Review of Gogi

The Portland Daily Sun has published a review of Gogi.

Both the BBQ pulled pork and the Marinated Shiitake Mushroom tacos were nicely seasoned, and meaty each in their own way. Tacos are dressed with tomato, red onions, a lettuce/cabbage mix, pickled cucumber and pickled bean sprouts. Good innards but the tortillas were lackluster. It might be their supplier or a reluctance to put those little disks on a griddle.

This Week’s Events: Passover, Beer & Bacon, Best of Portland Awards, Easter

Monday — Abigail Carroll owner of Nonesuch Oysters will be at El Rayo for a “Shuck & Greet”. Passover begins at sunset tonight. Aurora Provisions is selling a special menu of prepared foods for Passover.

Tuesday — The 2nd Annual Beer & Bacon Dinner is taking place at The Salt Exchange.

Wednesday — there will be a wine tasting at Old Port Wine Merchants, a wine event at Havana South, and the Portland Phoenix will announce the winners of the 2011 Best of Portland Readership Poll.

Thursday — The Great Lost Bear will feature beer from Run of the Mill Brewery for their weekly Thursday night showcase.

Saturday — the last Winter Farmers Market of the season is taking place at the Irish Heritage Center. Wine Wise is teaching a Bordeaux class at The Wine Bar.

Sunday — a few Portland restaurants are serving special menus/buffets for Easter: DiMillo’s, the Eastland Park Hotel, Season’s Grille, and Twenty Milk Street. Aurora Provisions is offering a special menu of prepared foods for Easter.

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.

Reviews of Gogi and Brunch at Caiola’s

Where is Jenner’s Mind has published a brief review of Gogi,

given the affordability and uniqueness of gogi in portland, i think this establishment is a great addition to the portland food scene.  what is really cool is that gogi is open late night so if you need some korean/mexican fusion at 1 am, and who of us hasn’t, you have a great option.

and Vin et Grub has published a review of brunch at Caiola’s.

The Bird’s Nest consisted of two eggs, cooked over medium, nestled into pieces of Pullman Toast- which had been highly praised by other food bloggers- and lived up to their impressions I must say, served with country sausage gravy, and roasted sweet potatoes.  The toast was buttery, flaky, and delicious.  Toasted to a crisp, but sopped in some runny egg yolks did the trick to add a bit more flavor.  The sausage gravy was creamy and savory.  It had a pleasing aroma- somewhat resembling Shepard’s Pie, but highly reminiscent of my stay down south last year.  All in all, this dish blew my mind.

Review of East Ender

The East Ender has received 3½ stars from today’s review in the Maine Sunday Telegram.

Barflies and dinner guests alike will want to dig into the traditional and novel items on the snack menu. Tasty trout fritters ($7) served with caper aioli and lemon have a good portion of smoked trout inside light dough. Even better are the mussels mirepoix ($10), the carrot/celery/thyme/parsley aromatic adding a subtly sublime flavor. A hunk of grilled bread is served alongside. Include a salad, and you’ve got a lovely dinner.

Review of Deux Cochon

From Away has published a review of Deux Cochon.

And boy, did I like it. This is barbecue unlike any we have seen in the Portland area, with big, pull-apart chunks of moist, mouthwateringly slow-cooked pork shoulder piled high on a warm, fluffy bun, and speared with two pieces of pickled okra. The sauce (which I insist you add by the ladleful) only enhances the natural flavors of the meat, with the mustard, the acid from the vinegar, and just a tiny bit of heat combining marvelously with the fat and the smoky flavor of the pork.

Under Construction: Foley’s Bakery

The Business section in today’s Press Herald also includes an interview with Ed & Molly Foley who are bringing Foley’s Bakery back to life in Monument Square.

Ed and Molly Foley of Gorham started and ran the original Foley’s Bakery at 341 Congress St. from 1997 to 2002. They are returning to the baking business after taking a nine-year break to focus on raising their two sons.

Review of Scratch Baking

Scratch Baking in South Portland received 4½ stars from the Eat & Run review in today’s Press Herald.

The bagels alone are worth the trip. I had a sea salt bagel ($1.25) that was as big and as good a bagel as I’ve had. I’m not the world’s biggest bagel fan, but this one made me want more.

It was chewy (but not too chewy) and buttery tasting on the outside; light and airy inside. The sea salt added a warm flavor, and was not as salty as I thought it might have been. Cream cheese cost $1 extra, and came in a container big enough to cover a couple of bagels at least.