Bibo’s Madd Apple Cafe

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Brunch struck again in Portland, ME. Next stop was to Bibo’s Madd Apple Cafe in the Art District. The restaurant has a very relaxed, casual feel, with a bit of a quirky side. 

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Art is found throughout the place and the pictures on the walls are all for sale. Service was a little slow-going to start, but things picked up and we were on our way to Brunchtown, USA. 

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For my entree, I ordered the Belgian Waffle Of The Day: Coffee and Spice Wonut (cross between a waffle and donut with maple glaze, fruit and whipped cream). I didn’t know a Wonut existed, but I’m damn glad that Bibo’s made one. It truly was a well executed hybrid, incorporating the lightness of a waffle, but also the denser, cakiness of a donut. The flavor was amazing, a delightful spiced richness where you could get some waves of coffee essence, and the glaze was just the cherry on top. Well, glaze on top. 

The Shorts:
Name: Bibo’s Madd Apple Cafe
Location: 23 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, it was a pretty charming little spot for brunch. 
Would I recommend it? It was a quaint spot worth checking out, in a very central neighborhood. Can’t guaranty they’ll have a Wonut when you go, but, chances are, they’ll have something else just as great. 

Beals Ice Cream

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I can’t go to any new city without getting some dessert. And, I do love ice cream, so, no better treat to get in the summer. I headed over to Beals Ice Cream in Portland, ME. 

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Beals uses their own exclusive ice cream base to make their many ice cream flavors, in addition to producing specialty products including frozen yogurt, sorbet, no sugar added ice cream, pies, cakes and more. 

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I ordered their Moose Trail. Vanilla ice cream as a base, it’s swirled with rich, chocolate fudge and tiny chocolate peanut butter cups. The ice cream is creamy and delicious, and the fudge and cups are bountiful, not leaving you searching for those “best parts”, but being able to have some in every bite. 

The Shorts:
Name: Beals Ice Cream
Location: 12 Moulton Street, Portland, ME
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, there are loads of flavors to choose from, so, you know, I’ll have to try the rest.
Would I recommend it? For sure, it’s in a great location for walking and shopping and has that family-run vibe.