Sunday, March 6, 2011

East Ender/District

Well I survived the Incredible Breakfast Cook-Off in the sense that I'm not lying on my stomach with a heating pad on my back, but I was in no shape to pick up a camera today. In fact I left the breakfast early to get home and ice and rest hoping the tiredness would turn out to be just that, but by mid afternoon I was stiff and by evening soreness wasn't going away. I stopped the ibuprofen at midnight wanting to get a better read on things in the morning. Waking up I was a little stiff and after light exercise the soreness returned and it was evident that I wouldn't be taking any pictures today. Still it's only a little step back and hopefully Sunday I feel stronger and Monday I can do something? Maybe I should just go out to eat, there are plenty of good deals and lots of restaurants I haven't tried yet.

Here are 3 images from Restaurant Week 2010 
A salad from the Sea Grass Bistro in Yarmouth

Scallops at the Back Bay Grill in Portland
Panna Cotta from The Good Table in Cape Elizabeth

Friday, March 4, 2011

Restaurant Week Winter 2011/Incredible Breakfast Cook-Off

The 2nd Annual Incredible Breakfast Cook-Off got under way at 7:00Am at the SeaDog Brewing Pub in South Portland.
The Good Table Restaurant took top honors for the 2nd year in a row with "Creme Brulee French Toast"
Coming in second and third were The Farmer's Table "Sweet Potato Corned Beef hash" top with quail eggs and Hollandaise sauce and Sea Dog's own "French Toast"

Among the tasty bites at Congdon's Doughnuts Family Restaurant was a "Cheeseburger Donut".

I survived, but tomorrow is the real test. The East Ender for lunch and District for dinner.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Rest (aurant) Week Winter 2011

I'm sure the Kick Off event was great! I was planning on being there and every where as always during this winter's happenings, but shortly after talking to Jim Britt three weeks ago I tweaked my groin. It didn't seem too serious at the time, but little did I knowit would only be the beginning!!! In semi- ignoring it and limping around like Chester hurrying after Marshall Dillion on Gunsmoke,  seems I over compensated a bit and completely screwed up my natural gate, causing my right leg to become painful from the calf to the hip. Now having to sit for several days at home building excess energy, I thought why not clean the dust off my weight bench in the cellar. I could burn some energy, use some of my down time, completely blow out my back!  No, that last thought was not part of the plan, nor was spending large parts of the last ten days lying face down on my bed, with a heating pad for company, smelling like the inside of a tube of ICYHOT or trying to balance my upper body on my elbows in order to sit upright. This last caused its own minor but painful problem. Plus you'd be surprised how fast you can go thru a bottle of ibuprofen and also at exactly six hours and one minute the damn stuff stops working. But yesterday was better, I managed to get out and take a picture (just barely) for the 1st day of classes at the new Ocean Ave School. Today was better still and I hope that I'm set for the Incredible Breakfast Cookoff, Friday morning.
I probably won't be going to Camden this weekend to shoot 3 or 4 kitchens as planned, but if Friday's IBC goes well & I don't do anything stupid... not a sure thing, I can probably do every other night and maybe a lunch thrown in.
In the mean time here's a link to last winters Back Bay Grill entry from Restaurant Week