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Plenty of sweetness, though a touch of sour too

Tastes of the year
Our lives are dominated by strange forces we cannot control — economic, demographic, epigenetic, psycho-sexual.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  December 19, 2012

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Review: Gather

Community, local flavors, and expert preparation
As we continue to withdraw from the institutions that once organized modern life, we fill the abandoned spaces with restaurants.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  November 28, 2012

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Comparative burger eating

What’s between the buns?
Cheap burgers might be the biggest problem in America's culinary landscape.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  November 21, 2012

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The new Salvadoran spot on Congress is a must-taste

Flores blooms in fall
No restaurant in Portland captures the look of a good hole-in-the-wall better than Flores, a new Salvadoran spot next to Bodega Latina — right where Congress Street starts to curve and head downhill, so to speak.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  October 31, 2012

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Two teahouses complement each other’s flavors

Steeped in tradition
For those who care about politics we are entering the most tension-filled fortnight in quite a while.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  October 24, 2012

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Review: Spread Restaurant

Spread ’em: A new restaurant celebrates smooth tastes
There is a certain sort of space that, for the very reason that it seems doomed, summons hopeful strivers who expect to redeem them.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  October 03, 2012



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The newest best reason to go to Brunswick

The Tao of deliciousness
Early this year on this page I urged Mainers to stop complaining about our choices for Chinese food — to cease wishing for "a transcendent Chinese place that surprises and delights."
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  September 26, 2012

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Purists push coffee to its limits

Obsession with perfection
Everyone knows that geeks are ruining our culture and economy.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  September 05, 2012

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Tandoor’s full menu is well worth the trip

Beyond the bread
As you may remember, we went to war with Iraq in the name of freedom.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  August 29, 2012

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Legendary Maine Jamaican restaurant reopens

Farmhouse welcome
If, four years ago, you read in the Phoenix a story about Jamaican-born chef and artist Alva Lowe, you probably had one regret.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  August 08, 2012

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Review: LFK

Drinking and dining at portland’s newest hot spot
One of the clever decisions made by the proprietors of LFK, a new bar and eatery on Longfellow Square, was forgoing a literary name.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  August 01, 2012



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Give it a Twist — and enjoy!

Have a Silly summer
When the original Silly's restaurant opened nearly 25 years ago, the owners chose Albert Einstein as their mascot — an image of him, hair akimbo and tongue extended, graces the sign and menus.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  July 11, 2012

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Dueling gelatos

Gorgeous and Fiasco each have their strengths
Despite all the talk about division in this country, we are living in an era where the most traditional of divisions, the one between adults and children, is disappearing.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  July 03, 2012

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Review: El Rayo Cantina

Stepping up
There are two traditional ways for folks from the US to encounter Mexico: get down and dirty, or really polish it up.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  June 13, 2012

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Tasting excellence at Miyake

Flavor frenzy
There is a theory about the extreme inequality found in American culture and economy that goes something like this: inequality is the price of a culture designed to identify and reward great talent.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  May 16, 2012

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Review: Holy Donut

Holy potatoes! Yep, spuds are the not-so-secret ingredient in these doughnuts
All cuisines rely on the experience of regression for their deepest appeal.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  May 09, 2012



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Review: Al Huda

A very warm welcome indeed
The long coastline of Somalia is at the root of its culture's many complexities.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  April 18, 2012

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Exploring Frontier’s new menu

Civilizing influences
"Civilizing" the frontier was a long and complex process, with lasting effects on our culture.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  April 11, 2012

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Review: Seagrass Bistro

How the other 1 percent feast. It's delicious!
The day is coming when the baby boomers will bankrupt this country, sparing only their own nest-eggs and supplemental health insurance.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  March 21, 2012

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Review: Sabor Latino

Finding the right mix
Some new restaurants obsess over getting the décor just right. Others focus on creating a perfect menu.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  March 14, 2012

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Marcy's new owners step up, but not overly far

Preserving a treasure
Inheritance is the problem of the modern age.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  February 22, 2012


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