Blogs and Columns
on Aug. 12, 2016, at 8:41 a.m.
Look out breweries, here come Maine distilleries. There are 70 of you, and only a dozen spirit makers, but they are gaining fast. From Gouldsboro to York, 12 craft distilleries are laying down the shot glasses to give us a taste of what brewers have known for years: Mainers have …
By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on Aug. 11, 2016, at 2:12 p.m.
Maine’s Bird Olympics are upon us, and it is time to award the gold medals.
on Aug. 11, 2016, at 1:13 p.m.
By Kathryn Olmstead on Aug. 11, 2016, at 12:26 p.m.
“We’re extremely proud to be working with this county company.”
MAINE AT WAR
on Aug. 10, 2016, at 5 p.m.
Throughout the Civil War, soldiers on both sides often referred to their first experience in combat as “seeing the elephant.” A novice soldier would express his desire to “see the elephant,” effectively wishing himself to be baptized by hostile fire so he could become a veteran. Then he could write …
on Aug. 10, 2016, at 12:48 p.m.
Happy Hour isn’t just about getting buzzed. A good one transforms the day from ASAP to TBD. For years Portland insiders have known that David’s in Monument Square makes it happen. This generous timezone, a relaxing three hours, seems to stop the clock, or at least slow it way down. …
By Sarah Smiley on Aug. 09, 2016, at 4:57 p.m.
Each year we try it again, and each year we learn more hard lessons. Except for the year when we finally got lucky.
on Aug. 09, 2016, at 11:29 a.m.
“Sen. Collins says she will not vote for Donald Trump” These days the two headed political monster called the Democratic and Republican Parties, are pretending if the outsider were someone other than Donald Trump, they would probably tolerate, if not outright support him. The problem is there is absolutely …
MORE BANG(OR) FOR YOUR BUCK
on Aug. 08, 2016, at 10:21 p.m.
OK, here’s the thing. Summer vacation? Haven’t had one yet. With the whole Hallee going viral thing, we seriously haven’t been able to do a darned thing with the exception of a few hours on the lake for the 4th of July. Beach? No. Vacation away from town? No. Grandparents in …
By Emmet Meara on Aug. 08, 2016, at 11:16 a.m.
Emmet Meara: It’s been a Cobb Manor tradition for three decades. Apparently, we must have a deck party to celebrate every Maine Lobster Festival.
By Julia Bayly on Aug. 04, 2016, at 3:31 p.m.
Whatever chicken chaos is coming, the signs are there.
THE BEE WHISPERER
By Peter Cowin, Special to the BDN on Aug. 04, 2016, at 1:20 p.m.
Nothing makes new beekeepers happier than harvesting their first honey.
By Clair Wood on Aug. 04, 2016, at 11:32 a.m.
Three evening planets are so intertwined this month that they can be discussed together.
MAINE AT WAR
on Aug. 03, 2016, at 5 p.m.
With a nod to Merriam-Webster: Thief theef NounStory continues below advertisement. 1. A person who steals something. 2. Hungry Maine soldiers willing to steal food from anybody at any time. Just as empty-bellied as his 2nd Division soldiers trudging south toward Malvern Hill in the wee hours of Tuesday, July …
on Aug. 03, 2016, at 12:58 p.m.
Hero today, gone tomorrow. It’s hard out here for a sandwich shop. On Monday, Hero, the months old lunch counter, launched as a joint venture from the owners of OTTO and Empire Chinese Kitchen, abruptly closed leaving downtown Portland office workers, addicted to their rotisserie chicken sandwiches and deluxe soups, wondering where …
By Sarah Smiley on Aug. 02, 2016, at 3:25 p.m.
Summertime means that it is lake time, and when you go to the lake, there are a host of lies people tell you.
on Aug. 02, 2016, at 3:15 p.m.
“Drifters Wife effortlessly nails that date-night wine-bar vibe that city dwellers know so well. But what makes it better is that you’re nowhere close to Brooklyn: You’re on the coast of Maine, taking in that salty ocean air.”
By Emmet Meara on Aug. 01, 2016, at 10:23 a.m.
I have never eaten a lobster in my life. It seems likely that I shall pass from the Earth without tasting one. It all goes back to 129 Perham St. in West Roxbury.
WAYNE E. REILLY
By Wayne E. Reilly on July 31, 2016, at 12:09 p.m.
“Let somebody be cheerful in this year of gloom,” a reporter concluded in 1916.
on July 30, 2016, at 10:09 a.m.
Exit stage left. The instrumental chef who launched Scales’ creative menu, adding an edge to New England traditional fare, fries his last squid tonight. To fill Mike Smith’s place in this stunning waterfront restaurant, two chefs step up: Frederic Eliot and Travis Olson. Smith leaves the top post at Scales in …