Thursday, April 30
Wednesday, April 29
Adds to the blogroll
Tuesday, April 28
Sunday, April 26
Sunday Read: Is local food better?
"Food miles are a good measure of how far food has traveled. But they're not a very good measure of the food's environmental impact," [Pirog says.]
That impact depends on how the food was transported, not just how far. For example, trains are 10 times more efficient at moving freight, ton for ton, than trucks are. So you could eat potatoes trucked in from 100 miles away, or potatoes shipped by rail from 1,000 miles away, and the greenhouse gas emissions associated with their transport from farm to table would be roughly the same, via WorldWatch.
Friday, April 24
Beer, wings, and Holy plywood
Also on Monday: Grace, 17 Chestnut Street, goes before the City Council for a liquor license. For more, check the full council agenda.
Stephen Cooks (again)
Week in Review, April 24
"If one were to judge Maine’s dining scene solely by the recommendations made by Down East, one would be forced to conclude that, aside from a few beacons of gustatory solace, you’re pretty much out of luck once you drive north of Lewiston," said a Bangor columnist (6). A Lewiston woman said she preferred eggs from caged chickens (7). Honeybees were called "white man's flies" (8) and the egalitarian spirit at Barava was dubbed "a PR coup" (9). Alice Waters coined the term arugulance (10).
The state veterinarian said, “A lot of people are making decisions about what they eat based on horror stories on YouTube. In Maine, 99.9 percent of farmers are doing it right.” (11). A dead cow inexplicably washed ashore (12). Lobstermen were urged to cut the number of traps (13) and a research vessel in the Gulf of Maine hit and killed a right whale (14).
Wednesday, April 22
Chalking one up for Ramsay
An important lesson is being taught: The teacher is no fool, and he doesn't work for you. He doesn't want you to like him; you need to earn his respect. One might say that Chef Ramsay — like other fearsome reality-TV judges — is a warrior in the battle against snowflake culture, via CHE.
Tuesday, April 21
Portland (Don't) Buy Local
How to brew tree tea
Down East Eats
Portland establishments on the list include: Fore Street, the Grill Room, Novare Res Bier Cafe, Top of the East, Una Wine Bar and Lounge, Susan's Fish and Chip's, 555, Fore Street, Paciarino, Vaughan Street Variety, 555, Bresca, Bar Lola, Fore Street, Haggarty's, North Star Music Cafe, Thanh Thanh II, bonobo, Portland Coffee Roaster, and Fore Street.
See also, 2008.
Monday, April 20
On the battle of Lexington and Concord
Seeds of Change Fresh Start
Sunday, April 19
Sunday Read: Fresh
despite this glut of media coverage, the provenance of most food is little known or understood. Whether at Tesco or farmers’ markets, consumers must take vendors’ avowals of freshness on trust, via TLS.
Relocalizing, reskilling Portland
Saturday, April 18
Fore Street always gets a great deal of attention but there are a great number of excellent restaurants all through town. Places like Evangeline, Hugo's, Miyake, Bresca, (and on and on) are all top notch. One of the best guides for food in town is Portland Food Map the places they call out with four and five stars are really must-eat stops if you're planning a visit.
Friday, April 17
Week in Review, April 17
A Cape Elizabeth farmer sold lobsters (6) and a reviewer said: "And farmers may not eat that much lobster, which are hard to raise inland. But lobster will appeal to the masses who visit the Old Port in the summer, and at the Farmer's Table they are doing good things with them" (7). Historian Sandy Oliver weighed every vegetable she grew last year, raising an estimated $3,200 (8), and community gardens had longer than average wait lists this year (9).
The value of lobster landings dropped by $50 million last year (10) and a collision in New Jersey disabled the Maine fishing boat Dictactor (11). Lawyers interpreting CIA interrogation techniques said, “Although we do not equate a person who voluntarily enters a weight-loss program with a detainee subjected to dietary manipulation as an interrogation technique, we believe that it is relevant that several commercial weight-loss programs available in the United States involve similar or even greater reductions in caloric intake” (12, 13).
Thursday, April 16
Bard Coffee Roasters
The shot I had at Bard was at least as good, if not better than Arabica.The coffee tends to be a little too American and the Bollywood tunes somehow don't jive with the space. But where else can you get multiple single-origin brews that aren't burnt to a crisp? There's a small selection of pastries and cakes, free Wi-fi, and lots of empty, lacquered chairs. Now, if only there were an orange juice press.
