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2013 Phoenix Best of Portland Readership Poll

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

The Portland Phoenix announced the winners of their 2013 Best of Portland readership poll last night.

Here’s a representative sampling that I noted down while watching the presentation: Scratch won Best Bagel (I think that the first time in the history of the event that someone beat out Mr. Bagel), Novare won Best Beer Bar and Gritty’s won Best Brewpub, Emilitsa won Best Ethnic Restaurant, El Rayo won Best Mexican/Latin Restaurant, Rob Evans won Best Chef, Paciarino won Best Italian Restaurant, Allagash won Best Brewery, Grace won for both Best Romantic Dining Spot and Best Decor, etc. There are about 100 categories in all so be sure to check the Phoenix website for the complete list.

Personally I was thrilled to win in the Best Food Blog category. Many thanks to all of you who voted for Portland Food Map!

WGME at The Porthole

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

WGME has visited The Porthole for a interview with the new owner. According to the report, the restaurant will open later this month.

The Local Press

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Meredith Goad tweeted an enthusiastic two thumbs up “Try the Rundown Stew, a Caribbean chowder. It’s amazing!” for The Local Press, a soup and sandwich destination on Woodford Street that’s managed a nearly impossible feat in Portland fly beneath the radar of the local food press, PFM included, for three months since they opened.

Ladd’s Maine Restaurant Week

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Portland Daily Sun columnist Natalie Ladd has written about her “love/hate relationship” with Maine Restaurant Week.

No matter if they care to or not, most people have heard the down and dirty, sordid details of my love/hate relationship with Maine Restaurant Week. Like all my love/hate relationships, I like to recant the events, the play-by-plays and the lessons learned, and see how I can approach things differently next time.

Follow-up on Oriental Table

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

The Press Herald has followed up on last week’s story on the closing of Oriental Table on Exchange Street.

Lam, meanwhile, said customers have been understanding, but sad, about his situation.

“Everybody feels so bad,” Lam said. “Everybody feels so sorry. Other people have given me their name and phone number. If I do re-open, they ask me to contact them.”

Wine Wise Profile

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Maine Today has published a profile of Wine Wise.

Erica [Archer] leads regular Wine Wise events – including Wine Walks through the Old Port, wine dinners, and First Friday session at The Wine Bar during Portland’s monthly Art Walk. There’s even a Wine Wise cruise in Casco Bay during the fall when the weather’s accommodating (something about being surrounded by ocean makes everything taste even better). Each event has specific theme, be it reds and whites of Bordeaux, perfect wines for summer, sparkling wines, Spanish reds, or great value wines for under $15.

New Blog: Feeding Me

Monday, February 25th, 2013

A new blog called Feeding Me launched late last month. It’s a project by Henry Leiter to “explore the independent, entrepreneurial spirit of Maine by interviewing local food purveyors and artisans”.

So far Leiter has interviewed:

Best Beer Bars: Great Lost Bear & Novare Res

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Draft magazine has named Novare Res and The Great Lost Bear to their 2013 list of America’s Best Beer Bars.

[The Great Lost Bear is p]art of the beer-bar Old Guard, this Portland dive has everything you want in a beer bar: a tavern vibe, an unfussy crowd, a gigantic wing-and-burger-driven menu, and a treasure trove of beer.

Once inside [Novare Res'] delightfully warm, brick pub, grab a seat at one of the communal tables and get decisive: This little bar stocks more than 500 beers from around the world.

Lunch @ Bresca

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Wines; Tasted! has published some additional details on Bresca’s new lunch service, including a photo of the menu and tasting notes from his lunch.

The sub was huge; rich, gooey, dripping with ricotta and stewed tomatoes.  The meatballs were only lightly spiced to show off the excellent elegant flavor of the meat.  By the time I’d finished that I was vaguely uncomfortably full and felt like a nap.  Best of all the menu seems really well priced.  $12 for a huge and delicious meatball sub consumed relaxing at Bresca seemed like a steal!

