Petite Jacqueline Now Open

June 18th, 2016

The new Petite Jacqueline is now open at 46 Market Street.

Owners Steve and Michelle Corry closed the original location in Longfellow Square and have merged Petite Jacqueline and Portland Patisserie into a single location in the Old Port.

Tiqa Cafe Open

June 18th, 2016

imageTiqa Cafe, located in the “castle” in Deering Oaks Park, is now open. Tiqa’s owner’s, Deen Haleem and Carol Mitchell have renovated the space and built a deck adjacent to the building. They plan to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner year round.

Under Construction: Portland Meatball Company

June 17th, 2016

pmconexchagePierre’s of Exchange has moved out of 104 Exchange Street and demolition of the space has begun. The building permit confirms this is the future home of the Portland Meatball Company.

LemonCycle Has Launched

June 17th, 2016

lemoncycle_logoThe LemonCycle(twitter, facebook) bicycle powered food cart launched this past weekend.

The business was funded in part by a $2,500 Kickstarter campaign last summer.

 

Beer Cocktail Interview with Vena’s

June 17th, 2016

For their new episode Great Beer Adventure interviewed Vena’s co-owner Steve Corman on his personal journey to be becoming a bartender and about beer cocktails.

As we explore beer cocktails, we learn (yet again) that we should be willing to take more risks in our beer drinking. Steve Corman of Vena’s Fizz House joins us to teach us a thing or two about adding booze to our beer. (Really it’s all about the bitters.)

Caiola’s in Transition (Updated)

June 15th, 2016

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Chefs Damian Sansonetti and Ilma Lopez have applied for a liquor license for Caiola’s. The couple are in the final stages of purchasing Caiola’s from owners Abby Harmon and Lisa Vaccaro.

Harmon and Vaccaro opened Caiola’s nearly 11 years ago. They’re immediate plans after the sale call for some much deserved time off.

Lopez and Sansonetti are co-owners of Piccolo. They don’t plan to make any dramatic changes to Caiola’s on taking over.

For additional information, read this article from the Press Herald.

Certine Ceramic Flatware

June 14th, 2016

A new Portland company co-founded by sommelier David Muise has launched a line of ceramic flatware made with a “strong, inert, non-porous, scratch-free and stain-free zirconia-based ceramic.”. Certine (facebook, twitter, instagram) is billed as the “perfect tool for a better food experience”.

Modern innovations in technology and design have transformed human life. Yet our stamped steel, flat-handled, metallic utensils have remained unchanged. Until now. Certine fundamentally changes the experience of interacting with food. Our flatware combines modern form and classic function to create a product with distinctive benefits for the lover of food.

Certine is available at Casco Bay Cutlery & Kitchenware in Freeport.

Vaughan Street Variety Closed

June 14th, 2016

The longtime neighborhood sandwich shop, Vaughan Street Variety, closed yesterday.

This Week’s Events: Brewing in Maine, Mobsters and Martinis, Herban, Immigrant Kitchens

June 13th, 2016

Monday — visit The Great Lost Bear to meet Tom Major, author Brewing in Maine.

Tuesday — The Corner Room and Crooners & Cocktails are co-hosting Mobsters, Martinis & Meatballs.

WednesdayFork Food Lab will be holding an event to promote the Kickstarter  campaign at Bayside Bowl, and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thursday — there will be a wine and cheese tasting at the Public Market House.

FridayTempo Dulu is holding a whiskey tasting in conjunction with the Portland Club.

Saturday — the Herban herb festival and the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market are taking place.

Sunday — it’s the 2nd day of Herban, the weekly Crofters & Artisan Market is taking place, and Immigrant Kitchens is teaching a Father’s Day cooking class.

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.

 

2 Reviews of Abilene

June 12th, 2016

Tha Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed Abilene,

Start off with a shrub cocktail, such as the strawberry basil rum shrub, made with their own homemade fruit vinegar. Next, try the surprisingly decadent crispy kale and the tender sweet potato and asparagus tacos with a luxurious cilantro cream. Skip the dry risotto and head right for any dish that comes with Colgan’s specialty: homemade pasta. The rich, sweet and saucy chicken marsala, served over tagliatelle is an excellent example. As you wrap up your meal in the quiet, homey dining room, don’t be tempted to leave before tasting the strawberry chocolate truffle cake. And if you feel like a nightcap, Abilene has its own homemade limoncello to put you over the edge…or straight into bed.

and so has Drink Up and Get Happy.

While the setting may be relaxed they don’t slouch one the food or drink offerings. The day we visited the $5 appetizers included BBQ pork sliders, veggie nachos, poutine and sweet potato and asparagus tacos. Portions are generous so a great way to experience a few of these is to share with friends. Everything was exemplary!

Blake Orchard Opens Sunday

June 11th, 2016

blakeorchardBlake Orchard (website, instagram, facebook) has passed their final inspections and will be opening Sunday morning at 9 am serving  their line of raw juices and nut milks.

They’re located in a newly renovated a 1200 sq ft basement space at 19 Exchange Street just a couple doors away from The Holy Donut.

New Food Truck: Tacos del Seoul

June 9th, 2016

tacosdelseoulA new food truck called Tacos del Seoul (facebook) launched in Portland over the weekend. As the name suggests, the truck serves Korean/Mexican food: spring rolls, tacos, rice bowls and burritos.

Check their facebook page on where to find them.

OAD Top 100: Hugo’s, Miyake

June 9th, 2016

Hugo’s(#37) and Miyake(#81) were named to the 2016 Opinionated About Dinning list of the 100 best restaurants in the US.

Fork Food Lab Kickstarter

June 9th, 2016

Fork Food Lab (website, facebook, instagram) has launched a $30,000 Kickstarter campaign. The funds will be used to pay for the Lab’s tasting room.

Education is at our core where we’ll develop a variety of programming from tastings to lectures to cooking classes. Our dream is to become a real destination within Portland, Maine. With the Tasting Room, we can support small farmers, drive awareness to our members’ businesses, and celebrate the local food movement.

Under Construction: Tiqa Cafe

June 9th, 2016

Urban Eye reports that Tiqa Cafe will open next week.

Though located 0.7 miles from the flagship, Tiqa Cafe and Bakery is its own entity. A new granite bar anchors the space. Here up to nine people can soon quaff wine and sip beer while noshing on his savory, fresh fare. In the corner, an alcove ensconced in stained glass screams romantic, mid-day repast.