The Maine Brew Bus

Today’s Press Herald includes a report on the The Maine Brew Bus,

In addition to the new Pour Tour, he offers beer-only tours of breweries and brew pubs York County and Portland. He began the business because he sensed a money-making opportunity in shuttling people around from brewery to brewery for samples and behind-the-scenes glimpses of the brewing process.

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Chinese Laundry, Dim Sum Pop-Up

Erika Joyce, co-creator of the Cloak & Dagger supper club, has announced Chinese Laundry, “Portland’s first dim sum pop-up”.

At the moment, the Chinese Laundry is ran by two folks from ‘Nam, myself included.  We’re hoping to start popping up in the late winter, early spring.  If you are interested in getting involved- ie, making dumplings/buns, donating space, marketing, etc., shoot me an email, as we hope to get more hands to aid ours!

Growing Ginger in Maine

This week’s food Portland Phoenix reports that several farms in Maine are now experimenting with raising ginger which is normally a crop for warmer climates.

Most ginger comes from Asia. Hawaii is the only US state with a real commercial crop. So when I recently relocated from Oregon to Brunswick, I was surprised to find Kennebec Flower Farm selling tropical ginger — and its cousin, fresh turmeric — at my local farmers’ market. But at least half a dozen farmers with that good ol’ Yankee gumption here in Maine, and farther south, down the East Coast through Florida, are warming up to this novelty crop.

Reviews of Amigo’s & Vaughan Street

The Press Herald has published a review of Vaughan Street Variety,

First, the positives: The breakfast sandwich was very good, and for $2.50, it felt like a bargain. I ordered it on an English muffin, which was lightly toasted. The egg was cooked thoroughly, without a runny yolk. The bacon was crisp and plentiful, and the white American cheese was drippy and gooey. It came tightly wrapped in tinfoil, and emitted steam when I unfolded it back home. Perfect.

as well as a bar review of Amigo’s and a report from last weekend’s Maine Brewers Festival.

Chef on Thanksgiving, Vegan Conversion, Thanksgiving Wine

The Press Herald checked in with 10 Southern Maine chefs about what they typically do on their Thanksgiving day off,

Do they hang up their pots at work only to have to take them down again at home? Does their family expect them to create some spectacular spread every year like the ones you see in the Thanksgiving issues of glossy food magazines?

Or are they allowed to chill on the sofa, for once, and watch football while someone else does all the work?

The Food & Dining section also includes an article about WGME news anchor Jeff Peterson’s conversion to a vegan diet,

The change to an all plant-based diet literally happened overnight. He and his wife, Laura, watched the 2011 documentary “Forks Over Knives” in February of this year and it opened their eyes to the health consequences of the standard American diet and the healing powers of vegan food.

“I remember looking at my wife and I thought that would make a good story for News 13,” Peterson recalled.

and Joe Appel’s wine column makes recommendations for your Thanksgiving meal.

You get a twofer today. I want to introduce more people to an importer of exceptional French wines, Cynthia Hurley, and it’s time to think of wines for Thanksgiving. Happily, several of Hurley’s wines I’ve recently drunk are not only remarkable in their own right, they also will make a splendid show at a Thanksgiving table.

Kids at Restaurants

Portland Daily Sun columnist Natalie Ladd shares her thoughts on children at restaurant.

Like most things, starting young is crucial to developing good restaurant behavior habits. Without them, things don’t go well. Overtired parents usually get the lion’s share of dirty looks and passed judgment, fellow patrons are simultaneously sympathetic and annoyed, and the hungry, confused kids wonder why they aren’t at Joker’s.

Scarborough Winter Farmers Market

Today’s Press Herald reports on a new winter farmers market that has started up in Scarborough.

The owner of Highland Avenue Greenhouse and Farm Market has filled one of his greenhouses – usually empty this time of year – with trays of 30 varieties of winter greens, all bound for local restaurants. In another greenhouse he’s started a winter farmers market. It opened Nov. 4 with six vendors selling beef, goat cheese and milk, preserves and crafts.