Costal Maine Popcorn Co.

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One of my most favorite snacks is popcorn. Truth. I’m totally ok with some plain ‘ole popped corn, but I truly enjoy the unique and different varieties out there. Well, passing by on a stroll in Portland, ME, it was fate. I approached Costal Maine Popcorn Co. and had to stop in. 

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Upon entering, you’ll see huge bags full of popcorn, but don’t let that overwhelm you, they have smaller bag sizes once you work your way in the store. They have a number of classic and unique flavors to choose from, both savory and sweet. 

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I got a small bag of their Chocolate Macaroon. I really enjoyed this. What I liked the most, was that this wasn’t some super sweet coated popcorn. You know, the kind where you have a couple handfuls and you’re nauseated. This had a more pure, chocolate cocoa flavor, delicately glazed too with a really nice coconut flavor, really giving you the taste of a chocolate dusted macaroon. 

The Shorts:
Name: Costal Maine Popcorn Co.
Location: 43 Exchange Street, Portland, ME
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Definitely. And, if you can’t make it there, they also sell their popcorn online. They also offer a Popcorn of the Month. So, you know, holiday season coming up and all. Message me for the best address to send mine. Thanks. 
Would I recommend it? Whether you’re a savory or sweet fan, they’ve got a flavor for you. 

Vero Gelato Italiano

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One thing that really surprised me was how popular gelato is in Brazil. After visiting Vero in Ipanema, I started noticing more and more gelato shops around Rio and Sao Paulo.

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Come to find out, Vero is the only ice cream shop in Brazil to receive certification from the Accademia della Gelateria Italiana, so, I mean, I had to try it. They have a large selection of unique and delicious sounding/looking flavors, producing about 30 flavors freshly every day. 

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I had their Figo com Amendoas (fig and almonds). It was amazing. This place could easily stand with the best of them in NYC. The gelato itself was creamy, with the perfect consistency. Folded in are little pieces of chopped fig to go along with the fig and almond flavored gelato. 

The Shorts:
Name: Vero Gelato Italiano
Location: Rua Visconde de Pirajá, 260, Ipanema, Brazil 
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure. Hell, I have 29 other flavors that I need to get. 
Would I recommend it? Definitely. The quality is excellent, and with sorbets there as well, there’s certainly something for everyone.