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 [...]

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 [...]

Goodwill all around

Looks like Goodwill is on Twitter (not to mention Facebook and MySpace). At the moment, their Tweets seem to consist mostly of press releases and hiring opportunities. It would be nice to see them start highlighting interesting items on their auction site as well. Reuse is my favorite of the three R’s. The others, if [...]

Portland RUG

I went to another bang-up meeting of the Portland Ruby Users Group last night. Russ Jones gave a great presentation on Design Patterns with Ruby. I don’t know if he’s planning on publishing the notes from the talk, but it’s worth keeping an eye on his blog to see if he does. The talk itself [...]

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. [...]