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. 

Spices and Tease

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Food can be totally delicious. But, think about going to a restaurant or food vendor and eating unseasoned, completely bare food. I’m pretty sure that all of those places would be out of business. If you’re looking for the hub of spices and teas, look no further than Spices and Tease from my Grand Central Tour

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This business spans four generations back of trading spices, providing 30 varieties of homemade spice blends, 18 different peppers, 13 types of gourmet salt, over 70 original spices and seeds, 25 herbs and botanical plants, and 180 exotic imported teas. Phew! So, yeah, they have what you need. Spices are pictured above.

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And here are some of the teas. 

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I picked up some Hawaiian Black Lava Salt because, a) I’ve never tried it before, and b) It looked really cool (duh). The salt gets its color by mixing it with activated charcoal which is said to give it a distinctive nutty flavor.

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And then, because I can never pass up some candy, I got some Fennel Candy. It’s one of my favorite parts about dining out at an Indian restaurant, and now I don’t have to leave home to enjoy it. 

The Shorts:
Name: Spices and Tease
Location: 78 Grand Central Terminal, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes. Now, it’s not the least expensive place you might get spices, but, everything is quality and you’ll never not be able to find something.
Would I recommend it? Yes, they also have great gift packages for your favorite foodie.