Rain. Yup, that is the Maine Beach Spectacular weekend report for the June 9 - 11 weekend.
However, the despite the fact that Maine resembled the Pacific Northwest this weekend, we took solace in two things--eating and drinking.
Italian sandwiches are huge in Maine. You may know them as grinders or subs, but inside the ME state lines you best be referrring to these ham and cheese sandwiches as Italians.
Amatos serves the second best Italian in Maine, later this summer we will reveal the best Italian in Maine (hint: you will have to drive to Freeport).
What is a Maine Italian? Here is a Wikipedia style definition, courtesy of Maine Today:
A sandwich featuring assorted vegetables, olive oil, salt, pepper and meat. The Maine Italian with ham is the "new style." The original, served to workers on the city's docks in the early 1900s by Giovanni Amato, featured Genoa salami, not ham.
Forget the Genoa salami, order your Italian with ham, if you want to be traditional, Humpty Dumpty chips, and a soda and you will fit right in.
We had our first Bayley's Lobster of the season--of the hard shell variety--and we have to say the Lobster was a bit dry. We don't use butter on our Lobster. Soaking your lobster meat in butter, according to many old school Mainers, ruins the taste.
Old Port Report
Our Saturday night visit to the Old Port consisted of a visit to Gritty's and Bull Feeney's, two traditional pubs. Despite the rain Fore Street was packed with folks escaping the smoke free bars to have a smoke. The biggest Old Port shocker? Everyone is underage. The place is filled with nineteen year old girls dressed to the nines. As far as we know, Maine is not part of Canada, so twenty-one is the legal drinking age...in theory.
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Beaches scouted for Jaunted in this report: Old Orchard, Pine Point, Higgins Beach, Old Port.