Blog Archive 2008
If you haven’t experienced the haven of Hallowell, take a drive. Maine's smallest city, bordered by Augusta to the north, is a majestic place to be on a midsummer’s eve. Water Street is aglow in a soft, enveloping light that plays off the Kennebec River as it rolls by downtown shops. And in this small stretch of a downtown there are a handful of restaurants that complement the friendly, artisan vibe of Hallowell with down-to-earth, delicious food and drinks.
A new, hip joint
That’s right. Because they use “native sap and fruitwood from the forests of Maine… to gently roast small batches of beans in a vintage Italian roaster,” they want to see your woodpile
It's official. Down East's own Jan Campbell won first place this morning at the Maine Lobster Festival Seafood Cooking Contest. For the winning recipe, click here. Congratulations, Jan!
Photo courtesy of Robin Robinson
The 61st annual Lobster Festival officially opens today in Rockland. Admission is free all day today — look for carnival rides, face painting, the coronation of the Sea Goddess, tours of the U.S. Coast Guard station, and live music. Plus lots of lobster to eat. (Click here for the complete schedule.)
But the event you don’t want to miss takes
This quote was overheard at Just Barb’s in Stockton Springs, home of the self-proclaimed “best fried clams in New England.”
Three older people, one woman and two men, entered the restaurant, which was packed with locals and tourists alike. A few moments later, they reemerged, evidently not willing to wait until a table was available. That’s when one of the men said, “We’ll go shoot a duck and have a roast.”
Paolina’s Way (10 Bayview Landing, 207-230-0555, in the alleyway on your right as you drive down to the Camden public landing) has just opened its doors, bringing crisp crusts, delicious cheese, locally-grown San Marzano tomatoes, and all kinds of specialty meat and fresh vegetables to Camden. These pies, which are Italian-style thanks to chef Stefano Valenti from Sienna, Italy (and also a relative of owner Christina Sidoti), are worth
Summer is in full swing, and it appears as though our thoughts have turned to appropriately summery topics: Cookies, cocktails, cars, and cooling off in the ocean. Oh yeah, and lobster.
The Fourth of July means one thing to me: clambake. Ever since I was born, my family has been doing clambakes every Fourth on Cousins Island in Yarmouth. (It’s rumored that Bobby Flay came to this very island on his show Food Nation to attend a clambake. See his recipe here. I have three words: Throwdown, Bobby, and my Dad!) It’s not just about the smoky, seawater-infused taste
On a hot summer day, there’s not much that beats a cool, crisp gin and tonic with a splash of lime. There is just something so satisfying about the tanginess of the gin and the bubbly fizz of the tonic. Bombay or Tanqueray might line your shelves, ready to report for duty for cocktail hours to come. But tell them to move over. There’s a new gin in town, well, Union, to be specific, which will give you a gin and tonic like no other you’ve sipped before.