Pearl is Now Open

April 10th, 2009

pearlmapPearl, a new cocktail lounge on Fore Street, opened for business tonight. Pearl is in the space that was formerly occupied by Onyx.

Grassroots Organic

April 10th, 2009

Cornucopasetic has posted a brief first look at Grassroots Organic.

Things we liked: the almond, cacao, banana and nut milk smoothy; a miso sea veggie “soup” with shitaakes; an excellent sea veggie salad with ginger-miso dressing; the dog that hangs out on the sofa…The place is still coming together. Give them some support.

Saigon Sandwich & Variety

April 10th, 2009

saigonPortland Psst! reports that Saignon Sandwich & Variety is taking over the spot on Cumberland Ave formerly occupied by the Portland Grocery Store. They’re under construction now and are aiming to open on April 15.

Urban Chickens

April 10th, 2009

This week’s Forecaster includes an article on Portlander’s new found ability to raise chickens in the city. Paris Farmers Union on Auburn Ave is a source for buying baby chicks. Portland Adult Ed is offering Chicken 101 classes, however all three sessions are alredy fully booked. The Union is getting a shipment of 800 chicks and the classes are sold out, but the Forecaster reports that only “four residents have taken out applications for permits”.

Meal at Miyake

April 9th, 2009

Portland Food Coma has written up what sounds like quite an amazing 10-course meal at Miyake.

7th [course] Skate and hotate salad with parsley garlic oil, and micros over rice. Presentation was beautiful. You’d think I would have had something that wasn’t amazing at this point. Wrong.

Drinks at Sapporo

April 9th, 2009

The Portland Bar Guide has published a review of Sapporo.

The sake list is a little small for the rice wine connoisseur, but for the average schmo there’s a fair range of sakes including the usual Ozeki – hot or cold – Nigori and Plum Wine. Even having a modest selection and big competition in the Japanese restaurant selection of Portland, this little restaurant and sushi bar is a hot number on Commercial Street.

Lunch at the Blue Spoon

April 9th, 2009

Accidental Vegetables confesses that “left to my own devices, I will rarely leave the west end”. But she did manage to escape it’s gravitational pull long enough to enjoy lunch at the Blue Spoon on Munjoy Hill.

So, if you’re looking for a nice, friendly, reasonably priced lunch spot, give the Blue Spoon a try. There was a nice selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Next time, I’m going to try the burger. I promise, Munjoy Hill, I will forsake thee no more!

Bag Tax Gets Canned

April 9th, 2009

A Maine legislative committee has decided against a 10¢ tax on plastic bags at grocery stores. A working group has been set-up to study the issue.

Plastic bags are under assault from environmentalists as an example of waste, and many Mainers are already switching to reusable bags. Opponents argued that the fee would create administrative problems, inconvenience customers and simply increase sales of plastic trash bags.

Passover in the Sun

April 8th, 2009

Today’s edition of the Portland Daily Sun includes an article on the kosher seder being held at Shaarey Tphiloh.

At 8 p.m. tonight, the synagogue will open its doors and provide the Passover meal. About 55 meals are expected to be readied, Herzfeld estimated, noting that 45 people have signed up and anyone else who calls and expresses interest will be welcome.

Grassroots Organic Opens Today

April 7th, 2009

overgrowmapGrassroots Organic, aka GRO, plans on opening for business this morning at 8 am. The menu is a mix of salads, sandwiches,  juices and soups; most items are raw or lightly cooked.

Free Chocolate

April 7th, 2009

Dean’s Sweets is running a special promotion. They’re “offering a free truffle to anyone that comes into their store between now and Tax Day”. You just need to mention the Tax Day truffle offer and you can select from one of Dean’s 18 flavors.

Bard Coffee Roasters Now Open

April 6th, 2009

bardmapBard Coffee Roasters is scheduled to open this morning at 7 am. Bard is located in the Old Port near the intersection of Middle and Exchange Streets. The interior looks really nice. I’ve heard that they’ll have free wi-fi and (relatively) late night hours on the weekend.

Food + Farm 2009

April 6th, 2009

foodfarmThis year’s Food+Farm is taking place May 8-10. It looks like a really good program.

Tickets for the Ted Ames, Bryant Terry and Food Inc. are on now sale.

This Week’s Events

April 6th, 2009

Micucci’s Stephen Lanzalotta is holding another of his Piatto per Tutti cooking  classes on Monday. The first of a two-part MF&WA’s class on beer, wine, mead and spirits is taking place on Tuesday night at the Bar of Chocolate Cafe. There’s a wine tasting at RSVP on Wednesday and a mead tasting at the Public Market House on Thursday. Also on Thursday The Great Lost Bear is showcasing beers from Shipyard Brewing. For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

Silly’s Review

April 5th, 2009

Silly’s received 3 stars from the Taste & Tell column in today’s Maine Sunday Telegram.

Much more fun to eat was the lamb dish called Mythos ($13.95), with a generous heap – and every plate is generously heaped – of browned lamb on top of tender couscous and not-so-tender chunks of zucchini, red and green peppers, and broccoli. Thick dill yogurt sauce provided its traditional cool presence beside the savory meat.