Archive for April, 2010

Baxter Brewing Co.

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Blog About Beer author Luke Livingston has announced that’s he’ll be opening a brewery in Lewiston to be called Baxter Brewing Company.

What I am about to write has been a non-stop, full-time eleven months in the making (and many years in a dream): I am opening my own brewery.

Baxter Brewing Co. will be the first brewery north of Connecticut to can its entire line of beer. Located in the historic Bates Mill in Lewiston, Maine, Baxter beers will be distributed throughout the state of Maine beginning in September 2010 and across northern New England in 2011.

Bangs Island Mussels For Sale

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Today’s Maine Sunday Telegram reports that the Bangs Island Mussel aquaculture business is up for sale.

Olson, of South Portland, is selling his 10-year-old Bangs Island Mussels farm off Clapboard Island, believed to be the first commercial rope-grown mussel operation on the East Coast. Olson is focusing full time instead on his seaweed venture, Ocean Approved, which is one of the first, if not the only, cultivated kelp businesses in the country.

Olson is hoping his mussel farm will catch the eye of an enterprising Mainer who can see the advantages of working on the open water rather than in a cubicle.

Video Review of Susan’s Fish & Chips

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Seth and Jenner from Where is Jenner’s Mind have collaborated with their friend Sarah Kleinman on a Boston Eats video review of Susan’s Fish & Chips.

Cranberry Island Kitchen Opens Today

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Cranberry Island Kitchen is set to open today. The bakery is best known for their Martha approved gourmet whoopie pies.

Best of Portland 2010 Results

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

The Portland Phoenix Best of Portland Readership Poll results are now available online. There are more than 100 categories ranging from from Best Asian Restaurant (Green Elephant) to Best Wine/Liquor Store (RSVP).

There were a few double category winner and Silly’s was a triple champion with wins in Best Dessert Place, Best Sandwich/Wrap, and Best Waitstaff/Service.

Congratulations to Joe Ricchio for taking home the win in the Best Food Blog category for his site Portland Food Coma.

Review of Veranda Noodle Bar

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

The Portland Phoenix has published a review of Veranda Noodle Bar.

It’s a good sign if your kitchen is so busy it keeps blowing a fuse, and while we waited for a table among the folks picking up take-out we saw the lights go dim three times. Thanks to the crowd the service was a bit slow, but very pleasant. The owner worked the room with the collar turned up on a polo shirt the same pink color of the sugarcane appetizer we tried — a big ball of ground shrimp wrapped around a sugar stalk like a drumstick — a bit spongy in texture with a smoky grilled flavor.

The Phoenix’s Best of Portland readership poll results are being announced tonight. The final results will be making their way on to the newspaper’s site sometime Thursday morning. Distribution of the paper newspaper itself was delayed a day to keep the winner’s list secret.

Planning Board Approvals

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

According to a report from The Forecaster, last night the Portland Planning Board approved the project which will see the Jordan’s Meat plant replaced with a hotel and the new home of Sebago Brewing which is presently at the intersection of Middle and Market.

Also in the article is mention that the Espo’s on Allen Ave is slated to be demolished in order to build a Bangor Saving Bank branch on the lot.

Interview with Tricia Henley from Mama’s Crow Bar

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

The Portland Daily Sun has published an interview with Tricia Henley, the owner of Mama’s Crow Bar on Munjoy Hill.

“What kind of neighborhood needs a bar, became a question of what kind of bar does this neighborhood need,” said Henley, envisioning a place where people could meet, have a good beer, and talk about everything from knitting and parenting to politics and city planning.

Italy–>Maine Wine Connection

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

The Food & Dining section in today’s Press Herald includes an interview with Paul Turina, a Yarmouth man who imports wines produced by his family in Italy. According to the article, Turina wines are on the menu at Paciarino, Hugo’s, and Walter’s and can be purchased at Rosemont and RSVP.

At first, he brought just enough wine to the States to satisfy family and friends. Now he travels to Italy once or twice a year to visit his family and do business with them, trying to find ways to get the word out about their wines on this side of the Atlantic.

Johnny’s Bistro in Falmouth is featuring Turina wine at a dinner on May 17.

Clabber Fed Chicken

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Erik Desjarlais has penned a piece for Find Eat Drink about the clabber fed chickens he serves at Evangeline.

