The Bollard has an article about a recommendation from the police to the City Council to not renew Slainte’s liquor license.
Beer Locavore has posted his thoughts on the new Barleywine from Shipyard and the Espresso Amber Ale from Peak Organic.
Tasting in Tongues has posted a review of Bar of Chocolate Cafe.
“I wanted great service on this lazy Sunday afternoon, in a nice setting, and a dessert and drink combo that would lull me into a hypnotic state as I stare off into the distance letting the rich chocolate work its magic on my stressed out soul. Well I got exactly what I wanted at the Bar of Chocolate, at 38 Wharf Street.”
Gabe Rucker, Chef at Le Pigeon in the other Portland, is cooking a 7 course meal at Five Fifty-Five with Steve Corry Monday night. Also on Monday the Slow Food Portland Book Club is meeting to discuss Molecular Gastronomy, and the next Piatto per Tutti cooking class is taking place. On Tuesday Bar Lola is holding a Rioja Wine Dinner and Evangeline is holding a Harvest Dinner. Tuesday night is the premiere of the Maine episode of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. There are four wine tastings scheduled this week: Old Port Wine Merchants on Wednesday, Leavitt and Sons on Thursday, Rosemont on Friday, and Kitchen & Cork on Saturday. Thursday night The Great Lost Bear is showcasing the beer of Long Tail Brewing. For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.
The in-house mixologist at Accidental Vegetables, Ravinder Kingra, has posted the formula for a cocktail called The Simpatico which promises to bring to mind the “long-gone warmth and frivolity of summer”.
According to this week’s email newsletter from Rabelais, Dean’s Sweets plans to open its new shop on Middle Street November 22 at 11 am. To celebrate their new neighbor’s opening Rabelais will be having a one day 15% sale on all books in the store.
On my way to breakfast this morning I spotted sheets of drywall being delivered to the orange retail space that used to house Percy’s on Congress Street. According to the workman that location is going to reopen as a coffee shop.
Type A Diversions has reviewed The Front Room.
“While the comfort food-inspired cuisine is rather ho-hum at the Front Room, I can certainly understand the restaurant’s popularity. It’s the kind of neighborhood restaurant you can go and be completely comfortable. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, the food quality is consistent, and the prices can’t be beat.”
“Forest Gardens was a bar I’d never noticed nor heard of. No one I know has ever suggested hitting up the place. In all my internet research of local bars, I’ve never found the bar, yet it’s been there since the 1950s, according to John, the bartender.”