Portland

Rose Foods

My Jewish grandmother was not much of a cook. In fact, I don’t ever recall the oven even being turned on. I’m not sure what she ate when we weren’t there, but when my family visited her in New York, … Continue reading

The Roma

Imagine the Roma Cafe in the 1960s with crystal chandeliers, white tablecloths, and happy patrons sipping hefty martinis. The dressed-up crowd nibbles on olives from the relish tray, while waiting on their veal parmesan dinner. It could be an anniversary … Continue reading

Cheevitdee

Four flavor profiles make up the foundation of Thai food: sweet, sour, salty, and spicy. But there’s one element that is rarely mentioned, and is important to the Thai cuisine experience: hospitality. At Cheevitdee on Fore Street in Portland, there’s … Continue reading

Little Giant

Sitting with Briana Volk at a booth in Little Giant, I am distracted. She’s holding Rocky, her handsome and happy five-month old baby. It’s hard not to look at him, trying to make him laugh, but Little Giant commands attention … Continue reading

Noble Barbecue

The aroma hits you first. That primal scent of cooking meat, of smoke, fat, and salt, has an almost dizzying effect. As you make your way to the counter, metal trays of sandwiches and fries are hurried past, headed for … Continue reading

Sur Lie

Emil Rivera, chef at Sur Lie, is a self-professed nerd. He needs to know the “why” of everything, from cycling to physics to food science. “I geek out on the science of how things work,” Rivera tells me. “I need … Continue reading

All-American

Elementary-school kids typically dream about being doctors or firefighters or pro athletes, but Diana Greenwold knew before she reached middle school that she wanted to be a museum curator. Like many children who grew up in Washington, D.C., Greenwold and … Continue reading

Art Pairings at the PMA

Although the Portland Museum of Art is well known for its extensive collection of classical landscapes and portraits, including those by Andrew Wyeth and Winslow Homer, the institution also exhibits contemporary works that continue the traditions set by the old … Continue reading

Medicine at the Museum

Two lifeless geese lie on a jagged dune between sparse tufts of vegetation. Three of their brethren have taken to the sepia-toned skies above. Is it possible that a hunter is poised just beyond our view? Is there a deeper meaning to this … Continue reading

A Museum for the 21st Century

The peaks of the dark form protruding from the ceiling down the hall emerge on the final few steps up to the museum’s second-floor galleries. The stalactite-like shapes made with seashells reach toward the floor, as if covered in a viscous … Continue reading