Bite Sized Food News

Welcome back, hungry readers. The holiday season is once again upon us, and Christmas looms less than a month away. This week, the Huffington Post names Dean's Sweets on its annual gift guide, new breweries under construction in South Portland and Portland are joining the ever-growing craft beer scene, and Hipstorical reviews Woodford Food & Beverage. Let's dive in and get comfortable. Dean's Sweets on Huffington Post Gift Guide It's no secret that Dean's Sweets…

Doubling Down on Double IPA

Happy November, loyal reader! This week, we're going to continue our double IPA binge. What is a double IPA? IPA stands for "India Pale Ale," a style of ale developed as a durable export to British colonies in India. Original IPAs featured larger quantities of hops and a higher alcohol content, primarily for their preservative effects during their long journeys. Double IPAs challenge the palate by intensifying the flavor characteristics and alcoholic strength of this…

Bite Sized Food News

Hello everyone, and welcome to another tasty edition of Bite Sized Food News. Yes, we’re all full and couldn’t possibly think about food after surviving Thanksgiving, but here we are. There’s no turkey or cranberry sauce to be found here, only an exciting update on the world of food in Portland. This week, Urban Sugar gets nominated for Food Truck of the Year by Mobile Cuisine, 3 local Maine companies have been named finalists in…

Where to eat while pondering the effects of Question 4

Many experts believe a rise in the minimum wage, which voters just approved with Question 4, will “stimulate demand” and goose the economy. But to speak of “insufficient demand” is a convenient way for elites to blame the rest of us for sluggish returns on investments. Everyone knows that truth is quite the opposite. We will never succeed by making demands on the billionaires and their ilk. We can only survive by serving them. The…

Double IPA: Hoppy Treats for Maine Beer Drinkers

It's been a hard month, loyal reader. Together, we slogged through the monochromatic landscape of Oktoberfest beers. Silenus* bless them, but Oktoberfest beers aren't the most vibrant and diverse bunch. To shock our palates out of their long stupor, and stimulate our brains, I'm launching a month-long exploration of one of the newest and most vibrant category of beers – Double IPAs! We're starting close to home this time and sampling DIPAs from Maine. In…

Vermont Loves Maine at O’Maine Studios

At first glance Localvore Today resembles Groupon; however, they're decidedly more different than they are similar and the same can be said for Localvore and LivingSocial. It's taken me a year to wrap my head around exactly what Localvore Today does. Monday night I attended a Localvore event, actually their first event, and it finally made sense to me. Localvore’s social mission is to “support local food systems and local economies.” Helping to keep local…

A flurry of food licenses: City list reflects rampant growth in restaurant scene

So it’s not just hype; Portland really is a major constellation in America’s dining universe. With 119 new liquor licenses granted for drinking and dining establishments in the past five years, Portland lives up to its food centric reputation. Jessica B. Hanscombe, business license specialist with the city, offered a list of liquor licenses “opened” from Jan. 1, 2011 through Nov. 7, 2016. The list (reproduced here minus only a handful of chains and other…

Beer Tasting Survival Guide

The timing couldn’t be better. Portland Beer Week is in the rear-view mirror, and I have a cold that’s so bad, I can’t tell the difference between and IPA and a tall Dr. Pepper! So, rather than publish a tasting complaining that everything tastes like Echinacea and mucus, I’m going to share some survival tips for a week of extensive drinking. I’ve gathered these tips over several decades of dedicated consumption, and they don’t fail…

Bite Sized Food News

Welcome readers, to another exciting edition of Bite Sized Food News! This week, we creep closer and closer to Thanksgiving, one of the biggest celebrations of food. Several restaurants are gearing up to open before the New Year, including Big Poke in Westbrook, Izakaya Minato in Portland, and Otherside Delicatessen with a second location in the West End. Another foodie city, Austin, Texas has reviewed Portland’s food scene, and meanwhile, the Little Jamaican food cart…

Bite Sized Food News

Well, folks, November is in full swing, and that can only mean one thing: winter is really almost here. Ignore some of the out of season 60 degree days we enjoyed at the beginning of the month, and remember what really counts. Not only is Thanksgiving almost upon us, but restaurants are in the midst of opening all around us. This week, owners of the immensely popular Portland Hunt & Alpine Club have bought a…
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