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The Purple House

For nearly three hours, I stood by Krista Kern Desjarlais in the tiny prep area of the Purple House. I watched as she artfully arranged figs and berries atop pâte sucrée for galettes. I snapped photos as she piled slices … Continue reading

Van Lloyd’s Bistro

Van Lloyd’s Bistro is funky, fun, and eccentric. Every bit of decor was salvaged, scrounged, or constructed, including church pew benches from the former St. Patrick’s church in Lewiston, hanging lights made from old Victrola horns, and a big arch … Continue reading

Izakaya Minato

Washington Avenue in Portland’s East End has seen a dining and beverage boom over the past couple of years. There’s barbecue, a wine bar, juicery, gin distillery, brewery, plus the old guard, Silly’s and Tu Casa. Two months ago Izakaya … Continue reading

Little Tap House

My beer education began with an illicit Colt 45 in someone’s dimly lit basement when I was in high school. It continued around a keg in college, where the object was not to sip and appreciate, but to drink as much as possible … Continue reading

Trattoria Fanny

David Levi’s new venture is an homage to his nonna, Fanny (pronounced Fah-nee) Leoni of Milan. She was married to Dino Levi, whose family stretches back centuries in Venice. The couple and their three young children escaped from Mussolini’s Italy … Continue reading

33 Elmwood

This is not your grandparent’s bowling alley. 33 Elmwood stretches the definition of what a bowling alley is to the point that it’s become something else entirely. And that is to everyone’s benefit. Step inside, and the first impression is … Continue reading

Urban Sugar Donuts | Sugarloaf | Eat Maine | The Maine Magazine

Urban Sugar Donuts

Kevin Sandes, the creator and owner of Urban Sugar Donuts, greets me with a small blowtorch in his hand. “Let me go grab my marshmallows,” he says. He’s putting together s’mores doughnuts for us, and to kick them up yet … Continue reading

Ri Ra

Executive chef Kevin Soucy has St. Patrick’s Day at Ri Ra down to a science. He leaves his home on Peak’s Island to arrive at the Irish pub at 8 p.m. on the night before the big day. He spends … Continue reading

Rolling Fatties | Kingfield | Eat Maine | The Maine Magazine

Rolling Fatties

At Rolling Fatties, it’s all about fun. The food is great—hefty, overstuffed burritos and sides made with mostly local and organic ingredients. Owners Polly and Rob MacMichael are fun and easy going, and that attitude shines through in every part … Continue reading