Funny how trying to blog a long trip works after you get home … work happens, and suddenly the flow of everything gets thrown off. But the timing is good, since I should remind you why I was on the east coast in the first place.
I do the social media for the television show, Search Hawaii, and their one-hour special on this visit to the east coast with the Hōkūle’a airs this Sunday at 7 p.m. on KHON. It’s going to be an amazing journey to New York and Block Island, as we discover the things you can forage and eat in these faraway places.
After our filming was done, I took a side trip up to Maine to reunite with a long-lost sorority sister, which you read about in my last Maine entry. Jodie and James Nielsen took me sightseeing all around their New England area, and it was neat to be able to cross three states in a day. I actually wanted to show you all the mansions we saw, but once I started sifting through my (hundreds of) photos, I realized it was going to be too big a task. You’ll just have to peruse the homes, here.
But I did want to talk about these homes. I had heard of people’s “summer homes” but after a lifetime of ignorance, I finally realized that this meant their second homes actually sit empty for most of the year, especially in New England. The weather is brutal in the winter, I get that. But these are mansions — mansions everywhere! — and they sit unused while their owners are in their primary homes somewhere else. Coming from Honolulu, where homeless camps are everywhere, this concept was mind-boggling to me. Maybe being homeless in Hawaii is still more pleasant than being in one of these mansions in winter, but couldn’t these people spend less on a house and divert their funds for those less fortunate? I could go on and on about how baffled I was, but I’ll leave this issue for you to talk amongst yourselves about.
On to more pleasant things. Like where the Nielsens took me to eat!
Colby’s Breakfast & Lunch
105 Daniel St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Whatever you do, don’t leave Kittery without stopping at Flo’s Hot Dogs. In the old days, Flo herself ran the place, and she was known for being cranky and mean. That was part of the charm.
Flo’s Hot Dogs
Cape Neddick, ME 03902
If you are in the area, you might as well check out York54 and its sister cafe, St. Joe’s. I didn’t get to meet the owners, but they’re good friends of Jodie and James. More importantly, they’re Azure chef Shaymus Alwin’s relatives! I forgot that he’s actually from this neck of the woods.
449 US Rt 1
If you want something more contemporary, try Anneke Jans in Kittery. It’s one of Jodie’s and James’ favorite restaurants.
60 Wallingford Square
And finally, one of the most iconic restaurants in Kittery: Bob’s Clam Hut.
Bob’s Clam Hut
315 US Route 1
And then here are a few highlights from the many places we visited. We really covered a lot of ground!
Be sure to tune in to KHON on Sunday, September 11 at 7 p.m. for the special episode!