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  • Monhegan Brewing Company: One more reason to visit Maine’s iconic island

    There are many reasons to make the trip to Monhegan: natural beauty, rugged hiking, local art and now, local beer. Read on

  • Dining Guide: Five Portland restaurants where you can watch the kitchen action

    Restaurant kitchens were once exclusively closed-off to diners, private sanctums where chefs could work their culinary magic away from curious eyes. Not anymore. As people have become more food-savvy, the wall between diners and the chef has literally come down; open kitchens are now a key element in the design of many restaurants. Read on

  • Snacktime: Kennebunk chef on Food Network, restaurant openings, big bucks farm dinner, and more

    See what chef Shanna O'Hea can do with Chef Boyardee ravioli, try a new cider, check out a new cocktail bar — just a few of this week's tasty snacks. Read on

  • Yosaku: Exciting to some — but not everyone (meaning: me)

    Yosaku is highly regarded by Portland's sushi-sashimi cognoscenti for its pristine fresh fish simply presented. Read on

  • Old Port Sea Grill’s ‘cocktail list & wine offerings reflect Portland’s creative flair’

    Fresh seafood focused, Old Port Sea Grill & Raw Bar has been a local standby since 2002. Happy hour is a mixed crowd, but expect to see mostly business professionals and people waiting for the ferry. Read on

  • Portland beer fans welcome Geary’s first-ever tasting room

    After nearly 30 years in the business, Maine's venerable D.L. Geary Brewing Co. finally has a place to enjoy their beers at the brewery. Read on

  • The summer of the tasting room

    Once scarce, tasting rooms and tap rooms that are open to the public have become a part of Maine's craft beer drinking culture. Read on

  • High on the hog: pork chop essentials

    Pork chops add a glorious touch to fall and winter menus. Pan fried, grilled, baked, braised or broiled the recipes are endless. Yet typically unless cooked correctly chops can be tough. Read on

  • The sandwiches are worth savoring at The Good Life Market in Raymond

    Had I not been dining solo I may have shared it with a friend, but since we're being honest, I'm glad I was alone because I ate – and loved – every bite. Read on

  • Not quite succotash, but still a great way to enjoy Maine corn

    It's cooked "low and slow" with peppers and onions until everything caramelizes into sweet-crunchy-chewy, almost candy-like deliciousness. Read on

  • Picks & pans: Lolita (pick), Harraseeket Lunch (pan), and more

    For this past week's picks and pans kudos go to Lolita, Taco Trio, Outliers and others — and only one pan, Harraseeket Lunch Read on

  • 12 fall food and drink events in Maine to put on your calendar now

    Apples, pumpkins, barbecue, wine and beer, beer beer. There's never a shortage of food and drink events in Maine, but the fall calendar seems to be especially full of them. We've rounded up a smorgasbord of food festivals, dinners, and more tasty happenings around the state. Read on

  • Maine Apple Guide: Pick-your-own orchards, recipes & apple etiquette

    It’s apple season in Maine. Maybe you've noticed. Whether you buy your apples pre-picked from the market or prefer to get all hands-on with the fruit and pick it yourself, we've got the apple guide to suit you. From pick-you-own orchards to apple recipes and even a few videos on apple-picking etiquette and apple storage, consider your apple needs fulfilled. Read on

  • Can’t get your beer here? Brew it yourself with a clone kit from Maine Brewing Supply

    The homebrew shop has started selling clone recipes of world-renowned beers both from Maine and beyond. A sign outside the store urges: "If you can't get 'em, brew 'em!" Read on

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