Category Archives: Coffee news

Warming trend: Mega mediterranean spot opens Wednesday in Portland


One of the largest restaurants in the Old Port, Tiqa Grille, is scheduled to open Wednesday at the Courtyard Marriott. The 7,000-square-foot giant serving up Palestinian, Moroccan, Syrian and Grecian fare arrives right on time for those of us not jetting off to an exotic destination this winter. Chef Bryan Dame unveiled a sea of mouth-watering samples […]

Biddeford diner could be one of the best in the US, says Bon Appetit (Yes, really)


The Palace Diner was just nominated one of 50 best new restaurants in America by Bon Appetit. You know that tiny, vintage railcar with grass-fed burgers and a line of hungry tourists spilling out the door in the Old Port. No I mean Bar Harbor …. er, Biddeford. Where????? Don’t attempt to adjust your screens, […]

Iced Coffee Index: hot and cold

tandem iced

As sure as beach buggies, jeeps and convertible minis are cruisin’ up and down Route One and scores of families, teens and tourists jam the ice cream stands, another summer ritual has begun in Southern Maine — iced coffee season! Because (thank God) we don’t have to rely on Dunkin’ Donut’s drive-thrus for our chilled […]

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 […]