port neighborhood to experience the city’s renaissance. Always a culinary destination for fabulous regional fare, Portland’s restaurants celebrate the state’s prized lobster (lobster rolls--Yum!), blueberries, smoked salmon (check out Ducktrap River Fish Farm), maple products, and chowders. Italian (similar to a submarine, hero or grinder) sandwiches are considered a southern Maine tradition. Microbreweries and brew pubs also abound. Top ranked restos ready to tease the palate include chef-owned Fore Street, Hugo’s, Five Fifty-Five, and down the road a bit in Ogunquit, the legendary Arrows Restaurant.

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Home Town: Portland, Maine, USA
Living In: Cornish, Maine, USA
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Nana's Apple Crisp

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I got rave reviews on this recipe. The only thing I changed was that I used a little less...

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Would not ever have thought of deep-frying pickles until my granddaughter came home one day...

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