Sunday, November 30
Friday, November 28
Don't be a turkey
Every fall, writers and editors have to knock themselves out to come up with a gimmick—fast turkey, slow turkey, brined turkey, unbrined turkey—when the meal essentially has to stay the same. It's like redrawing the Kama Sutra when readers really only care about the missionary position, via Slate.But there are some who forgo turkey and want a more chaste version of the holidays. These pesky vegans are irking the Press Herald's M.D. Harmon:
What motivates those who try to make their friends and neighbors feel guilty about giblets? Why not just tuck into the baked beans (wthout pork) yourself and let other people get stuffed with roast beast? via PPH.
Wednesday, November 26
Tuesday, November 25
Lobster for Thanksgiving
PFEX replaces its auctioneer
Late last month, the man who for two decades has overseen the movement of countless tons of fish through Portland was replaced by, you guessed it, a computer.
And while Dewey, 76, has stuck around to help the often-befuddled fish wholesalers adjust to the changing times, his last day, Dec. 1, is fast approaching, via PPH.
Monday, November 24
Maine Food and Lifestyle
Sunday, November 23
Fire at Binga's
"I was cooking hamburgers, smelled smoke, opened back door -- the alley-way was engulfed in flames, the back porch was on fire -- got the fireman, it all happened really fast."[11/26] Binga's plans to reopen in the summer of 2009, via tB.
Dogfish Head, Maine
Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats, the pub that [Sam] Calagione opened in 1995, sits on the main drag of Rehoboth Beach, on Delaware’s southern shore. The pub’s name comes from a peninsula in Maine where Calagione spent summers as a boy; its location was inspired by his wife, Mariah, who grew up nearby, via NYer.Calagione also apparently spent a month at the Shipyard.
Saturday, November 22
Week in Review, Nov. 22
The financial crisis also troubled horses (7) and a man seeking to finance a company manufacturing a devise that tracks the temperature of perishable foods (8). The economic crisis reportedly spurred a "run on a food bank" (9). Rising toilet paper and snack foods costs also reportedly put pressure on child care centers (10). The Oak Hill General Store, in Standish, remained closed after media reports cited a "Osama Obama shotgun pool" (11) and a fertile crescent was seen in the soils and in Democratic voting patterns (12).
A superintendent said that there is no dishonor in applying or receiving free or reduced lunches (13) and a dentist argued that food stamps should not be used to purchase soda (14). Kennebec County inmates produced 48,000 pounds of produce in 2008, most of which was donated to area food pantries (15). A UMaine student dressed as Marie Antoinette in a hunter-orange dress seesawed in an effort to collect "food closet" donations (16) but he ended his 24-hour attempt early because of the cold (17). "The food is just so awesome here, it really is," said a man at the Wayside Soup kitchen. "It's better than any restaurant I ever ate in my life and I'm a chef by trade" (18).
Friday, November 21
Slow food fast Portland Maine
The article doesn't mention that she's part of the Maine School Garden Network or that Terra Madre 2008 was held last month. There's little about the local chapter or other participants from Maine, who, according to Slow Food, included: Amanda Beal, Mary and John Belding, Ben Hasty, Scott Johnson, Craig Lapine, Dana Morse, Leslie Oster, and Bob Smith.
[Updated 11/24] Rhys also shies away from the double bind of promoting a political agenda through consumption. This year, Carlos Petrini said:
"People who sniff a cheese and talk about how it has the most wonderful aroma of horse sweat. Think how incredibly boring we would be if we were still just a gastronomic society."
Beefy guys will enjoy the fact that they can get a whole Italian at Punky's for a very reasonable $4.75, or a half for $3, and still have money left over for something fried to go with it – onion rings, mozzarella sticks, fries, chicken fingers, yadda yadda yadda. The long-haired elite types are welcome at Punky's, too. Brown rice jambalaya was a recent special for just $5.14, and there's a new falafel roll-up on the menu for $6, via PPH.
Thursday, November 20
Late night eats
Every town needs a place for people to sober-up on greasy food and coffee before hitting the bridges and turnpikes. For this informal survey of late-night Portland eateries, I awoke at midnight on four consecutive weekends and set out — with the good judgmentof sobriety, some morbid curiosity, a little envy, and a growing sense of disgust — to find the drunken diners and eat what they eat. It felt like second-acting a bad play, via tB.
Wednesday, November 19
Make Thanksgiving lobster day
Food, Hunger, Justice
Monday, November 17
The Widow Clicquot
Facing a dearth of primary materials about the widow's personal life, Ms. Mazzeo often resorts to intelligent guesswork. She admits that "telling the story of another woman's life, I have learned, is as much a matter of sympathy as scholarship." The result is an intoxicating business biography, via WSJ.
Pollan's dietary advice boils down this seven-word incantation: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." To which I would only add, "And get over yourself already," via VN.The event was also covered by the Sun Journal.
[H]ere is an opportunity I had to combine two of my great interests: food politics and knitting, via RBB.
Maybe those of us jammed into the chapel tonight were listening to this country's future Secretary of Agriculture. I can't think of a more perfect candidate for the job, via CTCA.
Thursday, November 13
Wednesday, November 12
Prohibition walking tour
Portland now has a Prohibition walking trail of sorts. (This follows a recent event about search and seizure laws).
Stops include: Empire Dine + Dance, the Neal Dow House, Shays Grill Pub, the Asylum, the Porthole, and Shipyard Brewing Compang.
