Eat & Drink
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    Restaurant Pronunciation Guide

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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
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    Food news

    Jane Fonda (sandwich) booted from Maine (deli)

    According to The Associated Press, a Maine deli owner has changed the name of a sandwich named for actress Jane Fonda after receiving complaints from Vietnam veterans. Read on

    Posted: January 16, 2013
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    Say it, Eat it: Edamame

    Edamame[eta ma may] Soybeans in the pod. They could get confused for snow peas in a police lineup, except unlike snow peas, your blunt human teeth can’t bite through an edamame pod (but you’ll sure look good trying). Instead, the beans are squeezed out in a fashion similar to the way one might go after… Read on

    Posted: January 15, 2013
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    Say it, Eat it: Endive

    Endive[en dive or on deev] A leafy vegetable used in salads. People argue on the pronunciation – is it en-dive or on-deev. But both are correct (and actually refer to different leafy vegetables) according to the endive know-it-alls at endive.com Hear it: Eat it: Get a fill of endive in The Corner Room’s bitter greens… Read on

    Posted: January 14, 2013