Category Archives: Potent Potables

Cookin’ with Veggies

I got word that a friend on Facebook was looking for some vegetarian cookbook options today. Since I’d be spending some time procrastinating a response, I figured hey, why not share? Here’s a list of books I’d reccommend checking out if you are in the market for animal free cooking guides. Vegetarian Epicure Anna Thomas’s [...]

Have Pho, Will Travel

We found out last weekend that one of our favorite restaurants is closing. Or at least it will if no one buys it in the next month or so. The owner/proprietor of Viet Bangkok Cuisine on St. John St. is putting the place up for sale – the whole kit and kaboodle. Apparently he plans [...]

Bard Coffee Roasters

On a tip from Portland Food Map, a few of us dropped by Bard Coffee Roasters for it’s soft opening this afternoon. What a pleasant surprise. Measuring sticks, old and new Espresso is the rod by which I judge a coffee shop. Arabica has been my gold standard for some time – the shots there [...]

An Italian Sandwich

If you find yourself in the Bangor area, don’t miss Giacomo’s. I’m telling you this not just because it’s one of the only places you can get espresso in town – the food is also Chock Full O‘ Yum. I think they explain it best: “Our sandwiches consist of fine imported meats like mortadella, proscuitto, [...]

Pollanation

Bates College has posted an edited transcript of a talk by Michael Pollan that a few of us schlepped up to Lewiston to see a few weeks ago. It was worth the trip. After many were turned out due to limited capacity, he offered to repeat the talk again the following morning. We were lucky [...]

Short and Stout

The Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol is a little over 10 and a half years old: “The Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol (HTCPCP for short) is a protocol for controlling, monitoring, and diagnosing coffee pots. … Although the RFC describing the protocol is an April Fools’ Day joke and not to be taken [...]

Off the Eatin’ Path

I’m having fun digging through the archives of Zachary Barowitz’s column, “Off the Eatin’ Path”, in the food and reviews section of the bollard. Getting around the site is kind of a pain, and good luck linking to an article. Someone should tell the folks at the bollard that popup windows aren’t very friendly. It [...]

Potent Potables

One of the joys of moving to a New Place is in the discovery of new foods. There are few better locales for such discoveries than Portland, ME. As it happens, Portland is my most recent New Place, after leaving sunny Burlington, Vermont. Anecdotally, Portland has almost as many places to eat as San Francisco. [...]