Tuesday, June 30
Portland Rum Riot
Mr. Carroll begins his 50-state expedition with a trip to Maine to explore the sites of the 1855 Portland Rum Riot against Neal S. Dow, the prohibitionist mayor, via New York Times.
Friday, June 26
A couple weeks in review
Mark Bittman called Maine lobster sustainable (6). The governor planted an organic garden (7), new rules went into effect for aerial crop spraying (8) and fishing management (9). Saco considered backyard chickens (10), a watermelon-eating contest was held in a parking lot (11), and raw foodies were displeased with Brian Duff's interpretation of history (12). The Bramhall Pub closed (13).
John Golden, fresh up from The Hamptons, said, "Ouch!" at Hugo's (14) and compared Local 188 to Fore Street, largely because of the ambient volume of the two restaurants (15). Standard Baking Co.'s scones appeared in Bon Appetit (16), Steven Lanzolatta's Diet Code book was being given away free on the streets of New York (17), and a Brunswick farmer said, "At the end of the day, if I ever were to question what I'm doing, I think you can't question the importance of producing good food" (18).
Thursday, June 25
Corson says that it doesn't look like Maine lobster will go the way of Maine wild salmon or Cape Cod cod--but, if they don't change their fishing and marketing strategies in ways he describes, they could go the way of the textile mill workers who have left such lovely, sad relics in the Connecticut of my childhood and the Massachusetts I live in now.And Corson explains the problem further.
Wednesday, June 24
[Updated] More on the berries, sort of, from a Leischen Stelter interview with Caiola's owners:
Last year, for example, a farmer called excited about a large harvest of saskatoon berries, which take several years to bear fruit after planting. "He brought in bucket loads and I wasn't prepared, but we got on it and ended up with some great desserts and this year I can't wait to get them in," she said.
Monday, June 22
My Life in FranceMore food-related summer reading suggestions:
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto
Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer
The Man Who Ate The World: In Search of the Perfect Dinner
How To Cook A Wolf, via Portland Daily Sun.
Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine WayMore and more and more:
The Big Sur Bakery Cookbook: A Year in the Life of a Restaurant
Real Cajun: Rustic Home Cooking From Donald Link’s Louisiana
Pure Simple Cooking: Effortless Meals Every Day
Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking
The Best Skillet Recipes
Mix Shake Stir: Recipes From Danny Meyer’s Acclaimed New York City Restaurants
Rustic Fruit Desserts: Crumbles, Buckles, Cobblers, Pandowdies, and More
Serious Barbecue: Smoke, Char, Baste, and Brush Your Way to Great Outdoor Cooking
Well-Preserved: Recipes and Techniques for Putting Up Small Batches of Seasonal Foods, via the New York Times (+ 20).
via Chow.Rabelais plans to have a sidewalk sale June 28: their first catalog is now online.
Sunday, June 21
Lobstermen sell direct, possibly undermining dealers and themselves.Previously.
Dealer price-fixing allegedly started 1950s Lobster War.
Industry lacks money, needs to hold hands, and sing Kumbaya.
Sunday Read: Dolphin-safe tuna
By trying to help dolphins, groups like Greenpeace caused one of the worst marine ecological disasters of all time. Few other fisheries are as bad for groups like sharks and sea turtles as the purse seine fishery, and none are as large in scale, via Southern Fried Science (via 3QD):
Saturday, June 20
Friday, June 19
The one I ordered included shredded pork and salsa verde ($6.95) and was unlike anything I'd had in a restaurant. I mean that in a good way.
Commerical St. coffee
Thursday, June 18
Maine Road Food
Any concerns about your recommendations from a health point of view? You've got hot dogs "piled high with mayo" at Flo's in Cape Neddick, Maine...
Mr. Stern: This isn't a book for sick people. This is a book for people fundamentally healthy. I don't recommend eating hot dogs at Flo's seven days a week, but a vast majority of the food that is unique and beloved by Americans is nutritionally incorrect.
