Reviews: Dobra & 3 Buoys

A new Portland food blog called Haddockquest has reviewed Three Buoys,

I have to say, I didn’t walk into 3 Buoys expecting to enjoy anything about the experience, yet the place nailed everything from start to finish. It’s far too early in the Haddockquest timeline to declare this the best fried haddock sandwich on the peninsula, but it sets a high bar right out of the gate.

and Tea Sensei has reviewed Dobra Tea.

I primarily drink green and oolong, and occasionally an Assam black tea. So this was very different and very delightful. Between the tea and décor, it felt I had escaped into a hidden tearoom in Morocco. Yet within its big menu, one will find high quality teas from Japan, China, India and many other premier tea growing regions.

This Week’s Events: Family Feast, Kate McCarty, Central Beer Dinner, Coffee Tour

Memorial Day — Family Feast, Tandem Coffee and Bunker Brewing are throwing a Indonesian themed Memorial Day Bash BBQ in East Bayside.

WednesdayCentral Provisions is holding a beer dinner, The Maine Brew Bus is leading a progressive beer dinner featuring Atlantic Brewing, and the Monument Square Farmers Market is taking place.

ThursdayFishin’ Ships is scheduled to launch at Rising Tide, and the Great Lost Bear is showcasing beer from Uinta.

Friday — Blue Rooster is kicking off their summer guest chef series with a hotdog designed by Cara Stadler from Tao Yuan.

SaturdayKate McCarty will be at Sherman’s to sign copies of her book Portland Food: The Culinary Capital of Maine, it’s the first day of Rum Riots, and the Deering Oaks Farmers Market is taking place.

Sunday — Po’Boys & Pickles are holding their 3rd Annual Parking Lot Crawfish Boil, and Hugo’s will be the featured restaurant at this month’s Flanagan’s Table dinner.

mbb_logoAlso on SundayI’ll be leading a coffee house tour in collaboration with the folks from The Maine Brew Bus. We’ll be visiting: Speckled Ax, Bard Coffee, Tandem Coffee Roasters and Coffee by Design. Visit the Brew Bus site to sign-up.

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.

Farmers’ Market History, Part 2

The Maine Sunday Telegram has published an article (part 2 of 2) about the history of the Portland Farmers’ Market.

Over the centuries, the market rose and fell, and rose again, along with the fortunes of the city. Over the market’s 246-year lifespan, it has moved at least half a dozen times, operated indoors and out, sometimes at multiple locations, and has almost been extinguished by industrial agriculture and the popularity of supermarkets.

You can read part 1 of this article online.

WSJ: A New England Focus on Local Foods

Chefs at Vinland and Hugo’s/Eventide are featured in this Wall Street Journal article about the New England local food movement,

Griddled until golden but still tender at the center, it arrived nestled up against crescents of delicata squash, in a pool of sage-scented melted goat cheese that evoked the world’s most rarified Welsh rarebit. A tousle of tiny arugula stems and sunshiny tatsoi blossoms topped it all off. The dish was simultaneously surprising and comforting. It tasted of place and possibility. And like everything else on the menu at Vinland, chef David Levi’s fledgling experiment in Down East cuisine, not one morsel of it had started life more than a few dozen miles from my mouth.

The Maine Brew Bus & Coffee Tour

mbb_logoThis Week’s Portland Phoenix includes a report on The Maine Brew Bus and their new itinerary of tours, dinners and the Hop and Go shuttle services they plan to run during happy hour.

Also keep your eyes peeled this summer for the bright green bus serving as a shuttle during happy hour (4-7 pm) on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Maine Brew Bus “Hop and Go Shuttle” will make a loop around Portland, stopping at 10 established locations to let riders on and off (the service will be free for riders and funded by charging the official stops a bi-monthly rate). The service starts next month.

Portland Coffee House Tour
I’m also happy to announce that Portland Food Map is working with The Maine Brew Bus on a Portland Coffee House Tour, taking place next Sunday June 1. Join me and Brew Bus owner Zach Poole as we visit Speckled Ax, Bard Coffee, Tandem Coffee Roasters and Coffee by Design to learn more coffee and the exceptional businesses behind this dynamic part of the local food community. Tickets are $35 per person, June 1, 12:45 – 5 pm.