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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
Portland broadens its cuisines in 2010
Portland's year in food in 2010 was marked by new ventures on the part of established players on the food scene.
| December 22, 2010
Searching Trader's shelves
In which we sample Joe's cheap wines
What should we make of the craze for cheap Trader Joe's wines that has overtaken Portland?
| December 01, 2010
Rock music as soul food
Mike's, downtown on Congress, bills itself as "home of the rock n roll sandwich." This deli doubles as a shrine to local music — sandwiches are named after local bands, and show posters cover the walls in the back room — and to the idea of rock music in general.
| November 24, 2010
Refueling stops on western Congress Street
Indy shops for coworkers
In Ouvriers et Capital Mario Tronti explains how corporations are able to turn worker demands to the boss's advantage: "There are no decisive battles in the war of the classes, defeats are victories and victories are defeats."
| November 03, 2010
Saigon has a lovely Vietnamese mix of influences
For those who move to Maine from more diverse parts of the country, going out for an Asian meal requires some adjustments.
| October 27, 2010
Whaddapita sends fast Mediterranean fare upscale
Whaddapita is an indicator of our bright lunch-future. It brings to Mediterranean food the trend of giving upscale-fast-food treatment to regional cuisines, sort of like the BajaFresh chain did with Mexican.
| September 29, 2010
Review: Local Sprouts Cafe
The responsibilities of individualism are hard to bear. We must compete in a system in which we can sense the rules are fixed — succeeding or failing alone, moving up the ladder or onto unemployment.
| September 08, 2010
Review: Scallops and lamb soar at Havana South
Hitting the high points
If you visit the Web site of Havana South, a new restaurant in the Old Port, you will find a photo of Barack and Michelle Obama looking handsome and happy.
| September 01, 2010
The kids are all-write
Telling Room young authors take on Portland's food scene
Recently I spoke to a group of aspiring food writers attending the Young Authors camp at the Telling Room. I don't know about them, but I learned some things.
| August 11, 2010
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