Archive for March, 2011

Moliere’s The Miser To Be Performed at The Everyman Repertory Theatre

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Looking for something fun and different to do in April?  The Everyman Repertory Theatre will be doing a new adaptation/translation of a play by Moliere, titled The Miser, (L’Avare) which will be playing at Rockport Opera House, 22, 23, 24 April and 29, 30 April, 1 May. 

The Company has been hugely successful since its recent inception having produced critically acclaimed performances of ‘The Man Who Came to Dinner’, ‘Gaslight’, ‘Private Lives’, ‘Two By Mann’ (by Camden’s Robert Manns), ‘The 39 Steps’ and more recently wrapped on their sell out performances of ’84 Charing Cross Road’. 

LimeRock Inn is proud to partner with Everyman’s Repertory Theatre to offer a package which includes one nights lodging in our luxurious inn and two tickets to the event on one of the dates above.  One night packages range in rate from $155 to $201 plus tax.  Add an additional night to your stay from $119 to $165 plus tax!

LimeRock Inn is located in Rockland’s downtown historic district on a quiet side street just steps from fine dining, eclectic shops and galleries and the World Renowned Farnsworth Art Musem.  Our eight luxuious guest rooms contain either a queen or kind bed, full private bath, some with jetted tubs.  A full gourmet breakfast is served each morning and is included in the room rate.  Come see why we were recently named the Best Location for Walking to Downtown Shops & Restaurants in 2011 by Lanier International!

Super Moon Over Rockland Harbor

Monday, March 28th, 2011

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Here is a composite shot I took of the super moon. It really was an amazing site!

Historic Inns of Rockland win IFWTWA Award of Excellence!

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

ifwtwaFrom the IFWTWA:

The International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association’s (IFWTWA) Excellence Awards program recognizes the world’s finest travel and tourism industry professionals as experienced by the organization’s journalist members. Historic Inns of Rockland, Maine earned IFWTWA’s Award of Excellence in Hospitality for its outstanding inns and exemplary guest services.

According to the IFWTWA member journalist who nominated Historic Inns of Rockland for recognition: “The Historic Inns of Rockland (4 properties) all work together in setting and complying with high standards of service. In addition, they have received the State of Maine award for conservation practices. During the past two years, I have stayed at the inns, toured, eaten, interviewed innkeepers, videoed their kitchens and have been impressed with their commitment to service, cleanliness, green practices, friendliness, and delicious food.”

The award nomination was carefully evaluated and recommended by IFWTWA’s Excellence Awards Committee and the award approved by IFWTWA’s Board of Directors.

“As a winner of an IFWTWA Excellence Award, Historic Inns of Rockland demonstrates the professional standards that represent the best in the hospitality industry,” said Maralyn Hill, IFWTWA President. “This company and others in its class set – and raise – the bar in the hospitality field worldwide.”

About IFWTWA: The International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) is a global network of journalists who cover the hospitality and lifestyle fields, and the people who promote them.

Cooking with Franco!

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

PJ is often the beneficiary of my ever-evolving Italian cooking skills acquired from visits to Rome and Milan like this last trip in December.  In addition to watching Zia Adrianna hone her skills, Lucy, Barbara, Chiara and I took a couple of days to drive to Milan.  After touring one of Italy’s most beautiful and modern cities, we treated ourselves to an afternoon cooking class in the test kitchen of La Cucina Italiana magazine.

So tonight for dinner, Spinach ravioli served with a traditional brown butter and sage sauce.  To solve the problem of an absence of protein, I stopped at Hannaford and picked up some Al Fresco chicken sausage seasoned with roasted peppers and Asiago cheese.

Sausage in Sage and Brown Butter Sauce

Sausage in Sage and Brown Butter Sauce

Why the blast of domesticity, you ask?  Well, that’s the best part.  I hope you will consider joining me at Café Miranda on Saturday morning, March 19th for a Pasta Throwdown between me and chef owner, Kerry Altiero.  Café Miranda is known far and wide for their homemade pastas and specialty sauces featured on their eclectic menu.  But last time we talked, Kerry challenged me after teasing me about my more traditional hand–rolled pasta making style.

The finished dish was quite delish!

The finished dish was quite delish!

Traditional sauce recipes, tips and catholic guilt courtesy of my Nonna Mary Rose and his Grandma Connie are included at no extra charge!  Be sure and reserve your spot now cuz remember, it’s LimeRock Inn Bed & Breakfast (not dinner).  So don’t get any ideas.  If you are inclined, though, you can visit our dear friends, Wendy & Chef husband, Bruce (pronounced Broo Ché when he’s cooking Italian) at their wonderful Bed & Dinner called the Arnold Black Bear Lodge located in the beautiful Stanislaus National Forest of Northern California.

Ciao for now!

A Tour of Breakwater Vineyards

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Today, we hopped in an Escalade Stretch Limo courtesy of All About Trolley and took a ten minute drive over to Owls Head along with some other innkeepers for a tour of Breakwater Vineyards.  This coming summer will be their second season in operation.

We got a tour of their winemaking process where they were currently working on a Blueberry wine and a Chardonnay.

DSC05947The vineyard is located on a former horse farm on a hilltop in Owls Head with absolutely stunning views of Penobscot Bay and the Camden Hills.

The main house contains the tasting room where we sampled a Reisling, an Oak Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir.  Now, I don’t normally care for Riesling as I find it too sweet but this was absolutely delicious.  It was not too sweet and had a slightly crisp and tart finish. 

 

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The tasting room is stunning and has a small shop with Breakwater Lighthouse gift items with proceeds going to the Friends of Rockland Breakwater Light.  They also sell their wine of course and branded gift items.

Breakwater Vineyards offers free tasting every Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5 pm in season.  If your in the area, this is not to be missed! 

Thanks again to All Aboard Trolley for transportation.  The stretch Escalade, complete with 4 TVs, ambient lighting, fireplace, laser lights, fog machine and every imaginable bell and whistle made us feel like movie stars!!!

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I feel a Mocha Nutcake craving coming on!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

This is a delicious cake that is not too sweet and has a wonderful mocha coffee flavor.  I’ve had people offer me money to make this for them!!

Mocha Nutcake

MOCHA NUTCAKE 

CAKE
5 eggs, separated
1 c. sugar
1 T. instant coffee powder                1/2 c. sifted flour
1/2 c. finely ground hazelnuts

Preheat oven to 325°. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Add sugar gradually until mixture is stiff. Beat egg yolks separately until thick and light; fold in. Blend together coffee, flour and nuts; gently but thoroughly fold into egg white mixture until no white streaks remain. Spoon into 9-inch tube pan which has been greased and floured. Tap on the counter to remove air bubbles. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes. Cool on a rack and then split cake into 4 layers. Fill with mocha cream and sprinkle with confectioners sugar over the top.

MOCHA CREAM
2 c. heavy cream
2 T. confectioners sugar                    1 T. amaretto
1 T. instant coffee dissolved in the amaretto

Beat Cream until thick. Blend in sugar, the coffee dissolved in amaretto. Stir until smooth.