Archive for November, 2008

New Beer from Shipyard and Peak

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Beer Locavore has posted his thoughts on the new Barleywine from Shipyard and the Espresso Amber Ale from Peak Organic.

Bar of Chocolate Cafe

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Tasting in Tongues has posted a review of Bar of Chocolate Cafe.

“I wanted great service on this lazy Sunday afternoon, in a nice setting, and a dessert and drink combo that would lull me into a hypnotic state as I stare off into the distance letting the rich chocolate work its magic on my stressed out soul. Well I got exactly what I wanted at the Bar of Chocolate, at 38 Wharf Street.”

This Week’s Events

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Gabe Rucker, Chef at Le Pigeon in the other Portland, is cooking a 7 course meal at Five Fifty-Five with Steve Corry Monday night. Also on Monday the Slow Food Portland Book Club is meeting to discuss Molecular Gastronomy, and the next Piatto per Tutti cooking class is taking place. On Tuesday Bar Lola is holding a Rioja Wine Dinner and Evangeline is holding a Harvest Dinner. Tuesday night is the premiere of the Maine episode of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. There are four wine tastings scheduled this week: Old Port Wine Merchants on Wednesday, Leavitt and Sons on Thursday, Rosemont on Friday, and Kitchen & Cork on Saturday. Thursday night The Great Lost Bear is showcasing the beer of Long Tail Brewing. For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

2 More Blogs

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

There are two new entries on the list of local food blogs: Borrowed Sweet and Tasting in Tongues.

Frivolity of Summer

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

The in-house mixologist at Accidental Vegetables, Ravinder Kingra, has posted the formula for a cocktail called The Simpatico which promises to bring to mind the “long-gone warmth and frivolity of summer”.

Dean’s Sweets

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

According to this week’s email newsletter from Rabelais, Dean’s Sweets plans to open its new shop on Middle Street November 22 at 11 am. To celebrate their new neighbor’s opening Rabelais will be having a one day 15% sale on all books in the store.

Coffee Shop for the West End

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

On my way to breakfast this morning I spotted sheets of drywall being delivered to the orange retail space that used to house Percy’s on Congress Street. According to the workman that location is going to reopen as a coffee shop.

The Front Room

Friday, November 14th, 2008

Type A Diversions has reviewed The Front Room.

“While the comfort food-inspired cuisine is rather ho-hum at the Front Room, I can certainly understand the restaurant’s popularity. It’s the kind of neighborhood restaurant you can go and be completely comfortable. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, the food quality is consistent, and the prices can’t be beat.”

Forest Gardens

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

1:00 a.m. Curfew has reviewed Forest Gardens which makes for one less business on the Unreviewed list

“Forest Gardens was a bar I’d never noticed nor heard of. No one I know has ever suggested hitting up the place. In all my internet research of local bars, I’ve never found the bar, yet it’s been there since the 1950s, according to John, the bartender.”

Turkey Challenge

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

The Wayside Food Pantry, a food distributor to local food pantries has issued a Turkey Challenge hoping to spur the donation of several hundred turkeys in time for Thanksgiving according to an article in this week’s Portland edition of The Forecaster.

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.