Archive for December, 2009

Type A Retires

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

After three years of being an active part of the local food blogging community, Type A Diversions has announced that’s she’s retiring from writing restaurant reviews to spend more time with her family. Erin wrote more than 100 Maine restaurant reviews since her start in April 2007. She plans on keeping the site up so they remain available online.

As many of might have noticed, I haven’t been blogging much lately. With the arrival of the little guy, my priorities quickly changed. So while we still eat out frequently, when I have a free hour or two at home, I prefer to teach him how to walk or build a snowman than fire up the laptop.

Under Construction

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Both the Portland Phoenix and Forecaster have published their year end wrap-ups on Portland area restaurants that have recently launched/moved or are under construction.

Review of the Portland Museum of Art Cafe

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

The Museum of Art Cafe received 4 stars from today’s Eat & Run column in the Press Herald.

The Museum Cafe does it right, because it aims high. Museum management understands that a poorly run cafe reflects badly on the entire institution, and it has made a great effort to ensure the quality of the food served in the cafe is every bit as strong as the food you would order in any other dining establishment. That’s saying quite a bit, but it’s true.

Toward that end, the museum allows people to bypass paying museum admission if they simply want to come in to grab a bite to eat.

The Meat House

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

The Press Herald interviewed Meat House co-owners Jason Parent and Justin Rosberg about their business.

They formed The Meat House at a time when each was ready to have his own business. They wanted a venture in which the hours wouldn’t be at odds with family life.

Meat is clearly the core of their business, but the stores are meant to provide everything needed for a meal.

“The protein is the center of your plate. We wanted to make it so you didn’t have to make another stop,” Parent said.

Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

There’s a pair of late additions to the calendar for New Year’s Eve that I came across in this week’s Portland Phoenix:

Photos of Walter’s Opening Night

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

PortlandTown has published a set of photos taken in the kitchen and dining room/bar of the new Walter’s.

Hangover Cures

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

The Press Herald’s Meredith Goad has pulled together some hangover cures suggested by local restaurants.

Arlin Smith, the general manager at Hugo’s, discovered that if he added a perfectly poached egg, the Duckfat poutine makes an excellent hangover cure. The cure caught on, and now the whole staff swears by it.

“It fills your belly,” Smith said. “It’s got the grease that coats the lining of your stomach. It’s got the starches going. It’s perfect.”

Review of Rosie’s

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

I Love Portland Maine has published a review of Rosie’s.

This unassuming; some may dare say, quaint restaurant and pub is famous for serving up some of the best fare in town. Whether your crew is craving fish and chips, sandwiches, a full pint, or even more exotic fare such as local sea food, no one will be disappointed. Even the vegetarian among you will find Rosie’s a haven of taste.

Chinese for Christmas

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

The Portland Daily Sun food writer Margo Mallar paid a visit to Saigon and Kon Asian Bistro as part of her Christmas day.

The soup was a delight to my gentile tastebuds but it was a Christmas gift that our pescatarian Jewish friend Rachel had to decline on two counts: treif and meat.  \We were eating light so limited ourselves to Saigon Veggie egg rolls, steamed french beans, a sardine banh mi sandwich and a tofu curry entree.  The portions were abundant, made with fresh ingredients and well seasoned.  The homemade chili sauce alone is worth a return trip.

Walter’s Scheduled to Open

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Walter’s is planning to open their new location at 2 Portland Square tonight. Owners Cheryl and Jeff Buerhaus have also recently applied for a liquor license to open a bar called Gingko Blue (see the sample bar menu, page 43) which will be located in the space next to Walter’s on the corner of Union and Fore Streets.

The Launch of Portland Cooks

Monday, December 28th, 2009

The long awaited launch of Portland Cooks—a multimedia blog by “Radio Host, former urchin-diver, ex-restaurant lackey, and fearless promoter of the hard-working people in the local food industry” John Dennison—took place today with a piece on Sunset Farm Organics. Sunset provides organic greens throughout the winter to some of Portland’s best known restaurants from their greenhouses in southern Maine.

This Week’s Events – NYE Dinners

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Monday—Maine Ambassadors of Food and Drink are running the weekly Foodie Trivia Contest at Bull Feeney’s.

Tuesday—there will be a wine tasting at Browne Trading.

Wednesday—pick-up for the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place in Monument Square.

ThursdayNew Year’s Eve dinners are taking place at Bar Lola, Cinque Terre, Eastland Park Hotel, Emilitsa, Evangeline, Five Fifty-Five, Frog and Turtle, Grace, Inn by the Sea, Shima, The Salt Exchange, Twenty Milk Street, Vignola.

FridayFirst Friday Art Walk is taking place and there will be a wine tasting at the West End Deli.

For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

If you are holding a local area food event this week that’s not listed above, publicize it by adding it as a comment to this post.

Feast of the Seven Fishes

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

PortlandTown has posted a set of photos from last week’s Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner at Cinque Terre.

51 Wharf Bar Review

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Portland Bar Guide has published a review of 51 Wharf.

Tonight though, the place is all charm. Lots of laughter, high fives, welcoming hollers. The bartender, Lindsay, has just returned from New Zealand where she was refining her palette with feijoa-infused vodkas. Her favorite drink to make is a nice slice of devil’s pie called a “Grapecrusher,” which specializes in masking alcohol with delicious fruit juices, and grape vodka. Crushing, but in a good way.

Year End Phoenix Round-Up

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Portland Phoenix restaurant reviewer Brian Duff has penned a survey of changes in the 2009 dining landscape as well as  a caution that the Portland food scene may be peaking. I hope he’s wrong about that.

In a separate article Duff notes his favorite dishes for the year: the Sole Francaise at Street & Co as Best Upscale Dish, and the Duck Soup at Pom’s as the Best Affordable Dish.