Captain Jack Lobsterboat Adventures, Rockland, Maine

We are always looking for fun new adventures for our guests.  Captain Jack Lobsterboat Adventures in Rockland is our latest find!

Captain Jack Lobsterboat Adventure

From their website…

“The “Captain Jack” is a 30 foot authentic downeast lobster boat. Experience a unique adventure on board a traditional working lobster boat. Join Captain Hale on a 1-1/4 hr. cruise. Catch a glimpse of seals, harbor porpoise, an occasional sunfish and maybe a whale. Watch as Captain Hale hauls his traps, get up close and personal with the lobsters, crabs, starfish, sea urchins and other exciting creatures from the sea.
 
Bring your camera to take panoramic pictures of the Owls Head Light house and the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. Enjoy the sounds of herring gulls, black back gulls, terns and osprey. Learn a little local history and experience the daily life of a local lobster man. There are fishing poles on board. You can try catching a mackerel or maybe a cod. We cannot haul traps on Sunday, but we do offer fishing trips and Lighthouse tours.
 
Mackerel fishing is $20.00 per hour per person. All tackle is provided.”

Click here for more information including tour times and rates.

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Harbor Arts Summer Juried Arts & Crafts Show

Saturday, July 19 from 9-5pm and Sunday, July 20th from 9-5pm
Harbor Park, Camden

Harbor Arts Summer Juried Arts & Crafts Show

Over 100 artists and craftspeople display and sell their work in scenic Camden Amphitheater, Harbor Park, and along Atlantic Avenue. Stroll around the different vendor tents and shop for unique art and crafts while enjoying the view.

The event is free and open to the public. Featured fine works include watercolor, oil, acrylics, and pastels blend with spectacular photography, sculpture and mixed media, as well as exquisitely designed jewelry, metal and woodcraft, pottery and fine-crafted furniture.

North Atlantic Blues Festival

North Atlantic Blues FestivalJuly 12 & 13, 2014

The North Atlantic Blues Festival is an annual two-day blues music festival featuring national blues performers and considered one of the most prestigious on the East Coast. The festival is held at the Public Landing in Rockland, Maine, overlooking the picturesque Rockland Harbor. Some of the top names in blues music have been featured at this prestigious East Coast festival. In addition to all day live entertainment, the festival has vendors selling a wide array of food, drinks and crafts.  Saturday evening Main Street is closed to traffic for the NABF Club Crawl. Attendees of legal age, wearing their wristband from the festival are allowed free admission to the many bars and restaurants featuring many of the top regional blues performers. There are also bands performing on Main Street for all ages at no charge.

For more information including the music lineup and details on the Club Crawl, click here

North Atlantic Blues Festival

2014 Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge

Maine Lighthouse Challenge

The Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge…visit 7 lights, enjoy a sunset cruise & more…

From pristine islands and windjammers to working lobster boats and seabirds, lighthouses give your imagination a chance to take flight as you admire the unchanging sea and the rich traditions that call it home.

If this sounds appealing, then we have just the event for YOU!

For two days only on June 28 & 29, 2014, don’t miss out on the chance to visit and climb these 7 alluring lighthouses (Event hours: 9am -5pm)…

Dyce Head, Fort Point, Grindle Point, Rockland Breakwater, Owls Head, Marshall Point and Pemaquid Point.

The 2014 Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge is sponsored by the American Lighthouse Foundation (ALF) and its chapter, Friends of Rockland Harbor Lights.

Visit the Official Midcoast Lighthouse Challenge Page for more information!

Maine Fare 2014

Maine Fare
JUNE 20 & 21, 2014 / BELFAST, MAINE

Join farmers, fishermen, artisan producers, chefs, and food lovers for two days full of tasting and exploring Maine’s abundant food system!  Cooking demonstrations with Maine chefs, farm tours, an open air market, food trucks, food forums and more! 

Visit www.maine-fare.org for more information.  For a complete schedule of events, click here.

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Michael Salmon’s Foodie Adventures: Our home in Catalonia.

 

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 From my perspective, the most difficult task of coordinating a great foodie adventure is to find the perfect place to call home for the week. Endless inquiries, several scouting trips and I’m happy to say we’ve found it in Spain.  The requirement is – first and foremost a kitchen the chef can cook in with a good variety of equipment, ample counter space, gas range with a minimum of 6 burners, a full size oven and if we’re lucky a place to grill. It sounds like a simple task,  but looking at kitchens through out Spain, Tuscany and France I know first hand Americans are very lucky.

Would you like a tour?

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Catalonia Grilling

We know adults on vacation require an en suite bathroom, that’s non-negotiable

and so this becomes the second most difficult part of my task.  

We look for 8-9 bedrooms with baths and all rooms must be of the same luxurious standards,

the option for twin beds is an added bonus and allows us to accommodate friends traveling together.    

A variety of room sizes allow us to price the rooms at three prices; Master, Deluxe and Traditional.

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Over the years we’ve learned our travelers have a variety of interests, to ensure everyones comfort

we look for several comfortable sitting areas – inside & out,

WiFi and Laundry facilities.

