We were at Camden Hills State Park, hiking as our activity of the day. We chose a moderate trail called the Mount Megunticook Trail, which I think was perfect for the family!
A bit steep, wet, and slick, this hike had its challenges. But high, adventurous, and exciting…that was one of the most fun hikes I had ever done! We had so much fun and we were sad when it was over.
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On our way back home, we stopped at Mount Battie’s Take Out and Ice Cream. A small, locally owned shack, this place was friendly and yummy. For lunch, Tabitha and I tried Mount Battie’s clam chowder, and Mom decided on our fourth New England lobster roll contestant. Dad received fried clams and scallops, and we all got ice cream afterward! Now, let’s explore the flavors of Day 4’s lunch…
The clam chowder was almost flawless. The texture of the clams was perfect. The taste was flavorful and competed with The Golden Egg’s clam chowder. And, it was served in a good-sized cup with a decent amount of clams! So, what could go wrong?
The temperature. Tabitha and I both couldn’t eat it for a while due to the Styrofoam cups locking in the heat. I like soup warm, of course, but this was searing hot. If you get Mount Battie’s clam chowder, I suggest you get it cool for a while before you burn yourself. But, eventually, I could eat it, and we were impressed with our lunch!
Mom’s lobster roll; not the best, but not bad either. Chock full of meat, lobster tumbled out every time Mom took a bite. But it was a small bun, so there appeared to be more lobster than there really was. It was good and fresh lobster, and it filled your mouth with scrumptious juices, but unfortunately, mayo was dumped over the top of the roll so it was inconsistent. Mom rated it
because although we hoped to try better, she still enjoyed her lunch.
Dad’s fried seafood did not impress him very much. The clams were soft and mushy and could not compete with Cappy’s in my dad’s opinion. The batter would not stay on the scallops, but they were plump and tasty.
In addition, we also tried Maine’s famous state soda, Moxie. I’d read on blogs about a horrible aftertaste, but we really enjoyed it. Bitter than most sodas, we though it was similar to root beer and Dr. Pepper, and it was delicious! We loved the bitter sourness and it was definitely worth a try. Have you tried this memorable drink?
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Mount Battie’s ice cream was incredible! Many unique and interesting flavors were listed on a green sign, and I chose the Maine Black Bear. This was a vanilla ice cream with raspberry ribbons and raspberry-filled chocolate cups, and I very much appreciated my sweet dessert. The raspberry melted into the chocolate and the cups gave the vanilla some crunchy bites. It was memorable and addicting. Tabitha got the rainbow sherbet, a fruity, refreshing cone. Though creamy and sweet, it wasn’t the prettiest sherbet. The purple looked brown, and the colors ended up being a murky gray from being melded together so well. It also melted very quickly which displeased Tabitha. But it was tasty and yummy, and Tabitha couldn’t have been happier that she ordered it.
Dad’s not usually a dessert guy, but I cannot blame him for wanting to try the Chocolate Rainforest Crunch. This was dark chocolate ice cream, caramel swirls, chocolate chunks, and peanuts all assembled. It was a delicious mix and an unforgettable one, too. Dad had a rich, chocolatey cone, where as Mom received an amazing blueberry ice cream. It was flavorful and creamy, and Mom really enjoyed it. She was happy with her little dessert, and to be honest, I think everyone else was as well.
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For a fantastic dinner, we went to Fresh, a restaurant supposedly inspired by Maine cuisine. Mom and I shared a seared tuna entrée and a lentil and parsnip puree soup. The incredible pink-to-perfection tuna was served over a bed of penne pasta, artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, kalamata olives, spinach, and lots of olive oil. The best bites were the perfectly prepared bluefin tuna, the al dente penne pasta, and the fresh, yummy artichoke heart together. The juicy, bold flavor of the artichoke heart, the smoothness of the penne, and the melt in your mouth tuna blended for an amazing concoction, and the tart kalamata olives and savory spinach had some factor that made you want more and more! I am not a huge fan of the kalamata olive, but it was a great blend with the artichoke hearts. Not to mention the sundried tomatoes! I had not had them in a long time, and I remembered disliking them, but I tried them and I couldn’t have liked them better. My only regrets of this dish were that it was not, in fact, distinctly “Maine inspired”, and there were so many flavors in just one mouthful! Incredible flavors, yes, but maybe a little bit too many. Nevertheless, this dish pleased me beyond what I had expected, and could not have been happier with my dinner choice; the tuna was outstanding and all of the flavors along with it just added to a blog-worthy entrée!
Our parsnip puree lentil soup was much better than it sounded. Mom and I got it to share, but everyone at the table ate their fair share—especially Tabs. We found yet another soup that she loved! But it wasn’t just her, everyone liked it. It was creamy parsnip, with a dollop of whipped lentils in the center. It was delightful, flavorful, and creative, and I would highly recommend it.
For a rich, strong dessert, I chose a chocolate truffle with fresh berries and whipped cream. It was chocolaty and sweet, and the fresh fruit dipped into the fluffy whipped cream made it a yummy dessert. Overall, I was incredible happy with the fantastic dinner and dessert at Fresh.
Check in with you tomorrow on Day 5!
Mount Battie’s Take Out and Ice Cream
254 Belfast Road
Camden, Maine 04843
Tel: (207) 236-6122
1 Bay View Landing
Camden, ME 04843
Tel: (207) 236-7005