Wednesday, April 30
Maine organic dairy farmer Mark McKusick explains "...Organic dairy farmers are returning to conventional production at an unprecedented rate because they are losing so much money... We appeal to consumers to demand that HP Hood pay their farmers a sustainable price!" via PRNews.Pass the blame. One culprit, says Raj Patel, is price gouging by companies. Bring on the litigation lawyers.
Nabisco Pilot Cracker
Tuesday, April 29
Organic + GE
Coupled with news of rising food prices, the high percentage of organic farms in Maine, and the state's recent approval of GE crops, that could mean the state could be a testing ground for the concept. But it could spell other troubles. On one farm in Iowa, the idea's divided husband and wife, via NPR.
Monday, April 28
Fulton Street Fish Market (New York)
Sunday, April 27
Some of the meat tasted bland, but several cuts were full of flavor, and it's certainly a kick to taste them all and compare. The flank steak, the short ribs and the resilient, spiced chicken hearts stand out from the more than 11 types of meat I tasted, via PPH.
Friday, April 25
The Natural Cook, a talk with Richard Wrangham, 7 p.m., UNE, via PFM. Free.
King Corn, a video about two college grads growing an acre of corn in Iowa, plays at Space, 7:30 p.m., via PPH and tP. $7
Potato planting parties at Rippling Waters farm in Steep Falls, and Turkey Hill Farm, Cape Elizabeth, via TMS. Saturday.
Future of Agriculture in Franklin County meeting. 6 to 8 p.m. West Farmington Grange Hall, via SJ.
Thursday, April 24
Week in Review, Apr. 24
Typical Mainers served guests baked beans and ketchup (1), Sugarloaf planned to run vehicles off used fryer grease (2), and plastic bags were passe (3). Beef contributed to climate problems (4), and last February, the governor received a letter asking him to encourage Mainers to become vegetarians (5). "It's going to tax the poor people in the state more than the rich people," a man said about a beer and soda tax (6).
A baby was called a great eater (11) and a book's protagonist ran from "metaphysical predators" who wanted to "eat his memories" (12). People counted frogs and peepers (13), bird droppings influenced the history of the world (14). chefs rarely worked on the line (15), city dwellers became farmers (16), and Joel Salatin offered $1,000 personal tours of his farm (17). One is six drivers drink (18).
Wednesday, April 23
"An instant classic, Evangeline is a 'must try' restaurant for foodies living in, or visiting Portland," via TA."Food" calls out a shill:
i disagree completely. i was there the same night. the food was just ok.
And now, the beauties of decontextualization, cultural appropriation, and self-referential commentary:
It now appears that the whole episode is an example of how facts can be lost these days in an online sea of opinions, via PPH.
Tuesday, April 22
Though [Chef Eric] Ripert and his peers can afford to buy the scallops Rod Mitchell personally harvested, or the monkfish from the day-boat whose captain they have met, the chef at the bistro in Milwaukee, or a salmon house in Calgary, almost certainly does not have that kind of access.... It was the very prestige of the world’s leading chefs that legitimized the ongoing pillage, via Ethicurean.It seems pretty hopeless. So, when you're lost in front of the fish case, here are some tips from the Environmental Defense Fund, via NPR, and Friend of the Sea, via City Paper. (Thanks JI!). More resources merging new technology and sea life at the barcode of life and fishphone.
Monday, April 21
Meat me at the lab for lunch
But like any conflict in the history of the future of food, there's an alternative to the meat-free tomorrow: In vitro meats.
"The general consensus is that minced meat or ground meat products – sausage, chicken nuggets, hamburgers – those are within technical reach. We have the technology to make those things at scale with existing technology," via Wired (Thanks MH!)In fact, PeTA is even offering a reward.
Sunday, April 20
Press and price
As an industry, we rhapsodize about la cucina povera—that is, "poor food" like polenta, beans, and braise-worthy cuts of meat like short-ribs and pigs trotters—but we rarely talk about cooking in terms of dollars and cents, via Slate.The same applies to those oft-quoted, offal chefs.
Friday, April 18
Chef et al and Siano's, via TMS.
Empire Dine & Dance, via tP: "Empire seeks to strike a blow against the corporate food empire by treading similar territory in a better way."
Arrows, via TA. (Per an earlier suggestion here.) "I consider Arrows to be a 'destination restaurant,' worth the drive from either Portland or Boston, and for serious foodies, a restaurant worth traveling for whether you live in, or are visiting New England." I consider this unreadable.
Thursday, April 17
Week in Review, Apr. 17
Drug trafficking in Colombia resulted in fewer clammers (6), clam flats in the midcoast were closed because of a state error (7). Small farms in Ellsworth received a grant (7), Governor Baldacci signed a bill to fund health care with a beer, wine and soda tax (8) and a beer tax rebellion appeared to be brewing (9).
"Local wood" was good (10). Illegal Arctic fishing endangered cod (11), the US and Canada prepared for another lobster war (12), and global warming could expand the Alaska's fishing stock (13). "Lavendar is one of my new favorite flavors," said a fancy salt seller. "It's really nice on oysters" (14).
