Under Construction: Crema

The Munjoy Hill News has posted an update on Crema, a new coffee shop under construction on Commercial Street.

“We wanted a coffeehouse in the business district and now we are looking forward to being in the tourist district,” said Kathy Walsh this afternnon. Walsh was referring to the opening of Crema, an Italian themed coffeehouse which is expected to open early in February on the Portland waterfront – 9 Commercial Street…

Maine Shrimp & Chef Pay

Today’s Press Herald includes a report on the abbreviated 2012 Maine Shrimp season.

Shrimp fishermen have been given a catch limit of 4.4 million pounds for the upcoming season, down from the 13 million pounds they caught last season. The new season will begin Monday and end when the catch limit is reached.

Also in today’s paper is letter to the editor in favor of better pay for chefs.

Review of LeRoux Kitchen

Instant Portland has published a review of LeRoux Kitchen.

Here’s what the locals know about LeRoux Kitchen: if you need something — anything — for your kitchen, be it a humble whisk or a high-end stockpot you’ve been saving up for years to get, then LeRoux is the place to go. Sure, there’s that place in the Mall, with the catalogs and the fancy name, but — I kid you not — their selection pales when compared to the selection at LeRoux.

Chef Nicholas Nappi

Vin et Grub has posted an article about Nicholas Nappi who is the chef at Local 188.

If you’ve ever been into Local 188 on a busy Friday or Saturday night, there’s really no way you could miss Chef Nappi.  He expedites on these evenings, and his voice certainly carries throughout the majority of the dining room and lounge area.  Commanding respect in the kitchen, but also incredibly friendly to his back-of-the-house team, Nicholas understands the importance of a strong relationship between back-of-the-house workers.  Much like Jay, he also agrees with the notion that education in any kitchen is imperative.


2012 Scallop Harvest

Today’s Press Herald includes a report on this year’s scallop harvest.

“The prices these guys are going to get are probably going to be higher than they’ve ever gotten in the history of this fishery,” said Temple, who has been selling scallops for 35 years. The higher price for fishermen means that consumers will pay more in restaurants and food stores.

Sea scallops, which are similar to but bigger than bay scallops, have been harvested along the Maine coast since the late 1800s. At times, scallops have been the state’s second-most valuable seafood, behind lobster.

Reviews of Crooked Mile & Binga’s Stadium

The Press Herald has published reviews of the Crooked Mile Cafe,

Dare I say it was one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had? Yep, I’m saying it, and with good reason. First off, the baguette on which it was served was sheer perfection. Crispy yet chewy, it afforded a comfortable home to the dense stack of ham, salami, pepperoni, provolone, lettuce, mayo, oil, vinegar and oregano. (Hold the tomatoes for me, thanks).

and Binga’s Stadium.

I got mine smothered in the Jamaican Jerk sauce, which was absolutely delicious. My friend got the Thai BBQ version, which was equally delicious. She also insisted on getting the fried pickle chips side dish. I’m not as big a fan of them as she is.

I polished off my half order of tenders, though, washing it down with some hard cider. There’s nothing like wings and a good drink for a break from the bustle.

Christmas Feasts

Both Edible Obsessions and Mister Meatball have posted reports of their Christmas Day feasts.

There is a serious holiday hangover happening in our house right now. For nearly 36 hours straight, we were absolute holiday gluttons. We feasted, opened presents and watched ‘A Christmas Story’ at least 1.5 times. It was a wonderful past few days with The Missus, but we probably could have done without a helping of thirds of the Vinegretas.