Food Buzz: The Looking Glass, Portland Brew Fest and more

By Kathleen Pierce on Aug. 12, 2014, at 3:14 p.m.
The Looking Glass restaurant receives national wine award Call up your wine friends and book a gourmet escape to Bar Harbor. For the fourth time, Wine Spectator magazine has given The Looking Glass Restaurant at the Bluenose Inn the award of excellence. The seaside dining restaurant is one of 18 …

How to make the perfect milkshake

on Aug. 12, 2014, at 11:31 a.m.
Have two minutes? Then you have enough time to create a tempting frozen sweet treat. Here’s how to make the perfect milkshake. With machines humming and cartons of ice cream filling nearby, cousins JC Gifford Jr. and Ryan Porter excitedly popped open a quart of Muddy Boots ice cream and …

Which Wines Go Best With Lobster?

on Aug. 12, 2014, at 8:57 a.m.
“What wine goes best with lobster?” I have been asked this question many times over the years. While the answer depends in part on how the lobster is cooked and in what manner it is served, certain wines will always perform better than others when paired with America’s favorite crustacean. …

Squid for a Favorite Calamari Dish

on Aug. 11, 2014, at 10:15 p.m.
Three young fellows caught about forty squid last evening. My friend, Tres, and his friends Zan and Jacob took bright lights, a couple of squid jigs, and hauled a bunch of nature’s oddest looking creatures out of the waters around Moseley’s Dock. Then they came home and cleaned them. It …
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Why I Love Slab: Best Opening This Summer

on Aug. 11, 2014, at 4:51 p.m.
If you love Portland, then you know that new restaurants are part of this city’s amazing charm. And if you’ve been to Portland recently, then you’ll also know about Slab. What’s there to know? My personal opinion is this is definitely one of my new favorite restaurants in the area. Here’s …

Farmers market sampler plate may be the perfect date night

on Aug. 10, 2014, at 8:07 p.m.
Date nights are few and far between when you have two kids, I’m not complaining, don’t get me wrong if there’s a beer event happening my wife is more than understanding and I can go and vice versa for her but the two of us don’t get to hit the …
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Are you open? Also fall is coming – did you know?

on Aug. 09, 2014, at 10:05 p.m.
Look, the truth is, I’ve been a grumpy old man since I was about, mmm…twelve.  But really, when you look around, are people leaving me much choice?  Picture this. Friday afternoon, a nearly empty parking lot.  A lone pick-up truck, laden down with display boxes, coolers, buckets and crates of …

Lobster and Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo – In Less Than 20 Minutes

on Aug. 09, 2014, at 6:25 p.m.
If you are on a quest for quick and easy lobster recipes, look no further than this lobster and shrimp fettuccine Alfredo dish. It is perfect if you have a handful of left over lobster and want to transform it into a satisfying dinner.  And if you are using pre-cooked …

Mini blueberry muffins

on Aug. 08, 2014, at 12:51 p.m.
Sweet mini blueberry muffins made with fresh Maine blueberries are topped with a streusel topping in this quick and easy recipe. BDN Outdoors Editor John Holyoke and I headed up to Millinocket recently to head down the Golden Road in search of moose. Our trip was unsuccessful. (You can read his take …

Coaster Critique: Austin Street/Bier Cellar – Bier 2 Cellar

on Aug. 07, 2014, at 6:29 p.m.
Name: Bier 2 Cellar Brewed by: Austin Street Brewery in Collaboration with the Bier Cellar Style: India Pale Ale conditioned with Brettanomyces ABV: 6.5% Bier 2 Cellar is a shadowy copper color that shimmers with red and gold highlights when held to the light, cloudy in the glass with a …

Want an authentic Down East experience? Try the Winter Harbor Lobster Festival

on Aug. 07, 2014, at 6 p.m.
  For lobster lovers who missed last week’s Maine Lobster Festival or who left Rockland hungry for more, I strongly recommend a visit to the Winter Harbor Lobster Festival which is on this weekend. Much smaller than the Maine Lobster Festival and a bit more of an expedition (unless you …

Ever Have Macaroni & Cheese Without Cheese?