Gingerbread Scratch Baking House

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Scratch Baking has published photos (set 1 and set 2) of their intricate gingerbread rendition of the bakery in Willard Square.

The gingerbread house is currently on display in the lobby of the Downtown Residence Inn/Marriott on Fore Street. It’s an entry in a gingerbread house competition raising money for the Ronald McDonald House in Portland.

Photo Credit: Scratch Baking Co.

Winter Food Destinations List

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Portland was included on the Zagat blog’s list of 20 Awesome Winter Foodie Destinations (slide 18).

Book Signing with Blue Bottle @ Tandem Coffee

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Rabelais and Tandem Coffee are co-hosting James and Caitlin Freeman, founders of Blue Bottle Coffee in San Francisco, to celebrate the release of their new book The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee, Growing, Roasting and Drinking, with Recipes. The event is taking place Sunday October 21, 1-3 pm at Tandem Coffee, 122 Anderson St in East Bayside.

Blue Bottle is one of the nations leading coffee roasters. Kathleen and Will Pratt, owners of Tandem, are alums of the Blue Bottle organization in San Francisco and Brooklyn. During the event you’ll have the chance to sample their coffee and tour their new coffee shop/roastery.

Gather

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

The Forecaster has published an article about Yarmouth’s new restaurant, Gather.

A new restaurant on Main Street hopes its commitment to regional farms and producers will have a lasting impact on the local food scene.

Gather, which opened in mid-September, is an 80-seat restaurant at the Route 1 Main Street exit. It has a focus on locally farmed food and community-centered, casual dining.

Bad Behaviors

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Natalie Ladd has written up some of the bad behaviors by restaurant patrons she’s witnessed in the past week for her weekly column in the Portland Daily Sun.

2) Camping Out. Most restaurants plan for one-and-a-half to two hours for a dinner reservation (more time is allotted if attending a meal consisting of many courses), and all are encouraged to relax and enjoy. However, once you’ve paid, finished your tawny port, and sat for a good fifteen minutes, hit the road if it appears other reservations have come in and are waiting. Move to the bar and finish your conversation because you are committing the double whammy of offending other patrons as well as hindering the profitability of the restaurant and servers.

OpenTable Fit for Foodies List

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Confirming what we in Portland have long known, OpenTable has included Bresca and Hugo’s in their 2012 national list of restaurants that are Fit for Foodies. The list is compiled based on ratings by diners who use the popular reservation service.

Love Cupcakes First Day

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

WMTW TV and the Forecaster covered the opening of Love Cupcakes in the Old Port yesterday.

Meanwhile, Love Cupcakes is preparing to celebrate its new location with menu additions, including coffee and a selection of fall-themed cupcake flavors. Spear said she is “optimistic” about the food truck’s future.

“Portland is such a great city,” she said, “and the addition of food trucks can only make it better.”

Chef’s Table on 207

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Margaret Hathaway and Karl Schatz were interviewed on 207 about their new book Portland Maine Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes From Casco Bay.

Margaret and Karl are holding a launch party for their book Wednesday at the Portland Museum of Art. The launch party will feature food from Back Bay Grill, Silly’s, Otto, the East Ender and The Farmer’s Table which were showcased in the book.

Urban Farm Fermentory Expanding

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

The UFF has recently leased a 5,000 square foot space adjacent to their operation on Anderson Street. Some of the the new space will be used for the UFF to expand but there’s also expanding the Bayside food ecosystem by subleasing out sections to other food producers. According to a note on their Facebook wall a cheesemaker is already on board and they’re seeking out other partners.

Bar Review of Rivalries

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Today’s Press Herald includes a bar review of Rivalries.

Rivalries is hands-down a sports pub, but with flare. With black tables and chairs contrasted with light walls and exposed beams upstairs, the pub’s decor makes a nice place to gather and watch a game.

Also in today’s paper is an article on lobster pricing and the latest installment of the What Ales You column.

MDI Ice Cream in View

Friday, June 29th, 2012

According to a report on Maine a la Carte, the owner of MDI Ice Cream will be appearing on ABC TV show The View on Tuesday.