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Beverage Lawyer, Peach Crop

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Today’s Press Herald has an article on mead maker turned law student  Nick Higgins,

Higgins hopes to eventually use his experience as a mead maker to help other food and beverage entrepreneurs with the kind of legal issues that pop up while trying to start a food company.

and a report on this year’s bumper peach crop.

Fire Closes Art District Otto’s

Monday, August 21st, 2017

there was a fire at the Otto’s Pizza at 576 Congress on Sunday,

Sprinklers in the three-story building, which also houses Otto’s administrative offices on the upper floors, turned on and kept the fire from spreading. However, the water damage caused by the sprinklers was widespread and forced the business to close Sunday, Walsh said.

Roma Opens Today

Friday, August 4th, 2017

The new incarnation of the Roma Cafe (facebook, instagram, website) is scheduled to open today. You can make a reservation on OpenTable.

As you can see from the menu below, chef Anders Tallberg along with co-owners Mike Fraser, and Guy Streitburger are serving a menu of Italian classic such as Caesar Salad, Clams Casino, Tagliatelle Bolognese, Veal Piccata, and Shrimp Scampi. The Roma is located in the West End at 769 Congress Street. The restaurant is donating $1 for every caesar salad sold to Full Plates, Full Potential, a program to fight childhood hunger in Maine.

The original Roma Cafe was founded by Dominic Marino at 489 Congress Street in 1924 and moved to 769 Congress in 1935. The restaurant remained in the Marino family until 1985 when it was bought by Peter Landrigan. The restaurant closed sometime in the early 2000’s.

Dramatic Growth in Number of Juice Bars

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

The Press Herald’s Avery Yale Kamila has taken a look at the significant uptick in the number of juice/smoothie bars in Portland.

If the two juice bars now under construction in Portland open as planned, the city will have at least eight independently owned smoothie shops by the end of this year. Up from a single one a decade ago.

Near Mid East

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Portland Magazine has published a survey of Portland restaurants serving food from the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East.

 

Icelandic Brewing Collaboration

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

The Press Herald has written about the collaboration between Liquid Riot and Borg Brugghus from Iceland.

The heather, sea salt and brett will hang out in Liquid Riot’s tanks while the beer ages. It could be ready in six weeks, Abbot said, and it could be six months. The beer should be around 4 percent alcohol. When it’s ready, the beer will be on tap at Liquid Riot and at Novare Res, a nearby Portland beer bar.

Vegan Food Trucking

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

An article in the Press Herald highlights three Portland food trucks that serve vegan options on their menu: Mashed, Thainy Boda and Falafel Mafia.

 

Burger Survey

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

The Press Herald has published a “field guide to a half-dozen of the city’s finest burgers”.

Eat enough hamburgers, and you start to see how varied, how individual they can be. Every time I sampled a new one, I thought about its unique identity. Then during one meal, it hit me mid-bite, juice dripping onto a sheet of wax paper: Burgers are like people. Each has a unique character, inherited from those who created it. Some you like, some you don’t, and that’s okay.

Opium Cocktail Bar

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Urban Eye Has posted a report on Opium, the new cocktail bar at the Danforth which is slated to open tonight.

Suddenly, Cirque du Soleil unfurls under The Danforth Inn big top, bedecked with peonies and poppies. Though catching flack earlier this spring for its name, Opium is more than a marketing gimmick. Opening Friday with complete cocktail service, such as a Chinese box that arrives with drink cards and two hidden aperitifs, the West End bar adjacent to the inn’s Tempo Dulu restaurant takes lounging to new heights.

First Review of Cheevitdee

Friday, May 26th, 2017

The Golden Dish has published a review of Cheevitdee.

The grilled salmon curry barely describes the monumental dish that’s presented. The salmon, coated in a soothing curry, is a huge piece of fish, set atop Napa cabbage, purple rice berry and basil wrapped in banana leaf and steamed. The mix of flavors and texture are very complex with a nutty, curry profile punctuated by the flavors of basil and chopped cabbage. Those of us who had the dish were overwhelmed by its elegant presentation and flavors.

Review of Luis’s Arepera and Grill

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

The Blueberry Files has published a first look review of Luis’s Arepera which opened last week on Forest Ave.

Our food came up, and now I know what all the fuss is about! The arepa was warm and crunchy on the outside, and filled with juicy shredded chicken, cool lettuce, and cheese. And it was a perfect amount of food—I didn’t feel too stuffed afterwards. I already can’t wait to go back, especially now that I’ve seen their menu includes churros (!!).

40th Anniversary for Mister Bagel

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

The Forecaster has interviewed members of the Hartglass family as Mister Bagel approaches its 40th anniversary on June 2nd.

She has fond memories of “how hard my father worked and how much he loved his business, his customers and his bagels. I am so proud of this business. Over the 40 years, I have only (ever) heard compliments and seen customers leave smiling and satisfied.”

Watching her parents, and particularly her dad, Baker said, “I never thought I would be in the position I am today” – owning and operating the original store and carrying on her father’s legacy.

Mister Bagel was founded by Rick and Gail Hartglass along with Frank Read in 1977.

Thainy Boda Launches Thursday

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Boda will be launching their new “sassy sibling” food truck Thainy Boda (instagram, twitter) on Thursday when they plan to be at Rising Tide.

See their full schedule on instagram.

Mashed Food Truck

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

The Forecaster has published an article about Mashed.

Maine may be best known for its seafood, but the state is also a major producer of potatoes.

That’s why it made perfect sense for Renee Rhoads, of Falmouth, to sell only foods nestled in mashed potatoes from her new food truck, appropriately called Mashed.

The rotating menu includes a Thanksgiving-themed offering of turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce; a shepherd’s pie (also available meatless for vegetarians), and a pulled pork offering with coleslaw, bread and butter pickles, and cornbread.

New Food Truck: Mashed

Friday, April 14th, 2017

A new food truck called Mashed (website, facebook, instagram, twitter) is launching today. It’s the creation of veteran school teacher Renee Rhoads who is embracing her “lifelong passion for cooking and gardening” by launching a mobile food business. She’s operating out of a 1972 Shasta Compact trailer which she has named Spud.

Mashed plans to serve a menu of about 8 dishes all unified by the common element of being served in a “nest of Maine mashed potatoes”. Rhoads sources her potatoes from Middle Intervale Farm in Bethel.

Mashed will be on the Eastern Prom today, 4-7 pm. Since it’s their first day they’re serving a more limited menu of Haddock Cioppino or British Curry with Tofu and Chick Peas.

Getting excited for this Friday! Haddock isn’t on my original menu, but it is Good Friday, so I thought I would honor my Italian-American heritage with Cioppino. The dish originated on the docks of San Francisco in the late 1800s with Italian immigrants. While some say this fish stew comes from Genoa and means “chopped”, I like the lore that it’s folks “chipping in” to create a delicious stew. I feel like so many people have chipped in to encourage me in this new adventure so it seems perfect.

Mashed will be participating along with other food trucks in 2017 edition of Street Eats and Beats on May 20th on Thompson’s Point.