Archive for December, 2012

Review of Samuel’s

Monday, December 31st, 2012

The Bollard has published a review of Samuel’s.

Calling something the “best kept secret” is a tired trope used by lazy writers who are out of ideas. Except when it’s true. Such is the case with Samuel’s Bar & Grill, whose weekend breakfast is, in fact, the best kept secret in Portland.

Maine Seaweed Industry

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Today’s Press Herald includes an article about Maine’s seaweed industry.

Six years later, Roth and his wife, Kelly, preside over an expanding business. VitaminSea’s offerings now include energy bars studded with blueberries, dark chocolate and kelp, supplements for animals, a seasoning mix, and sea vegetables like alaria, konbu and dulse.

Lunch, Part 3

Monday, December 31st, 2012

The Golden Dish has published the third and final installment in its series on lunch.

This Week’s Events: New Year’s Eve, Paella Fest, Winter Market

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Monday/New Year’s Eve
Here’s a list of restaurants that will be open on New Year’s Eve. Many are planning special prix fixe dinners and a few will be open with their standard menu.

TuesdayPaella Fest at Local 188.

Thursday — The Great Lost Bear will be showcasing brown ales.

Friday — Wine Wise is leading a class on Sangiovese, and there will be a wine tasting at the West End Deli.

Saturday — a wine tasting is taking place at Browne Trading, and the Winter Farmers Market is taking place.

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 Buck’s Naked BBQ

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

The Blueberry Files has published a review of Buck’s Naked BBQ.

Being no expert in barbecue, I can’t begin to wade into whether this is authentic or how it rate compared to other regions. I can only tell you what I like, and I won’t order the pulled pork here again (one of my favorite pit sandwiches), but enjoyed the ribs…The roadhouse vibe isn’t as pervasive as it is in other Buck’s locations, and with plenty of seating in the bar, I’m sure I’ll find myself visiting again to try their wings and order some drinks (sans the rib topper though).

More Accolades for Eventide

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Delights & Prejudices, the in-house blog of the James Beard Foundation, has included Eventide’s Cucumber-Cured Arctic Char with Melon, Mint, and Kasha on the list of their favorite dishes of 2012.

Our favorite dish during an excellent lunch was this Arctic char crudo, which was joined by an unexpected but memorable scattering of toasty kasha and soft pieces of melon, made honey-sweet from the warmth of a fleeting Maine summer.

Food & Wine: Eventide & Petite Jacqueline

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Food & Wine Executive Editor Dana Cowin has named both Eventide and Petite Jacqueline to her list of the Best Restaurants of 2012.

She praises PJ for their “Pitch-perfect bistro with magnificent renditions of classics” and calls Eventide a “supercute oyster bar with a great local selection and some Asian-accented dishes, like the lightly grilled Gloucester surf clam with daikon and nam prik.”

Cowin was in Portland for a visit in early August.

2013 Food Calendar

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Portland magazine has published a calendar of 2013 food events from across the state, from National Pie Day on January 23 through to the Feast of the Seven Fishes on December 24.

Top 10 Most Ridiculous Tips

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Portland Daily Sun columnist Natalie Ladd has assembled a list of her Top Ten Most Ridiculous Tips of 2012.

1) $10 Gift Card to Pizza Hut. Um, I’d rather have been left a crispy Hamilton IF the tab had been $50, but it was $87 and in addition to the competitors’ gift card, I got a little love note about how great the service was. Call me ungrateful here (and in the following gratuities), but these people peeled out of the parking lot in a new Audi convertible.

Favorite Dishes

Friday, December 28th, 2012

John Golden has published a listof his favorite dishes of 2012.

At this time of year, dining critics often proclaim their picks for best restaurants of the year. Instead I’m offering my picks for the best dishes I’ve had at area restaurants.  From the archetypal hamburger to more exalted choices, herewith are the dishes that made the grade.

Maine Food Law Colloquiem

Friday, December 28th, 2012

The Maine Law Review has published A program for the Maine Food Law Colloquiem which is taking place this February in Portland.

The colloquiem is billed as “a chance to hear scholars, policymakers, farmers, and community members discuss and debate the challenges confronting food initiatives in an era of globalized food production.”

Reviews of Scratch Baking & Old Port Tavern

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

The Press Herald has published a review of Scratch Baking Company,

But it was love at first sight when I saw the list of sandwiches (all $7.95), and this was followed by further infatuation when I sunk my enthusiastic teeth into the pulled pork. It’s described as “slow braised pork shoulder, house-made pickles and slaw on a house roll with tangy sauce.”

I describe it as zippy and delicious sandwich perfection. The pork melted on my tongue, and the coleslaw, pickles and sauce held a flavorful dance party in my mouth.

and a bar review of the Old Port Tavern.

As someone who has ended many a night at Old Port Tavern, I can tell you — don’t let the quaint tavern charm fool you. Sunday through Thursday, the tavern features karaoke, and on Friday and Saturday nights, tables and chairs are moved aside for a dance floor, disco lights and a DJ. The tavern quickly becomes a nightclub with $2 Jell-O shots and all your favorite alcohols to mix any cocktail under the sun.

Phoenix’s Look Forward to 2013

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Portland Phoenix food columnist Brian Duff has published his look forward to what we can expect to be eating in 2013.

It also might finally be the year you can find some dim sum in this town, or at least something dim-summy. Encouraging developments include new brunch service at two restaurants adept at Asian flavors and techniques: Pai Men Miyake and Eventide Oyster Company. The terrific Tao in Brunswick is rumored to have been offering dim-sum dishes as bar snacks and appetizers. The new year will bring a dim sum pop-up restaurant called CHINESE LAUNDRY which promises to show up in “galleries, coffee shops, residences, First Fridays, and street corners.”

Beekeeping Classes

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

The Root has assembled a list of upcoming beekeeping classes taking place in Cumberland County.

BDN’s Ten Tasty Things

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Bangor Daily News food columnist Emily Burnham has included Otto, Sonny’s and The Holy Donut in  her list of the “ten favorite things I’ve eaten this year”.