Mami Restaurant Opens, Offering Quick, Affordable and Delicious Japanese Street Food

Austin Miller always loved to cook, but it wasn’t until he met his partner Hana that he found a cuisine he wanted to stick with. Hana’s family is Japanese, and she schooled Austin early on to some staples of that country’s diverse street food. “She was the catalyst. We were both working restaurants. We were at the Eastender, and when that sold we were both in a weird ‘what do we do now’ phase?” Hana…

Don't be intimidated by these Belgian Tripels

This spring, we're sipping Belgian styles of beer. We've started with traditional Trappist Ales (singels, dubbels) and now we're on to tripels. Last week's tripel tasting got me thinking. “Seth,” I thought (I often address myself in this manner), “these tripels are heavy duty beers! They are 9 percent alcohol. But, oddly they are light, dry and super drinkable. What gives?” Upon further reflection, I realized that many wines (like Vinho Verde, Chardonnay, and Gewurztraminer)…

Tripel From America

This Spring, we've been sampling beers from Belgium. We've tasted our ways through table beers (a/k/a singles), and dubbels, and this week, we're launching into an exploration of tripels. It's worth pausing to consider the differences between these styles before we start drinking. The singles we tried were spicy and mild, mostly around 5% ABV. The dubbels were darker, richer and stronger – many with ABV's exceeding 7%. Tripels are the pinnacle of this particular…

Drinking from the Source: Belgian Dubbel

This month, we're taking a spring trip to Belgium, and savoring styles of beer from this small country with a remarkably diverse beer culture. This week, we'll sip some dubbels from Belgium. Dubbel is typically a darker, heartier style, with moderate ABV (6-8%). Dubbels typically feature sweeter flavors that arise from the dark candi sugar used to make them – and relatively small quantities of hops. Dubbel pairs well with rich, hearty meals – beef…

Stories Through Food: An LB Kitchen Love Story

I’m a sucker for a good love story. I get all weepy when I’m alone with a novel and love wins out over evil. I watch young couples embrace at the cinema and imagine a lifetime love affair that has only just begun. When I see an elderly man tenderly kissing his wife of 60 years, my faith in humankind is restored. And when I stumble upon a love affair unexpectedly, I can’t help but…

Unexpected lessons from Japan at Izakaya Minato

Can we still learn new things from Japan? Time could be running out – what with a White House eagerly awaiting the Event-that-will-change-political-narratives and justify a defense-heavy budget. An escalation of tensions with North Korea could do the trick, with Tokyo (and Seoul) bearing most of the risk if missiles fly and armies move.   But we have already squeezed Japan for so much knowledge: The once-challenging bright and clean flavors of sushi are now…

Please, Pour Some Head Into Your Beer

I’ve just seen yet another Instagram post I “may like” from a guy who scored some great beer. In this case, it’s Elaborate Metaphor, a delicious American Pale Ale from Burlington Beer Company. This guy has poured his beer into a 16 oz glass, but rather than leaving a bit of space at the top, and pouring vigorously, he has painstakingly set about having the liquid beer itself fill 100% of the vessel, eclipsing the…

Seaweed tea: the next big drink trend?

If you go to the Arabica coffee shop on Commercial St. close to the pier, you’ll find a curious offering on their drink menu: seaweed tea.   What impressions first come to mind when you think of seaweed tea anyway? A mouthful of salt water, but piping hot? The company name behind the tea is “Cup of Sea” after all.   Arabica patrons that day simply said that it “sounded interesting,” but maybe they’d try…

Dipping into Dubbel

Welcome to Belgium, loyal reader! We're spending the spring tasting beers from this small country. Last week, we tasted Belgian “table beers”; this, we're moving onto dubbels. This style (like many of the others we'll taste over the next several weeks) has its roots in the traditional brewing culture of the Trappist, a Christian monastic order that originated in La Trappe, France.   Dubbel has an oddly specific origin — it can be traced back…

Keeping Mainers in Maine at the Fyood Kitchen

Fortunately for us, more and more food entrepreneurs are choosing Maine to start up their companies.   Maddie Purcell is the owner of Fyood Kitchen, an "Iron Chef-meets-Paint Nite for foodies" in Portland, Maine.   Although some would hesitate to involve themselves in this type of competition, one of biggest surprises for Maddie has been the level of competence she is seeing in the kitchen.   “Most people are better cooks than they think they…
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