Map & Menu has publish a survey of their favorite lobster rolls in Maine.
The task involved a number of miles in the car, a new found love for New England hotdog buns, a gracious amount of butter and mayo, and of course, plenty of pounds of that tasty red meat, but these are a few of our very favorites for the next time you’re in Vacationland.
The 207 Foodie has published a review of Boda.
Now that I’ve tried Boda in the evening, I look forward to trying it for dinner and getting to order off the entire menu. I will be back, and I have a feeling I’m going to leave knowing I’ve found my favorite Thai place in Portland…
MJ’s (website, facebook), the new wine bar in One City Center, plans to open on Wednesday pending final inspections taking place today.
Mark Ohlson, the owner of MJ’s, a Certified Sommelier who has over the years worked a number of Portland restaurants including Perfetto’s, Bull Feeney’s, Walters, Hugo’s, Uffa and Frog and Turtle.
Ohlson plans to serve “30 wines by the glass and half glass from around the world focusing on traditional varieties from prominent regions”. The food menu will consist of a “selection of cheese, nuts, olives and chocolate and appropriate accompaniments”.
Update: MJ’s is on track to open on Wednesday. Mayor Brennan will be on hand for a ribbon cutting at 4pm and the bar will open to the public at 6pm. Take a look at this panoramic photo of the interior.
The Forecaster has published an article about Vena’s Fizz House.
Vena’s, which opened July 10 at 345 Fore St., serves more than 35 varieties of all-natural, freshly made soda concoctions. They include pina colada, pomegranate limeade and even “Dim and Stormy,” which uses ginger beer and spiced tonic water to create a non-alcoholic version of a Dark and Stormy cocktail.
“This is a modern version of the old-fashioned soda parlor,” said Johanna Corman, who founded Vena’s with husband Steve and manages its operations. “We think we’ve found a niche.”
Allagash, Novare Res, Eventide, Tandem Coffee, Small Axe, UFF, Bunker Brewing, Rising Tide, Duckfat, In’finiti, Two Fat Cats and Bar Lola were all mentioned in an article about Portland that appeared in the Montreal’s French language publication La Presse.
David Zwickerhill has posted a set of photos from last week’s inaugural edition of Supperpie.
The next Supperpie meal is taking place on August 8 and tickets are now on sale.
A floor plan for Kings Head restaurant has been submitted to the Planning Board. Kings Head is a 78-seat restaurant that’s planned for the first floor of the Pierce Atwood building on Commercial Street.
158 Pickett Street Cafe in South Portland has for many years been a destination for bagels, breakfast and lunch. Starting this Friday they’re adding dinner hours serving a menu of specialty pizza and salads.
To start out the new pizza menu will be available on Friday and Saturday nights; additional days will come online once the fall semester at SMCC (right down the street from 158) is in session.
Tuesday — Dr. Walt Golet will be giving a lecture at GMRI on the migratory nature of tuna and swordfish.
Wednesday — Black Tie will be holding a Graze farm dinner in New Gloucester, and the Monument Square Farmers Market is taking place.
Thursday — Brad Messier & Erin Lynch from Rosemont will be the guest chef at this week’s Twilight Dinner at Turkey Hill Farm, there will be a wine and cheese tasting at the Public Market House, and it’s the last day of Vinland’s Kickstarter campaign which has so far raised $37,060 towards a $40k goal.
Saturday — Rabelais is holding their annual book sale (20-25% off), and the Deering Oaks Farmers Market is taking place.
Portland Brew Festival — the third big beer event taking place in Portland this summer, the Portland Brew Festival, is scheduled for August 30-31.
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.
The Beer Babe has posted a report on her recent visits to the Urban Farm Fermentory and Maine Beer Company.
We sat, laughing, and sipped our samples while happily lingering in the air conditioning. If you are looking for an easy diversion or a reason to leave your hot apartment, consider Maine Beer Company’s tasting room in Freeport your official reason.