Last Sunday the bluebird skies were calling me out to play. My husband and I decided to hit the road for a little ride. Just before we left I googled, "Best coffee shops in Maine." The search pointed us to Biddeford, Maine and a wonderful cafe called, "Elements."
From their impressive beer selection, I chose the "Mean Old Tom," a stout from the Maine Beer Company. If you like full flavored beer, try it, you'll like this one! As I was setting up this shot I noticed that Jenghix Khan was looking up at me from the collage of old book pages that made up the countertop. I'd say his expression matches the name of the beer, wouldn't you agree?
One of my favorite foods is a plate of meats, cheeses, crackers, etc. The mustard was made locally by a company called Vervacious. It was a delicious garlic, rosemary combo that combined well with the hard salami.
I was showing Fernando the book that I'm reading (more on this in my next blog post) and he opened to this quote from Mark Twain.
Coincidentally Mark Twain was looking up at us when we read his quote. I take it as a sign we were right where we needed to be in that moment. I'm glad I decided to leave the laundry and dust bunnies to head out on this mini adventure.
I finished my visit with a delicious cup of coffee and a biscotti. Did I mention that there was live jazz music? A talented young woman named Hattie Simon delighted us with her take on some jazz standards.
We walked down Main Street with our cameras. I was surprised by the shots that I took with my cell phone. Look at the blue sky!
Although the photos don't stack up to what I can take with my digital SLR, I'd say I captured the day just fine.
As we passed a barber shop we caught our reflection. Can you see us?
Here, let me take you in a bit closer.
While I think we see way too many "artsy" shots of feet on the internet, I couldn't resist this one on the honeycomb patterned street.
The sunny day offered us lots of good shadow shots.
We really have so much fun together.
Sadly, I somehow lost all of Fernando's shots. He had the best photos of the last our outing at Biddeford Pool, Maine where we walked the quiet beach. Pictured above is the only shot that I had taken - one of a couple of shells.
I guess this means we just have to return to the ocean to take some new photos. As my husband likes to say in situations like this, "I'll have to make the sacrifice."
We are always looking for great places that serve delicious coffee and/or beer. What are your favorite haunts in New England?
Kathryn and Fernando Costa