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Catching Up

Just a little distracted – hoping to catch up soon with lots of donuts, morning walks, lighthouses, and other shenanigans.

But for now, here’s Hank on Thanksgiving wearing a bow tie and studiously ignoring me:

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Over the summer I attended a Harpoon Brewery X-Night, an event in which Harpoon introduces a new special secret brew. This one particular X Night was a collaboration with Union Square Donuts: the beer was described as donut-complementary and U.S.D. was on hand to help out. For a mere $20 I got: An awesome mug. Two pours of the special beer in the mug. And two U.S.D. donuts: maple-bacon and milk chocolate frosted (being veggie I got two chocolate). Happy X Night!!!

But this post is actually not about the X Night. I won a raffle at the event for a free Union Square Donut! I’d been there before, but now it was time to return and actually give them Due Donut Diligence.

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Donut: Having tried the Milk Chocolate Frosted at the X-Night (not chocolatey enough), I opted to try Boston Cream. It was AWESOME. THE BEST EVER. Good dough and nice dark chocolate flavor to the frosting. Oh, but the cream, the cream, the delightful vanilla bean cream… I dream of that cream, and so perfectly complimented by the other elements of the donut.
Coffee: Meh, sour, and regrettable as last time. Boston’s idea of ‘good coffee’ does not align with mine.
Overall: The donut is massive – FILLED the clamshell – and fantastic. Totally worth the $3.50

Being that Maine Open Lighthouse Day 2015 is coming up shortly, it seems appropriate to FINALLY finish the post from 2014.

I’ve opted to repost some of the prior pix so the collection will be complete, and links to the few posts that got done in timely fashion are included.

Stop #1 – Portland – Bug Light

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Stop #2 – Arrowsic – Kennebec River Range Lights


Stop #3 – Arrowsic – Doubling Point Light


Stop #4 – St. George – Marshall Point Lighthouse


Stop #5 – Owls Head – Owl’s Head Lighthouse

There was a book signing that day for a children’s book about their famous lighthouse dog, Spot, who had the run of the place. Hank was not allowed to go up to the lighthouse.


Stop #6 – Stockton Springs – Fort Point Lighthouse

This lighthouse is located in Fort Point State Park. Normally there’s no access to the lighthouse & buildings since it’s used as housing for the park supervisor. We arrived after visiting hours but had a good time around the park before wrapping up for the night.


Stop #7 – Lubec – West Quoddy Head Lighthouse

West Quoddy Head is normally open to visitors and the furthest out, but it’s definitely worth the trip!


Stop #8 – Castine – Dyce Head Lighthouse

This was our final stop before heading home. The lighthouse is part of a private residence so we could not access it. However my friend Alice grew up in Castine and happened to be in town; she took us to the lighthouse and showed us the VERY steep stairs down the cliff to the water. Hank, my mountain goat pup, was not fazed at all.


PHEW! Now we’re ready for Maine Open Lighthouse Day 2015!

I’ve started a new Category called ‘Catching Up’ for situations where I’m, well… catching up. Sometimes I’m a day or two behind and that’s not a big deal, but when we’re talkin’ a month or more… it’s time to come clean.

My friend Leah recruited me to join her at Union Square Donuts in Somerville since I am a Donut Professional. Sadly I did not make notes — I usually don’t — since I had expected to post that day. Now that it’s over a month ago, I don’t remember enough to do the usual in-depth review: donuts were good, coffee was unimpressive. Obviously further research must be done. (Actual research would help.)

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Why are there are two Sea-Salted Bourbon Caramels? Because Leah and I are good enough friends that we can be honest with each other about an unwillingness to share in certain situations.