While Portland is justly celebrated for its lively waterfront - still a working port - a bit of online research led us to the road (somewhat) less traveled, edgy Congress Street. In my "A to Z" report of our trip, I'll start with Z - Z Fabrics, at 316A Congress St. However, if you visit after March 1, please note that the store is moving to 477 Congress St., having outgrown its current sliver of retail space. A nice, edited selection of fabrics, and I found just the right backing fabric for a quilt top.
|Z Fabrics store, original space.|
|Angela Adams store.|
|KnitWit yarn shop. I bought yarn to make a hat to match my teal jacket.|
|Foodie images - including Katie Made Bakery, and mead tasting.|
From fiber to food and drink - we left Congress St. and walked two blocks to the Maine Mead Works brewery (meadery?) for a mead tasting. No appointment, just show up. We tasted nine flavors of mead, which is wine fermented from honey, and liked the Blueberry and Dry Hopped best. Evidently 30% of Maine's bees now work for Maine Mead Works. Who knew?
We fueled up at lunchtime at Katie Made Bakery, a corner storefront at 147 Cumberland Ave., and each slurped a delicious cream of broccoli soup, before sharing a roast beef and caramelized onion sandwich. The cupcakes looked delicious; maybe next time.
|Grace restaurant, a former church.|
|Japanese saying - we eat first with our eyes.|
|Images of Portland.|