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Wet Your Whistle with this Warming Winter Beverage

Tis the season for holiday parties, which also means lots of holiday beverages, and we’ve got a tasty, new recipe for you to try! Our friends at Captain Jefferd’s Inn in Kennebunkport were recently featured on our “Prelude” festive Happy Hour Tour and were kind enough to share their family recipe for Swedish Glogg with…

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Where to Get a Lobster Roll When You Visit Portland, Maine

While there is much debate regarding the origins of the first lobster roll, there’s no denying it’s popularity, or that it’s synonymous with Maine. For those folks who want to try one of the highly-coveted crimson crustaceans, but doesn’t want all the work of cleaning and eating a whole lobster, this is a tasty alternative….

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7 Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Everything in moderation, right? Satisfying your sweet tooth falls in this category, and we’ve picked 7 ways for you to explore the candy side of our local culinary scene. Dean Bingham of Dean’s Sweets was formerly an architect, hand-dipping chocolates was just something he did in his spare time for friends and family. It wasn’t until years later that he went from dabbling…

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6 Ways to Drink Maine Craft Beer

Historically Maine has been known as a haven for seafood lovers and outdoor adventures. It’s only in recent years, as the states craft beer industry has grown exponentially, that Maine has also become a travel destination for beer enthusiasts. Now boasting over 90 breweries and brew pubs (with more on the way), we regularly hear visitors asking where they…

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The Best of Maine Food & Drink and Why Farm-to-Fork Matters

Kudos to Down East Magazine for another great “Best of Maine Food & Drink 2017” issue. What I love most is that they ask the reader’s what their top choices are. While I won’t list them all, there were some that I thought you might appreciate hearing about this week. Best Burger – Five Guys Best Donut – Holy Donut (although newly opened HiFi at…

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Buy Local and Discovering Thompson’s Point

Maine is one of several states in these United States with a low population and just one lone area code; 1.33 million people living in 35,385 square miles. Come summer, our numbers grow by leaps and bounds with visitors and snowbirds, the term for our fair weather folk who visit us between Memorial Day and Columbus…

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Food Events and Tours, Vietnamese, and the Lobster Roll

Outdoor events in the summer in Maine are a very pleasant experience and the weather cooperates most of the time; you can almost always count on lower temperatures and a light breeze. If you are forced inside due to a summer shower, it’s usually brief and with it, comes sweet relief. A Bastille Day Dinner is being hosted…

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Strawberries, Lobster and Lighthouses

It is Strawberry season in Maine and if you’re like me, it’s the best time of the year. You’ll see them at all of our farm stands and local markets and front and center on many menus. Maine’s strawberries are considered by many, to be amongst the most flavorful in the world. Read More »

Swanky Cocktails and Sustainable Seafood

Portland is known for swanky bars and beautiful eateries; in fact visitors come from all over the globe to enjoy many of our celebrated places to eat and drink. If you’re among those who enjoy the fancier — put on your Sunday best — places, Opium, a new lounge at the Danforth Inn, is that kind of place. One…

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Speakeasies, Maine Cheese and an Island Day Trip

It seems that for every new restaurant that opens in Portland, an exciting new bar is emerging on the scene as well. Blyth & Burrows, at 26 Exchange Street, is no ordinary bar. Joshua Miranda has been involved in several notable cocktail lounges around town; however, this is the first project he’s created on his own and…

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Summer Eats & Live Music Locales Around Portland

June is here and all of us in Maine agree that it is one of the most beautiful months of the year. The humidity and heat have not yet arrived making it a great time for you to relax and enjoy all the food, beverages and live music Portland has to offer, indoors and out. Read More »

Food Blogging and a Taste of Washington Ave

Those of us who live in Portland are often astounded by the large number of restaurants in our little city — 300 and some, and growing every day. You can only imagine how difficult it can be to choose where to dine out. In some ways it’s harder than it was for me when I…

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Eateries and Watering Holes in the News

Memorial Day weekend is here and that means the city is ready to welcome you with open arms in anticipation of your visit. Buildings, roads, restaurants and bars have been repaved, refurbished and new places to visit have been added for your absolute pleasure. One place of note has been in construction all winter; Bayside Bowl in…

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Where to Eat & Drink in Portland: New & Award-Winning

What’s New to Eat in Portland’s Old Port Memorial weekend’s approaching fast and all of Portland’s eateries, bars, and excursion experts are gearing up for visitors who are coming to enjoy the bounty of great food and beverages we have to offer. That being said, there are two newer restaurants in Portland worth mentioning: The 5 Spot, at…

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Coveted James Beard Award Brought Home Again!

Portland Eateries and Watering Holes in the News In honor of Eventide Oyster Co.’s, big James Beard Award win, this week’s blog will feature some of the Portland restaurants/bars that have received an award or were nominated. The James Beard Awards are the Oscar’s of the food world and Portland is fortunate to have had several…

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New Weekly Blog with Restaurant Insights and Highlights!

We’re excited to share with you our new series of blogs dedicated to the Greater Portland food scene, weekly updates and insights from Christopher Papagni. Christopher brings a lifetime of culinary experience and expertise to his writing and thoroughly embraces all that Portland has to offer. If you’re interested in reading about some great places…

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Portland Greek Festival This Weekend

Greek loukoumadesThe Greek Food Festival is happening now and runs through Saturday in Portland. This fundraiser for Holy Trinity Orthodox Church features all your favorite Greek food favorites – from moussaka, souvlaki, and gyros to baklava and loukoumades. The event takes place on church grounds at Pleasant and Park…

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New Maine Distilleries

1204121726 Portland has many craft breweries, but until recently, no craft distilleries. Before 80 years of prohibition in Maine, there were many rum distilleries, taking advantage of the sugar and molasses trade from the West Indies. Just last year, New England Distilling began making gin and rum, with a rye whiskey on the…

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Vervacious Fancy Foods

Who doesn’t dream of selling the farm, buying a boat, and sailing around the world?  Many dream, but few follow through, and even fewer come back with a business plan. Heidi Stanvich and her husband Mark, co-owners of Vervacious,  did just that.  They sold their house,…

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Dean’s Sweets – how do truffles get their name?

Q: If you have ever indulged in the lovely little chocolate delights called truffles, aside from how wonderful they taste, you might wonder, why are these chocolates called truffles and where did the name come from? A: Truffles originated in France in 1895 and it was here that the ball of chocolate ganache dusted with…

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