Costal Maine Popcorn Co.


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. 


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. 


Fools Gold


I used to love fools gold as a kid. I’m clever, so, I realized it wasn’t real, but still, the look of it was pretty awesome, and, I felt cool owning it. Now that I’m older, well, I still kind of like it. But, when I heard of a bar opening with the same name sake, well, I had to check it out. So, I went to Fools Gold on the Lower East Side. 


This rustic and wooden clad, keg adorned bar offers about 30 beers on draft and a food menu with snacks and entrees. I went for happy hour, where you can get $5 beers, wines, whiskey, and $1 oysters. 


I grabbed a glass of RoséIt was pretty delightful, crisp, and for $5, no complaints here. 


Then, you always need a little bit of a snack to go with some drinks. So, I had some of their Popcorn with Truffle Oil. A tad bit on the oily side, but the flavor was awesome. Popcorn really is, like, the perfect snack. 

The Shorts:
Name: Fools Gold
Location: 145 East Houston Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, the vibes here are really laid back, and you can score a great happy hour without feeling like you’re in a grimy dive. 
Would I recommend it? For sure, especially if you’re a beer drinker, there are lots of options to choose from.