Brunch Review of The Corner Room

Eat Here. Go There. has published a review of brunch at The Corner Room.

If you are an adventurous eater, don’t forget to order the black pudding. While the Corner Room didn’t have an overwhelming ‘wow’ factor for brunch (I prefer their dinner much more), I really liked some of the items we had. The theme just seemed a little lost, if you have an Italian inspired restaurant one would think the brunch would be more Italian inspired… but I digress. While I will probably eat here in again in the future there are many other brunch spots I would rather try before coming here again.

Brunch Review of Sonny’s

The Bollard has published a brunch review of Sonny’s.

All in all, Sonny’s served up an excellent brunch. We found the atmosphere more comfortable than its sibling restaurant’s — even when all the tables filled up, we could still carry on a conversation. Villani has put together some interesting flavors you won’t find on many, if any, other brunch menus in town. We may not become regulars here either, but for a change of pace Sonny’s is definitely worth a visit.

Review of Taco Escobarr

The Blueberry Files has published a review of Taco Escobarr.

Sigh.  I’m thinking, on one hand, it’s not *that* bad, and if you write a strongly worded review, you may come to regret it for many reasons.  Maybe I’m just crabby because it’s raining heavily, I didn’t bring lunch (or a raincoat), I’m wearing cute flats and tights, and I parked alllll the way in the back of the lot.

None of these things, however, excuse the greasy, declining taco experiences I’ve had at Taco Escobarr.

Pho: Thanh Thanh vs Saigon

Joe Ricchio has written a comparative review of the pho at Thanh Thanh and Saigon for the Maine magazine blog.

I will say that when it comes to beef pho, I prefer the preparation at Thanh Thanh 2 (I will also admit to having eaten it six days in a row on multiple occasions). This is not to say that I do not greatly enjoy Saigon’s version. And if chicken pho is your thing, Saigon is the place to go. At the end of the day, finding a favorite pho is a personal matter and I suggest you try both of these spots for yourself. After all, they are right across the street from each other!

Review of The Thirsty Pig

The Thirsty Pig received 5 stars from the Eat & Run review in today’s Press Herald.

The kudos are well deserved. By the time I finished my meal and headed back out into the cold, I couldn’t figure out why this place wasn’t packed with people taking a break from their Christmas shopping.

The simple menu features a dozen choices of sausages, hot dogs and other fare, plus whatever specials are on for the night. The night I stopped by, it was a $5 bowl of chili made with all of the restaurant’s sausages — just in case you can’t make up your mind.

Immigrant Kitchens: Lomo Relleno

In the latest entry on Immigrant Kitchens Lindsay Sterling learns how to make Lomo relleno from Jenny Sanchez (read the recipe and see the photos).

Lomo relleno is a classic Christmas and New Year’s dish in Nicaragua. I’ll admit, I was scared when I saw Jenny putting what looked like a lot of weird stuff in the pan together — and you will be too when you see the ingredients list – but I’m telling you, it works. Lomo relleno gets the award for being the most unpredictably delicious party feast ever encountered.

Winter Farmers Market

The LiveWork Portland blog has posted a report on the Portland winter farmers market.

This week, your correspondent saw an array of celeriac, Manchego cheese, duck eggs, fingerling potatoes, rabbit pot pie, bunches of winterberries, Anadama bread, cider, sunchokes, bagels, honey, feta marinade, and a colorful bounty of carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, squash, garlic and more. Over on the stage, a fiddler and guitar duo serenaded the crowd with old-timey music. Kids ran around, parents mulled purchases, old friends reconnected, and pretty soon bags were stuffed with the makings of many delectable dinners to come.

Seasonal Food & Wine Gifts

The Food & Dining section in today’s Press Herald includes gift ideas for the food, and

Even people who are classically “hard to buy for” because of their age (think elderly relatives), or they already have everything they need, will appreciate finding something really delicious that they’ve never tried before under the tree or in their stocking. It puts the surprise back in Christmas, and gives them that joyful little rush they had when they were kids.

and wine lovers in your life.

Gift-giving for wine lovers is usually difficult. The wine lover, like the anything lover, almost always knows more about the object of adoration than the giver, so the risk of an underappreciated gift is high.