Archive for June, 2009

Maine Food in The Globe

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

This past weekend’s Sunday Magazine in The Boston Globe featured a list of “50 Food Finds”. Included in the list were Allagash, Eve’s, Browne Trading, Standard, Hugo’s, and Five Fifty-Five. Black Dinah Chocolate from Isle au Haut, the Robinhood Free Meeting House in Georgetown and When Pigs Fly in York also made the cut.

Also in The Globe’s food section is an article about Linda Bean’s new venture, Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine Lobster Roll. Bean recently worked with the West End Neighborhood Association to create the 61-foot lobster roll at this year’s Old Port Festival.

English on Morning Living

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Nancy English, author of Chow Maine and the restaurant critic for the Maine Sunday Telegram, will be appearing on the morning radio show Morning Living this Thursday.

Satellite radio listeners can tune in to “The Dish” on Morning Living to hear me talk about Maine’s wonderful restaurants and more. I will be a guest on Morning Living July 2 at 8:30 a.m., broadcast by Martha Stewart Living Radio, channel 112 on the Sirius Satellite Radio Network and channel 157 on XM Satellite Radio.

Another El Rayo Review

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

El Rayo received 5 stars in a new review from Chris2fer.

We decided that this was our new favorite Mexican eatery. It has a charming neighborhood feel, but a little hipstery. Not bad hipster, good hipster. The food though – the food is amazing. Very fresh, very healthy, very tasty, very different. We loved it.

Under Construction: Maine Bean Cafe

Monday, June 29th, 2009


As you can see from this photo the Maine Bean Cafe is doing some renovation before opening in the old Portland Coffee Roasters space on Commercial Street.

This Week’s Events

Monday, June 29th, 2009

The weekly Food and Drink Trivia Contest is at Bull Feeney’s tonight, and on Tuesday the next Wine Flight 5k Training run is taking place at the Portland Observatory for a special Tower of Chocolate tasting. On Thursday there’s a wine and oyster event at Vignola. There are wine tastings scheduled Thursday at Aurora Provisions, Friday at the West End Grocery, and  Saturday at Leroux Kitchen. Farmers’ Markets are being held 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.

El Rayo Review

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

Food for Thought has reviewed El Rayo Taqueria.

Still, what’s served at El Rayo is done fairly well and the preparations have authentic flavorings…Perhaps, in time, they’ll get their footing and expand, with a sit-down dining room…and serve full meals with the sort of Mexican fare that we’re not used to, true regional Mexican cooking.

Nicaraguan Gallo Pinto

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

In this month’s edition of Inside Immigrant Kitchens, author Lindsay Sterling worked with Jenny Sanchez to make Nicaraguan Gallo Pinto with cabbage & lime salad and sauteed bananas. The article and recipe are posted separately.

Under Construction: Public Market House

Saturday, June 27th, 2009


The Public Mark House main entrance is blocked off while they install an elevator (you can still get in through the temporary entrances on either side). This part of the ongoing construction project to expand the market to the second floor which will be home to a number of small shops and cafes. They hope to have construction completed by mid-July.

Cactus Club’s Appeal

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

The Portland Daily Sun has an update on the status of the Cactus Club. Four months ago the City Council revoked the bar’s liquor license but it’s still operating during the appeals process.

Portland Police, who recommended in February that the council not reissue the bar’s liquor license, said 64 disturbances took place inside or in the immediate vicinity of Cactus Club in 2008, including 19 fights, a shooting, and a bizarre incident where a sport-utility vehicle drove into the side of the building. In addition, the bar was found guilty of two liquor license violations.

Standard Baking in Bon Apetit

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Scones from Standard Baking are the subject of a review in the July issue of Bon Apetit. (via the weekly round-up in Psst!) For those of you who want to bake your own they’ve also published Standard’s recipe for the Blueberry Oatmeal Scones.

The scone was lightly crunchy on the outside, and the inside was moist and densely woven, freckled with tiny Maine blueberries. I took a bite. The texture was ideal: a bit like an old-fashioned biscuit, but more substantial. The oats were barely discernible, but they gave the crumb a gentle, homey flakiness. I should also tell you that the scone was perfectly sweetened—which is to say, barely sweet at all.

Otto Pizza

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Portland in a Snap has published a brief profile of Otto Pizza.

Roma & Bramhall

Friday, June 26th, 2009

According to an article in this week’s Portland Phoenix, one of Portland’s oldest restaurants, the Roma Cafe, quietly closed its doors a few months ago and its downstairs neighbor, the Bramhall Pub, has recently closed as well. The Phoenix writes of the Bramhall that “there’s talk it may reopen after renovations“.

Grace Opening in July

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Grace has announced that they have “ALL licenses in hand!” and are ready to open the “first week in July, however, we will be closed July 4,5 & 6 on purpose with a reopen date of July 7th”.

Veranda Thai Review

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

The Maine Switch has published a review of Veranda Thai.

Whether you’re eating in or taking out, the food at Veranda Thai is definitely worth a trip off the peninsula. But just for kicks, grab yourself a table. You’re bound to get a chuckle from the people a couple tables over.

The Salt Exchange

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

The Maine Switch has published a profile of The Salt Exchange.

Instead she characterizes the food as new New England cuisine. This mean such offerings as Pemaquid oysters under lemon celeriac cream & hazelnut ($7/$12), Wolfe’s Neck Farm steak & tellagio on sourdough with sweet and sour onion & spicy roast tomato mayonnaise ($10), spiced Maine coast cioppino with Casco Bay fish, shellfish & grilled sourdough crostini ($12) and pea risotto with butter poached clams & fresh morel mushrooms ($9).