It's been awhile since I have written up a week of travel.. Rolling with a solid crew of 4, we drove up to Portland Maine and hung out for about a week. We did some side trips before heading down to Providence Rhode Island where we dropped off one of our favorite kids.. This will be a documentation of the trip for my memories.. I will then, if I have the time or the interest, make separate threads for the restaurants we stopped in at...
We left Saturday morning around 11 oclock with Maine in our GPS. It was a beautiful sunny day with surprisingly no traffic.. The two in the back were drawing and coloring and there was lots of singing.. Miss K got Jax into Japanimation and Anime this summer.. They are both rabid fans of Hatsune Miku.. If you do not know who this is, I applaud you.. Basically, she is a fictitious hologram pop singer. She puts on live stage shows with a live band.. She is currently touring Asia.. While you would think the beauty of having a hologram star is that she could perform around the globe simultaneously, the creators have decided to treat her like a real person and go on a real tour with a live band.. So, we will have to wait a year or so until she comes to New York.. The last concert I went to, i was shocked to see the majority of the concert attendees were not teenage girls like my daughter but, pale, creepy looking 30 something year old adults who most likely all had sweaty hands and love pillows... It was 10 times more creepy than a Furry convention in which I have had the pleasure of attending multiple ones.. But, I digress.. The mood of the car was lovely, there was singing and joy.. All was great.. Jax has aspirations of being a "rocker star"
Around lunch time, we were arriving in Connecticut.. Connecticut while, inhabiting the worst fucking drivers in the entire planet, happens to have some incredible food places.. Hot dogs, Lobster Rolls, Pizza, steamed burgers, there is really no road food Connecticut does not excel at.. That is with the exception of the actual people on the road.. For these people, the left lane is actually the slow lane.. The middle lane is the middle lane and the right lane is the fast lane.. It is also the lane often left completely empty by people who do not know how to merge.. I have driven by myself for a half a mile, while people are stalled in traffic,or merging while there is still a full lane just sitting unused.. It is the most aggravating state to drive in. And, truly, when you see a person with Connecticut plates outside of their own state, they do not disappoint.. Maryland being the second worst. But, again I digress.. So it was a beautiful day and well, as I mentioned spirits were high... So, we pulled off and headed down route 1.
We decided that The Place, in Guilford would be the most fun place to stop.. We get to sit on tree stumps, we can stop at the local liquor store for a bottle of wine, Jax can watch the fires and run around with kids and well, it's so low key and chill, what better way to start a vacation... Sure there is Lenny and joe's for lobster rolls, there is Johnny Ad's for fried clams, there is Ted's for steamed burgers but, yeh, sit outside and take it all in..
They have this raging fire and a custom made grill.. They have these logs cut to spec. They are about the length of the grill and they throw them in every so often.. It's a smokey fire and lots of smoke gets imparted in the various dishes.. I would say the most unique or dish that is most synonymous with the Place is, their roasted clams.. I have made these many times since first going here. They are roasted clams with cocktail sauce and butter.. But, the smoke really shines in this dish.. They aren't the best in the world but, they are sure fun to eat..
some boiled or steamed shrimp:
grilled and butter dunked corn:
a couple of lobsters: (note: its soft shell lobster season so, the prices are a little stupid at this place.. I mean, fresh direct is selling lobstes for 7.99 a lb. I much prefer hard to soft shell lobsters.. This was ok but, yeh, not the best.
Salmon for Miss K:
A water color Miss K painted while we sat
Jax was super happy.. He ate shrimp and fish and corn:
it was a fun first stop.. Not earth shattering but, its like a communal backyard bbq.. We like it. So, it was back on the road and we made it all the way up to Kittery for the night...