Michael S. Sanders quotes a student who said he did not apply to Bates College because when he ate there while visiting, “the meal was not very good.” However, the student must have eaten at a dining facility being closed down in preparation for a new commons, which opened in February, via NYT.
Reader say the Lewiston college has some yummy "double fudge muffins" and "luau haddock with pineapple relish," and the service is "impeccably polite."
Wednesday, April 16
Tuesday, April 15
It's owned by a lesbian couple, but Flask isn't tailored to attract clientele of any specific sexual orientation – though a moustache pageant it hosted in late March may have suggested otherwise to some. Flask is a neighborhood bar, via tB.
Gardeners get tax breaks
In recognition of planting season and the intersecting geopolitical crises now upon us, I am proposing that home growers finally catch a break. Not from bugs, weather, or clunky garden shoes, but from taxes, via Alternet.
Hemingway opens two bottles of beer
Saturday, April 12
Let them eat cake
Friday, April 11
Port City Food
Thursday, April 10
Weeks in Review, Apr. 10
A casino might pay for new roads and schools and a lobster in every pot (6), state cops rewarded dogs with food (7), and dill beans were found in Aisle 5 at the Shaw's in Lewiston (8) and a spirit messenger, also a former health food store employee, said: "When I'm in a grocery store or an airport there may be 100 people walking up and down. I see 1,000, deceased relatives of the people walking there" (9).
Maine's farmers sought protection from genetically engineered crops (10), Montville residents debated a local ban (11). Sales at Paul Bourassa's store, Dad's Tackle Box, were said to be "off the hook" (12), sculpted flowers from Couture Cakes in South Portland sold well (13). One syrup maker said, "I have trees that still have 3 feet of snow around them. It’s not looking good right now" (14).
Wednesday, April 9
College, cheap, garbage, free
Tips for thifty eaters and tips from a thrifty eater, via PPH. An earlier post here.
The fast food wrapper icicle, or the Bayside Glacier, gets profiles in this week's Phoenix. An earlier post here.
Wash it down with some free booze (All these breweries sample, right?), via TMS. Been done before.
Tuesday, April 8
The titans of (all-natural) siren
The "titan of the organic world" shares her thoughts, via PPH:
I just hope that everybody will go organic. I really don't know what the future is going to bring, but I worry about animal extinction and plant extinction as the world gets messed up.Other wingbats of the organoDisney-locavore-Prius driving subset seem a little off the mark when discussing current food price increases.
Now I am worried that the bats are dying. We are going to have to stop using chemicals out there, and it is hard on our own food supply.
"Michael Pollan, the author and de facto leader of the food intellectuals, happily dreams of small, expensive bottles of Coca-Cola" and "urging others to eat better (and thus more expensive) food is not elitist" Alice Waters told the NYT. Another analyst said:
“The main thing is that you need a little evidence before you say everyone is clipping coupons and eating dirt. All we know for sure at this point is that people are going to the supermarket and noticing butter is $4 a pound and not $2.”
Monday, April 7
Friday, April 4
Thursday, April 3
Gilbert’s: "the heartiest"See also, last year's chowder note. There's still room to do another chowder review about sourcing: Where are these clams coming from?
Morrison’s: the "Coors Light of chowders"
J’s Oyster Bar: "thinner chowder with a buttery flavor"
Old Port Sea Grill: "fluffy, kind of like" a puppy
DiMillo’s Floating Restaurant: "You’ll get a clam in every bite"
Portland Lobster Co.Not open yet.
Walk out with lunch for less than 5 bucks, including an ice-cold coffee or tea sweetened with condensed milk. Or grab eight sandwiches for a Jackson, call friends and picnic at the park, via a Psst! last fall.Fresh discovery for
When or if the weather improves, Kim's would be a great place to grab some sandwiches before heading to a bench on the Western Promenade for a picnic, via PPH.
Wednesday, April 2
Another short on One-Fifty Ate, a former relative of Scratch Baking (almond horn bliss) in SoPo, apparently confuses the Yankee.
So where to turn to for sophisticated, not-too-geriatric tour guides? DownEast? The site whose food options in Portland used to be limited to the old people's home and Becky's suburban development?
Well, they've updated, but the posts lack the terse originality of Yankee (help me for saying such things). Surprisingly, the wimpy lifestyle rag gets some things right about Maine:
Dysart's: "Expect decent home cooking (fries with gravy, meatloaf, steak subs) 24/7, and that sort of exquisite indifference from your server that’s sadly being lost elsewhere."Bonus points. No mention of Fore Street. For that, there's only one place: Four on Fore.
Caiola's: "Look for dishes such as pan-fried flatiron steak, crispy duck, and—for those less Continental—a memorable hamburger."
Tuesday, April 1
Food campaign, pt. 5
Cheryl Burton offers the candidate a thick chocolate cake with white chocolate frosting. He looked at this thing, clearly a little worried; it’s only been 45 minutes since he was asked to inhale three varieties of chocolate.
“Oh man, that’s too decadent for me,” via NYT (Thanks Moof!).