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. 

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ABC Kitchen

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While a dinner reservation here is pretty challenging, you absolutely need to make it a point to visit ABC Kitchen in The Flatiron District at some dining point, where it’s lunch, brunch or dinner. 

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This Jean-Georges restaurant is everything you’d expect it to be from him, nothing shy of amazing. I’m pretty obsessed with the aesthetic here too, it’s rustic, meets French countryside, meets woodland nymph. Food wise, everything here is locally sourced, organic, and, well, delicious. 

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To start, as a snack for the table, we ordered their House Cut Fries. These are so amazing. They’re perfectly seasoned, crisp herbs and rosemary really add a nice dimension to the already tasty, crisp fries. 

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Then, I went for their prix fixe lunch menu and, for my first course I had the Line Caught Tuna Sashimi (marinated with ginger and mint). Amazing. The dish has a little bit of spice to it with a nice hint of the ginger. The tuna itself is perfect and seems to almost melt in your mouth.

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Next, for my entree I had their Veggie Burger (minted yogurt and housemade whole wheat pita). I loved this. First off, the burger and pita are super substantial and hearty. The veggie burger is housemade, of course, and lightly dipped in an egg bater and quickly fried, giving it a nice crisp exterior. The minted yogurt was especially nice with this too, adding a nice creaminess to the meatiness of the burger. I really loved the carrot slaw here too, they had the nicest balance in texture between being tender and crisp, and lightly dressed in an olive oil. 

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Then, for dessert, I had the Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sundae (candied peanuts & popcorn, whipped cream, chocolate sauce). Holy $&*!. This was so incredible, it’s basically heaven in a bowl. The salted caramel ice cream is rich, and silky, and almost has a burnt sugar appeal. On top is a housemade whipped cream, light and airy and not even all that sweet, balancing well with the rest of the sweet dish. The chocolate sauce on the bottom is warm, and rich and chocolaty and almost fudge like. Then, you basically have a homemade crackerjack box confecting the sundae. It’s all ridiculous and insanely delicious. 

The Shorts:
Name: ABC Kitchen
Location: 35 East 18th Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Uh, DUH! Faster than you can say ABC. 
Would I recommend it? In a heartbeat. The food was delicious, the service was outstanding and friendly, and the Sundae. Can we talk about that again? In love.