Today’s Press Herald includes a review of China Taste,
The bottom line: If you’re looking for a place you can run into and grab some quick, American-style Chinese takeout for dinner — and you’re not too fussy — China Taste will suit your needs just fine.
a bar review of Empire Dine and Dance,
There’s something about Empire that I just find relaxing. The broad wooden tables, art on the walls with some connection to music, dim lighting and dark color scheme just put you in a laid-back mood.
and the latest installment of the What Ales You column.
The Portland Daily Sun offers 10 tips to avoid getting fired from your Summer restaurant job,
9) Badmouth your place of employment. This seems so obvious, but I’ve heard servers commiserate with customers over marginal food in places that are known for cold beer and live bands instead of the cuisine. Just apologize for their dissatisfaction and go find your manager, boss, or someone with experience who can handle and deflect the complaint.
In the latest entry on Immigrant Kitchens Lindsay Sterling learns how to make Mexican Chili Pepper Soupk from Azminda Cancino Garcia (read the recipe and see the photos).
Well into her 30’s with two kids and a husband, Azminda was still being ribbed by her father for being a bad cook. “You need to learn,” he said in Mexican Spanish, “You won’t always have your mother and your sister to do it for you!”
The folks over at gBritt PR have tweeted that “Tony’s Donuts is crossing the bridge to South Portland, the former Irving on Broadway.” I’m not sure whether that means they’re moving or opening a second location.
According to a report in the Portland Daily Sun, Gogi has gone out of business but one-time co-owner Ian Farnsworth hopes to reopen later this year.
Farnsworth said he sold his interest in Gogi Restaurant to his business partner Hwamin Yi, and that she closed the restaurant, despite his desire to see it continue.
“The dream of this type of restaurant is still alive and I am hopeful I can re-open in a different location by the end of 2012,” Farnsworth wrote on Facebook. (Efforts to contact Yi for comment were unsuccessful.)
Students from the Salt Institute have published a pair of short audio profiles about Becky’s and Harbor Fish Market on Down East magazine’s website.
According to a report in The Forecaster the last of the Stonyfield Cafes (Formerly O’Naturals) closed today.
“We fought through (the downturn) with the optimism it would come back,” McCabe said, noting dinner business never picked up. “It’s too big a space for the kinds of revenues we were putting through there.”
The shutdown leaves 14 people out of work. McCabe said their average tenure was 6 1/2 years; two people were employed for 11 years.
Edible Obsessions has published a set of photos from her Sunday morning visit to The Holy Donut.
There are two new food blogs writing about food in and beyond Portland:
Monday — Devenish Wines and Caiola’s are collaborating on a Loire wine seminar.
Thursday — Dave Geary will be at The Great Lost Bear for a brewery showcase, and the Public Market House is holding a wine and cheese tasting.
Friday — The Edible Festival of the Book will be taking place at the Public Library. Aurora Provisions and the West End Deli are holding wine tastings and The Salt Exchange is holding a bourbon tasting.
Saturday — the Winter Farmers Market is taking place at the Irish Heritage Center.
Sunday — Space Gallery is screening the movie Jiro Dreams of Sushi.
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.