Monday, May 6, 2013

Maine Monday: Sweets and Treats

Yesterday was a holiday of sorts. And you know how our friends at Gelato Fiasco love to make flavors around the holidays. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in Mexico as El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla (The Day of the Battle of Puebla) and recognizes the Mexican army's victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla. In Portland, Maine it's an excuse to dump a few bottles of Corona into the gelato machine.

Corona and lime, chocolate mole, and guacamole were all special Mexican themed flavors of the day. Yes, guacamole gelato. And as you can imagine it wasn't very good. Even the color was unappetizing, it's the green glob in the cup above. An epic fail, as Little C&G would say, but a fun epic fail.

Next weekend is all about sweets, treats, and fun in Portland. It's the return of Sweet Weekend in the Old Port, a fun adventure around town that requires you to stop into some of your favorite bakeries, candy stores, and frozen treat shops for trivia, contests, and of course free samples. You rack up stamps in a "passport" at each stop by answering some questions, telling a joke, or making up a new flavor (gotta work for your treats!). Turn in your completed passport for a special rewards card to use through the summer.

We had such a fun time wandering the Old Port last year collecting stamps and sampling some goodies. Purchases aren't required to get your stamps but we couldn't resist putting together our own gift boxes at Dean's Sweets. Their amazing hand-dipped truffles are one of my favorite indulgences. How convenient that the Sweet Weekend also coincides with Mother's Day. Hmmm. . . Better start dropping some hints.

You can check out the fine print here and see the list of ten participating shops in the Old Port. Pick up your passports at any of the listed shops starting today, and passport stamping starts on Friday, May 11th. Enjoy your sweet adventures across downtown Portland!

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