Eat & Drink
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    Restaurant Pronunciation Guide

    Say it, Eat it: Foie gras

    Foie gras[fwa gra] Fat liver. Specifically, the liver from a goose or duck that’s been fattened for the purpose, unlike some human livers, which are fattened for no reason. Hear it: Eat it: Five Fifty-Five serves Hudson Valley foie gras terrine Try foie gras in a jar at Duckfat Read on

    Posted: January 13, 2013
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    Say it, Eat it: Frites

    Frites[freet] French fries. Because a fry by any other name is still as salty and delicious. And these beloved sticks of starch are the foundation of another culinary delight on our list: poutine. Hear it: Eat it: It’s a classic: flat-iron steak and frites at Petite Jacqueline The Old Port Sea Grill has steak frites… Read on

    Posted: January 12, 2013
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    Say it, Eat it: Gnocchi

    Gnocchi[nyo kee] Small dumplings. They’re potato, not pasta, and they’re delicious. (“Gnocchi” is plural. Just one is a “gnocco,” should you want to hoist one into the air mid-meal and proclaim, “This gnocco is the best of them all!”) Hear it: Eat it: Order the gnocchi Parisienne at Petite Jacqueline Local 188 offers house-made gnocchi… Read on

    Posted: January 11, 2013
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    Say it, Eat it: Gyro

    Gyro [yeer-oh] Meat roasted on a vertical spit. The Greek sandwich is typically served with tomatoes, onions, French fries, and sauce and is wrapped in pita. It’s also often pronounced “jai-roh” around here, but either way you order it, you’ll get the right sandwich. Hear it: Eat it: Get your gyro at Whaddapita, once it… Read on

    Posted: January 10, 2013
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    Say it, Eat it: Mole

    Mole [mo lay] Simply put: sauce. Mole is the general term for sauce in Mexican cuisine (i.e., “guaca” means “avocado,” and “mole” means “sauce,” so guacamole literally translates to “avocado sauce,” although “waka mo lay” is more fun to say.) Hear it: Eat it: Zapoteca’s tres sopes dish includes golden masa bites with a variety… Read on

    Posted: January 9, 2013
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    Drink Cheap: Beer for a penny at El Rayo

    But El Rayo understands. Buy a shot of any tequila - from the $12 Don Julio (it's "the original Patron," according to the bartender) to the $7 Familia Camarena - and get a Sol beer for just a penny. Any time. Even better, tequilas are half off on Saturdays, so you can cheaply acquire a shot of tequila and a bottle of Sol for $3.51. Read on

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    Say it, Eat it: Pancetta

    Pancetta[pan chet uh] Bacon’s smoke-free Italian cousin. Made from pork belly, just like our treasured bacon, pancetta is cured but not smoked like bacon is. Hear it: Eat it: The wild Maine mussels at Local 188 are served with pancetta, white wine, anchovy cream, and smoked paprika Bar Lola boasts a Bangs Island mussel bisque… Read on

    Posted: January 8, 2013
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    Say it, Eat it: Pho

    Pho [fuh] Broth, noodles, and meat – like a Vietnamese chicken noodle soup. And it’s just as comforting. Lots of folks say “foe.” Everyone still understands. Hear it: Eat it: Try the pho at Thanh Thanh 2 Veranda Noodle Bar also serves pho Read on

    Posted: January 7, 2013
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    Say it, Eat it: Poutine

    Poutine[poo teen or puts-in] French fries topped with brown gravy and curd cheese. It’s also an excellent hangover cure (or, ahem, so we’re told) and one of the best things Canada has ever shared with us. Saying “poo teen” is common in Southern Maine, but our friends from Fort Kent insist that, up there, it’s… Read on

    Posted: January 6, 2013
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    Paint & drink during Paint Nite Portland

    Paint Nite combines artistry with the good ol' fashioned art of drinking. Everything you need to paint - paint, brushes, canvas, apron, easel, guidance - is provided. You buy the drink of your choice. Read on