Maine To-Do List: 4.30.10

Dear Maine weather,
Enough with the craziness. It's about to be May and a mid-day snow squall/hail storm/gale-force wind just won't do. We're all pale and pasty, and we could use a break — not to mention sunshine and warmth. We have a lot to do over the next few days, so here's the deal: you have a great weekend and so will we.
The Mavens

Eat ME
We're so looking forward to grilling this weekend. What's on the menu? Burgers. And nothing beats the ground beef from A Wee Bit Farm in Orland. The farm's specialty is grass-fed Highland Cattle, which yield beef that is naturally low in fat and cholesterol. Enjoy!
Where: Click here for retailers
When: Tonight
Web: A Wee Bit Farm
Drink ME
Saturday is Derby Day, and even though we're nowhere near Kentucky, Derby Day parties are all the rage this year. Even though the race is over in minutes, the drinking can go on all night. And frankly, the best part of Derby Day is, in fact, the mint juleps. To make them at home, you need three things: those iconic julep cups (yes, they do make a difference), fresh mint and really good bourbon. We like Maker's Mark, Basil Hayden's and Woodford Reserve. We also like this recipe from Epicurious: To prepare, make minted simple syrup ahead of time by combining 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Add a bunch of mint (use your judgment here) and let steep 15 minutes. Remove mint, let cool and refrigerate overnight, if necessary. In a julep cup or highball glass, pour 1 ounce minted syrup. Add 1 cup ice. Add 2 ounces bourbon and a splash of water. Stir and add enough ice to fill. Garnish with fresh mint.
Where: Your living room
When: 6:24 p.m. Saturday, May 1 post time

Walk with ME
We're continually amazed by the strange beauty of the Orono Bog Boardwalk, which winds its way through an eons-old peat bog that is home to carnivorous plants, stunted tamaracks and all sorts of birds. The walk opens this weekend, and we couldn't be happier. (Above photo by R. Davis).
Where: Enter through Bangor City Forest (off Stillwater Avenue in Veazie).
When: 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. daily
Tote ME
OK, we just wrote about Angela Adams yesterday, but then we heard about Angela's new totes and decided we couldn't resist. The new, nautical Mica pattern might be our favorite yet (and that's saying a lot). Perfect for sailing, summer days and a diaper bag alternative for stylish moms.
Where: Anywhere
When: Whenever


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