These birds get the extra calcium from the clabbered cream and can support more weight. More flesh, more fat, more flavor. The clabber makes the chicken happy and delicious, and a happy bird means happy chef. And happy guests. Organically raised, tended to like babies, but not certified organic. But who needs the certification? These are the finest birds I have ever seen.

Review of Po’Boys & Pickles

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Appetite Portland has published a review of Po’Boys & Pickles.

A toffee bread pudding was – in a word – killer. Too stuffed to eat in the restaurant, we carted it home and fought over the too-small portion. I’ll definitely go back to try the fried shrimp po’ boy, the gumbo and my very own order of pudding.

A call to my friend with my assessment yielded a stunned pause, and, finally, “A good po’ boy in Maine. Well, that’s almost enough to make my grandpa roll over in his grave.”

Asmara and Merry Table

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Food writer Margo Mallar reports on her recent visits to Asmara and The Merry Table in today’s Portland Daily Sun.

On Friday we returned to an old favorite, Asmara, the Eritrean restaurant on Oak Street between Congress and Free street.  The dishes are served on injera, a pancake made from teff, a grain that is native to the Ethiopian highlands…Injera doubles as a utensil; you tear off small pieces to use like little gloves to grasp the chunky bits of the stew and to scoop up the broth-soaked injera beneath.

Feedback on the Bourdain Episode

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

The Portland Maine Facebook page has been gathering feedback on last night’s No Reservations show on Maine. 111 comments and counting.

Review of Kamasouptra

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Portland Eats has published a “First Bites” review of Kamasouptra.

Based on a few soup samples and my bowl of chili, the restaurant is a great option for a quick, hearty, and satisfying lunch.

Under Construction: Noodles & Havana

Monday, April 12th, 2010

There’s a few new under construction details to report:

  • Portland Psst is reporting that Masa Miyake has signed a lease for 188 State Street where he plans on opening a noodle bar. One of the best meals I had in 2009 was the noodles Miyake prepared for the Food Film Series showing of Tampopo so I can hardly wait for opening day!
  • Also from Psst, Bubble Maineia is going to open a noodle bar in the old Morrisons space on Temple Street.
  • Havana South has published some photos of the construction site for their new restaurant on Wharf Street.
  • Siano’s is getting close on their new pizzeria on Fore Street but the opening date has slipped out a little further to April 22.

Review of Otto & Enzo

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Portland Eats has published a review of Otto Pizza and their new Enzo wine bar/dining area.

Before Enzo opened, your dining choices at Otto were limited to the few seats at the restaurant, standing outside on Congress, or take-out to enjoy at home.  All are workable options, particularly when talking about pies of this quality.  However, pizza is at its best when freshly prepared and straight from the oven (with a cold beer).  Thankfully, with the recent expansion, Otto has created a comfortable and inviting space in which to enjoy the city’s best pizza.

Results from the Chocolate Lovers Fling

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Portland in a Snap has published photos and  list of results from yesterday’s charity event.

This Week’s Events

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Monday — the Maine episode of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservation TV show airs tonight on the Travel Channel. Stephen Lanzalotta is teaching a Piatto per Tutti cooking class, and Cheryl Lewis from El Rayo Taqueria is teaching a Mexican cooking class.

Tuesday Kamasouptra is having their Grand Opening starting with a ribbon cutting at 10:30 am, The Salt Exchange is hosting a bourbon dinner.

Wednesday RSVP is holding a wine tasting, Bresca is holding a wine dinner, and the 11th Annual Best of Portland Awards Show is taking place at the Port City Music Hall.

Thursday Leavitt & Sons is holding a wine tasting.

Saturday — the indoor Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place and Cultivating Community is running a children’s program (up to age 9) on “starting seedlings, local food, and plant growth”.

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

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

Kamasouptra Soft Opening

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Kamasouptra had a soft opening today in preparation for their Grand Opening on Tuesday. Kamasouptra is located on the second floor of the Public Market House in Monument Square.

New Rules for the Fishing Industry

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Today’s Maine Sunday Telegram includes an interview with fisherman Rob Odlin about upcoming changes in regulation of the fishing industry.

Rob Odlin holds down seven different jobs.

He is a shrimp boat captain, gill net groundfishing boat captain, sea urchin diver, charter boat captain, tuna boat captain, landlord and movie producer.

These days, his movie career is looking the most realistic.