Monthly Archives: March 2014

Was Maine snubbed by the food Oscars?

The James Beard Award nominees were announced Tuesday and not a single Maine chef made the list. Nary a one. If Portland, with as many indie restaurants per capita as San Francisco, is the food Mecca of the state, gaining on Boston, the slight seems particularly galling. Especially considering only one chef, the talented Mr. […]

Goodbye Ideal, hello Tandem

The beloved East Bayside third-wave coffee roaster has found a perfect pairing — pie. This summer Tandem Coffee Roasters expands to the West End with a bakery/cafe at 742 Congress St. The former service station, long rumored to become Ideal Bakery by Jay Villani, instead will be “Tandem Two.” Baker Briana Holt, who recently worked for 7a Foods […]

Ray LaMontagne plays Portland in May

  Lewiston’s own Ray LaMontagne kicks off his summer tour in Portland May 27 at the Cumberland County Civic Center. The guitar-slinging troubadour, who channels an optimistic Nick Drake, returns to the live stage with a shiny, new album “Supernova.” His fifth record comes out May 6 and judging from the happy, poppy title track […]

Amber waves of espresso

You know a beer is flying high when it garners its own hashtag. #EspressoAmberAle from Peak Organic hits the taps this month, and like the sunny weather, won’t be around long. Coffee and beer, beer and coffee. Resistance is futile. Grab this limited release while its fresh and frosty. For the past few years the […]

Maine chefs kick out the jams

Pancake relay races, bowl-o-ramas, dessert and cocktail smack downs — it must be Maine Restaurant Week. Crosscurrents of styles and cuisines from one hundred restaurants and chefs turn this edible event into an extravagant excess of fun. Midway through the state-wide dining deal, where three-course meals are drastically reduced in the name of winter doldrums, […]