Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend

Even when you work for yourself—or perhaps even more so when you work for yourself—you find yourself massively in need of a break. There was no particular reason but last week I had a serious itch to take a break from the city and from work. Memorial Day proved to be the perfect excuse to go back to Maine (where I’m from) and spend some quality time with the rents and away from the internet. I did a lot of thrifting for the shop, some antique store browsing and plenty of alfresco dining and drinking and it felt GREAT. Here are some of my highlights!

I had been craving a lobster roll all week! This beauty was from The Portland Lobster Co. Enjoyed with a Peak Organic beer and eaten on the restaurants waterside patio, summer perfection.

We took a day trip to a town called Hallowell which is known for it's good restaurants and antique stores. I got these earrings at a vintage jewelry shop, I saw them in the window and fell in love! They are from the '20s, faceted glass and the original screw backs were replaced with hooks so they are much more wearbable. I can't wait to pair them with a slinky dress for a night out!

I got a kick out of this record that I found at the antiques mall. Glamour stretcher to organ bizarrely awesome!

Here are some goodies that I wished I had picked up at one of the antique shops:

I'm crazy for this color combo!

How great are these bottles for atop a bar?

I really want to start a collection of vintage bar glasses and champagne bowls are at the top of my list.

A Boston terrier doorstop! If this baby wasn't $95 it would have been making the trip back to New York...

This is one of my favorite meals when I come home: grilled lobster with a spicy herb butter

We went to a great little restaurant in Hallowell called Slates and it was fantastic! Nothing fancy but lots of local and organic ingredients
I enjoyed a oversized mimosa with fresh mango and orange puree.

This looks like a pile of mush but it was a really interesting combo: A slab of polenta topped with mashed squash and sweet potatoes, grilled onions, pepperjack cheese, a poached egg and kiwi salsa. Yowza!

My parents are looking into buying a lakeside house and we went to check one out. This little guy was hanging out in the back yard, he must have been someones pet because he let me walk right up and touch him!

A delicious pizza that we made, more on that later!

The Portland waterfront

My dad is great at making cocktails! He concocted this martini with Absolut Mango, triple sec, fresh lime juice and a mango slice. Sweet and refreshing at the same time.

I hope everyone had as fabulous and relaxing a Memorial Day weekend as I did!

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