Portland, ME is a long way from France, but the atmosphere inside the cafe called Mornings in Paris can make you forget that.
Sitting in the cozy cafe with French decor along the walls, I was ecstatic to see a special drink listed. A cupcake cappuccino. Or a cupcakuccino. The frothy milk laid on top of the sweet coffee that truly tasted like I had just dunked a vanilla cupcake into my cup.
Pastries and desserts are displayed in the large glass case and it’s hard to imagine why anyone would go to the Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts around the corner. Don’t get me wrong. I do love my French Vanilla coffee from DD, but a cupcake cappuccino? That’s genius and simply an amazing way to start the morning. Another amazing way to start the morning is with a pumpkin and chocolate whoopie pie.
Fun fact: The whoopie pie was invented in Maine. Some say the Pennsylvania Dutch first started the cake pie, but others say it started in Bangor, ME at a bakery with leftover cake. I’m going to go with the Maine story since it goes better with my blog.
These mini pies were stuffed with cream and the pumpkin one went nicely with the cream cheese flavored filling. Small enough for a few bites, we went back for seconds.The pies here are actually made by a local baker.
Mornings in Paris is fairly new to the area but with a clever menu, warm atmosphere and delicious treats it should be pretty easy for the residents of Portland to say bonjour.
I’ll start off by saying that my family and I had been planning a visit to Becky’s Diner prior to arriving at our hotel in Portland, ME. But when our bell boy (who was Adam Sandler 20 years ago) told us that Guy Fieri of Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” stayed in our hotel about a month ago to review Becky’s we knew we had to make a trip.
Woah, Guy!! Too bad we missed his trip to Portland, but I had a delicious experience at the diner nonetheless.
Walking in on Friday around 9 a.m. we had to wait for about 15 minutes before we were seated. It’s crazy to think that Becky’s had been open for FIVE hours already. When we drove by Saturday morning around 10 a.m. the wait looked to be about an hour. I can’t imagine what the crowd will look like once Triple D’s airs on the Food Network.
Becky’s still has a hometown feel to it with what looked to be a lot of locals lining the counter. I know I had to do it up big if I was going to be eating at a “soon-to-be-famous” diner.
For $8.50 I ordered the Hobson’s Wharf Special. Let me break it down for you: Bacon, two blueberry pancakes, two over easy eggs, homefires and two slices of toast. Did I mention all that food was for less than $10?
The bacon was thick, the homefries were fresh and the eggs were cooked perfectly.
Everything on my two plates was amazing. My dad ordered the Hobson’s Wharf as well and I traded one blueberry pancake for one delicious slice of french toast.
My mom is still raving till this day about her hash. What is hash you ask? Basically just pork sausage, potatoes, onions, egg and tomato all mixed up and mashed together.
Well, Becky seemed to get their hash spot on. I wouldn’t be surprised if their entire menu is spot on.