Archive for May, 2012

Review of Zapoteca

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Down East has published a review of Zapoteca.

And while there are plenty of low-heat options on the menu, Zapoteca’s chili-powered flavor combinations are the main attraction. Ceviche veracruzano, for instance, comes in a tall martini glass surrounded by a tangle of fresh tortilla chips. Fresh white fish is “cooked” in lime juice and served with a spicy salsa of tomatoes, jalapeños, and green olives. Among the entrees, which include a local beef filet with garlic chipotle mashed potatoes and an ancho chipotle sauce, the pork carnitas should not be missed. Pork shoulder is braised until it falls apart, then pressed, cut, and crisped in the wood oven and served with pickled red onions, black beans, and homemade tortillas. It’s comfort food, Mexican-style.

Y-Limes Closing Retail Shop

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Y-Lime’s Gourmet has announced that they’re shutting down their retail space in the Public Market House. (via Edible Obsessions)

We have sad news :(. We have decided to close our retail shop in the Public Market House. Thank you to all our customers and friends for your support! We have met some really wonderful people these past few months…

Foodworks, Taco Escobarr & Rising Tide

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

The Press Herald has published reviews of Foodworks (4 stars),

The bottom line is that Foodworks is a quality neighborhood sandwich shop with well-made lunches full of fresh ingredients. Somehow, it has flown a bit under the radar in this foodie town, but here’s hoping more people will discover it and give it a try.

and Taco Escobarr,

Name aside, I was just excited to see that the bar offered a blood-orange margarita on its menu. Those of you who have heard my story about a recent trip to New York City know exactly how much I love blood-orange margaritas. And for $5.50? That’s a pretty hard price to beat.

as well as a report on Rising Tide’s new headquarters in Bayside.

Heather Sanborn, who describes herself as “marketing director and everything else except brewer” for Rising Tide, was excited to show off the brewery’s new Bayside home. But she and husband Nathan, the brewer, were even more excited about the new 15-barrel brewing system that was due to arrive Wednesday. The system was built by DME Brewing Services on Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Sea Change Cooking on WCSH

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Chef Cinzia Rascazzo, Director of Stile Mediterraneo in Puglia, Italy,and Michelle Goldman of Sea Change Cooking were interviewed on WCSH.

Fast Food’s Failure

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

The Forecaster has published the results from their survey of hot water temps at local fast food restaurants.

The biggest burger chains on the planet fail to consistently provide local customers and employees with the water temperatures needed to facilitate sanitary hand washing – despite state and federal requirements that they do so.

This is part of the paper’s ongoing focus on restaurant health inspections. See earlier articles here and here.

Employee Gardens at IDEXX and Harvard Pilgrim

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

The Food & Dining section in today’s Press Herald includes a report on employee gardens at two local companies.

For the second year, Patty Cook is gardening on company time.

A manager at Idexx Laboratories, Cook is one of hundreds of employees cultivating crops for local food pantries behind the global veterinary testing company’s sprawling corporate headquarters in Westbrook.

 

Maine Agritourism

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

According to a report in Mainebiz,a new Maine law will help farms that offer public events.

Avalon is one of a growing number of small farms in Maine that are diversifying traditional farm activities with public events. Called agritourism, it includes everything from u-pick strawberries to fall corn mazes and even farm vacations, when guests spend a weekend or longer getting hands-on knowledge of farm activities (for more, see “Farm stays”). For small farms, agritourism’s benefits are twofold: teaching an increasingly curious public how their food is made, and providing much-needed supplemental income. For some, agritourism is the only way they can stay afloat.

This Week’s Events: Vegetarian Wine Dinner, Latte Art Competition, Bourbon Tasting

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Wednesday — the 3rd Cloak & Dagger dinner is taking place, there will be a wine tasting at Old Port Wine Merchants, and the Monument Square Farmers Market is taking place.

Thursday — Bard Coffee is hosting this month’s Thursday Night Throwdown latte art competition, Bresca is holding a vegetarian wine dinner, and The Great Lost Bear is showcasing a selection of beers from the Tuckerman Brewing.

