Welcome to Maine

Remind me never to take a 6am flight again.  This is the second one this week. Waking up at 3:45 am is torture, even if I was eager to jump out of bed and head to the airport.  Time for a mini vacation! 

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View from the grounds of our lodge – Source

Dave and I flew to Portland, Maine this morning for a long weekend in the Sebago Lakes Region.  I took Monday off and am meeting with a client here on Tuesday.  Fun Fact:  This is the very first client I ever trained with my company – Town of Windham – which is 30 minutes outside of Portland.  It’ts nice to come back to this beautiful spot.  I was blown away when I first came here over 3 years ago. 

Tired and hungry, Dave and I headed downtown for some grub.  A quick search for “Portland Maine Vegan” brought me to the Happy Cow website. 

Happy Cow is a great resource for vegan/vegetarian restaurants and grocery stores.  I consult it often when I travel.  After reading reviews, Dave and I decided to check out Silly’s. 

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The menu had numerous vegan and meat options to satisfy Dave and I.  Plus it appeared to be quite the funky place. 

We arrived, and things weren’t looking so good. 

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Closed for vacation? 

Dave almost convinced me to just go next store to the Mexican Restaurant.  He was very hungry, but it looked a little dodgey. 

Plus, I had a Plan B – – Local Sprout’s Café

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Sometimes things just work out, and boy is my belly glad they did. 

Local Sprout’s is located in downtown Portland on Congress Avenue.  There are a few tables outside which were perfect on a 75degree day like today.  Nope, I don’t miss Florida’s 90 degree and humid weather one bit.

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The outside dining was tempting, but inside is where the magic happens. 

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My senses were overwhelmed.  The chalkboard-menu was overflowing with options – many which are vegan and vegetarian friendly. 

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The dessert case is bursting at the seams with vegan “love” cookies and vegan “whoopie” pies.  Me oh my!  I’m kinda happy Silly’s was closed!

I decided to eat what I eat everyday of my life for lunch – a wrap.  I can’t stray too far from home apparently, but mine never have yummus and local tempeh in them. 

imageDamnIMG_0625[1]Damn!  Busted stealing one of Dave’s potato wedges!

And for my meat-eating amigos, Dave represented with a BBQ chicken sandwich.  

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IMG_0624[1]I think 3 birds were killed in the making of this sandwich.

It was pretty cool to look up at the wall and check out where my food came from – tempeh from Portland, veggies from a wee bit inland. 

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After eating our share of tempeh and chicken, we packed up our leftovers and headed for our lodge. 

The weather is perfect – crisp air and sunshine.  We’re off on the canoe… once I can wake Dave up from this nap.

Be well,
Carolyn

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4 responses to “Welcome to Maine

  1. Looks like a great restaurant! I’m sorry the first one wasn’t open!
    I loove tempeh, so that wrap looks like heaven to me 🙂

  2. Pat

    Hi Carolyn, Looks great and hope you get to relax and chill.
    Great idea to get to Maine as early as possible… it is hard to get up early but worth it.
    Love, Mom

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