Archive for October, 2010

Photos from Sea Dog Brewing & The Farmer’s Table

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

PortlandTown has continued his Maine Restaurant Week series with photos from Sea Dog Brewing and The Farmer’s Table.

Maine Restaurant Week ends on Sunday.

Maine Beer & Mead Tasting

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Portland magazine has published the notes of a tasting of 13 Maine beers and 1 mead.

Clever. European. Sexy. Diabolical. SoCal cool. If the words used to describe Maine beers at a local tasting are any indication, it would be safe to say that we’ve left behind our staid reputation for tweedy, English-style ales, emerging as the New World birthplace of world-class brews like Allagash’s lusty Belgian whites, Sebago’s breezy IPAs, Marshall Wharf’s maniacally hopped classics, and Shipyard’s pop-culture seasonals.

Trader Joe’s: First Day Photos and Reportage

Friday, October 29th, 2010

The news coverage of the Trader Joe’s opening extends into it’s first day with photos and commentary on From Away, and articles from the Bowdoin Orient and Press Herald.

Here’s an excerpt from the From Away,

In front of a crowd of people that circled the packed-to-capacity parking lot, Portland Mayor Nicholas Mavodones and Portland “Store Captain” Tracy Acciola performed a ceremonial lei cutting, before the first lucky patrons were let in the door, to cheers from the Hawaiian shirt-bedecked staff. Excited customers had taken the day off from work; one woman I spoke to pulled her daughter out of school for the day. Whole Foods, you’re in big trouble.

Trader Joe’s Opens at 8 am

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Trader Joe’s is scheduled to open this morning at 8 am. For additional reporting see the recent articles by the Press Herald, Forecaster, and Portland Daily Sun.

Interview with Masa Miyake

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Find Eat Drink has published an interview with Masa Miyake who is the chef/owner of Miyake and Pai Men Miyake,

Q. Is there a particular fish you love to work with and why?
A. Right now, it would be Sayori, also known as ‘needle fish.’ Not only is the flavor outstanding, but it is also very difficult to cut this fish properly – making it rewarding for everyone involved.

Review of the Amato’s Original Italian

Friday, October 29th, 2010

From Away has published a review of the Amato’s Italian sandwich,

It’s a little lowbrow. It certainly barely qualifies as “Italian” food. It also happens to be stunningly, mysteriously delicious; several factors greater than the sum of its parts, in spite of individual components that you would turn your nose up at. For the second day in a row, I bought a “large,” intending to eat half for lunch today, and half tomorrow. Instead, I didn’t even make it to the table, inhaling the whole sandwich while standing over the sink.

Dead Hop

Friday, October 29th, 2010

According to a press release from Portland’s Downtown District, the Lunch Hop service on the Metro bus line will be discontinued starting November 1.

METRO has carefully reviewed financial alternatives to balancing its operating budget while minimizing impact on bus riders and the community. “The decision to discontinue this free service was based on the need to collect fares and increase revenue,” said METRO’s General Manager David Redlefsen.

MRW Photos from David’s 388

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

In celebration of the Fall Maine Restaurant Week, PortlandTown has published a set of photos taken Wednesday night at David’s 388.

MRW organizers Jim and Gillian Britt were interviewed for an article about the week long event in today’s Portland Daily Sun.

Next time, says event organizer Jim Britt, it may be that the fall version of RW is moved later into the year, after Election Day and a bit away from what has turned out to be a fairly busy week.

“We’re competing with a lot of other things,” said Britt in an interview Wednesday.

Review of Havana South

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Food for Thought has posted a review of Havana South. Author John Golden writes of the restaurant that “they haven’t  hit their stride yet–promises unfulfilled” but wraps up with “[s]till I’m glad the restaurant is here, and I’ll go often enough if they let me in after these comments.  I’m a huge fan of Latin American cooking and cherish it when it’s done well.”

Cool Maine Mead

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Maine Mead Works was recently profiled on the site Cool Hunting.

The HoneyMaker Mead uses 100% Maine wildflower honey and other locally produced ingredients, and then barrel aged with American oak. While many consider it a thick or syrupy drink, Maine Mead Works’ variety has a remarkably delicate and refined consistency.

Trader Joe’s Preview and Oriental Table Interview

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Today’s Press Herald includes an article about the upcoming opening of Trader Joe’s,

The Trader Joe’s rumor mill has been churning overtime, so let’s start by setting a couple of things straight.

First, despite the rampant Internet speculation and breathless phone calls to the new store at 87 Marginal Way, there will not be a “soft opening” today.

and a ShopTalk interview with Yan Lam the owner of Oriental Table,

Q: When did you learn to cook?

A: Well actually, to be honest with you, when I opened this place.

Q: You must have learned fast.

A: You have to, you know? I learned a lot by making myself dinner after the place closed. It was a good way to learn how to make things better. And I’m still learning.

Reviews of Saigon and Ribollita

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Appetite Portland has published a review of Ribollita,

Little about Ribollita is – on the face of it – buzz-worthy. Simple décor. A strange, cramped layout. And yet, this tiny Portland staple of Italian authenticity warms my heart like Aunt Vera’s hug. From the bubbly hostess with the can-do attitude, to the reasonably priced wine, to the menu full of unpronounceable noodles, Ribollita simply charms.

The Portland Phoenix has published a review of Saigon,

Saigon serves a nice, if not transcendent, version of the classic Vietnamese pho soup. The broth struck the right balance between rich and light, with hints of long-stewed ginger and scallion. The bowl was full of tender rice noodles and big pieces of white chicken meat. Mixing in a bit of lime, and leaves of mint and Asian basil, introduced fresh and sharp flavors. A brothless vermicelli dish was less successful but pretty good. We wished for more of the fresh vegetal crunch of carrots, cucumbers, and sprouts, and thicker pieces of the dark charred beef. The shrimp was too chewy and the fish sauce that held the dish together was a touch sweet and cloying. A fried noodle dish was exactly like a good lo mein.

Both Wines; Tasted! and The Blueberry Files has posted their first impressions from the opening night at Figa.

Halloween, Lobster Chef, Wine

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

The Food & Dining section in today’s Press Herald includes: an article about and recipes from the top 3 finalist in the Lobster Chef of the Year competition that was won last weekend by Kelly Patrick Farrin, a search for healthy Halloween treats, a list of Halloween themed events scheduled for this week, advice from wine columnist Joe Appel on developing your appreciation of wine, and an interview with Rick Morey Jr. from Walter’s in the ongoing Salute to Sous series. The full set of Salute to Sous series recipes can be found on the Oakhurst Dairy website.

Maine Mead Works

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Munjoy Hill News interviewed Ben Alexander about Maine Mead Works move to Washington Ave.

“It was a big jump for us,” said Ben Alexander, owner of Maine Mead Works yesterday in the company’s distinctive tasting room in their new location at 51 Washington Avenue. “Going from 800 ft. to 8,000 sq. ft is major. But this move allows us to grow,” Alexander said. Just two weeks ago the wine company moved from its location on Anderson Street to the former Nissen Building. Alexander and his wife, Carly Cope, generously took some time yesterday to fill in some of the details.

Figa Now Open

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

figamapFiga is now open for business. Chef/owner Lee Farrington began her cooking career in NYC at Balthazaar and Al Di La and in Portland has worked at Fore Street and Uffa.