Seaweed. Usually it’s tangled in this islander’s toes, if not around the propeller of our Lund 18. But this week, I made sure it was tangled between my teeth instead in honor of Maine’s Seaweed Week, or what Martha Stewart called the “First-Ever Seaweed Festival in North America.”
Maine entrepreneurs want you to eat seaweed and love it. So this week has been all about getting those local ocean greens on the menus around the City of Portland. From the list of participating bars and restaurants, I chose Inkwell at the Press Hotel, a boutique hotel in the former Press Herald building.
I can’t resist the typewriters covering the lobby wall and decorating tables throughout the lounge. It was the perfect place to brave a cocktail that I’ll call a Spicy Sea Glass. The color of the murky depths, it smelled like the ocean as the mango and chili infused tequila reposado with fresh lime and agave was shaken and strained over seaweed ice.
The cocktail won’t win any Instagram photo contests, but I loved the adventure of trying it. The Inkwell also participated by serving housemade potato chips with spicy seaweed furikake, and soy and black vinegar pickled eggs with kewpie and nori powder.
To learn more about the products coming from the 35 to 40 active kelp farms in Maine, visit Heritage Seaweed online or on India Street.
Patricia Erikson blogs about Maine writers, travel, and science from a vibrant, literary community perched on Peaks Island, two miles off the coast of the beautiful and award-winning city of Portland, Maine. If you haven’t already, follow her on Instagram at @seashorewrite or subscribe to Peaks Island Press in the upper right corner at http://www.peaksislandpress.com
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