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Whiskey isn’t just the water of life
A civilized drink
Vodka is supposed to taste like nothing and gin is supposed to taste like something (juniper).
| February 06, 2013
The koan of Chinese food
Where can we find our moment of Zen?
It seems every time I check out a promising new Chinese place in Portland, federal officials arrest someone at a dismal Chinese restaurant elsewhere in Maine (this week it was the Twin Super Buffet in Brewer that was raided by the feds).
| January 23, 2013
Eventide’s superior oysters, and imaginative cuisine
Slurping with delight
When you take the helm of a great institution, it can create a paralyzing fear of screwing things up.
| January 16, 2013
Portland should play catch-up in the coming year
Each century remains mired in the past one for about a dozen years.
| December 26, 2012
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.
| December 19, 2012
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.
| November 28, 2012
Comparative burger eating
What’s between the buns?
Cheap burgers might be the biggest problem in America's culinary landscape.
| November 21, 2012
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.
| October 31, 2012
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.
| October 24, 2012
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.
| October 03, 2012
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."
| September 26, 2012
Purists push coffee to its limits
Obsession with perfection
Everyone knows that geeks are ruining our culture and economy.
| September 05, 2012
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.
| August 29, 2012
Legendary Maine Jamaican restaurant reopens
If, four years ago, you read in the Phoenix a story about Jamaican-born chef and artist Alva Lowe, you probably had one regret.
| August 08, 2012
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.
| August 01, 2012
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.
| July 11, 2012
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.
| July 03, 2012
Review: El Rayo Cantina
There are two traditional ways for folks from the US to encounter Mexico: get down and dirty, or really polish it up.
| June 13, 2012
Tasting excellence at Miyake
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.
| May 16, 2012
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.
| May 09, 2012
Review: Al Huda
A very warm welcome indeed
The long coastline of Somalia is at the root of its culture's many complexities.
| April 18, 2012
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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