Fridaywine tastings are being held at Rosemont on Brighton and the West End Deli, The Salt Exchange is holding a Bourbon Tasting and it’s the First Friday Art Walk.

Saturday — there will a wine tasting at LeRoux Kitchen, and the Deering Oaks Farmers Market is taking place.

Sunday — it’s Maine Lemonade Day.

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.

Carmen at the Danforth Opening Tonight

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Carmen at the Danforth is set to open tonight. For some insight on the menu read this article on The Daily Meal, and for info on chef Gonzalez check out her website or earlier articles in Portland Magazine and the Press Herald.

You can make a reservation for tonight on OpenTable.

Review of Amato’s

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

From Away has published a review of Amato’s in the form of an open letter to the Meatball Parmigiana Sandwich.

Can you believe it’s been almost three years since we met? I have to confess that it wasn’t exactly love at first sight, if I can even find it within myself to believe in such a thing anymore. When we first met, I was going through kind of a weird time in my life, and there you were, ready to fill the emptiness inside of me…

Best New England Craft Beers

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Maine beer is quite well represented in Boston magazine’s list of the Best Craft Beer in New England. Shipyard Old Thumper, MBC’s Mean Old Tom, Allagash White, Baxter Brewing Paloma Pale Ale made the list.

Boston also made recommendations on where to eat, drink and go for a very beery visit to Portland.

Food Coma TV on Radio

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Joe Ricchio and Alex Steed appeared on the MPBN Maine Calling radio show to talk about Food Coma TV.

Casco Bay Eats

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

The Portland Phoenix has published a survey of eateries on the islands of Casco Bay.

The islands of Casco Bay may seem remote (especially in the winter), but some are as close as a 20-minute ferry ride. As summer approaches, take a break from Portland’s busy foodie scene and treat yourself to the tastes of the islands — after a breezy, salty boat ride across the ocean.

Boston Globe: New England Clam Shacks

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

The Boston Globe has assembled a list of the top clam shacks in New England and it should come as no surprise that many of the venues listed are from Maine. From the immediate Portland area the list includes The Lobster Shack at Two Lights, Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster and Portland Lobster Co.

Sea Change Cooking School

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Today’s Press Herald includes an  interview with Michelle Goldman, the founder of Sea Change Cooking School.

The first class she held focused on gluten-free baking and took place in December at the Danforth Inn in Portland. Since then, she’s offered classes on a variety of topics in a number of different locations.

Beginning tonight, Goldman will be hosting a series of classes around the state.

 

Prom Restaurant Etiquette

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Portland Daily Sun columnist Natalie Ladd makes some observation on the intersection of prom season and restaurants.

Prom season hit Greater Portland with a corsaged-vengeance these past few weekends, and along with it the annual grievances that plague high-end restaurants when Johnny’s mom calls to make a reservation for an unknown number (Billy isn’t sure his date has enough money to pay for her own dinner and Wendy is a raw food vegan this week) of 16- and 17-year-old kids.

Bon Appetit: Miyake in Top 10

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Bon Appetit has included Miyake in their list of the top 10 new sushi restaurants in the country.

Some of the best sushi on the East Coast is at Portland’s Miyake–a former BYOB operation hoisted from its tiny digs and installed in a remarkably elegant new space. There’s a gorgeous geometric birch dropped ceiling, comfy black chairs, and Masa Miyake himself.

LFK Visit Report

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

The Blueberry Files has posted a report from her first visit to the LFK.

Spread Now Open

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Spread is now open for dinner. The restaurant is located at 100 Commercial Street in the former location of Gaucho’s and Oolong.

Under Construction: Bier Cellar

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Bier Cellar is under construction at 299 Forest Ave across the street from Glickman Library. As the name suggests the store will retail craft beer as well as a big selection of craft beer, as well as wine, cider and mead. Owners Greg and Katie Norton “are optimistically shooting for June 1” for an opening day.