Cultivate Simple Podcast in iTunes Chiot's Run on Facebook Chiot's Run on Twitter Chiot's Run on Pinterest Chiot's Run on Flickr RSS Feed StumbleUpon

Quote of the Day: Voltaire

July 13th, 2014

“Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.”

salt water farm menu
Mr Chiots and are enjoying the restaurant food in Maine. Back in Ohio there were a few restaurants we went to, but they were all over an hour away, which isn’t very convenient. Here we have a host of local food restaurants with delicious food. Earlier this week we went to Salt Water Farm in Rockport and it was delicious. Mr Chiots enjoyed their burger and I got clams. We also enjoyed a nice appetizer along with dessert and coffee. We feel extremely lucky to have so many delicious places within a half hour, of course that means the eating out portion of our budget has grown.

Do you have a favorite non-chain restaurant in your area?

A Night on the Town

December 15th, 2012

Mr Chiots and I don’t make it out often, we’re just not out on the town kind of people. We rarely go to movies or out to eat. About the only places we go are the bank, Post Office, local farms, and the farmers market. Yesterday however, was an exception.
night on the town 5
We left home early to hit the farmers market, then we were off to get our passport photos and run a few other errands. Our main goal was to watch The Hobbit at the old restored Colonial Theatre in downtown Belfast. Since we were out and about for so long, we grabbed some dinner at a local restaurant.
eating out
I certainly enjoyed a grilled bacon cheese sandwich, a cup of clam chowder and some sweet potato fries. Mr Chiots went all out with fish and chips. Of course I had my trusty Real Salt in my purse as I always do!
real salt on table
We also spent some time walking around the downtown area, picked up a holiday puzzle at the game shop, looked at tons of yarn in the yarn shop and dreamed about future sewing projects at the fabric store.
tava stone ground chocolate
night on the town 6
Then we were off to the movies. No popcorn and soda for me, I stowed a bar of good chocolate in my purse which we enjoyed during the show. We had a great time. That’s one of the good things about not getting out much, when you do it’s really a treat.

What’s your idea of a nice “night out”?

Reading & Watching

Shop through these links and I get a few cents each time. It's not much, but it allows me to buy a new cookbook or new gardening book every couple months. I appreciate your support!


This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.