Bite Sized Food News

It’s almost the end of 2016, and we’re still finding things to excite us about Portland’s food scene. Yes, a new year is almost upon us, but as the holiday fever winds down, it seems that Portland continues to surprise and inspire us with culinary prowess. This week, Bite Into Maine has been named for one of the best sandwiches in the country, the Green Eyes cocktail at Portland Hunt & Alpine Club is named…

The most popular restaurants that opened in 2016

Wow, what a year it has been. Although some would say it’s been a rough year socially and politically, at least it's been a pretty swell one for the local culinary scene. Several restaurants opened in 2016, but these are the ones I consider delightful.    Rossobianco When the owner of Vinland decided to open an Italian restaurant, many of us weren’t sure what the outcome would be. But then we remembered that trend-wise, 2016…

Newly opened Mini Mogadishu offers authentic Somali cuisine

Somalis in the greater Portland area can get a taste of home at Mini Mogadishu, the new Forest Avenue restaurant that opened Saturday. It’s owned and operated by Nimo and Halimo Mohamud, spiritual sisters and pioneers in an ethnic fare usually served up by men. Al Huda, Fez Mediterranean, and Asmara offer Somali and the somewhat similar Eritrean food, as do several other markets dotted in between, but the tendency is that some can turn…

2016: A Year For Great Beer

It was a grand year to be a beer writer, loyal reader. My 2016 was a series of blurry, drunken reveries. Based on eyewitness accounts from trusted friends and colleagues, I am confident in saying that I'm relatively certain I had a good time. I think. This week, I'll share some of my favorite Maine beers, as well as the memories I made with each one. Here's to a happy, healthy 2017, with many more…

Melty, earthy, crunchy: Portland's Mexican cuisine is getting weird

By now we have learned that climate change (soon to accelerate) announces itself not with a steady warming but rather with a spate of weird weather events. As President Trump turns up the heat on Mexican immigrants and culture, we can expect analogously spasmodic developments. The signs are already emerging right here in Portland in the Mexican food scene. Just the last few months has seen El Rayo change locations, temporary closings for Ocho Burrito…

Bite Sized Food News

Loving food is not just a hobby, it’s a lifestyle. In Portland, the holidays are coming, but more importantly, new restaurants are opening. The recently opened Bamboo Bistro in Westbrook, Pho & Co. in Portland’s Public Market and Barista’s & Bites in Westbrook are all new players in the food game. In addition to these newly opened spots, Portland’s fantastic restaurant scene gets recognition from Spoon University, Eater and Edible Manhattan. Want to find out…

Embracing Paradox with California DIPA

Double IPAs are strange beers. They're doubled versions of IPA's, an already brash and “loud” style of beer. DIPA's contain larger quantities of alcohol, hops, and malts than “regular” IPA, and these create unique flavors that suggest different drinking strategies to fully experience. 1. Drink it fresh! The ephemeral essential oils and acids that make hops so delicious are fragile and degrade rapidly even sealed in a can in the fridge. It's not wine – drink…

Eastern Double IPA. Twice the Hops But Half As Bitter?

This month, we're bingeing on Double IPA, a style of beer that began as an intensified version of the brash, hoppy India Pale Ale. Craft IPAs are often associated with the West Coast brewing scene. Western brewers' proximity to fresh fields of Cascade, Chinook and Willamette hops led them to use huge quantities of these bitter, piney flowers. This challenging, bitter version of IPA dominated the American palate for years. Despite the "Double" in the…

Bite Sized Food News

Welcome back, fellow foodies! Yes, we've survived another chilly week, but at least we're that much closer to warm Christmas feasts. As December is upon us, it's time to say goodbye to Bibo's Mad Apple Cafe and note that Urban Sugar has won the Dessert Food Truck of the Year contest held by Mobile Cuisine; Art Of The Menu highlights Rhum; and a new Thai vendor is calling the Public Market home. Want to learn…

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…
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