Reviews: Scales, Terlingua, Patisserie, City Deli

March 27th, 2016

Drink Up and Get Happy has reviewed the happy hour at Portland Patisserie,

It’s a great vibe at the Patisserie and we love a place that is perfect to grab breakfast and lasts right through till dinner. The only thing that would add to the Parisian feel are some bistro tables outside to sit and sip our beverages.

the Press Herald has reviewed City Deli,

The line is sometimes long at City Deli, but it always goes quickly as it’s a well-staffed and well-oiled team. The food court at One City Center isn’t particularly hip or “of the moment,” but it’s comfortable and the food at City Deli makes it a destination for not only those of us who work in the building but a whole mess of Portland High School students and local workers of all kinds.

The Blueberry Files has reviewed brunch at Terlingua, and

The french toast transcended a lot of other versions that are just egg-coated bread. This was custardy on the inside and as you can see, it came covered in fruit, which helped to add interest and keep the dish light.

both Peter Peter Portland Eater and The Golden Dish have reviewed Scales.

The lobster bisque isn’t the typical Sherry-laced butter-rich cup of soup that is the standard in Maine.  Instead the lobster stock is intense, spiked with an acidic touch of tomato and tastes of the sea with a big chunk of lobster meat floating within.  Served with the kitchen’s house-made crackers—everything is made from scratch here—it’s a marvelous cup of soup.


The Lives of Brewer’s Wives

March 25th, 2016

For their latest episode the Great Beer Adventure has interviewed the wives of brewers from Fore River, Dirigo and Mast Landing.

Here in Maine the Brewer’s Wife has a lot in common with the Sea Captain’s Wife: many nights are spent home alone or with the kids while the men work late into the night and they provide moral and financial support while the new business blooms into something we beer drinkers take for granted. Surprisingly, there is more to being a brewer’s wife than you think. Listen in to learn what is is like to find all your missing sweaters and scarves wrapped around a fermentor in the bathroom sink and how one woman turned her Coors only drinking husband into a craft brewer.

Food Movies: City of Gold, Noma My Perfect Storm

March 24th, 2016

A pair of critically acclaimed culinary films are scheduled to be screened in Portland in April that you’ll want to make time to see:

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“In this richly penetrating documentary odyssey, Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold shows us a Los Angeles where ethnic cooking is a kaleidoscopic portal to the mysteries of an unwieldy city and the soul of America. Combing through colorful neighborhoods in his green pickup truck, Gold is sniffing out his next strip-mall discovery—whether Oaxacan grasshopper soup, hand-cut tonkotsu ramen, or a particularly unctuous pad see ew. As piping-hot platters are served up, so are stories of immigrants whose secret family recipes are like sacred offerings pledged for the opportunity to build their American Dream. With eternal curiosity, razor-sharp intellect, and existential longing, Gold is a culinary geographer taking us where no critic has gone before.”
Screening Times: April 24th 7:30, 25th 2:00, 26th 7:30
For more information:
Sponsored by: Rabelais Books

noma-my-perfect-storm-poster-lgNoma: My Perfect Storm
“Noma: My Perfect Storm is a creative journey into the unique mind of world-famous chef René Redzepi. How did Redzepi manage to revolutionize the entire world of gastronomy, inventing the alphabet and vocabulary that would infuse newfound pedigree to Nordic cuisine and establish a new edible world while radically changing the image of the modern chef? His story has the feel of a classic fairy tale: the ugly duckling transformed into a majestic swan, who now reigns over the realm of modern gourmet cuisine. But beneath the polished surface, cracks appear in the form of old wounds—2013 stands as the worst year in René Redzepi’s career. We follow him as he fights his way back to the top, reinventing Noma and reclaiming the title of best restaurant in the world in 2014 for the fourth time.”
Screening Times: April 15th 6:30, 16th 2:00, 17th 2:00
For more information:
Co-presented with: MOFGA

Under Construction: SoPo Sea Grill

March 24th, 2016

The Press Herald has published a report on a planned 9000 sq ft 172-seat restaurant to replace the Joe’s Boathouse building in South Portland which is slated to be a South Portland branch of the Old Port Sea Grill.

New England Craft Beer Summit (Updated)

March 23rd, 2016

2016-03-23_10-38-25Brewers, malsters and other professionals connected to the brewing industry will be gathering in Portland next week for the New England Craft Brewing Summit. The summit is billed as New England’s conference on the business of craft brewing.

There’s a full day of panel discussions and presentations. A full schedule of speakers is available on

Update: The Press Herald has published an article about the the keynote speaker for the summit.

25 Years at Becky’s Diner

March 23rd, 2016

The Forecaster has published an article about Becky’s Diner. Becky’s recently celebrated their 25th anniversary.

“We had a line the first day; I ended up doing dishes because we had not staffed up,” she said. “I think the whole waterfront was rooting for me. I hope they came back for the food.”

With her home riding on her business, Rand said failure was not an option.

Maine & Loire/Drifter’s Wife

March 23rd, 2016

Sweet has posted an article about Peter and Orenda Hale and their two Washington Ave businesses Drifter’s Wife and Maine & Loire.

