Eat & Drink
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    Restaurant Pronunciation Guide

    Say it, Eat it: Charcuterie

    Charcuterie[shar cu ter ee] Prepared meat. More specifically, salted, smoked, or cured meats like ham, sausage, confit, pate, and bacon. When ordered, expect a board with a sampling of the house meats, perhaps also served with some cheese, hummus, or vegetables. The word can also refer to a butcher shop that sells such meats. Hear… Read on

    Posted: January 22, 2013
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    The big megillah: bagels in Maine

    In a world big on bagels, the New York variety is the standard by which all others are judged. Spongy yet dense, crispy on the outside and chewy texture within—these are the first born of bagels. Read on

    Posted: January 21, 2013
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    Say it, Eat it: Chèvre

    Chèvre [shev rah] or [shev] Goat cheese. As in any cheese made from goats milk (“Chevre” means “goat” in French). Many guides indicate “shev rah” is the correct pronunciation, although here in Maine it’s quite common to hear local chefs and goat cheese makers pronounce it as simply “shev.” Hear it: or Eat it: Petit… Read on

    Posted: January 21, 2013
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    Say it, Eat it: Chipotle

    Chipotle [chi poht lay] It’s a jalapeño. Specifically, a really ripened jalapeño that’s been smoke-dried. Hence that smoky chipotle flavor. Chipotle also makes good burritos in a fast casual environment. Hear it: Eat it: Try the Taquitos De Puerco, featuring slow-cooked chipotle pork at Zapoteca The chicken tacos at The Front Room are made with… Read on

    Posted: January 20, 2013
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    DRINK CHEAP: $2 Drafts at Po’ Boys & Pickles Sun-Tue

    You know what else $2 buys you these days? Two passes through the Turnpike toll booth in South Portland. Or no passes through the Turnpike toll booth in York. Or a coffee. Or one thing at the Dollar Store. Or the “For Sale, Cheap” episode of Reba Season 2 on Amazon.com. Read on

    Posted: January 20, 2013
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    Restaurant Pronunciation Guide

    Say it, Eat it: Confit

    Confit [con fee] Meat preserved in its own fat. That fat also gives it excellent flavor. Duck is commonly prepared this way, although “confit” can also refer to fruit and other foods that are submerged in a substance, such as sugar, for preservation and flavor (think candied oranges). Hear it: Eat it: Smoked duck leg… Read on

    Posted: January 19, 2013
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    Restaurant Pronunciation Guide

    Say it, Eat it: Coq au vin

    Coq au vin [coke au vahn] Chicken in wine. We know, we know. It seems like such a waste, giving all that wine to a chicken, but it’s worth it. This French stew is braised low and slow with lardons, mushrooms and sometimes garlic. Hear it: Eat it: Petite Jacqueline offers coq au vin as… Read on

    Posted: January 18, 2013
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    The Golden Dish

    Dining at the infamous Congress Bar and Grill

    The original Norm’s that I first encountered on Congress Street was one of those illustrious examples of the iconic downtown bar and grill-- certainly sultry if not an iniquitous nod to the dark side. Read on

    Posted: January 17, 2013
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    Eat & Drink

    Say it, Eat it: Crème fraiche

    Crème fraiche[crem fresh] Soured cream. But not sour cream exactly. Crème fraiche is made with cream and buttermilk and is less sour than the sour cream we’re used to piling on our nachos. But the two look alike and can often be swapped in recipes. Or eaten by the spoonful, as someone here at mainetoday.com… Read on

    Posted: January 17, 2013
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    Restaurant Pronunciation Guide

    Say it, Eat it: Crudités

    Crudités[crew da tay] Raw vegetables. That’s it. It’s a simple as the obligatory veggie plate at every family function you’ve ever been to. Hear it: Eat it: Your sister-in-law’s baby shower Petite Jacqueline has les crudités, a trio of three salads, on the menu Read on

    Posted: January 16, 2013