Maine Attraction: Lobster and Pet Lovers
Okay, by 4 p.m., I’m looking for a late lunch/early dinner. Portland reigns as Lobster Land, but I don’t want to dine at a tourist spot. The TV crew recommend a local favorite: Gilberts Chowder House on the harbor. Wow. I started off with a cup of seafood chowder stuffed with seafood (barely could find any chunks of potato) and a lobster dinner. Topped off with a glass of wine and my entire bill came to $33. Special thanks to Marie and Matt and the rest at Gilberts - check out the pic of us with a couple of lobsters.
Tonight, I headed for the heart of Portland, Maine to a cozy independent store called Books, Etc. on Exchange Street. The place has a resident dog, a terrier named Finn (not sure what genre he prefers to paw through the pages of) and a knowledgeable staff led by Katherine and Jane. Jane’s daughter, Katie confided to me her dream: to adopt a puppy, specifically, a Bernese Mountain Dog. That’s one big pup! I talked to Nelly, from Portugal who now lives in Fort Lauderdale about her brother’s lovable cocker spaniel, Willy and helped a family stop their collie name Lucy from yanking on the leash during their walks.
Now, I’m no Rand McNally, but Portland is definitely a must-see place to visit. Full of history, interesting people and affordable lobster dishes!