Archive for April, 2012

Tandoor Bakery & UFF Kombucha

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

The Food & Dining section in today’s Press Herald includes a profile of Tandoor Bakery,

Bread is not the only thing Naser bakes at Tandoor Bread & Restaurant, his little bakery across the street from Baxter Woods.

Every day, he and his wife, Kanat Saad, and their helpers produce a good array of delicious Middle Eastern fare, from falafel and shawarma to baklava and other Arabic pastries.

and an article about the Urban Farm Farmentory’s new line of kombucha products.

The initial release of Urban Farm Fermentory Kombucha Culture offers three varieties: Wild blueberry, ginger and oak barrel, with more flavors to be added in coming months.

Also in today’s paper is a report on a recall of seafood produced by the Portland Shellfish Co.

Opinionated Top 25 New England

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

4 Portland restaurants (Miyake, Hugo’s, Fore Street, Bresca) and 7 from Maine overall have made it on to the Opinionated About Dining list of the top 25 restaurants in New England.

Additionally, Paciarino is included in the Opinionated list of the top 25 bistros in the nation and Emilitsa made it on to the list of the top 25 Mediterranean restaurants.

Under Construction: Tony’s in SoPo

Monday, April 9th, 2012

The Forecaster has published an article about Tony’s Donut’s plans to open a location in South Portland.

Now, after operating out of its 9 Bolton St. location for more than 45 years, Tony’s Donuts is planning to pen a second bakery at 1059 Broadway in South Portland. Fournier expects the new shop to open in fall 2012.

More on Hugo’s

Monday, April 9th, 2012

The Golden Dish has posted an interview with the new owners of Hugo’s.

In 2009 and 2010, cooks Arlin Smith, Andrew Taylor, and Mike Wiley convened, one by one, in the kitchen of Hugo’s restaurant to work with award winning chef Rob Evans. Little did they know that within a few years they would take the reigns from their mentor and preside over one of Portland’s finest culinary institutions…

This Week’s Events: Best of Portland, Pilot Beer Night, Rioja Wine Dinner, Food Coma 2

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Wednesday — the Portland Phoenix is hosting the 2012 Best of Portland awards show, there will be a wine tasting at RSVP, Sebago is holding a Pilot Beer Night to showcase 4 of their experimental brews, and there will be a Rioja wine dinner at Caiola’s.

ThursdayThe Great Lost Bear is featuring beer from Stone Brewing, and the Browne Trading is holding a wine tasting.

Saturday — the Winter Farmers Market is taking place at the Irish Heritage Center, and Wine Wise is holding a French wine walk.

Sunday — the Food Coma TV’s season 2 premiere dinner (tickets available online) is being held at Nosh and the season 2 party is taking place at Space Gallery.

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 Emilitsa

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Emilitsa received 4½ stars from the review in today’s Maine Sunday Telegram.

My descriptions are not inflated — Emilitsa is just that good. On a cold, rainy spring night, I met my husband at Emilitsa to battle the gray weather and surround ourselves with color and flavor. Remember the scene in “The Wizard of Oz” when Dorothy’s house lands after the cyclone, and suddenly her world moves from grayscale to Technicolor? That is the Emilitsa dining experience.

Video Review of The Holy Donut

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

Trevor Eats has posted a video review of his first visit to The Holy Donut. (via Edible Obsessions)

Reviews: Fore Street & King of the Roll

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

Map & Menu has published a review of Fore Street.

After such a great meal, I don’t know how we did it, but we made some room for their handmade (in house) chocolates and a delectable warm banana tarte tatin. The desserts sent us over the top, and we once again (as is becoming the Portland norm) made our way back home, stuffed to perfection.

Lady Bar Fly gives the oysters at King of the Roll an enthusiastic thumbs up.

While I welcome this addition to the local scene, they will have a run for their money with my favorite oysters in the city, which can be found at King of the Roll. I’m mad for these and have never stepped foot in the place without having these as an appetizer…It has gotten to the point that when I walk in the door, the owner, John Wayne, waves to me from the sushi bar and says, “Oysters?” and I always say yes.

Review of The Great Lost Bear

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Maine magazine’s Eat Maine blog has posted a review of The Great Lost Bear.

The Great Lost Bear is a quintessential neighborhood bar, with the pre-requisite group of diehard regulars and the high likelihood that you’ll run into a few people you know on any given night. There are dive-y elements, but in no way would it be considered a dive. Rather, it’s a delightfully nostalgic watering hole, where clientele from all walks of life can find common ground.

Bar Review of Blackstones

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

The April issue of The Bollard includes a bar review of Blackstones.

I enjoyed my visits to Blackstones, and given my apartment’s proximity I’ll stop back in again. My company at the bar was pleasant and engaging. The bartenders were prompt and attentive, even on busy nights. And though some customers may have ridden me (for lack of a better term) for being straight, it was all in good fun. I never felt unwelcome.

Reviews of Empire & China Taste

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Today’s Press Herald includes a review of China Taste,

The bottom line: If you’re looking for a place you can run into and grab some quick, American-style Chinese takeout for dinner — and you’re not too fussy — China Taste will suit your needs just fine.

a bar review of Empire Dine and Dance,

There’s something about Empire that I just find relaxing. The broad wooden tables, art on the walls with some connection to music, dim lighting and dark color scheme just put you in a laid-back mood.

and the latest installment of the What Ales You column.

10 Tips to Avoid Getting Fired

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

The Portland Daily Sun offers 10 tips to avoid getting fired from your Summer restaurant job,

9) Badmouth your place of employment. This seems so obvious, but I’ve heard servers commiserate with customers over marginal food in places that are known for cold beer and live bands instead of the cuisine. Just apologize for their dissatisfaction and go find your manager, boss, or someone with experience who can handle and deflect the complaint.

Immigrant Kitchens: Mexican Chili Pepper Soup

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

In the latest entry on Immigrant Kitchens Lindsay Sterling learns how to make Mexican Chili Pepper Soupk from Azminda Cancino Garcia (read the recipe and see the photos).

Well into her 30’s with two kids and a husband, Azminda was still being ribbed by her father for being a bad cook. “You need to learn,” he said in Mexican Spanish, “You won’t always have your mother and your sister to do it for you!”

Tony’s Donuts

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

The folks over at gBritt PR have tweeted that “Tony’s Donuts is crossing the bridge to South Portland, the former Irving on Broadway.” I’m not sure whether that means they’re moving or opening a second location.

Gogi Closed

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

According to a report in the Portland Daily Sun, Gogi has gone out of business but one-time co-owner Ian Farnsworth hopes to reopen later this year.

Farnsworth said he sold his interest in Gogi Restaurant to his business partner Hwamin Yi, and that she closed the restaurant, despite his desire to see it continue.

“The dream of this type of restaurant is still alive and I am hopeful I can re-open in a different location by the end of 2012,” Farnsworth wrote on Facebook. (Efforts to contact Yi for comment were unsuccessful.)