Who doesn’t love a good sweet potato fry? I know that given the choice at a restaurant, I will never pick regular ol’ fries over sweet potatoes fries. They’re just so irresistible! They’re sweet, salty, and oh so addictive.
This recipe takes sweet potato fries to the next level. Now, I have to warn you, they are spicy. I have a relatively high tolerance for heat and these had me sweating a little bit! But sweet, salty, and spicy? These are way too good to pass up!
We may have just gotten back from our trip to Europe, but we decided it was time for another vacation (if only life could always be like this). We started our trip to Maine right after work on Thursday and worked our way up to Greenville where we were staying the night before heading to West Branch Pond early the next morning. We were eager to start the Maine experience and followed glowing Yelp reviews to Fisherman’s Catch in Wells, ME on the way up. There was a 70 minute wait, but we figured it would be worth it, in part because people people kept telling us just that as they exited the restaurant patting their bellies. A Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale with wild Maine blueberries bobbing about made the wait easy. The beer itself is tasty, but the berries, which explode with fresh blueberry sweetness and the the subtly fruity ale they’d been soaking in, were the real highlight.
The meal itself was less satisfying. So many of the Yelp reviewers raved about the fried clams and the menu alerts readers to the fact that the clams make it into the book 1001 Things to do Before You Die. Or so I thought…. I found out later that it actually said 1001 Things to do Before You Diet. I find this considerably less exciting because the first is not limited to food. Regardless, when we ordered the Captains Platter for 2, which was loaded with fried scallops, clams, shrimp, and haddock on top of french fries and hey, why not throw in some rolls because there’s not enough white/yellow food, we found that it pretty much all tasted the same. Maybe it’s because we don’t eat much fried food? I don’t know. It really all just tasted like the batter, which I would say was only so-so. But maybe it’s just Joseph and me, because everyone else just loved it. Next time I think I’ll just stick to the lobster.
I was excited to see the feature on Serious Eats on the Clover Food Lab truck over by MIT because friends had just told us last week that we needed to check it out. That was all we needed to convince us to ditch our plans to go to the gym and head on over before they closed at 7:00. It was fantastic. They gave us a “sample” of freshly made watermelon soda while we waited and believe me, a sample that’s 2/3 the regular serving certainly gets me in the mood for a good meal.
Joseph got the soy BLT and I got the chickpea fritter. The soy BLT was more about texture, while the chickpea fritter had more substance (and was very pretty to photograph). We also split the rosemary fries which were pretty awesome – the little fried rosemary leaves were tasty on their own, not to mention with the fries. And we got all that for $13. Not bad.