Andrew Zimmern in Maine
Last summer, Zimmern and crew ate their way along the coast of Maine. (BoGlo).[Updated 11/21] There's also a food blogger who had never heard of the show who blogged about the show over at MF+L and what didn't make the cut over at eG (with even more of Katie Selva's photos].
Maine is a place, according to the Travel Channel, "where many residents find most of the food they eat right in their own backyards, literally" (PPH).
This summer, I ate a Junebug. Actually, I ate three of them, three different ways (The Phoenix).
Sebago Brewing Co.
The deviled egg
Who ever dreamed up the deviled egg? Who knew that a simple egg could be made so complicated and yet so appealing? I reached over and took one. Something for nothing. It never loses its charm, via Portfolio.
Lobster is the new bologna
Lobster, she says, is "like the new chicken, because it's so cheap." (PPH)
The critters are currently fetching about the same price as bologna along the Portland, Maine, waterfront according to a recent news report... (FWST). See also (FT).
Along the Portland waterfront, seafood shops are selling lobsters for as cheap as $3.89 a pound, which is about the price of bologna at the deli counter (AP).
Tuesday, November 11
1,111! One thousand, one hundred and eleven!
Going solo at the Fives
Q: How has the Portland, Maine hospitality industry changed to better accommodate the increasing numbers of single diners and travelers?
[Steve Corry:] I can't comment as to what the city has done to better accommodate single diners and travelers, however I am happy to share the restaurants approach. Since day one 555 has welcomed single dinners and actually provides them with a somewhat higher level of service. The way we see it is that if someone is willing to come in alone to dine with us then he/she has an elevated level of expectation that we will strive to exceed. Single diners are immediately viewed as friends of the restaurant so to speak.
Monday, November 10
Things to do when you're a drunk playground critic
Maybe it was because I was drunk, but I just HAD to climb over the fence and up the spider web. Don't let those agile little elementary school students fool you - it's hard to do. Especially wearing high-heeled boots, via km.
Sunday, November 9
Miyake's pork belly
Working at Hugo's, I consider myself a bit of a pork belly expert, but man, the pork belly there is exceptional, all rolled up like pancetta, sliced thin and crispy, via esme.
The vegan butcher shop (Chinatown, NY)
When I was first told of the place, about six years ago, I pictured a dark, cold room with raw hunks of tofu hanging from steel hooks in the ceiling and, behind a seitan-stained counter, a man with a giant belly hacking off the choicest pieces according to customers' taste.
The actual May Wah Vegetarian Food store is a tidy fluorescent place with walls covered in wood paneling and freezers filled with faux meats of every flavor and design, via TM.
Chicken not so supreme
Friday, November 7
Comet Flies Over the Underbelly
Spirits rarely have anything like a wine’s terroir—the industrial process of distillation tends to strip out nuance. But in Fernet Branca, I find something even more rare. Call it tempoir: the taste of a time that’s long since passed us by, via The Atlantic.
Weir Posts, Boot Cove
Week in Review, Nov. 7
“There’s definitely some other sensation going on there with the wormwood,” said an absinthe drinker (5). A woman who spent $22,800 on make-up and complained about fruit fly research lost a bid to become vice president (6). A man who had reportedly walked from Florida to Calais said he got food from good people without asking (7).
Before his election, Barack Obama said, "Because you all know, that I know sweet potato pie" (8).
Labels: Week in Review
Wednesday, November 5
Miller High Life
The Patty Wagon (Fore St.)
Tuesday, November 4
Election night parties in Portland
Sen. Susan Collins: 7 p.m., Eastland Park Hotel
Tom Allen: 8:30 p.m., Wyndham Hotel (in SoPo)
Chellie Pingree: 8:00 p.m., Empire Dine & Dance
Charlie Summers: 7 p.m., Holiday Inn by the Bay
Portland Greens: 8 p.m., Brian Boru
Local Dems: ?, (been known to hang at Local 188)
Local Republicans: ?, Sangillo's (according to The Phoenix)
My mother was a proponent of the first returnable bottle bill in Maine. I remember her putting me out in the parking lot at our local supermarket with bumper stickers and telling me to put them on people's cars. What if they don't want them, I asked, pretty sure this was sketchy.
They'll just razor them off, said my mom.
After the bill was passed, we would go to the beach as a family and collect the returnables, and whatever we earned we could spend on candy at Len Libby's, a local candy shop that is still there in Scarborough, ME.
Election Day fodder
Monday, November 3
Grace restaurant (Chestnut Street church)
Go nuts and donuts
Foods Jesus Ate
Out of this, I am starting a Bible Garden Club working with some of the seed companies I have relationships with, Territorial Seed Co. and Nichols Seed out West. We can sell packets of seed with the books, using cucumber, melon and lettuce, and saying these are the seeds you can grow.
Saturday, November 1
The former Maine Super Buffet, 1140 Brighton, also a location of the old Valle's Steak House, plans to become another Asian buffet, Kon's Asian Bistro. And One-Eyed Jacks Pizza, on Commercial Street, is becoming a Mediterranean-influenced restaurant called Olive, via PFM. The Front Lounge/Port City Music Hall has a blog with updates on its construction and renovation on Congress Street.
The Pavilion, 188 Middle Street, reportedly looking for a restaurant tenant. Still no word on whether the Deering High School alumni association got their money back. Also on the gossip front, anyone know this Anthony Mastropasqua, who shares a name with the owner of the Tropa Wine Co.?