National Lemonade Day Prep

The Blueberry Files has published a report on last weekend’s Lemonade Day Recipe Contest. Kate served as one of the judges for the competition.

And in the end, we were all won over by Haley and Emma’s “Lemon Love” pink lemonade.  These cute sophomores from Bowdoin and Topsham created the best tasting recipe, with fresh raspberries and slices of lemon.  Absolutely delicious, and perfect for the almost hot day we had last Saturday.

Reviews of Paciarino and District

Appetite Portland has posted a review of Paciarino.

Next to me, Adam’s “oh man-ing” over fat ravioli pillows stuffed with goat cheese and Vidalia onions caramelized with a touch of fresh sage. A drizzle of extra virgin olive oil glistens on his fork as he stabs chunks of the tender pockets slathered in traditional Pomodoro sauce speckled with fresh ground parmigiano.

From Away has published a review of District.

In conclusion, I am once again stumped and confounded. I wanted to like District more than I did but am not making any sweeping judgments or passing pronouncements as yet. There are certainly reasons to have dinner at this neighborhood hopeful and perhaps a more narrow path to follow. Stick with the raw bar, offal and appetizers, I’m thinking. Have many cocktails at the bar. Go when it’s already dark. Be part of a large party. Laugh a lot, and loudly. There’s room there. Share food, eat off each other’s plates…

Gingko Blue Now Open

Gingko Blue, a new jazz/blues bar, opened for business this afternoon. The Tony Boffa Quartet is scheduled to start playing at 8:30.

The bar is run by Cheryl and Jeff Buerhaus, the couple who own and operate Walter’s.

Reviews of Tu Casa and Nosh

From Away has published a review of Tu Casa.

With the newly-opened Taco Trio, the gas station-turned-taco-stand El Rayo, the kimchi-drenched “fusion” tacos at Gogi, and the upcoming entries into the Mexican scene, in the form of Nosh’s new “Taco Escobar” project, and the Old Port’s upcoming “Zapoteca,” Portland seems intent on finally shaking off its iceberg-lettuce-and-cheese-quesadilla reputation, with varying degrees of success. Today, though, we learned the good news: Inexpensive, delicious, authentic Latin-influenced food has been here all along, and you can find it at Tu Casa, in Portland’s East End.

A Slice of Earthly Delight has published a review of Nosh.

Whether you are in the mood for tasting the apocalypse or just want some pork belly with your fries, Nosh is a great spot to hit up for on a night out. It’s one of the many must-eat-at restaurants in Portland that you’ve got to try if you’re in the area.

Review of Portland Lobster Company

Portland Lobster Company received 4 stars from the Eat & Run column in today’s Press Herald.

Fried dinners — including fish and chips, fried haddock and fried clams — run $10 to $14, and lobster dinners are priced to market. They’re also well out of the budget for an Eat & Run. But for folks who aren’t financially restricted by dining review guidelines, the lobster here won’t disappoint.

Urban Beekeeping

This week’s Portland Phoenix reports on the rising interest in beekeeping in Portland.

Interest in backyard beekeeping has increased dramatically in the last five years, says MacGregor-Forbes, who teaches three courses through the University of Maine Cooperative Extension program. Off the top of her head, she can think of 25 urban beekeepers in the city of Portland, but there are about 800 beekeepers in Maine who manage a total of 10,000 hives. “Most people keep bees as a way to give back to the environment,” she says. “The bonus is that they get honey.”