Photos by Winky Lewis
About Sharon Kitchens and Delicious Musing
Welcome and thank you for visiting my blog. Raised in a suburb of Washington, D.C. with childhood summers in rural Arkansas I grew up with a variety of cultural and culinary experiences that cemented my love of almost all things Southern. While attending Syracuse University I interned at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and during a semester abroad in Strasbourg, the Council of Europe. During the summer before my senior year, thinking it would be a fun experience, I apprenticed on a schooner out of Mystic, CT and without knowing it altered my future. Less than a week after graduating I spent a summer in the galley of a historic windjammer on Penobscot Bay in Maine. It was magical, but the bright lights of Manhattan and a potential career in journalism held my dreams.
After the magazine I was interning for folded I found a position as the assistant to a consultant for Oliver Stone, where I got my first look at the wheels of the entertainment industry. From there I landed at Miramax Films for a shape shifting span that took me to Los Angeles, where I eventually worked for an entertainment/celebrity pr firm on Miramax projects. A couple years later, wanting to know more about the production side I went to work as an assistant to the best in the business, Jerry Bruckheimer, a creative genius whose professionalism and passion for films inspire.
One spring, I got in a car and drove back to Maine, where I bought an old farmhouse and barn. Now, when I am not writing about agriculture or reading books on food, I can be found hanging out by my beehives and patiently tracking down my chickens.
Please feel free to contact me at kitchens.sharon at gmail.com if you have a question or just want to ramble on.
Random, but important, questions:
Will you write about an event, restaurant or product?
I am not a professional critic, I just love to eat good sustainable fare. It does not hurt to email me with information and I promise to let you know if I am able to attend or if I will do a giveaway or write about the product.
May I use one of the photos on your blog?
Not all of the photos on my blog are mine. If it is a photo I took I’ll happily consider your request. If it is not my photo, I will forward your request to the artist.
I am coming to Maine, where should I go?
Shopping – Rabelais Books (Biddeford) Their shop is one of my favorite places to hang out and learn about food, land, and agriculture. An amazing resource for anyone who loves food! Rock Paper Scissors (Wiscasset) The end all be all of awesome office supplies from the Orient, Europe… Blanche & Mimi (Portland) Beautiful vintage and new items for the home. Alewives Fabrics (Nobleboro) Quilting supplies, terrific selection of fabric (!!) and books. Hello Hello Books (Rockland) Thoughtful and unique selection of books and magazines.
Pastries, breads, bagels – Tandem West (best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had), Standard Baking (for their bread!!), and Aurora Provisions (Portland), Scratch Baking Co. (best bagels I’ve ever had, South Portland), Atlantic Baking Company (Rockland), Little Notch (Southwest Harbor), Morning Glory (Bar Harbor)
Coffee – Any of the above and Tandem or Bard (Portland), Rock City Coffee (Rockland), The Maine Grind (Ellsworth)
Breakfast – Hot Suppa (Portland), Café This Way (Bar Harbor), Cafe Nomad (Norway)
Cocktails – Hunt and Alpine Club (Portland) – a darling of national media this popular watering hole with its rustic meets modern decor is beautifully done and there is great talent behind the bar – this is a place where you want to let the bartender decide what you drink, El Rayo Taqueria (Portland) – get the house margarita during happy hour 4 – 6, In Good Company (Rockland) – solid wine list, Lompoc Café (Bar Harbor).
Eat at Fore Street (Portland) only open for dinner – this is my favorite restaurant period – during the winter the living room like bar with views of the street is warm and comforting and you don’t have to commit to the entire menu. The ingredients are the stuff of foodie dreams.), Blue Rooster Co. (Portland) for the best darn hot dog you will have in your life. Pile on the toppings! Eventide Oyster Co. (Portland) – make sure to get oysters (of course!!) try all the specials (no matter what they are), one of the salads, the baked beans and those unbelievably good chickpea fries (warning – you will not want to share), Frontier Café (Brunswick), Five Islands Lobster Co. (Georgetown – seasonal). Dunton’s Doghouse (Boothbay Harbor – this roadside shack is where you will find the best lobster roll, seasonal), Waterman’s Beach Lobster (South Thomaston – seasonal), The Slipway (Thomaston), Primo (dinner only – Rockland), Shepherd’s Pie (Rockport), Chases’s Daily (Belfast), Nebo Lodge (North Haven – unbelievably delicious comfort food, stay the night), River Drivers’ Restaurant (New England Outdoor Center in Millinocket), McKays Public House (Bar Harbor), any farmers’ market (see MOFGA).
Pack a picnic – Rosemont Market (Portland), Treats (Wiscasset), Brown Bag (Rockland), Megunticook Market (Camden). For best locations check with your innkeeper or the local chamber of commerce.
Learn – Take a class or catch an evening slideshow at the Maine Media Workshops (Rockland). Build a surfboard at Grain Surfboards. Handcut joinery, 17th century carving, and more at Lie Nielson Toolworks (Warren). Sewing, quilting, knitting, dyeing, silk screening all at A Gathering of Stitches (love this place!!).