Shaved Ice is Hot

Today’s Maine Sunday Telegram includes an article on options for shaved ice treats available this summer.

When the temperature rises in Maine, Mainers typically turn to ice cream for a little cold comfort. This unusually sweaty summer, though, when so many people are working from home without air conditioning, calls for bigger ammunition to fight the heat and humidity – icy treats such as shave ice, snoballs, and boozy ice pops.

Featured in the article are: Belfast Shaved Ice, Brrrr! Harbor, Haole Ice, Hawaiian Jim’s, Little Easy Snoballs, Snowology 207, and Vena’s.

Changing Nature of the Restaurant Industry

The Food & Dining section today’s Maine Sunday Telegram includes articles on:

Restaurants Act

Leigh Habegger, executive director of Seafood Harvesters of America, and Andrew Taylor, Arlin Smith and Mike Wiley, the co-owners of Eventide, Hugo’s and The Honey Paw have co-written an article for the Press Herald advocating for passage of the Restaurants Act and funds to support the seafood industry.

The connection couldn’t be clearer: Without restaurants, many fishermen have nowhere to sell their catch. Without fishermen, many restaurants have nothing to offer. We’re proud to harvest and serve the best-managed, most sustainable seafood in the world, especially when it comes on a steamed bun or slurped down with a squeeze of lemon. By passing the RESTAURANTS Act and providing additional assistance to the commercial fishing industry, Congress would make sure fresh oysters, lobster tails and haddock filets continue to make it to consumers, returning hundreds of billions of dollars and millions of jobs in the process.

For more information on the challenges faced by restaurant during the pandemic visit the Independent Restaurant Coalition website.

The Big Takeout/Delivery List

Here’s the ever growing list of takeout/delivery with subsections for restaurants, coffee & tea, bakeries/bagels/donuts, beer/wine/distilleries, delivery services, markets and other food shops. The list is updated and re-categorized on a daily basis so check back to see if a favorite of yours is back in business.

