Archive for September, 2009

Review of The Corner Room

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

The Portland Phoenix has published a review of The Corner Room.

While the warm antipasti draw the eye, we had the best experience with the cold ones. Octopus and potato, for example, had more round slices of tender seafood than potato. It was dressed lightly with oil, lemon, cilantro, and crunchy red onion. In the eggplant caponata, often served as a mushy dip, the chunks of eggplant maintained a bit of chew. With the sugar and cocoa in the sauce it took on a figgy flavor and the aroma of clove.

Styxx Reopens

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Portland in a Snap has a report on the changes underway at Styxx.

One of the most notable changes the new owners have made is the addition of a tapas menu, with pub standards priced at $5 or $7. Happy hour runs from 4-7 pm Monday-Friday and comes with $4 martinis, $3 well drinks and $1 drafts. Those drafts include Allagash White, Sam Adams, Stella, Shipyard Pumpkinhead and Bud Light.

Hilltop Coffee Update

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

The Munjoy Hill News has published an update on the sale of the Hilltop Coffee Shop.

“There are 3 or 4 local people seriously  interested in buying the property and the business,” said [owner Luke] MacFadyen late this afternoon at the Shop.  Several are in the restaurant business already and several are not,” he added.  But so far no one has made an offer on the property which is listed at $450,00 with Jim Landry.

Launch of Vagabond Ale

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

A Blog About Beer has a report on the anticipated October 19th launch of Allagash’s Vagabond Ale.

Now the exciting part. Just like with Garamel, Allagash is releasing Vagabond on a VERY limited basis. The beer — of which there are only 500 bottles — will be available ONLY at the Brewery (on Industrial Way in Portland) and ONLY from 9am to 6pm on Monday, October 19th. There is a 2 bottles per person limit and each bottle will cost $10.

Blue and White in the Sun

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Today’s Portland Daily Sun has published an update on the closing of the White Heart: the bar is for sale but it hasn’t changed hands yet. The paper quotes owner Tony Hodge saying, “We have two or three interested parties”.

Today’s Sun also has a brief profile on Blue Mango Foods. Blue Mango produces a very popular veggie burger that’s available at Hannaford, Whole Foods and is on the menu at several area restaurants. According to the article, they have “a couple of new products in development, including a gluten-free burger”.

Allagash Tripel

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Allagash Tripel came in second place (out of 58 entries) in the Belgian-Style Abbey Ale category (#66) at last week’s Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

Artemisia Brunch Review

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Portland Food Heads has published a brunch review of Artemisia.

I’ve eaten here enough times to say that you aren’t always going to come out satisfied. However, that is pretty typical of just about every restaurant in the country, and if you can get over the risk of taking a small gamble, you’re likely to be rewarded with what is usually a delicious meal at Artemisia.

Vegetarian Review of Pom’s Thai Taste

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Diet for a Small City has published a review of Pom’s Thai Taste.

The Vegetable Delight was a perfect meal.  The vegetables had been cooked to a crisp bite; not a single limp pepper appeared on my plate.  The garlic sauce was savory and sweet and nicely complemented the brown rice served alongside my meal.  Afterward, I felt energized and satisfied.  I felt I had consumed a fairly healthy meal.

This Week’s Events

Monday, September 28th, 2009

There are three events on Monday: Portland Schooner is offering a sail to and lobster bake on Cow Island during the day, and tonight Stephen Lanzalotta’s weekly Piatto per Tutti cooking class and the weekly  Food and Drink Trivia Contest is taking place at Bull Feeney’s. On Tuesday, the next Wine Flight 5k Training Run is taking place, the destination is Cinque Terre. A class on freezing and drying food preservation is scheduled for Wednesday and on Thursday Alison LePage is teaching a class on vegetable fermentation. There’s a wine tasting scheduled on Friday at the West End Grocery for Devenish Wines. The Salt Exchange is running their weekly wine and canapes event on Wednesday. Portland’s weekly Farmers’ Markets are being held in Monument Square on Wednesday and at Deering Oaks Park on Saturday. Last but not least on Sunday Cultivating Community is holding their annual locavore dining event—the 20 Mile Meal. For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

Closing: Barava

Monday, September 28th, 2009


Barava has gone out of business. While the construction next door on the former Portland Hall probably did them no favors, that spot hasn’t been a lucky one for prior restaurants there either.

Review of The Corner Room

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

The Corner Room received 4 stars from this week’s Taste & Tell review in the Maine Sunday Telegram.

Given the perfection of the bucatini all’Amatriciana and the $9 price for a medium bowl, the Corner Room ranks as a foodie resource in this economic lull now and in the future.

Review of Miyake

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Portland Magazine has published a review of Miyake.

The first course, three gorgeous pieces of Alaskan sockeye salmon nestled over a smooth lemon mayo sauce and topped with delightful fresh scallion and capers, was a hint of the treats to come. Next was a single very large scallop, browned to a crispy outside, sprinkled with bright red roe, and set to bask on top of tasty miso sauce. And then, an amazing plate of eight pieces of Edo-Mae nigiri, consisting of the finest salmon, yellow tail, fluke, red snapper, shrimp, scallop, and mackerel, all of it perfect, but the mackerel almost astounding with its subtlety and texture.

Closings: Maple’s & White Heart

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

The White Heart has changed hands. The lounge will be open tonight but then will temporarily shutdown for a couple weeks before re-opening under the new ownership.

Also, according to a post from Original Portland, Maple’s has shutdown their store on Middle Street. The sign in the window says that “With the growth of our wholesale business we just aren’t able to give it the love it deserves” but Maple’s go on to promise that “BIG BIG BIG news [is] coming soon!”

Under Construction: Local Sprouts Cafe

Friday, September 25th, 2009

There’s an article about Local Sprouts Cafe in today’s Press Herald. The LSC staff held a community design event earlier this week to go over their plans and gather fresh ideas for the cafe.

The Local Sprouts Cooperative is lined up as the first retail tenant at 645 Congress St., the former site of a University of Southern Maine dormitory.

The cooperative expects to open its Local Sprouts Cafe on the first floor of the building in February or March, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with an emphasis on local and organic foods.

Cocktail Tomato Hour

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Portland Food Heads has posted a report on Wednesday’s industry event at Grace to  to introduce Backyard Farms’ new product, the Cocktail Tomato.

The staff of Grace prepared a four course meal with each course using the cocktail tomato as the central element. The starter was described as a “tomato cocktail.” The blanched and peeled tomato quarter was pickled in Grey Goose and Bloody Mary spices. Served on a spoon with a garnish of parsley, it was a nice teaser for the palate. The taste of the vodka came through just as the sweetness of the tomato worked to keep it at bay. It was a tasteful start to a light meal and I have to admit I’m interested by the vodka pickling concept. Might even try it out myself.