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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
The sweet taste of regression
Explaining and exploring Maine's ice-cream cravings
What explains the current craze for ice cream in Maine, which has resulted in several new businesses and recently overcame the nation's President? Sure, it's one of the hottest summers on record, and yes, ice cream is an affordable indulgence in a tough economy.
| August 04, 2010
Finding a comfy spot to eat Otto's pizza
People seem eager to call Otto's the best pizza in Portland.
| July 14, 2010
A true Jewel
Biddo's best Indian expands to South Portland
People from Biddeford will happily tell you, in a tone meant to convince someone not likely to believe it, "we actually have really good Indian food here." I checked and it's true: the Biddo's got good Indian, at the Jewel of India — a family-run place in a little spot downtown.
| July 07, 2010
Fast-moving small plates engage at Boda
The writer Stephen Metcalf recently suggested that the cult of cultural authenticity has reached a tipping point analogous to our desperate search for oil.
| June 16, 2010
A new peak
Katahdin relocates, gets even better
Only in a city as small as Portland can a move of a few blocks, like Katahdin’s recent relocation from High Street to Forest Avenue, seem like a significant change of neighborhood.
| June 09, 2010
The elegant new Walter’s
In economic times like these, the decision to invest in a nice dinner out is not to be taken lightly.
| May 19, 2010
JP’s Bistro offers a trip back to the Gilded Age
America has reached the point where strip-mall dining can make us nostalgic.
| May 12, 2010
Nosh satisfies with answers to many questions
The gourmet recreation of classic deli cuisine, recently identified as a movement in the national media, has made an ambiguous appearance here in Portland in the form of Nosh Kitchen Bar.
| April 21, 2010
Veranda opens an excellent Noodle Bar
One of the fundamental principles of marketing is that since competition is inevitable, you might as well be your own rival.
| April 14, 2010
Go for the doughnuts
The French Press is making a name for itself
The French Press occupies the conceptual space matching its geographic location: to the left of Dunkin Donuts — more local, more artisanal, but hitting the same basic notes.
| March 25, 2010
Hearty and sweet
Sonny's finds the right mix of flavors and textures
America's war on obesity is going nowhere.
| March 17, 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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