A Few Additions

January 3rd, 2009

The meal assembly business Make Thyme for Dinner, and Where is Jenner’s Mind, a blog, have been added to the map. Also a new Brazilian/Indian restaurant going in on Congress St has been added to the Under Construction list.

Hot Suppa!

January 3rd, 2009

dsc00116New2Maine.com has reviewed Hot Suppa!

The waitress was cheery and attentive . . . The check was a touch high for a regular lunch spot (~$24, including a soda and a hot chocolate and tax, but not the tip), but I would not be surprised if Amber and I end up there a couple or three times a month.

Interactive Food Systems

January 3rd, 2009

Local Foodie is working on a project this year to create “an interactive map that represents all aspects of the food system and can be used by consumers, producers, distributors, and everyone in between to make connections with local food.” It sounds like a great idea. I look forward to seeing it come together.

A New Homepage for a New Year

January 1st, 2009

As you’ve probably noticed Portland Food Map looks a little different today. The old homepage, which served the site well when it first launched, has been redesigned to provide more space for the news updates and better access to site features.

Along with the new homepage design comes a few additional capabilities for you  including an RSS feed and the ability to comment on the posts, as well as making it easier for me to post news items. Also you can now search 400+ Portland food websites right from the homepage.

Here’s a brief PFM feature history:

August 7, 2007 – PFM Launched

September 3/4, 2007 – The Unreviewed and Under Construction lists

October 9, 2007Category Street Maps

November 28, 2007Portland Food Search

February 2, 2008Sunday Brunch List

April 7, 2008Event Calendar

January 1, 2009 – the new homepage blog

I hope you like the new homepage design. Have a Happy New Year!

December’s Stats

January 1st, 2009

The 10 restaurants looked up most often during the month of December were:

  1. Loco Pollo (-)
  2. Emilitsa (2)
  3. Evangeline (3)
  4. Bresca (4)
  5. Back Bay Grill (6)
  6. Caiola’s (7)
  7. Five Fifty-Five (13)
  8. David’s (34)
  9. Bibo’s Madd Apple Cafe (46)
  10. Miyake (9)

The numbers in parentheses indicates their rank last month.

Arabica

January 1st, 2009

Toast at ArabicaThe Portland Phoenix has reviewed Arabica.

“Coffee preferences are profoundly idiosyncratic, but I find their dark roast a bit light and a hair under-brewed. It’s more nutty and smooth than rich and full. The espresso drinks, where technique is more important, are consistently excellent in the hands of the experienced staff.”

Thyme for Dinner

January 1st, 2009

There’s an interview published in today’s newspaper with Paula Pelczar from Make Thyme for Dinner for the ShopTalk column. Pelczar’s business is a “meal assembly business” in South Portland which provides the raw materials, kitchen equipment and recipes for people to cook family meals in advance.

Interview with Rob Evon

January 1st, 2009

Port City Life interviewed Rob Evon, the administrator of Port City Music Hall, for the January/February edition of the magazine (article not available online). Port City Music Hall is scheduled to open in mid-January.

Maine Mead Works

December 31st, 2008

Today’s Press Herald published a profile of Maine Mead Works.

“Wait, don’t go anywhere. Yes, the topic is mead today. But no, you are not trapped in a time warp or at a Renaissance Fair. There will be no words with an ‘e’ randomly stuck on the end, no cheesy costumes, no faux lords and ladies who talk as if they just stepped out of the Middle Ages.

That’s not what Eli Cayer and Ben Alexander had in mind when they opened their new meadery in Portland.”

PeRx-U-Up

December 31st, 2008

Portland in a Snap has published a profile of the PeRx-U-Up Cafe and the associate drug store, Apothecary by Design.

More New Year’s Eve Dinners

December 30th, 2008

New Year’s Eve dinners for both Bresca and Evangeline have been added to the event calendar.

This Week’s Events

December 29th, 2008

There are New Year’s Eve dinners taking at Sea Grass Bistro, Bar Lola, Five Fifty-Five, Frog & Turtle,  Emilitsa and Verrillo’s on Wednesday. Frog & Turtle is also holding a New Year’s Day dinner too. Novare Res is having a tasting of Franconian lagers on Wednesday. There are wine tastings taking place at the West End Grocery on Friday and Leroux Kitchen on Saturday. For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

Eating Out During the Recession

December 29th, 2008

There’s a front page article in today’s Press Herald on the impact the recession is having on Maine restaurants.

The Corner Luna

December 29th, 2008

Portland Psst! has posted information on the new restaurant named Luna Rossa going in at 188 Middle St and on a new Harding Smith venture called The Corner Room.

Restaurant Week ME

December 29th, 2008

The gBritt public relations firm is organizing Restaurant Week ME which is scheduled to take place in early March. According to today’s paper, Back Bay Grill, Fore Street, Cinque Terre and Hugo’s are all already on board.