[Update 5/13] The Maine Mouth talks with Bard co-owner and coffee guru Bob Garver.
Wednesday, April 15
Portland Tax Day Tea Party
Tuesday, April 14
Monday, April 13
Sunday, April 12
Expressive Instructions: How to bone a chicken
“Your dead child. Prepare him for new life. Fill him with the earth. Be careful! He should not overeat. Put on his golden coat. You bathe him. Warm him but be careful! A child dies from too much sun. Put on his jewels. This is my recipe,” via New Statesmen.
Friday, April 10
Week in Review, April 10
A farm that had been featured in Stonyfield Farms advertising material had its milk contract canceled (7), two New Hampshire men were accused of stealing ice cream in Maine (8), and the owner of Good Eats Boutique learned about business from a state unemployment training class (9). A northern Maine parishioner who drank arsenic-tainted coffee six years ago died (10).
Raw food impaired a woman's fertility (11), part-time veganism became popular (12), and the meat backlash was said to be unrelated to the case for eradicating men's nipples (13). The author of the Tightwad Gazette suggested living on lentils (14), Allagash brewed with a wild American yeast (15), and, in Brewer, a prostitution ring named Cinnamon's Sweets served clients (16). A brewfest organizer said, "It's not a drunk fest, it's a micro-brew tasting event" (17).
Caviar, fish roe, via Browne Trading.Time magazine once wrote: "How succulent the flesh of unborn animals is, few civilized people know."
Balut (Hột vịt lộn), fertilized duck egg, via Makot Pech.
Ovetti nonnati, unlaid eggs from a butchered hen.
Cabrito or kutti pi, goat kid (sometimes unborn and seethed in it's mother's milk).
Persian lamb, unborn lamb meat.
Thursday, April 9
Of deer and unicorn
Saigon Sandwich and Variety
Banh mi addicts should also check out Kim's.
LD 904, an act to allow micro-breweries to sell 1/2-gallon growlers: Pending (via Sun Journal).If you give a damn about any of these, contact your representative.
LD 916, an act to ban trans-fats: Did not pass (via MPBN).
LD 989, an act to permit licensed retail beer/wine stores to sell beer/wine on premises in conjunction with a meal: Pending.
LD 1182, an act to fine milk processors when the retail price of milk exceeds twice what is paid to farmer: In committee.
Wednesday, April 8
Maine's online farmers markets
The first pickup of about a dozen orders started equally well Tuesday afternoon as farmers brought eggs, spinach and jellies to the distribution site at Tranten's Market where orders were available for customers from 4 to 6 p.m., via Sun Journal.
In wine (and books), there is truth
Whether it’s adding another cookbook to my collection or just a day for browsing, a stop at Rabelais is one of my favorite simple pleasures hands down, via DesignSponge.
Tuesday, April 7
Friday, April 3
What's the capacity at Gritty's?
The beer at Gritty McDuff's might be enough to lure people to Portland, Me.
Thursday, April 2
DeCoster Egg Farm
I was shocked to see we hired a fraud. Instead of taking care of the birds, he did his best to not to that. I find it inappropriate for someone to take money from a company to do a job and not do it, via WMTW.
Victory Brand Pickling Vinegar
The problem with food
You can eat your Powerbar, product of an engineering as peculiar as any the world has known, and wash it down with unpasteurized unfiltered cider pressed by Mennonites, and on both fronts, you find it good, via n+1.
Homegrown Herb + Tea
Wednesday, April 1
Ham is not a toy
About two weeks ago, a judgment was handed down in Levesque v. Doocy. The case involved a 2007 incident in which the morning news show "Fox and Friends" (Doocy) failed to corroborate a fake online news story hosted by Associated Content about a racially motivated incident at a middle school involving a ham sandwich. The story, among other things, quoted the superintendent (Levesque) as saying, "Ham is not a toy."
Levesque claimed he was defamed; the court ruled that the First Amendment protected the "gullible" hosts, but added:
Poetic justice would subject [Fox News] to the same ridicule that they accorded the [school superintendent]. But in real life, the aggrieved school superintendent must be satisfied with their later retraction and a professional reputation sullied less than theirs, via MediaShift.