Black Sushi

One day I ran into a window washer outside of the Black Sushi House and we started up a conversation on well…window washing. Very interesting right? BUT THEN…

Well, long story short, we got down to the nitty gritty and he was actually the chef. A man who has traveled all over from Thailand to Vietnam and just about anywhere to seek the perfect sushi combinations.

I think he found some.

Every summer after that, I’ve been enjoying delicious creations from the same chef.

You’re going to like what you put in your mouth at this restaurant. IMG_1911

IMG_1899To start you always need the essentials: seaweed salad and edamame.

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Blending flavors of sweet and salty perfectly, the squid salad has a huge amount of flavor. IMG_1903

My absolute favorite and what I keep going back for are the oyster shooters. (I actually made sure the owner ordered enough oysters for dinner that night, as they ran out the night before) They are just…exceptional. One of the best places I’ve experienced oysters. IMG_1945

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Mango Madness Roll: Spicy tuna, fresh mango, asparagus, & avocado. IMG_1909

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Sweet Jesus: I don’t know about sweet but Jesus this roll is good. This bangin’ roll includes escolar, lemon, shiso leaf, avocado and citrus tobiko. Can you say MMMmmm…
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Green Eggs and Ham: Dr. Seuss may not have had anything to do with it but I can tell you, you will like these Green Eggs and Ham Sam I am. And if your name isn’t Sam? You’ll still like it…just trust me. This roll includes yellow tail with scallion, avocado and topped with wasabi tobiko. IMG_1908

 

Black Sushi is located on 259 Main Street. Just give a good hop, skip and a jump from anywhere in Ogunquit and you’ll make it to the front door. I can’t say the same about the walk back…

Cornerstone

One of the newest restaurants in Ogunquit, Maine is called Cornerstone.

Cornerstone is a pizza and sandwich restaurant for “grownups” (as if most of us ever really grow up).

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It has all open-air seating perfect for beautiful summer days…which it definitely was.

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cornerstone -acaffeinatedbrunette.comI was famished from walking down Marginal Way that morning and running around the beach so I started with one of their hearth baked pretzels. It came out hot and steamy. I broke it in half, dipped it in some mustard and popped that bad boy in my mouth faster than you could say humdinger (I was going for the cheesiest word I could find).

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I plumped for their homemade infused Sangria which was absolutely refreshing and sweet. Perfect after a long day at the beach.

And for the main meal…

cornerstone -acaffeinatedbrunette.comKings Road sandwich with prosciutto, goat cheese, herb-roasted tomatoes, balsalmic reduction and citrus-herb EVOO.

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Lanewood sandwich with turkey, avocado, aged-cheddar, watercress and roasted red-pepper aioli.

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I ordered their Tripler with capicolla, Manchego cheese, herb-roasted tomatoes, arugula and roasted red-pepper aioli. (Mine was the best…just saying)

I’m not usually a sandwich person but these sandwiches were so flavorful. Everything was paired perfectly together. So…we went back the next night to try the dinner.

It was that good.

I kept seeing pizzas coming out during lunch and wanted to try them. They looked so tasty!

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Before we left Cornerstone (the first time we went) a man told me I HAD to try the Gazpacho. I’m not a huge Gazpacho fan but this was absolute heaven. That man was right. The tomatoes were roasted before-hand and there were tons of fresh herbs mixed in. Your taste buds will give a holler when you try it. cornerstone -acaffeinatedbrunette.com

After watching many pizzas go out before my eyes I knew what I was ordering…cornerstone -acaffeinatedbrunette.comCitrus Summer Shrimp Pizza with herb-infused oils, Maine shrimp, aged-gouda, lime and scallions.

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Chicken Fig Pizza with pulled chicken, fig chutney, mascarpone cheese, fire-roasted tomato sauce and fig-balsalmic glaze. (I also heard from some inside sources the bacon and eggs pizza is a winner)

Both pizzas were exceptional. If you’re in the neighborhood of Oguqnuit, Cornerstone is worth a visit. Find them online here. After another satisfying dinner we strolled around and I quickly found myself back at our cozy B & B hitting my head to the pillow. Home sweet home (for the weekend at least).

 

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Breaking New Grounds

Well if the name doesn’t say it all, I enjoy a bit of caffeine.

As I mentioned before, my long-time friend Mairead surprised me for a visit on my trip.

What goes best with catching up and gossip?

Coffee.

One of my FAVORITE coffee places is in Ogunquit called Breaking New Grounds.

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They have a ton of different flavored coffees and teas. The coffees are aromatic and full-flavored. breaking new grounds -acaffeinatedbrunette.com

And if you’re craving a sweet treat you can pop in to get one of their delightful muffins, gelato or cookies. breaking new grounds -acaffeinatedbrunette.com

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I sipped happily on my cinnamon bun coffee but they’ll make just about anything your heart desires.breaking new grounds -acaffeinatedbrunette.com

And if you can’t get enough, you can take it home with you. breaking new grounds -acaffeinatedbrunette.comThey don’t have a website but you can find them on Twitter. Breaking New Grounds is right at the end of Perkin’s Cove and they have an absolutely breathtaking view overlooking the ocean. With the ocean and coffee, you can’t go wrong.

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Ogunquit, ME

If you’re looking for a place to go for a long weekend Ogunquit is the place and my family and I have been going for years. It definitely has become more of a tourist town over the years but still the locals are super nice and everywhere you go you have a beautiful view.

 

Waves crashing into granite cliffs and beautiful houses along the water are a sight to see. Marginal way is a gorgeous footpath along the ocean, over the past year they’ve made tons of improvements with steps down to the ocean and even posted lifeguards in places for everyone to go swimming (if you dare dip in to the freezing cold water).

 

Perkins cove is a cute little fishing town and everyone loves to take a walk over the draw-footbridge. There’s a bunch of little shops and some really good restaurants (MC’s is one of the favorites in the cove). Stop in to Breaking New Grounds while your there and take a seat on their porch with a beautiful view of the ocean. It’s a great place to relax. Cove Cafe is the best breakfast in town, get there early because there’s always a line waiting outside to get into this cute family run breakfast place.

In town in Ogunquit head down to the beach but remember, on holidays it gets very crowded. The beach is a great place for surfers and there’s a channel that you can boogie board down for about a mile along the beach. It’s a ton of fun.

The Front Porch is a delicious restaurant right on the corner before you take the road down to the beach. Just don’t wear your beach clothes, at night you can hear show tunes being sung on the top floor of the restaurant, it’s a ton of fun but you have to be 21 to go up there.

Black Sushi is one of my favorite restaurants there. The desert is to die for and they only have one special homemade dessert they make with their own homemade macadamia nut ice cream. The chef might not look like he knows what he’s doing but trust me, he’s traveled all over the world and incorporates what he’s learned into his sushi dishes and his oysters on the half shell? one of the best i’ve ever had.

 

Happy Travels 🙂