Archive for September, 2008

Portland Pie Co.

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

The Maine Switch has reviewed Portland Pie Company.

“Whether you’re a cheese-free vegetarian or a die-hard meat eater who loves piles of mozzarella, Portland Pie has a pizza perfectly suited to your tastes.”

Where the Jetsons Eat

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Portland Magazine has published their review of The Grill Room online.

“Set in the heart of the Old Port, the hot spot (a perfect coupling with a show at nearby Nickelodeon Cinema or Merrill Auditorium) features wood-grilled meats and fish–think F. Parker Reidy’s for the 21st century. “

Chef et al.

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Having enjoyed his first visit to Chef et al. for brunch, decided to return for dinner and has written a review of the meal.

October Portland Magazine

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

The October issue of Portland Magazine is now on newsstands. It has articles on the use of periwinkles by Maine chefs and on the popularity of Maine blueberries, as well as a review of The Grill Room. The review isn’t available yet online; I’ll link to it as soon as it is.

Hot Suppa! Profile

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008‘s quarterly print publication Food, etc is now out. It includes an interview with the owner’s of Hot Suppa!. You can find a copy of the publication in the free newspaper racks at Hannaford.

This Week’s Events

Monday, September 29th, 2008

There will be a Tuscan wine dinner at Bar Lola on Tuesday. The next Piatto per Tutti cooking class is on Monday; the classses are taught by baker Stephen Lanzalotta. There are wine tastings at West End Grocery on Friday and at Leroux Kitchen on Saturday. Farmers’ Markets are taking place in Monument Square on Wednesday and at Deering Oaks Park on Saturday. Friday through Sunday Novare Res is holding an Oktoberfest. For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

Lakes Brew Fest

Monday, September 29th, 2008 has published a report on the weekend’s Lakes Region Brewers Festival


Monday, September 29th, 2008

There was an article on Jamaican cooking in last week’s Portland Phoenix


Sunday, September 28th, 2008

Parker’s received 1½ stars from this week’s Taste & Tell review in the Maine Sunday Telegram.

“Dishes dominated by starch, overcooked seafood and poor-quality ingredients spoil meals at Parker’s Restaurant.”


Saturday, September 27th, 2008

Arabica reopened yesterday in their new space at 2 Free St.

Eating the Peninsula

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

Travels with Hilary has spent a few days eating her way around the Portland peninsula making stops at Eve’s, Mims Brasserie, The Grill Room, Hugo’s, Bresca, The Porthole, Artemisia, Black Tie, Micucci’s and Two Fat Cats before heading “back to reality.”

The Station

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

1:00 a.m. Curfew has reviewd The Station.

“The Station is located in the sketchy shopping plaza on St. John St. From the outside it looks like you might get knived, but have no fear – this bar has been around for near 20 years and isn’t scary in the least.”

Blue Ribbon Apple Pie

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Chow Maine‘s Nancy English was one of the judges at the Cumberland Fair’s apple pie contest. She’s posted her insights on the winning pies and thoughts on what makes great apple pie so challenging to make.

15,000 Oysters

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Portlanders looking at options for a weekend foodie road trip might want to consider the Pemaquid Oyster Festival this Sunday. The Maine Mouth reports that “15,000 oysters that will be shucked and served fresh on the half shell, broiled, stewed, and baked as Oysters Rockefeller” at the festival.

Trip to Back Bay Grill

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Travels with Hilary has written a review of Back Bay Grill.

“With all the hype about Portland’s foodie-fave restaurants, you know—555, Evangeline, Hugo’s, Fore Street, Cinque Terre, Bresca—sometimes out-of-sight/out-of-mind Back Bay Grill gets overlooked. It shouldn’t.”