on Aug. 07, 2014, at 10:57 a.m.
Being vegan can be a quite the challenge if you have children. You’re always on a mission to find some delicious replacements. After 2 1/2 years on a plant-based diet, I can tell you cheese has been the toughest thing to replace. They do make vegan cheese, but it just …

Samphire, seepweed and seaside salad.

on Aug. 06, 2014, at 5:18 p.m.
Samphire, seepweed and seaside salad, that’s a tongue twister, and after a samphire-Sapphire adult concoction, I prefer to savor the flavor of these Maine edible plants instead of trying to say them. Samphire is a lyrical word for an earthy and salty edible plant that grows along the seaside. It …

7 Lobster recipes to try this summer with Maine lobster

on Aug. 06, 2014, at 3 p.m.
Love lobster? Maine lobster is famous — and delicious. And these seven lobster recipes are perfect for transforming our favorite crustaceans into something deliciously different. Did you know that August is Maine Lobster Month? It is. That’s because it’s peak harvest season for lobsters, who’ve recently molted and are closer …
The Rev. Paul Dumais demonstrates making ployes using several different recipes during the Kneading Conference in Skowhegan on Friday, July 25, 2014.

Priest revives Acadian tradition of ployes

By Kathleen Pierce on Aug. 06, 2014, at 5:26 a.m.
SKOWHEGAN, Maine — Growing up in northernmost Maine, the Rev. Paul Dumais polished off his share of ployes. The nourishing, springy, buckwheat pancake-like flatbread, traditionally served with beans or chicken stew, was a staple in his Acadian village of Madawaska. In preparation for the World Acadian Congress, which starts this …
Father Paul Dumais demonstrates making ployes using several different recipes during the Kneading Conference in Skowhegan on Friday, July 25, 2014.

Father Paul Dumais’ ployes

By Kathleen Pierce on Aug. 06, 2014, at 5:25 a.m.
Ingredients: 100 grams buckwheat flour 100 grams King Arthur all-purpose flour 4 grams salt 2 tsp. Rumford baking powder 340 grams water Directions: Stir together the buckwheat flour, all-purpose flour, salt and baking powder in a large bowl. Using a wire whisk, beat in the cold water until all the …

The Rev. Paul Dumais talks about making ployes

By Gabor Degre on Aug. 06, 2014, at 5:25 a.m.
The Rev. Paul Dumais talks about making ployes.
Stephanie O'Neil helps Thomas Robinson, 4, pick a cucumber as his sister Avery, left, waits for her turn in the garden. O'Neil runs Farm to Table Kids, a program that with the help of area restaurants teaches kids the benefits of growing and eating their own food.

‘Kids are natural explorers’: Maine program eyes youth movement in sustainable foods

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on Aug. 05, 2014, at 3:05 p.m.
FREEPORT, Maine — It’s not every day that children are delighted to eat their vegetables. It’s a different story when the kids pick the food themselves. At Farm to Table Kids, kids don’t only learn about gardening and healthy eating, they enjoy it. In a small garden behind the Freeport …
Bulbs of recently roasted garlic were just one of the many culinary delights offered at the Mount Desert Island Garlic Festival in 2009.

Garlic Festival on Mount Desert Island and pizza on the farm in Owls Head

By Kathleen Pierce on Aug. 05, 2014, at 2:20 p.m.
MDI Garlic Festival to benefit KidsPeace autism program SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine — The public is invited to celebrate the annual harvest of the Maine garlic crop at the 16th annual MDI Garlic Festival, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Smuggler’s Den Campground in Southwest Harbor. Proceeds from the festival …
Will Pratt prepares Tandem Coffee Roasters coffee for shipment July 31 in Portland. He said the company still does a75 percent of its business wholesale, but will open a bakery and cafe at 742 Congress St. later this month.

Tandem Coffee finalizes expansion to Portland’s West End

By David Harry on Aug. 05, 2014, at 2:15 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Everything Will and Kathleen Pratt have been brewing in East Bayside will soon be wafting uphill to the West End. The owners of Tandem Coffee Roasters, which opened two years ago, are preparing a new bakery and cafe at 742 Congress St. It is expected to open …
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