Category: Friends


Rice & Noodles

We tried a new-to-us restaurant last night. Donna, our next door neighbor, took us to a Thai Restaurant just outside of Belfast. Another neighbor, Pat, also joined us. It was a nice pre-holiday gathering.

The restaurant isn’t fancy, and is located in a fairly old wooden building. It is called “Rice & Noodles,” which does not adequately describe the authentic Thai cuisine. The menu is one of the most extensive I’ve seen. We each ordered an appetizer and a main course. The food was quite good, and we will return. Although we might stick to take-out in the winter time. It was 10 degrees outside last night. And not much warmer inside. The first clue is when your waitress greets you wearing a parka … inside the restaurant 😉

They have a selection of beer, wine, and soft drinks:

For starters, we tried the Stuffed Thai Chicken Wing … this was really interesting and was almost like a little cordon bleu type chicken:

The Tempura Squid – a nicely breaded calamari:

Egg Rolls:

And tasty Pan-Fried Pork Dumplings

Lou chose the Tamarind Duck as his main. It came with slices of roasted duck – not shown in the photo, because it was hiding in the bottom of the plate. He said it was tasty, but he needed a little more than 5 stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ of heat 😳😱

Donna picked the Orange Chicken, which she liked.

Pat had the Stir Fry with Hot Basil and Pork. She picked 4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ And said she would go 5 next time:

I picked the Crispy Chicken Stir Fry with Hot Basil with a 4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ spice level which was just right.

It was a successful evening, and we are very happy to find a good Thai restaurant!

Stuffed Turkeys

Stuffed turkeys … that is all of us after surviving both a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner, and the leftovers yesterday.

Kathy & Steve got out for some Black Friday shopping, while Lou & I did our usual stick-close-to-home routine.

We had just a touch of snow Thanksgiving morning, but are bracing for more on Monday. In the meantime, we are starting to get some nice colorful sunrises … this one yesterday was just ok.

Now to start decorating for Christmas!

Dinner is Served!

Sending sincere wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving to all, and the same for the rest of the upcoming holidays. Thanksgiving always seems to mark the start of preparations for Christmas.

Lou and Kathy outdid themselves, and Steve and I very much appreciated it. The turkey and all the accompaniments were wonderful and we ate til we burst. Lou is now scavenging the turkey carcass for soup, while we rest up for pumpkin pie.


A Visitor to Maine

We had a nice visit with a friend from our days at Rinker Materials in Florida. Sheryl and I worked together, and have kept in touch over the years. She had a business meeting in Boston, and drove up to spend part of the weekend with us. It was great to see her, and reminisce about the “olden days.”

It won’t surprise you to find out we took Sheryl to our favorite local pub for dinner – the Whale’s Tooth Pub & Restaurant in nearby Lincolnville.

Shepherd’s Pie, Garlic Steak, Hamburger, Bread Pudding, & Carrot Cake

The Hichborn – Amazing Again

Kathy & Steve treated us to dinner last night, so Lou bravely fought through the snow to get us to the restaurant. (There was still a little snow on the ground, but none on the road – the temp was 30 degrees, 28 degrees on the way home)

This was our fourth visit to The Hichborn, and it was just as good as always.

Acadia Mussels
Butternut & Leek Fritters
Lou’s Oysters – split between two kinds
Short Ribs
Cod with Cauliflower Purée
Gnocchi with Peekytoe Crab and Delicata Squash
Little pitcher of milk
Saffron Creme Brûlée
Bon Bons made by a local craftsman
Olive Oil Lemon Cake with Blueberry Compote

Waking Up is …

Not so hard to do, when you have a beautiful sunrise waiting to greet you:

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An for those worried about Lou, he has a personal rule. No pants before Thanksgiving! I’m more concerned by his non-matching socks.

Kathy and Steve are here for a few days. Will try to get some action shots later 🙂