Archive for December, 2008

Borealis Breads

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Portland in a Snap has posted a brief profile of the new Borealis Breads.

Hannaford To Go

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

The Press Herald has reviewed the meals to go options at the Forest Ave Hannaford.

“Located in the back corner of the store between the bakery and the deli-salad bar area, the little meals-to-go cafe offers fresh, hot food at really reasonable prices.”

2 Stars for David’s

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Chris2fer has given David’s 2 stars (out of 5) after a disappointing meal at the Monument Square restaurant.

“I hadn’t been to David’s in over a year . . . there’s just so many places to try in Portland. It hadn’t changed much since I had been there. Not much, but enough . . . “

The People of Paciarino

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

This week’s Portland Phoenix has the back story on the couple that are opening an Italian food store called Paciarino on Fore Street.

Baldacci at B4

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

The Borealis Breads Bakery & Bistro is scheduled to open today. Governor Baldacci will be on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 am.

Food Now!

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

There’s an article about the Food Now buying club in the Food & Health section of today’s Press Herald. The Food Now program is run by the Portland Food Co-op.

Maine Roasters and Freaky Bean Split Up

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Maine Roasters Coffee and Freaky Bean Coffee Co., which merged their operations late last year, have now decided to go their separate ways. According to an article that appeared in The Forecaster, the original owners of Maine Roasters Coffee bought back the business in mid-November.

Slainte’s Liquor License

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

According to a report in today’s Press Herald, the City Council voted last night not to renew Slainte‘s liquor license. The bar can appeal the decision to the state.

Bibo’s Madd Apple Cafe

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Type A Diversions has reviewed Bibo’s Madd Apple Cafe.

“Bibo’s Madd Apple Cafe serves eclectic comfort food at an incredible value . . . The cuisine is creative and hearty, and the service is friendly and upbeat. While I wouldn’t make it a destination restaurant, it is a convenient and delightful spot for a pre-theater meal.”

Wine & Cheese Tasting

Monday, December 15th, 2008

An additional wine tasting has been added to this week’s calendar. There will be a wine and cheese tasting at the Public Market House on Friday at 4:30.

This Week’s Events

Monday, December 15th, 2008

On Monday the next Piatto per Tutti cooking class is being held. Governor Baldacci will be on hand for the grand opening at the new Borealis Breads on Tuesday. There are 6 wine tastings scheduled this week: at Old Port Wine Merchants on Wednesday, at Downeast Beverage, Browne Trading and Leavitt & Sons on Thursday, at Rosemont on Friday and at Kitchen & Cork on Saturday. There’s a showing of the movie The Garden at SPACE Gallery on Thursday. Also on Thursday, Vignola is hosting a Holiday Ale Night and The Great Lost Bear is showcasing holiday themed brews. Dean’s Sweets is holding an open house and truffle tasting on Saturday. For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

PeRx-U-Up Cafe Opens

Monday, December 15th, 2008

PeRx-U-Up Cafe is now open in the first floor of the InterMed building.

Cafe at Pat’s

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

Cafe at Pat’s received 3½ stars from this week’s Taste & Tell review in the Maine Sunday Telegram.

“From the crispy flatbread of the day to the aromatic, marinated flank steak and especially the desserts, dinner at the Cafe at Pat’s Meat Market revealed excellent kitchen skills and a knack at accommodating customers.”


Sunday, December 14th, 2008

A liquor license application has been filed with the City Council for a new sushi bar named Wasabi. The owners plan on building Wasabi at 7 Exchange Street in a portion of the space now occupied by Betsy’s. For more info on other Portland area culinary businesses in the works take a look at the Under Construction list.

America’s Kitchens

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

America’s Kitchens by Nancy Carlisle and Melinda Talbot Nasardinov was reviewed in today’s paper. The book tells the story of “this pivotal room from the earliest New England hearths to the latest forms of culinary theater.”

Bicoastal Food Rivalry

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

The bicoastal food rivalry carries on at Blogtown, a blog run by left coast Portland’s weekly newspaper. The baiting also come with the olive branch offer of a food writer exchange. (via Original Portland).

Joe’s New York Pizza

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

Joe’s New York Pizza has opened for business on Fore Street in the location formerly occupied by Granny’s Buritos.

Winter Farmers’ Market

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

The Munjoy Hill News is reporting that a Farmers’ Market will be operating in Monument Square through Winter and Spring every other Wednesday afternoon. According to the article the next market will take place December 24.

Beertown, USA

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

Beer Examiner has done a statistical survey to answer the question “Where is Beertown, USA?” Their measure is the number of breweries per capita. Portland is now #7 on the list (1 brewery for every 15,706 people) but they continue to update it as new data comes in. (via Portland Psst!).

Walter’s Cafe

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Type A Diversions has reviewed Walter’s.

“The lunch menu at Walter’s changes frequently. Although eclectic, the menu offers something for everyone without being boring. For dinner there are better choices in the area, but for lunch, Walter’s offers creative, consistently well prepared cuisine at moderate ‘sit-down’ prices.”