Archive for October, 2010

Best Beer in the World

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Both Allagash Curieux and Peak Organic Pale Ale made it on to the Men’s Journal list of the 25 Best Beers in the World. (via LiveWork Portland)

Review of Otto/Enzo Pizza

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

The Blueberry Files has published a review of Otto/Enzo Pizza.

I was so happy when Otto Pizza came to town. Before their arrival, I didn’t have a good go-to slice bar in town, having been disappointed with Bill’s Pizza and not loving the New York Slice Bar. But Otto changed my pizza life- I love their pizza and want to eat it all the time. OK, I’m exaggerating, but it is the perfect place to stop whenever you’re out with friends on the First Friday Art Walk, out drinking, or just want to have a good, no frills dinner.

Photos from Pineland Creamery

Friday, October 8th, 2010

In anticipation of Open Creamery Day which is taking place across the state this weekend, PortlandTown has published a set of photos of the Pineland Farm Creamery cheese makers at work.

Photo Credit: Michael Barriault

Review of WhaddaPita

Friday, October 8th, 2010

The Blueberry Files has published a review of WhaddaPita.

There’s tons of options at Whaddapita! and judging from the delicious little Gyro snack I had there, I’ll be back to sample more of their menu when I need another break from the office.

Review of Colucci’s

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Colucci’s received 4 stars from the Eat & Run review in today’s Press Herald.

The chicken alfredo is not a regular menu item. It comes and goes at random. But what a great dinner it was. Served with a side salad and dinner roll, the alfredo was creamy, and the broccoli fresh and crunchy. The chicken was hot and tender, and quite moist.

Bayside Bowl & Restaurant Staffing

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

The Portland Daily Sun has published a commentary on the food at Bayside Bowl,

Nope, Bayside Bowl ain’t your daddy’s bowling alley. That’s not to say that you have to plow your way through a crowd of Riesling sippers to get your bowling shoes; the menu has juicy burgers, plenty of fries (both white and sweet potato) and an overstuffed chicken chimichanga that can feed two or three people. Bayside Bowl has created a menu for both Portland foodies and those who simply want something to fill the stomach (or absorb that last pitcher of beer).

and a look at a look at some of the internal staff dynamics at restaurants,

Most independently owned and operated restaurants are divided (usually in a figurative and literal sense) between the “front of the house (FOH)” which are the servers, hosts, bussers, food runners, bar staff and FOH managers; and the “back-of-the-house (BOH)” which is made up the chefs — executive and sous, line cooks, salad/dessert people and dishwashers.

Trader Joe’s Opening October 29

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

According to a report in the Press Herald, Trader Joe’s plans to open their new Portland store on Friday, October 29.

Trader Joe’s spokeswoman Alison Mochizuki said the Portland store will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. She said more information will be released sometime next week about the grand opening, which will feature a lei-cutting ceremony and other festivities.

Harvest on the Harbor

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

The Food & Dining section in today’s Press Herald provides an overview of Harvest on the Harbor, the Portland food festival taking place later this month. The article includes interviews with chefs and highlights of some of the key events.

Chef Michael Ruoss has enjoyed watching Portland’s reputation as a food town grow ever since he toiled in the student kitchens at Southern Maine Community College.

Ruoss worked at the Seaman’s Club and the Snow Squall just across the bridge, then went on to make a name for himself in New Orleans.

He worked his way up to chef de cuisine at Emeril Lagasse’s flagship restaurant, NOLA, and now works on developing new restaurants with a restaurant group called 3 of a Kind.

Immigrant Kitchens: Iraqi Cooking Class

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Immigrant Kitchens has published photos and recipes from an Iraqi cooking class held in Portland last Friday.

The kitchen of St. Pius X Church at the north corner of Payson Park (429 Ocean Ave., Portland, ME) was particularly steamy on the unusually hot night of October 1st. Forty people were inaugurating a new international cooking class series taught by refugees, a project of the Catholic Charities Maine Refugee & Immigration Services. The head cook was a woman from Iraq. She’d been an architect there, working for the U.S. government in reconfiguring Saddam Hussein’s palaces for new uses, but had to flee because her colleagues and their families were being kidnapped and killed

Review of Bar Lola

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Appetite Portland has published a review of Bar Lola.

I love the food. I love the menu structure. I love the complete lack of pretension of owners Guy & Stella Hernandez. In short, I am horribly biased.

So, if you abhor odes – you might as well stop reading now.

But, if you want to know why Bar Lola is one of the best, most consistent and welcoming restaurants in Portland – read on.

This Week’s Events

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Tuesday Bar Lola is hosting a Piedmontese wine dinner.

Wednesday Wine Wise is teaching the first of 2 classes on sparkling wine at The Wine Bar.

Saturday — there will be a wine tasting at Black Cherry Provisions.

Sunday — The state-wide Open Creamery Day is Sunday, and Mycologist Greg Marley, author of Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares: The Love, Lore and Mystique of Mushrooms, will be at Rabelais for a book signing.

Farmer’s Markets — the traditional series of Farmer’s Markets are taking place Monday (Monument Square), Wednesday (Monument Square) and Saturday (Deering Oaks Park). Cultivating Community is running their new series of markets Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at various locations around the city.

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.

Review of Local Sprouts Cafe

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Local Sprouts Cafe has received 3 stars from the Taste & Tell review in today’s Maine Sunday Telegram.

With changing entrees nightly, Local Sprouts Cafe presents local produce, meat and more with some panache in preparation — dinner can be quite good.

September 2010 Monthly Stats

Friday, October 1st, 2010

The 10 eateries looked up most often in September were:

  1. Pai Men Miyake (-)
  2. Havana South (8)
  3. WhaddaPita (1)
  4. Miyake (2)
  5. Walter’s (24)
  6. Local 188 (13)
  7. Bar Lola (4)
  8. Bresca (5)
  9. Caiola’s (3)
  10. Otto Pizza (33)

The numbers in parentheses indicates their rank last month.

Korea House Opens Today

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Happy Teriyaki has changed it’s name and menu and reopens today as Korea House which will be Portland’s only restaurant to serve an all Korean menu. A press release from the restaurant indicates they plan to prepare “authentic Korean dishes for both the epicure and casual eater”.

Indie Biz Awards

Friday, October 1st, 2010

The polls are now open for the 2010 Indie Biz awards. This is the third year that Portland Buy Local has run this program to celebrate the best independent run businesses in the Portland area. Portland food businesses are nominated in nearly every category from Soul of Portland to Global Hero.