Archive for November, 2008

Miss Portland Diner

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

The Portland Press Herald has reviewed the Miss Portland Diner.

“The Miss Portland Diner, now open for breakfast and lunch on Marginal Way, has a chance to be a real gem in Portland’s casual dining scene. But the diner, whose reopening has been long anticipated, has a few issues to address as it moves through its ‘soft opening’ tune-up phase.”

8th Annual Potato Dinner

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

This Sunday Hugo’s is holding their 8th Annual Potato Dinner, a 7 course meal featuring Maine grown potatos and other root vegetables.

Hot Suppa!

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

The Maine Switch has reviewed Hot Suppa!

“In the end, the beauty of this restaurant is the perfect balance it strikes between down home cooking and gourmet style.”

Switch on Miss Portland + Local Vegan Sweets

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Also in The Switch are a profile of the Miss Portland Diner and some guidance on where to find vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free desserts.

Zimmern Summary

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Portland Psst! has a nice summary of the recent press on the Maine episode of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern that is scheduled to air next week on Tuesday night.

Zimmern, Deathmatch & Wine

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

In addition to the article about the Zimmern’d Deathmatch that was held this Summer, this week’s edition of the Portland Phoenix also includes advice on finding value priced wines for the holidays.

Allagash Brewing

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Allagash Brewing made it into a list of the nation’s top microbreweries (via Blog About Beer). Ray Daniels of the Brewers Association and Julie Bradford of All About Beer magazine compiled the list for an article in Men’s Health magazine.

188 Middle St

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

According to The Bollard, a new restaurant is planning on opening at 188 Middle Street once the dust settles on the remodelling at the old Pavillion. Details on other food business under development can be found on the Under Construction list.

Sebago Brewing Co.

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

NECN has published a video review of Sebago Brewing.

Lobsters on the Fly

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

In today’s Press Herald there’s an article about a new lobster cookbook titled Lobsters on the Fly. Proceeds from the sale will go to the Maine Lobstermen’s Association to help Maine fishing families in need.

Back Bay Grill

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Type A Diversions revisited Back Bay Grill and has written a new review for it.

“We enjoyed our dinner so much at The Back Bay Grill that it will now be on our short list of places to dine, rather than the once-or-twice a year visits we have done in the past. The service at The Back Bay Grill is highly professional; the wine list is the best in Portland; and the cuisine is exceptional.”

Single Serving Corry

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Chef Steve Corry was interviewed in Single Edition, a website “that embraces the culture of single living” (via Main Food & Lifestyle). Corry is quoted in the article saying, “The way we see it is that if someone is willing to come in alone to dine with us then he/she has an elevated level of expectation that we will strive to exceed. Single diners are immediately viewed as friends of the restaurant so to speak.”

This Week’s Events

Monday, November 10th, 2008

The next Piatto per Tutti cooking class is taking place on Monday. There are a pair of events for beer fans taking place on Tuesday. Novare Res is holding a Trappist beer tasting and Bar Lola is holding a beer dinner. There will be a wine tasting at RSVP on Wednesday and a wine and cheese tasting at Public Market House on Thursday. Thursday night The Great Lost Bear is showcasing the beer of Cape Ann Brewing. Thursday through Saturday there’s a pre fixe truffle dinner on the menu at Cinque Terre. The last regularly scheduled Farmers’ Markets of the year are taking place in Monument Square on Wednesday and at Deering Oaks Park on Saturday. For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

More Deathmatch

Monday, November 10th, 2008

The new issue of Maine Home + Design includes an article about this Summer’s meeting of Deathmatch. This comes just a few days after Port City Life published an article on the same topic. Neither publication has posted their articles on the subject online.

Miss Portland Diner

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

Chris2fer has reviewed the Miss Portland Diner.

“For diner food, I was pleasantly surprised. This is a great lunch place. As I am a breakfast person, I am excited to go back and see what they can do with eggs. I recommend.”

Accidental Cocktails

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

A new blogger has joined Marya on Accidental Vegetables. Ravinder Kingra is writing a weekly post on mixed drinks. Last week he wrote about a bourbon and tripple sec mix named The Baby Sadie in honor of his niece. This week’s creation is a pear brandy martini called the Barbara Bush.

Styxx

Friday, November 7th, 2008

1:00 a.m. Curfew has reviewed Styxx.

“As far as gay clubs/bars go in Portland, Styxx is the best.”

November Bollard

Friday, November 7th, 2008

The November issue of The Bollard is out and this month’s edition includes a new installment in The Land of the Forgotten Cocktail series by award-winning bartender John Myers. Myers writes about the history of the word cocktail as well as providing background and mixing instructions for the Ward 8, Between the Sheets and Alaska. Copies of the newspaper can be found just about anywhere free newspapers are distributed.

Manning the Miss Portland

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Bill Nemitz’s column in today’s Press Herald looks at the back story behind the revitalized Miss Portland Diner. Tom Manning, the new owner, grew up in Portland’s East End and currently lives in Connecticut and is the Director of Administration at Newsweek. According to the article, Manning’s plan was to have a quiet opening and give his staff a month before the fanfare of a grand opening next month. Things didn’t quite work out that way and the diner has been quite busy since day one.

Becoming a Sommelier

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

The Food & Health section in today’s Press Herald has an article about Browne Trading’s Jennifer Flock and her journey to becoming a Certified Sommelier.