This Week’s Events: Thanksgiving, Shuck Truck, Aquaponics

Monday — Cabin Cove Oysters and their Shuck Truck will be at El Rayo serving up $1 oysters. Chef Steve Corey will appear in tonight’s Thanksgiving episode of Foodography on the Cooking Chanel at 7 pm.

Tuesday — an Aquaponics workshop will be taught at the Urban Farm Fermentory.

Wednesday — the Monument Square Farmers Market is taking place.

ThursdayThanksgiving, check the PFM Thanksgiving resource guide for more info on planning your own Thanksgiving dinner or locations for eating out that day.

SaturdayWine Wise is leading a red wine walk among several restaurants in the Old Port, and the Deering Oaks Farmers Market is taking place.

Viva Lebowski — fans of White Russians and the movie The Big Lebowski should check out this year’s Viva Lebowski festival. The event is taking place December 3rd at Bayside Bowl. There will be bowling, a screening of the movie and a Lebowski costume contest. All ticket sales will benefit the Maine Heart Association.

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.

Review of Top of the East

Top of the East received 3 stars from the Maine Sunday Telegram.

Go to the Top of the East for elegant cocktails while you can, before its planned two years of renovations. The ambience and service are outstanding, as is the extensive drink menu. Enjoy a holiday cocktail or glass of wine with the hands-down best view in Portland, either to begin or end an evening. The Top of the East does beverages and service exceptionally well.

Thanksgiving Wine Advice

Looking for advice on selecting the perfect wine(s) for your Thanks giving dinner?

Then you’re in luck. Four different websites have posted their thoughts on makes for a good wine for next week’s holiday:

For more advice on preparing your Thanksgiving dinner or escaping the kitchen and eating at out on the turkey day check out the PFM 2011 Thanksgiving Resource Guide.

Reviews of Ohno Cafe and Plush West End

Today’s Press Herald includes a review of the Ohno Cafe (4 stars),

It may have taken me a while to find my way to Cafe Ohno, but they had me at hello and at first bite.

and a bar review of Plush West End.

At the suggestion of Sean Steinmark, our bartender for the evening, I tried one of Plush West End’s most popular drinks, the Stargazer cocktail ($9). The drink blends citron and mandarin vodkas with white cranberry juice and something called luster dust, topped with a beautiful purple orchid. Not usually a fruity-drink imbiber myself, I could easily have drunk two or three of these. They were that delicious.

Immigrant Kitchens: Vietnamese Beef Stew

In the latest entry on Immigrant Kitchens Lindsay Sterling learns how to make Vietnamese Beef Stew from Quang and Minh Nguyen (read the recipe and see the photos).

I learned this stew from two brothers from Cam Ranh, Vietnam. Their names are Quang and Minh Nguyen. The soup’s name is Bo Kho, but they pronounce it Ba Kah. Their mother used to stay up until midnight making it so she could sell in the morning in front of their house. People in Vietnam eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, at parties and everyday. After a couple months of eating Kix, Grape Nuts, and Special K, the brothers called their mom in desperation and had her tell them over the phone how to make the soup.