The Magazine of Maine
Going out for breakfast turns an ordinary day into something special. As we searched for the best breakfasts that Maine has to offer, we also found a great way to brighten a midwinter morning. Beginning on page 42, you’ll find 30 delectable — and budget-friendly — ways to start your day, whether you’re fueling up for the slopes or going to the office. You’ll find outrageously good interpretations of traditional American breakfasts, like egg sandwiches and French toast, as well as some unexpected offerings, like a lobster omelet, poutine, and even pho, the aromatic and delicious Vietnamese noodle soup.
This entire issue is probably best enjoyed over a cup or two of coffee — we have some great stories inside, from an examination of the recent snowy owl “invasion” to a comic-book rendition of what may or may not be Maine’s first sober barn raising. You’ll appreciate the warmth of your cup when you read about Diane Cowan’s chilly residence on an iced-in island last winter.
My daughter and I have established our own breakfast tradition at Camden’s Boynton-McKay Food Co. She sticks with blueberry pancakes, and I’ve traded my old sweet-carb favorite for Boynton’s breakfast skillet #2 with chorizo. This time of year, we like to get cozy in one of the old-fashioned booths, sip steaming cups of cocoa (with whipped cream, of course), and wipe the fog off the window to watch the snow falling outside. Breakfast is a social affair in a small town like ours — every time we go, we run into friends, neighbors, and acquaintances, and we’re reminded that this sense of community is why we love this place we call home. Plus, the blueberry pancakes really are the best. — Kathleen Fleury
Wakey, wakey! Eggs and bakey! We got up early to feast on Vacationland’s 30 best breakfast dishes. (It’s a tough job, but somebody had to do it).
We asked O’Chang Comics — the team behind Maine’s cult favorite Temp Tales viral videos — to illustrate an oddball tidbit from a venerable history text. By Hanji Chang and Andy O’Brien
A lobster scientist is iced-in for 34 days on a Maine island during one of the worst winters in recent memory. Can she survive the solitude? And the lack of rum? By Diane Cowan
Plus! Retire in Maine
Our annual retirement supplement, featuring a comprehensive guide to retirement communities in the Pine Tree State.
Can you name this charming chapel and the town where it’s found?
North by East
Opinions, Advisories, and Musings from the Length and Breadth of Maine
Down East Dispatches
News You May Have Missed
What’s in a Picture
Togue Brawn: Scallop Queen
Living the Maine Life
Room With a View
Through a Glass Coldly
Welcome to Camp Gigi
What to Do in Maine This Month
Vena’s Fizz House
From Our Archives
On the cover: Cover image styled by Catrine Kelty. Hand lettering by Angela Southern.
Above: Meredith Perdue (home), Istockphoto.com | Frankhildebrand (owl), Douglas Merriam (drink), Starz Digital Media (film), Mark Fleming and Michael Wilson (breakfast)