Port City Life

December 4th, 2008

The December issue of Port City Life is now out. Standard Baking appears in a short list of Maine bakeries, there’s a profile of wild foods expert Kate Gooding, and the new issue provides some advice on what to get the foodie on your Christmas list.

Maine Food & Lifestyle

December 4th, 2008

The new issue of Maine Food & Lifestyle magazine, which hit the newsstands last week, includes a nice profile of Green Elephant, as well as articles on the Maine oyster industry, Freeport’s Haraseeket Inn, a short list of some Maine chocolatiers.

Portland’s the New Portland

December 4th, 2008

Epicurious has published their list of 2009 food trends (via Portland Psst!). Number 8 on the list is “Portland (Maine) is the new Portland (Oregon). Abundance of great chefs, restaurants, and local foodies? Check, check, and check. Want examples? Visit Five Fifty-Five, Hugo’s, and Fore Street to start.”

Great Chilli & Chowder Challenge

December 3rd, 2008

The annual Great Chilli & Chowder Challenge has been cancelled by it’s organizers in favor of planning a Family Expo.

More Events

December 2nd, 2008

There have been a couple last minute additions to this week’s event calendar. On Friday, Rabelais is hosting a photography exhibit called Island Sheep by local food photographer Russell French; and on Saturday, the East End Shops Holiday Stroll is taking place.

November’s Stats

December 2nd, 2008

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

  1. Miss Portland Diner
  2. Emilitsa
  3. Evangeline
  4. Bresca
  5. The Front Room
  6. Back Bay Grill
  7. Caiola’s
  8. Bintliff’s
  9. Miyake
  10. Hot Suppa!

This Week’s Events

December 1st, 2008

The Northeast Aquaculture Conference is taking place at the Eastland Park Hotel Wednesday through Friday. On Monday the next Piatto per Tutti cooking class is being held. Wednesday there is a chocolate tasting at Whole Foods. Whole Foods is also teaching a sushi making class on Thursday. Thursday night The Great Lost Bear is showcasing the beer of Shipyard Brewing. There are wine tastings scheduled this week at West End Deli on Friday and Leroux Kitchen on Saturday. For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

Lobster, Shrimp and Potatos

November 30th, 2008

Today’s Maine Sunday Telegram includes articles on the continuing troubles in the lobster industry, the start of the shrimp season and the lackluster potato crop.


November 28th, 2008

1:00 a.m. Curfew has reviewed Sangillo’s.

“Sangillo’s might be the only bar in existence serving Hot Pockets on the menu. I’m not kidding. You can buy a Hot Pocket for $1.50. They also have mozzarella sticks ($2) and some other items that can be microwaved. Monday night is $2 pizza night.”

Today’s Press Herald

November 28th, 2008

In today’s Press Herald there are articles about an age discrimination lawsuit against Starbucks, the council’s review of Slainte’s liquor license, and free Thanksgiving meals.

Turkey Day Dinner Options

November 27th, 2008

Forgot to defrost the turkey or burnt it to a crisp or just don’t wan’t to cook? You have a few options for going out for a Thanksgiving dinner. In Portland, Eve’s at the Garden, Zackery’s and Verrillo’s are all serving turkey dinners. The Black Point Inn in Scarborough and the Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth are also offering Thanksgiving dinners.

Wolfe Neck Beef

November 27th, 2008

Chow Maine has a report on the beef sold locally by Wolfe Neck Farm. “What is Wolfe’s Neck beef? It isn’t organic beef raised on a gorgeous farm on the coast of Maine in Freeport.”

Bramhall Fire

November 26th, 2008

There’s more news on the cause of the fire this weekend in Bramhall Square and the future for Binga’s and Al-Mustaqim from The Bollard and the Press Herald.

Portland Phoenix

November 26th, 2008

According to an article in this week’s Portland Phoenix, 6 local restaurants have pledged to serve tap instead of bottled water as part of Food and Water Watch’s Take Back the Tap campaign. This week’s Phoenix also reported that Papaya King hopes to open by mid-December and Port City Music Hall plans to debut on New Year’s Eve.

Lobstah Comic

November 26th, 2008

This week’s Non Sequitur comic strip has been pursuing a “Lobstah” theme (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday).