Sweet Tweets

Whether you’ve already hopped on board the 140-characters-or-less bandwagon or you run screaming from such a thing, Twitter is a big deal on the Internet. The social-networking site has an estimated 4.5 million users, “tweeting” about everything under the sun — and food and cooking is no exception. The New York Times recently reported on user Maureen Evans (twitter.com/cookbook) from Belfast, Northern Ireland, who tweets recipes. Check out this recipe for chocolate cupcakes: “cream4T buttr/8T sug; +egg. Sift1/8t soda&salt/6T flour/4T cocoa/.25t bkgpdr. Mix all+4T milk; fill6cups. 20m@375F/190C.” Get it? More locally, user Angelia Levesque (twitter.com/alevesque) tweets Bangor-centric trivia each weekday morning. The first person to get the right answer wins a free sandwich from Levesque’s Subway franchise on State Street in Bangor. Ah, the marvels of modern technology. You can be Twitter friends with the writer of this column by following rockblogsterbdn.

Mom will say ‘mmmm’

M is for marjoram, mint and muffins; O is for omelets and olive oil. Add those to T, H, E and R, along with a few appropriately spelled foods, and you have a recipe for a wonderful meal honoring dear old Mum. The four-diamond Inn at Ocean’s Edge in Lincolnville will open its doors for the season with a Mother’s Day Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 10, featuring brioche French toast; smoked salmon Benedict; Maine lobster with homemade biscuits and gravy; steamed Northport mussels; and brick oven-roasted Maine crab cakes. Items are served a la carte, ranging in price from $6 to $30. The day before, Pairings in Winterport will host a “Toast to Mom” wine dinner, starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9. Thai carrot soup, apricot-glazed pork tenderloins with miso barley and thyme-scented apple galette with cinnamon syrup are some of the treats on the menu, paired with Winterport Wines. The cost is $64 a person, including wine. The Inn at Ocean’s Edge may be reached by calling 236-4430; to reserve a seat at Pairings, call 223-0990.

New Thai to try

Royal Thai restaurant on Wilson Street in Brewer is cooking up some dishes from the north — northern Thailand, that is. Along with daily specials and the restaurant’s usual fare of rice, noodle and stir-fry dishes, owner Wilawan Tippe has added several regional Thai dishes that offer a distinct taste sensation. On the lighter side are green papaya salad, sticky rice and fresh rolls. The new beef salad, pork salad, barbecued pork and garlic fish all share a culinary link: The meats are marinated in Thai herbs, a robust burst of spices that brings out the flavor of each meat. The garlic fish, for example, is dipped into a batter that ends up being paper-thin after it is quickly fried and then served with a sweep of a garlic-drenched sauce. Another new item is a different take on a traditional dish: Pad Thai in an Egg Wrapper combines the ingredients found in the original noodle dish with eggs, Tippe said, and the result is similar to an omelet. To place a takeout order, call 989-7999.

Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.