A new food blog entitled Eat Here. Go There. has been added to the Food Map blog list. The author is a transplant from West Virgina and a self described “newbie Mainer, writer, bon vivant, wife, and puppy momma”. The most recent two posts are reviews of Pai Men Miyake and Boda.
Finally, Ben decided on the Pork Hocks braised in Star Anise, which the menu told us is one of the most popular dishes in Thailand! Score! The pork was so tender it came apart easily with a fork, and it tasted great, with just the slightest hint of licorice from the star anise. All in all I thought it was one of the most interesting combinations of spices I have ever had in a dish. I would consider it a must try for anyone.
A collection of food news and links for your Saturday morning:
- Miyake has leased the space adjacent to Paciarino on Fore Street. They’ll be moving their Spring Street sushi restaurant there later this year.
- Brown paper is up in the windows of the old Katahdin on High Street and the Restaurant for Lease sign is down. There’s no word yet on what kind of restaurant it will be but I’ve added it to the Under Construction list.
- The folks from Dobra Tea recently took a break from getting their tea house on Middle Street ready for the grand opening to be interviewed for a book about tearooms in America. Dobra’s grand opening is scheduled for March 31.
- According to documents filed with the city, Bonobo pizza is changing hands. The new owners, Louise Murphy and Denise Compton, plan to “operate the business in much the same manner as the original owner and chef.”
- According to a job posting on Craigslist, Chef Eric Simeon is leaving Grace to “to pursue his own dream of opening a restaurant of his own.”
- Chef Jeff Hodgdon from The Salt Exchange appeared on the local Fox morning show yesterday. Hodgdon had been the sous chef at TSE and took over the kitchen when Jacob Jasinski left for a job in California last Fall.
- Saturday is the last day of the 3rd Annual Maine Restaurant Week.
I’ve posted four new additions to the Food Map:
- Cannoli Joe’s is a specialty bakery. They have a menu of 24 different flavors of cannoli for you to choose from priced at $18 for a mini-dozen and $36 for a large dozen.
- Chubby Werewolf is a new food/pop culture blog that went live in late February. CW recently published a burger review of Local 188.
- Expanding Horizons Food is a Portland consulting company that helps businesses “capture growing food movement markets, build a loyal community around your enterprise, and keep your expanded customer base coming back for more.”
- Tandoor Bakery is owned by Iraqi immigrant Audai Naser. He originally started his bakery in the community kitchen at the Public Market House and then moved out to his own place on Forest Ave.
Here are few food news updates:
- Mousse Cafe closed up shop for the last time on Saturday ending a run that started 2 years ago in August 2008.
- Liban Market, an African market on Washington Ave, has been added to the food map.
- A new Chinese restaurant is under construction on Washington Ave at the location formerly occupied by Litza’s.
On the heels of the comparative cupcake tasting engineered a couple weeks ago by Edible Obsessions, The Blueberry Files and Appetite Portland comes word of an additional cupcakery, Buttercup Cupcakes, and a blog wholly devoted to tracking down the best cupcake in Portland called Cupcakes! Cupcakes! Cupcakes!.