OTHER RESOURCES

PRE-ORDER OPTIONS

RESTAURANT TAKEOUT/DELIVERY IN PORTLAND

BAKERIES, DONUTS & BAGELS

CANDY, CHOCOLATE, ICE CREAM, GELATO

COFFEE, TEA & JUICE

BEER, WINE & SPIRITS

SEAFOOD

GROCERIES & GROCERY DELIVERY/PICK-UP

  • Portland Farmers’ Market – continues its 252 year history with markets on Wednesday and Saturdays in Deering Oaks.
  • Rosemont – Rosemont now has both:
    • curbside pick-up from all locations,  order online
    • home delivery, order online.
    • and both the Brighton Ave and West End stores are open for to in-store shopping.
  • Portland Food Co-op – has daily hours (10-11 am) for immune compromised, elderly and disabled shoppers. They are open 11 am –  2 pm, 3 – 6 pm for everyone else.
  • Lois’ Natural Marketplace – has re-opened both locations. For curbside orders call (207) 210-6500 (Portland) and (207) 885-0602 (Scarborough).
  • Big Tree Hospitality – is running a grocery out of their Biddeford commissary kitchen. Order online.
  • Buy Direct from Farms – a list of farms in Maine that sell direct published by the University of Maine Extension…there’s also another website that presents the same data in a different format called beansuppah.com.
  • Farm Drop – a farm and food producer agregation platform with a weekly pick-up on Thursdays in Bayside. Order online.
  • Milk & Honey – has launched a farm food pick-up service. “farm food , wholesome , delicious, nutritious and clean from our farms to your trunk. Tuesdays , Thursday’s and Saturday’s 2-4 pm…Text Lauren your order or questions 2072487396 and pay Venmo Lauren Pignatello or I’ll square invoice you.”
  • Stonecipher Farm – will be holding an “open air, safe-distance, 4 week vegetable CSA program. Pickups will be on Saturdays from 4:00pm-6:00pm” in the parking lot at Local 188. They’re also partnering Solo Italiano on selling 4-week and 13-week shares for pick-up at Solo Italiano on “Saturday between 3&8 or Sunday between 1&6.”
  • Solo Cucina Market – is providing curbside pick-up. Order online or call (207) 808-8507.
  • Fresh Approach – has a takeout and delivery available Monday through Friday (Monday through Friday 8am to 7pm, Saturday 9am to 7pm, Sunday 9am to 5pm). Call (207) 774-7250.
  • Safari Grocery – is open at 30 Washington Ave. (207) 805-1219.
  • Sun Oriental Market – has curbside service, Mon – Sat. (207) 772-8675.
  • Pats Meat Market – has curbside pickup. Text (207) 553-0990 or call (207) 772-3961 to order.
  • La Bodega Latina – continues to be open.
  • Micucci’s – is still open. (207) 775-1854
  • Monte’s – has curbside pick-up for grocery items. (207) 613-9873.
  • A growing number of restaurants and bars are now selling groceries and other provisions.
  • Fork Food Lab – has launched an e-commerce site selling provisions from the start-up businesses that use their kitchen.
  • Native Maine Produce – has a home delivery.
  • Maine Market Basket – has a new grocery delivery service. Order online.
  • The Cheese Shop – The Cheese Shop is providing curbside takeout “We strongly encourage our curbside pickup option -simply call us, talk through your order, give us 30 minutes to put it together, and we’ll run it out to your car when you pull up.”
  • The Cheese Iron – has curbside takeout and delivery. They are also selling their excellent sandwiches. Call (207) 883-4057 or email info@thecheeseiron.com.
  • Heritage Seaweed – has curbside pickup, and the store is also open to the public.
  • Fiore – located inside Ada’s does curbside takeout. (207) 801-8978.
  • Vena’s – will be opening their retail with “to-go mocktails, and carry away cocktail kits”.
  • North Atlantic Naturals – has home delivery of food as well as cleaning and paper products.
  • Instacart – Instacart handles delivery for Shaws.
  • Whole Foods – Whole Foods has a grocery delivery service for Prime members.
  • Forage – has put together a map of local farms and fisheries that sell direct.

RESTAURANTS OUTSIDE PORTLAND

If you know of something I’m missing then please post a comment or email me at anestes@portlandfoodmap.com.

Old Port Outside, Maine Ginger, Vegan Eating

Today’s Maine Sunday Telegram includes a survey of sidewalk dining in the Old Port by restaurant critic Andrew Ross,

My plan on this sun-soaked Saturday afternoon is to take my new mask out for a spin on a walk through downtown Portland, starting where new, planter-topped concrete barricades fence in a pedestrian-friendly stretch of Exchange Street. The blockade offers restaurants and bars a bit more outdoor real estate to help rekindle business as customers begin their cautious return to dining out.

an article about Maine-grown ginger,

[Ian] Jerolmack, now in his seventh year of tending the young ginger rhizomes that sprout from mature ginger root he imports from Peru, has a reputation among local farmers as the best ginger grower in Maine. One flower farmer I spoke with grew it for a couple of years until the novelty wore off; the crop was too labor intensive and not always productive, he said. He told me to call Jerolmack.

and an overview of vegan/vegetarian ratings garnered by Portland.

Portland may be a small city, but it ranks alongside Chicago, Los Angeles and New York as a hot spot for vegans and vegetarians. Over the past five years, Portland has gained a national reputation as a top city for vegans, reflecting the city’s growing roster of vegetarian restaurants and residents’ easy access to locally grown vegetables and fruits.

Preble Street

The Bangor Daily News reports that Preble Street will be changing over to food delivery in order to increase social distancing among people who depend on the soup kitchen.

Preble Street Resource Center, one of the largest social service agencies in Maine, will shut down its to-go soup kitchen on Monday and shift to a mobile food distribution program that “brings food to people where they are.”

The initiative aims to provide basic food needs and dissuade crowds from gathering at its Bayside site during the pandemic, according to Ali Lovejoy, a program director at Preble Street.

Crowds on Wharf Street

Prompted by images of crowds on Wharf Street Friday night, the City of Portland is assigning code enforcement officers to monitor conditions on Wharf street and made clear that if “the regulations are not followed by businesses then the City will be forced to eliminate outdoor dining on Wharf Street and in other areas in which violations are found.”

For more information see reports in the Press Herald and from News Center Maine.