A (Yummy) Elephant in the Room

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I went to Green Elephant Vegetarian Bistro in Portland, Maine, and it was such a treat! First off, the decor was really lovely — contemporary chic meets classy & cozy. I was with friends, so we ordered several dishes and sampled off of one another’s plates. I started with the Fresh Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce (above), which were extremely light; they were mostly lettuce, with carrots, avocado, rice vermicelli, and mint wrapped in rice paper and served…and they were great for a warm summer day.

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I also tried the Hot & Spicy Soy Sticks (above), which were made of soy chicken on bamboo skewers and were covered in a spicy garlic-chili-cilantro sauce. I also sampled a friend’s salad (below), which was a seasonal special topped with fried fiddleheads! I’d never had a fiddlehead before, let alone heard of one, and they were really scrumptious!

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Finally, to finish everything, I had a cup of tea. Green Elephant serves teas by a local company called Homegrown Herb & Tea, and I had one of their hibiscus fruit teas that was absolutely delicious. It was a nice, light way to round off a fresh dinner.

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Afternoons in Maine

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The afternoon I arrived in Portland, Maine, I stopped by a cute little cafe called Mornings in Paris. I just wanted a light snack and a refreshing beverage, so I picked a mini cupcake out of the case — a chocolate cupcake with strawberry frosting made from real, fresh strawberries (above). To complement the cupcake, I ordered a Green Tea Frappé (below), which was light and airy. The cafe itself was super cute, with bright table cloths on all the tables, tin ceiling tiles, and eclectic decorations. Even though I was only there for half an hour, this was a really great little place that I could see myself spending long hours in if I lived nearby.

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