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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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Cooking Level: Intermediate

Home Town: Sebastian, Florida, USA
Living In: Portland, Maine, USA
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I'm 22 and going to culinary school. Right now, I'm taking Basic Baking which is a breeze for me, and am considered top of my class. I cook at home for my boyfriend and I, and when I'm in a non-meat sort of mood, my roommates too. I love fall and all the food that goes along with it. Yum.

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Paula Weitz 

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About me: I love sports and used to cook for minor league baseball player when they played in Portland. Have put cookies on the bus for New Britain Rock Cats since 1996 when they leave Po…

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Pumpkin Custard Pie I

Reviewed on Nov. 26, 2014 by Jenn L   view full review
I used mini graham cracker shells. First time I did 350 for 20-25 min nd seasoned wth fall...

One Bowl Chocolate Cake III

Reviewed on Nov. 26, 2014 by Cj Calderwood   view full review
I made this cake and followed the recipe and found it to be really moist and rich , nice...

Seven Layer Tortilla Pie

Reviewed on Nov. 19, 2014 by lizziej78   view full review
easy and delicious!

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