Maine Mead Works
In a garage in the city’s east end, Cayer and his team of beared, flanneled distillers brew their special brand of mead — an alcoholic drink made by fermenting honey and water — using local yeast, berries and other ingredients.
Wednesday, June 17
Tuesday, June 16
The Corner Room: June 25
His website says, "With the same comfortable rustic ambiance as the first two Rooms, The Corner Room will feature fresh housemade pastas and artisanal breads – affordable rustic Italian-inspired food at its best." Menu via Portland Fodder.
Monday, June 15
EAT in Maine
[Updated 6/18] Do you think hungry people will again gravitate to this image? There is going to be a hot dog stand very nearby. That's just good luck. The Farnsworth has no restaurant, via BoGlo.
Sunday, June 14
The Sunday Read: Post-Pasteurian Cultures
Many blame colds on germs, demand antibiotics from doctors, and drink ultra-pasteurized milk and juice, while politicians on the campaign trail slather on hand sanitizer. Yet there are post-Pasteurians in their midst: dissenters who insist that not all bugs are bad, not only that microbes are a fact of life but that many also enhance human life. Resisting the hyperhygienic dream of Pasteurians, post-Pasteurians... may fashion informal social-economic channels to procure unpasteurized milk, via MIT.
Saturday, June 13
The Papaya King
The hot dogs have a natural casing, supposedly imported especially for Papaya King from Germany, giving it a distinctive snap when you bite into it. They’re flavorful—especially with the kick that Captain Mowatt’s Snakebite Mustard adds, via Portland Daily Sun.Bonus article fact: The 14th Dalai Lama is not a vegetarian.
The scoop in Willard Square
Friday, June 12
Thursday, June 11
Zoulamis first deep fries the falafel bites until they are crispy on the outside but soft inside so that you can still taste the chickpeas.... The falafel bites are stuffed into a white pita, then Zoulamis adds lettuce and chopped tomatoes and cucumbers. The crowning touch is his homemade tahini, made with tahini paste, lemon juice, water, paprika and garlic, via Portland Press Herald.
Prosciutto crudo e melone ($11.75) doesn't shirk on expensive, mountain-air-dried ham, with several thin slices overlapping three fat wedges of cantaloupe, which improved after losing its refrigerated chill.Part of a regular feature.
[Translation:] Prosciutto Crudo as You Know Makes Me Go Bonkers and Go with the Flow and Slap the Ho.
Wednesday, June 10
Maine lobster rolls
Harbor Works Gallery (Cundy's Harbor)
Tuesday, June 9
Down at the Docks
Monday, June 8
The Farmer’s Table is exemplary of the ongoing trend toward upscale-yet-casual restaurants that focus on simple preparations of local ingredients. The prices are a little high compared to some similar options around town, but I suppose you’re paying extra for the location, via tB.
Sunday, June 7
The Sunday Read: The case against the term 'molecular gastronomy'
Why would you describe anything you are going to eat as molecular gastronomy? Either word alone is bad – together, horror, via Cooking Issues.
It's hard being food obsessed when you basically live pay check to pay check in a town like Portland, ME. But, it is a hell of a lot easier when you don't have a mortgage to pay, kids or a meth habit.
Saturday, June 6
Drinking and lawnmowing
Friday, June 5
Week in Review, June 5
Chef Rob Evans doubled the number of foodies dining out at Hugo's (5). Maine representatives passed a calorie counting bill to the Senate (6), and although Maine voters rejected a soda tax, the idea appeared to be gaining traction nationwide (7). Restaurant Grace planned a dessert menu to capture the after-Merrill crowds (8) and the inner quiet of pasta was broken when Nancy English ate at Paciarino (9).
The founder of Stonington Sea Products was called a fish head (10), Katy Perry wore a sushi dress in Japan (11), and 6,400 pounds of bait was stolen from Sturdivants Wharf (12). A company named Shipwreck Galley made salsa (13), Great Diamond Island lobsters were available at the Skowhegan farmers' market, but not in Portland (14), and The Misses sank after being hit by a 46-foot dragger (15).