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Review: Gingko Blue
Getting the tone of a cocktail bar just right
As the recent Ken Burns documentary Prohibition revealed, the woman-led movement to eliminate alcoholic drinks was fueled by a desire to eliminate a certain kind of masculine behavior — loud, abusive, irresponsible loutishness.
| October 26, 2011
Review: Museum Café
Sampling the artistic institution's take on food
In the long transition by which medieval mysticism gave way to modern rationality and bureaucratic efficiency, the placement of clocks on church steeples was a profound milestone.
| October 05, 2011
District is hard to classify, but hard to go wrong
With the fall television season beginning, it is worth remembering the best TV show of the last decade: NBC's Las Vegas . Man, that show was good.
| September 28, 2011
Review: Pho Hanoi
Sauce your heart out
Vietnamese cuisine very friendly to saucy experimentation.
| September 07, 2011
Review: Taco Trio
In search of Mexillence
The surest formula for greatness is to turn your weakness into a strength.
| August 31, 2011
Review: The Well
The Well dispenses with snobbery, focuses on food
Foodie snobbery and "locavore" sanctimony have become so egregious that the New York Times Magazine recently made a cover story of one writer's description of participating in a two-day backyard feast in the Napa Valley.
| August 10, 2011
Portland's chefs play with mushrooms
Tasting the fruit of the spore
Being a chef is a risky business.
| August 03, 2011
Review: Petite Jacqueline
On a crowded night at Petite Jacqueline it is hard to hear your companion over the din.
| July 13, 2011
Korean tacos arrive in Portland at last
If you are looking for a prototypical American restaurant in this week that started with Independence Day, you could do worse than Gogi.
| July 06, 2011
Sampling summer standards
Two beachside meals, compared
Crescent Beach in Cape Elizabeth offers a chance to experience two varieties of summer dining.
| June 15, 2011
Some days Maine is so nice it seems like a theme park version of a state. Last week offered such a day, especially if you drove to Camden to hike the big hill, see the famous view, and stop afterwards for dinner at the remarkable bistro Francine.
| June 10, 2011
Driving into the South Portland complex at 200 Gorham Road the other night we had to slow to a crawl to avoid hitting all the kids dressed up for a pre-prom dinner.
| May 18, 2011
Figa opens at last, with influences delicate and broad
In the not-so-distant future, thanks to poor management and changing weather patterns, we are likely to face crippling shortages of fresh water.
| April 20, 2011
Review: East Ender
France meets New England
Those French know how to cook. But here in America, French cuisine too often comes with a demi-glace of pedantry and a side of self-congratulation.
| April 13, 2011
Review: Pai Men Miyake
Second time’s as charming
I suppose there will be a time when Portlanders barely remember Masa Miyake's first sushi bar.
| March 23, 2011
Let them eat potatoes
Susan Collins steps up her defense of the Maine staple
Here in Maine brutal levels of unemployment continue even as the Republicans now running the state prepare to dismantle government assistance programs for the poor.
| March 16, 2011
Midweek special gets top-notch gourmet food at neighborhood prices
For many years now the most memorable meals to be had in Portland have been at Hugo's.
| February 23, 2011
Review: Hot Suppa
Hot Suppa’s new dinner service builds on longstanding strengths
When you sit down in one of the comfortable booths for the new dinner service at Hot Suppa, it is hard to remember the many years when Hot Suppa was closed in the evenings.
| February 16, 2011
Review: Bayside Bowl
Fueling up for turkeys
Medical experts believe that modern Americans' tendency to constantly clean and disinfect our environment is hurting our immune systems.
| January 26, 2011
Review: Upstairs at the Public Market House
Everybody likes a scrappy tale of redemption. So when a scrappy redemption actually succeeds, it is especially gratifying. Perhaps that explains why it is so pleasant to sit upstairs at the Public Market House.
| January 19, 2011
Will the GOP save the restaurant industry?
Despite some notable successes described here last week, 2010 was a sobering year for the restaurant business.
| December 29, 2010
The Current Issue
Table of Contents
Where To Follow Me
| March 24, 2013 at 11:09 AM
Mo Takes His Turn
March 21, 2013 at 12:59 PM
[Q&A] KMFDM's Sascha Konietzko on art, Columbine and having balls
On The Download
| March 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM
See this film series: The Belmont World Film Series @ Studio Cinema in Belmont
Outside The Frame
| March 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM
See this film: This is Spinal Tap [with post-film talk by expert from Acoustical Society of America] @ the Coolidge
March 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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