…started in Manhattan. And then up to the Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. Madonia Brothers Bakery! Cannoli, filled to order…
Then we drove for an hour, up and east. 6pm at the bar of The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges. Pinot blanc.
From Pound Ridge, we drove another hour east to spend a night in New Haven. We checked in at The Study and walked to Ashley’s for ice cream. One scoop of Icebox Cake (chocolate-banana base with chocolate-covered graham crackers).
We devoured that while walking to Shake Shack on Chapel Street. I like how every Shake Shacks has special concrete blends (good reason to visit them all heheh). This is Boola Boola Blue, blending vanilla custard with lemon-blueberry pie from Scratch Baking.
First stop, Eventide Oyster Co.! I could eat oysters every single day.
Oysters! Good glory. All from Maine. Left to right: North Haven, Basket Island, Pemaquid, Dodge Cove, Norumbega, and Winter Point. They do a lot of interesting “ice” flavors that come with the oysters. Think tabasco, pickled ginger, kim chee, nuoc nam (pictured on bottom left). I like oysters best with just a squeeze of lemon.
We walked across the street to Duckfat for a post-lunch treat. Poutine! Belgian fries fried in duck fat. Topped with cheese curds, duck gravy, and chives.
And then we walked to The Standard Baking Co. for…
Next, a visit to The Holy Donut!
And then we got gelato at Gorgeous Gelato.
From there, we took a long nap at the hotel. And then off to dinner at Miyake. Two seats at the bar, a bottle of sparkling riesling from Austria. Yaki uni! Uni grilled with mascarpone and enoki mushrooms.
The next morning/afternoon was devoted to lobster rolls! But first we had to get breakfast. So we went to Ten Ten Pié for visitandine with sour cherries (forgot to take a “real” photo, but you can see the visitandine on my instagram). And then we went back to The Holy Donut because I love doughnuts so much.
A little break at Rockland’s Rock City Coffee Roasters…
…before dinner at Fore Street. More oysters. Basket Island on the left, Damariscotta on the right. Roasted mussels, and their smoked seafood platter. Charcuterie (and really good duck hearts)…
Then off to Gelato Fiasco for four flavors in a tiny cup. Strawberry-balsamic, fresh cream, espresso chip, and ginger-cardamom.
Portland Hunt & Alpine Club was just up the block. So we went there for champagne and popcorn (with parmesan, butter and green chile). What a nice end to dinner.
We started at the original location of Tandem Coffee Roasters for coffee…
A stop at Harbor Fish Market to pick up live lobsters for the drive back.
And one more stop in New Haven at Modern Apizza for the Italian Bomb. Hehheeh.