Maine: Books and Chickpea Fries

Eventide Oyster Co. in Portland, Maine has recently become one of my favorite spots while I'm in the area. I can always count on them for a great cocktail and fresh oysters (see below.), but their chickpea fries were new for me and have become something that I have recreated in a few different ways at home. 

Method: use chickpea flour the same way you'd prepare traditional polenta. Let it cool on a sheet tray, cut it into fries, coat, and deep-fry. I coated my last batch with Panko and chickpea flour, then baked...obviously a different outcome than the original, but hits the spot either way!

Eventide serves theirs with a raisin mostarda. They're perfect!

Chickpea fries @ Eventide Oyster Co., 86 Middle St., Portland, ME

Chickpea fries @ Eventide Oyster Co., 86 Middle St., Portland, ME

Oysters and a celery mimosa @ Eventide Oyster Co., 86 Middle St., Portland, ME

Oysters and a celery mimosa @ Eventide Oyster Co., 86 Middle St., Portland, ME

Another spot that I haven't been able to get off my mind is Rabelais - Fine Books on Food and Wine, which is located about 20 minutes south of Portland in Biddeford, ME. I just happened to stumble across their website and decided to stop by on my drive up the coast. What a find! I could have sat on their sofa for hours perusing the endless piles of books on food, wine, farming, and any little subject in between. I bought a couple of vintage cookbooks and continued on my way, wishing I could have spent my life savings on about a thousand books to go in my invisible library. I will be back! 

Rabelais Books, 2 Main St. #18, Biddeford, ME

Rabelais Books, 2 Main St. #18, Biddeford, ME

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*all photos by Shauna Burke