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Two teahouses complement each other’s flavors

Steeped in tradition
For those who care about politics we are entering the most tension-filled fortnight in quite a while.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  October 24, 2012


A wing-lover’s fantasy

Even better — it’s a drumstick
I left Sudha Chalichamu and Venu Chaganti's house in Scarborough carrying a glass Pyrex bowl filled with marinating tandoori chicken drumsticks.
By: LINDSAY STERLING  |  October 17, 2012


Maine celebrates National Co-op Month

Just co-operate!
It's the Year of the Dragon (Chinese Zodiac), the Year of the Girl (Girl Scouts of the USA), and, perhaps less well known, the International Year of Cooperatives, according to the United Nations.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 10, 2012


Review: Spread Restaurant

Spread ’em: A new restaurant celebrates smooth tastes
There is a certain sort of space that, for the very reason that it seems doomed, summons hopeful strivers who expect to redeem them.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  October 03, 2012


The newest best reason to go to Brunswick

The Tao of deliciousness
Early this year on this page I urged Mainers to stop complaining about our choices for Chinese food — to cease wishing for "a transcendent Chinese place that surprises and delights."
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  September 26, 2012


The Dominican flag is beautiful and delicious!

A great Columbian discovery
In August, Angel Ferreras, 39, did what any Dominican would do.
By: LINDSAY STERLING  |  September 19, 2012


Time to enjoy the fall harvest

The change of season brings new restaurants and hearty cuisine
Summer in the Portland area can be hectic with its abundance of busy restaurants, outdoor markets, and a short growing season.
By: AMY ANDERSON  |  September 12, 2012


Purists push coffee to its limits

Obsession with perfection
Everyone knows that geeks are ruining our culture and economy.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  September 05, 2012


Tandoor’s full menu is well worth the trip

Beyond the bread
As you may remember, we went to war with Iraq in the name of freedom.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  August 29, 2012


The secret to ratatouille without the mush

A French classic, done properly
My houseguest, a sixteen-year-old French brunette, pointed at the French toast we were serving for breakfast. "What is it?" she asked.
By: LINDSAY STERLING  |  August 22, 2012


Indulge with local options that make you stronger

Healthy choices
Whether you run the Beach to Beacon every year, have just signed up for your first marathon, or are starting a new fitness routine, there are a number of local restaurants that offer healthy food to enhance your performance and help you fuel and recharge before and after a workout.
By: AMY ANDERSON  |  August 15, 2012


Legendary Maine Jamaican restaurant reopens

Farmhouse welcome
If, four years ago, you read in the Phoenix a story about Jamaican-born chef and artist Alva Lowe, you probably had one regret.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  August 08, 2012


Review: LFK

Drinking and dining at portland’s newest hot spot
One of the clever decisions made by the proprietors of LFK, a new bar and eatery on Longfellow Square, was forgoing a literary name.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  August 01, 2012


After the burritos and tacos, try chilaquiles

tasting a Mexican staple
Even though my Mexican cooking teacher, Azminda Cansino, knows my name is Lindsay, the text I got from her was: "Nena, what is the plan?"
By: LINDSAY STERLING  |  August 02, 2012


Local farmers get creative to stand out

The fruits of their labor
With a limited growing season and high demand for local food, Maine farmers have a short window of time to get their products to the public.
By: AMY ANDERSON  |  July 18, 2012


Give it a Twist — and enjoy!

Have a Silly summer
When the original Silly's restaurant opened nearly 25 years ago, the owners chose Albert Einstein as their mascot — an image of him, hair akimbo and tongue extended, graces the sign and menus.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  July 11, 2012


Dueling gelatos

Gorgeous and Fiasco each have their strengths
Despite all the talk about division in this country, we are living in an era where the most traditional of divisions, the one between adults and children, is disappearing.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  July 03, 2012


Pave Paradise ...

and put up a Greek food festival
Why do we even use parking lots for cars? A food festival is a much better use of the space, don't you think?
By: LINDSAY STERLING  |  June 27, 2012


Creating an all-local restaurant (mostly)

Pushing the proximity limit
It has become almost second nature for area restaurants to use local ingredients and to establish working relationships with nearby farmers and fishermen.
By: AMY ANDERSON  |  June 21, 2012


Review: El Rayo Cantina

Stepping up
There are two traditional ways for folks from the US to encounter Mexico: get down and dirty, or really polish it up.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  June 13, 2012


A new crop of restaurants open in time for summer

Reap the delicious bounty
Just when you thought the Portland food scene couldn't get any better, a handful of new restaurants and bars are gearing up for the summer.
By: AMY ANDERSON  |  June 21, 2012

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