While opening a natural wine shop like Maine & Loire in a place like Brooklyn might be the long-awaited puzzle piece in certain burgeoning, hip neighborhoods of the borough, that wasn’t necessarily the case for Portland. It was a risk, and one that not only paid off, but led to their newest venture: Drifters Wife, a wine bar tucked inside of the shop.

Under Construction: Izakaya Minato

March 22nd, 2016

minato_logoElaine Alden and Thomas Takashi Cooke are working on opening an Japanese restaurant called Izakaya Minato (instagram). Minato is the Japanese word for “port”.

The couple moved to Portland late last year from San Francisco where Cooke had been the head chef at Tsunami, a sushi restaurant. They recently completed a 3-month stay in Japan where he staged at an Izakaya restaurant in Tokyo called Tsumamina.

They’re currently searching for a space for their restaurant in Portland to launch “a fun, casual place to go gather with friends for drinks and food” for dinner, and, depending on location, may serve lunch as well.

In the meantime we have the chance to try some of the Izakaya Minato menu at a pop-up dinner they’re holding next week at Bao Bao (March 29, 5:30 – 10pm).

$500 Fee for Brewery Tasting Rooms

March 22nd, 2016

The City Council voted last night to approve a $500 fee for breweries operating a tasting room in Portland, according to a report in today’s Press Herald.

In a unanimous vote, the council approved the new license requirement as a way to level the regulatory playing field with traditional bars, which pay thousands of dollars in licensing fees to serve a variety of alcohol and food.

Under Construction: Cellardoor in Portland

March 21st, 2016

Cellardoor Winery is up before the City Council on Monday for the consideration of their liquor license application. Cellardoor is building a 5,000 sq ft facility in Portland on Thompson’s Point. The floor plan provided with the applications indicates half the space is dedicated to a dining room.

You can see some photos of the construction site on the Cellardoor instagram account.

This Week’s Events: Proscuitto Dinner, PJ Pop-up, Dinner Bottle Release, Maple Sunday, Sip of Europe

March 21st, 2016

ThursdayGiovanni Bianchi from the Pio Tosini will be Piccolo for a 5-course dinner featuring his 500-day Proscuitto, Five Fifty-Five is hosting a Petite Jacqueline pop-up dinner, and wine tastings are taking place at Ohno Cafe and the Public Market House.

Friday — Rosemont is holding an Italian wine tasting at their store on Brighton Ave.

Saturday — lines will start forming early for the Maine Beer Company’s bottle release of Dinner, and the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday — 96 sugar shacks across the state are participating in the annual celebration of Maine Maple Sunday, and it’s the opening day for Sip of Europe (website, facebook, instagram, twitter).

For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

If you are holding a food event this week that’s not listed above, publicize it by adding it as a comment to this post.

Under Construction: One Eye Open Brewing

March 20th, 2016

A new brewery called One Eye Open Brewing is under construction in East Bayside on Fox Street. The company LLC was registered in late 2015 and there’s the beginning of a website under development at

One Eye Open is under development in the even space formerly known as The Foxhole.


Visit the Under Construction page for a full list of food businesses under development.

Paul’s Food Center Closing

March 20th, 2016

The Bangor Daily News and Press Herald report that Paul’s Food Center will be closing in April.

“While we regret that for a variety of business and personal reasons the family can no longer continue to operate the store we are proud and thankful to have been an important part of Congress Street for 40 years,” read a statement released by the Trusiani family Friday afternoon. “We welcome the new owners and wish them the best with their endeavors. Our family continues to grieve and asks that people respect our privacy.”

Reviews: Paciarino, Ameera, Terlingua

March 20th, 2016

The Maine Sunday Telegram has published a guest review of Paciarino by Portland Pirates goalie Mike McKenna,

Paciarino won’t dazzle you with new or flamboyant dishes, but that’s okay. The menu is filled with satisfying classics. It’s hard to go wrong with pasta, especially if you order a dish that relies on the exceptional Bolognese sauce as one of its building blocks. If Italian wine is your thing, the list is concise but well rounded. Be sure to leave room for dessert.

Drink Up and Get Happy has posted a review of happy hour at Terlingua,

Show up early and you’ll be able to enjoy their happy hour as well! Happy hour runs from 5-7pm and features $5 margaritas. There is often a beer special that changes daily. It’s a small place but they can accommodate medium size parties with no problems. It’s a cozy place with great service.

and the Press Herald has reviewed Ameera Bread.

The kufta had a very nice bit of heat to it, not overwhelming, just sort of warm and welcoming. The lamb was tender and had a smoky, charred flavor from the grill.

The Ameera review also mentions that the owner plans to open a 2nd location in the Public Market House.

Maine Beer Madness

March 18th, 2016

Maine Today has launched the 2016 edition of their bracket beer competition, Maine Beer Maddness.

This first round features some big match-ups. Dinner from Maine Beer Company goes against Allagash White — two behemoths in their own right. Super Fresh from Peak Organic meets Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company, which will be a fun hoppy beer match-up to watch playout.

This Round of 64 will run for five days, giving you the opportunity to try a slew of brews and get the word out about the tournament. Voting ends on March 20 at 8 p.m.