As a woman born and raised in New England (with stops in Paris and now here in Florida), I have to say –
IT’S ABOUT TIME TONY!
It seems that he’s been just about EVERYWHERE, and he’s FINALLY getting to Maine (just a thought for a future show Tony – check out Providence, RI for some GREAT restaurants and interesting art). So, Down East it is for Mr. Bourdain this week. It’s an area that I’m quite familiar with.
Of course, Portland is the first stop. Portland has been dubbed “America’s foodiest little city”. Why? Well, did you know that there are more restaurants per capita than San Francisco! It’s just a guess, but of course Tony and his friends will be testing the theory out (tough job?). Tony and his friend Zach head over to J’s Oyster. There’s nothing like a local joint with beer, shellfish, and steamer clams (Tony – they’re simply called “steamers” – no need for the word clams. If you’re in New England everyone will know what you mean.). With women everywhere (owner, waitresses, etc) will Tony be able to be his usual self? We’ll have to wait and see. Then it’s on to Street & Co. where the pair will get to taste some of the area’s BEST. Yes, seafood. Tony chats with owner Dana Street and Portland fishmonger George Parr while dining on Maine shrimp, Monkfish, and Cuttlefish. Me, I’m waiting for the Maine Lobster!
Finally, it wouldn’t be a trip to Maine without venturing inland. Zach introduces Tony to his family’s home of Milo, where the population is around 3,000. This is the “Cheers” town, you know….one of those places that everyone knows everyone else. Be prepared for some family activities. Oh and did I mention BBQ in a railroad car? That’s what I hear.
I’ll be visiting my old stomping grounds in Maine along with Tony this Monday, April 12 th from my armchair at 10:00 PM! I hope that you’ll join me.