Relax

 

A location nestled in the Pyrenees was a nice change from the Tuscan Country Side and the Loire Valley.  It’s an amazing feeling to 

enjoy the warmth of 70 degrees and see fresh snow on the mountain tops.  We have access to hundreds of miles of  secluded hiking trails

right out the front door or simply walk to the pool – your choice… Inside or Out!

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Additional information and tour availability for our Foodie Adventures www.chefmichaelsalmon.com

email questions: camden.hartstone@gmail.com or follow our adventures on Facebook

 

Try Something New!

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Here’s a Spanish favorite from our Catalonia Foodie Adventures that will be

perfect for your summer parties.

Banderillas

 

For us, the first stop is the market for olives, sausage, ham and vegetables to grill. During cocktail hour we roast the vegetables over an open fire, chop them and create a buffet of tasty ingredients. Foodies spear a combination of their favorite ingredients for their banderillas to enjoy with a glass of sangria.

Banderillas

 

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Banderillas, they are very popular in Tapas Bars, especially in the North of Spain.  They are called Banderillas because of the resemblance to the large sharp darts, of the same name, used in bullfights.  Various ingredients are cut into small pieces and threaded onto toothpicks.  Pairing the correct ingredients together is important to achieve the correct blend of flavors.  The idea is to get all of the ingredients off from the toothpick and into your mouth at the same time, so that the flavors merge together.

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Various items that may be used:

Shrimp, cooked Chorizo, Pickled Cucumber, Spanish Olives, Roasted Peppers, Serrano Ham (use Italian prosciutto if you can’t find Serrano Ham), Tuna, Figs, Artichoke Hearts, Anchovy wrapped Capers, Cooked Mussels, Pickled Herring, Pearl Onions, Mushrooms, chunks of Potatoes, wedges of hard-boiled Eggs, Asparagus Tips, Boiled Ham, etc… 

 

A Banderilla Dressing can be made by blending together: 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup finely minced parsley, 1/4 cup finely minced dill pickle or cornichon (not sweet) and 4 large cloves of garlic, minced in a food processor until smooth. 

 

Additional information and tour availability for our Foodie Adventures www.chefmichaelsalmon.com

Cooking Classes at the Hartstone Inn, Camden Maine 

email questions: camden.hartstone@gmail.com or follow our adventures on Facebook.

Fun For Foodies in Catalonia, Spain.

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I am writing this post from Catalonia, Spain where we are winding down an amazing first week in our newest destination.  The weather has been 7 glorious days of sunny mid- 60’s to low 70’s.  After a long Maine winter it’s wonderful to see lush green fields in the valleys of the Pyrenees and to choose from an overwhelming assortment of fruits and vegetables that are oozing with flavor.

 

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Chef Michael Salmon and I have been taking a foodie travel break from our home at the Hartstone Inn, Camden Maine and hosting Foodie Adventure tours in Tuscany and the Loire Valley for several years. We look forward to the trips as a chance to cook and play in a new environment, to soak in the inspiration for new ideas from the markets, the local producers and the scenic villages along the way.

We start this tour in Barcelona. First stop The Boqueria Market,

If you’re looking for anything related to food, this is the place to be! 

I love the colors, the aroma’s, the passion the vendors feel for their products

and the excitement on the visitors faces.

Take time to enjoy a fresh fruit drink and some tapas at Pinotoxo. 

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The chocolate vendors are close to the exit – a perfect last stop on the way to your next adventure.

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Stay tuned for updates as the tour continues and to see the creations coming from the evening cooking classes. 

Additional information and tour availability for our Foodie Adventures www.chefmichaelsalmon.com

email questions: camden.hartstone@gmail.com or follow our adventures on Facebook.

Mother’s Day Brunch

Camden Mother's Day Brunch

Treat Mom to a mouthwatering, three course Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 11th at 11am. 

Starter:

  • Earl Grey Pound Cake with a Lemon Mousse and Fresh Fruit

Choice of Entree:

  • Asparagus and Morel Quiche with Gruyere and Maine Lobster.  Herb Roasted New Potatoes
  • Crème Brûlée French Toast with a Raspberry-Star Anise Sauce and Cumin Spiced Bacon
  • Italian Eggs Benedict – Poached eggs, prosciutto and tomato on Italian toast with a pesto hollandaise.
    Spring Greens with a Lemon-Parsley Vinaigrette

Choice of Dessert:

  • Strawberry-Rhubarb Galette with Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
  • Dark Chocolate Truffle Cake with an Espresso Crème Anglaise

$23.95 per person
Call 207-236-4259 to reserve your table.

Maple Manhattan

Maple ManhattanSpringtime in Maine means warmer days, tulips –  and maple syrup!  This cocktail has just a hint of maple sweetness and is a perfect addition to our specialty cocktail list.  Follow the recipe below and enjoy one at home!

Ingredients:

2 oz Makers Mark bourbon
1/2 oz dry vermouth
1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
2 dashes of bitters
cherries

Add the bourbon, vermouth, maple syrup and bitters into a cocktail shaker. Shake and pour over ice. Add skewered cherries and drink. 

 
 

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