Amsterdam, Viet Nam, Italy and Greece… all on a day off. Just for fun, David and I recently took the Downeaster Amtrack train out of Durham, New Hampshire to Brunswick, Maine and what a pleasant surprise to have our senses tickled with artistic influences from all those continental destinations.
First stop upon arrival; Vietnamese food at the restaurant Lemongrass. Sweet potato and shrimp crisps, Pho [soup] with lime, lemongrass and basil, chicken bean sprout salad.
Next stop; Bowdoin College to visit its art museums. Surrealism photography and Arctic expedition artifacts. But the campus itself, founded in 1794, was art in itself. Classical architecture, so well-appointed with so much detail, made us feel like we were in Europe.
After immersing ourselves in art, we took a stroll through the town peaking our heads into antique and home decor shops, then ended our day with happy hour wine and apps at the local, agrarian Greek and Italian restaurant Trattoria Athena. Prosciutto wrapped artichokes, cheese stuffed “crepes”, cauliflower cakes. A perfect day off.
For your own perfect day-off, try these to-die-for cauliflower cakes that I worked out the recipe for.