Bite-Sized Food News

Greetings, food lovers! As we've been digging ourselves out from all the snow, the world of food news in Portland has continued on. This week, James Beard Award nominations have been announced, an old favorite in South Portland has unexpectedly reopened, and several under-construction restaurants opening this spring have made progress.   Taco Trio’s South Portland Location Reopens   After months of waiting, there's good news for taco lovers: Taco Trio has reopened. Reasons surrounding…

What's burning? Smoked beer from Maine

  It's been a pleasure sampling super dark beers, loyal reader. But my palate needs a break from the dark side, so I'm making a momentary detour into an uncommon style: smoked beers.   Long ago, most malts were dried with burning coal, wood, or peat, each of which imparted a unique smokey aroma to the beer. These days, maltsters use kilns to dry malt, which don't impart a smoked flavor. Smokiness is a choice,…

Bite-Sized Food News

It’s hard to believe, but February is already halfway over. Spring is slowly approaching, and that means there’s more food news to learn about in Portland! This week, Thrillist names Samuel’s the best wings in Maine, Cafe Crepe is opening a second location at the Public Market, Chad Conley of the Palace Diner has leased Brea Lu’s former space in Portland, and David Levi has reopened his Italian restaurant under its new name, Trattoria Fanny.…

The Clink: Checking in with Mast Landing Brewing Company

We’re now up to 89 breweries and counting in the state. While the concerns about an eventual craft brewery “bubble” make for interesting dinner conversation, the industry in Maine has shown admirably few growing pains. It would be one thing if the recent spate of brewery openings was watering down the standard of quality in the state, but what has happened is close to the opposite. The Maine beer industry is now a thoroughly collegial…

Tiqa Takes a Trip to Taste the Origin of Its Cuisine

When was the last time the owner of your business or your supervisor, asked if you’d like to take a trip abroad to discover the food and culture of a region? Many of my friends belly ache about business trips. They complain that they don’t get to venture outside of their hotel or they’re forced to eat conference food — legitimate reasons to piss and moan. I don’t think you’ll hear any complaints coming from…

Bite-Sized Food News

Greetings food lovers, and welcome to the month of love, AKA February. This week, Otherside Delicatessen’s new West End location has finally opened, as well as Izakaya Minato on Washington Ave. Standard Baking Co. has been named one of the best purveyors of croissants in the country by Food & Wine, Korean food is coming back to Portland, and ice cream is now available for delivery via text message. Learn all about it in this…

Coffee + Stout + Milk = Happy

Welcome to the dark side, loyal reader! Rather than push our collective glasses up the bridge of our collective noses and mutter about ABV, IBU and SRM*, we're going to appreciate the lighter, more fun aspects of darker beers. Dark beer is a blast — and tasting styles with unusual adjuncts is a great way to make that point. This week, we're going to sample stouts that include coffee and milk flavors. We've tasted coffee…

Serious Fun With Marshmallow Stout

  Stout has a reputation as a “serious,” weighty beer. Perhaps it's the dark color and heavy body of this style that lends it such a somber reputation? I've long argued that many stouts are more lighthearted than they appear. Take Guinness, for example. It has fewer calories per pint than many lighter-colored beers, and clocks in under 4% alcohol by volume. In an effort to shatter the stereotypes of serious, dour stouts, I'm dedicating…

Bite-sized Food News

Welcome to another tantalizing edition of Bite-Sized Food News! This week, Biddeford’s Palace Diner is named one of the best diners in the country, dessert lovers are ready to flock to newly opened Sticky Sweet in the Public Market, 3 local business are named winners at this year’s Good Food Awards, a new brewery is opening in East Bayside, and Fyood Kitchen is raising money on Kickstarter. Ready to learn more? Just keep reading below…

Bite-sized food news

Welcome, food lovers. Strange times are ahead, but the food news never stops. This week, food trucks are dominating the conversation, Drifters Wife has racked up another accolade, and Time Out Magazine has named Emilitsa one of the best Greek restaurants in the country. Want to learn more? Of course you do; that's what you're here for!   Maine Food Trucks Actively Converting To Restaurants For foodies in the know, it feels like there's been…
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