Reviews of Howie’s & Pom’s

The Press Herald has published a bar review of Howie’s,

While I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I ventured outside the popular Old Port bar area of Portland, I’m glad I gave Howie’s a shot. It’s a fun little place if you’re looking to venture from the Old Port crowds.

and a review of Pom’s.

On a cold day, one of my favorite comfort foods is any kind of noodle soup, or noodles in broth. So I went for lunch the other day at Pom’s Thai Taste Restaurant & Noodle House in Portland in search of some warm comfort.

I found it, plus a little extra kick.

Today’s paper also includes a report on the sour and wild beer tasting that recently took place at the Bier Cellar.

The Flemish red ale Duchesse de Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe is a classic for the style, with almost no carbonation and a rich flavor. It is a blend of 8- and 18-month-old beers, aged in oak casks, with just a bit of sourness. It was one of my favorites of the line-up.



Review of The Loft

The Portland Phoenix has published a review of The Loft, as well as Five Guys and Elevation.

There is also a lot of beef — 30ish varieties of burger. That’s probably too many, but there are things to like about them. The burgers are big, but patted hard enough to prevent that burger-as-ball effect that makes many upscale versions hard to eat. Not that these burgers are upscale, exactly. At $10 including fries, they are around the same price as burgers at the Five Guys and Elevation chains…

Thanksgiving Dinners at Harraseeket & Five Fifty-Five

The Press Herald interviewed chefs Steve Corry at Five Fifty-Five and Eric Flynn at the Harraseeket about the Thanksgiving dinners they’ll be serving at their restaurants.

On this Thanksgiving Eve, be thankful you’re not Eric Flynn, the head chef at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, who will be cooking for a record 900 people today.

That’s equivalent to the entire population of Ogunquit.

Baker’s Notes #4

Scratch Baking has published issue No. 4 of their in-house magazine,Baker’s Notes.

Our fourth issue, all about cookies, includes a whopping 23 recipes (the most of any Baker’s Notes issue). We are excited to share all of our favorite cookie recipes with you from chocolate chip to shortbread and macaroon to peanut butter. Bakery favorites, sweet memories and big cookies are all within these pages. Who doesn’t love a cookie, right?

5 Best Breakfast Sandwiches

Dispatch has published their list of the 5 Best Breakfast Sandwiches in Portland.

I love a good sit down brunch with the rest of ‘em. But let’s great real: this is Amurrrica. And in Amurrrica, we can’t always spend three hours slurping down mimosas when there’s a list of important Monday morning things we’ve got to do at the office. You know, like write about the best breakfast sandwiches in Portland. So here are my top five favorite places to pop in on my way to work for a bacon, egg, and cheese on the go.

Personally, I’d add the breakfast sandwiches at Aurora Provisions to their list.

What are your favorite spots for a breakfast sandwich in Portland?


This Week’s Events: Mobile Farmstand, Thanksgiving, Movie Night, Local Foodds Networking

Tuesday — Local Sprouts is hosting a local foods networking breakfast, and the Jordan’s Farm Mobile Farmstand will be at the East End School.

Wednesday — Rob Tod will be at The Great Lost Bear for a showcase of Allagash brews, the Monument Square Farmers Market is taking place.

Thursday — it’s Thanksgiving. Check the 2012 Thanksgiving Resource Guide for details on which restaurants are serving Thanksgiving dinner and where to get all the fixinings for your own meal.

Saturday — Wine Wise is leading a Pinot Noir Wine Walk.

SundayThe Triplets of Belleville is the featured film at Petite Jacqueline’s movie night.

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.

Boston Globe: Maine Foodie Tours

Earlier this week the Boston Globe published an article about food tourism which featured Maine Foodie Tours.

Maine Foodie Tours was created by Pamela Laskey after Portland was named “America’s foodiest small town” by Bon Appetit magazine four years ago. Clients can sample the city’s robust locavore culture by foot, bicycle, or trolley, and she recently added tours of Kennebunkport.

Her top demographic are clients 50 to 70 years old. Laskey said her older, more experienced travelers in particular appreciate being able to talk directly to the purveyors — the lobsterman, cheese monger, and brewer.