• Food & Drink

    The Flavor Shop

    by  • June 19, 2014 • Buy Local, Food & Drink • 0 Comments

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    Tucked away in a quiet, granite fronted space on Commercial street, Vervacious has, for close to four years, been spicing up Portland’s culinary scene. A feast for the senses, this little brick-lined hideaway contains one of the most acclaimed and interesting culinary destinations in the city. Vervacious doesn’t sell food, exactly. They sell flavor. Whether […]

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    Summer Fizz

    by  • June 16, 2014 • Food & Drink • 2 Comments

    Vena's Fizz House Natural Soda Bar

    Tucked away over on the edge of the Old Port is one of the most interesting and inventive shops in Portland – Vena’s Fizz House. Part antique store, part foodie supply, and part new-fashioned soda fountain, it’s a place no other in the city — and perhaps in the entire country. Step inside the front […]

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    Winter Market

    by  • December 9, 2013 • Buy Local, Food & Drink, Shopping • 0 Comments

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    On Saturday morning I went to check out the new home of the Portland Winter Farmer’s Market, hosted by Urban Farm Fermentory at 200 Anderson St.  In addition to UFF, the building is also home to Maine Line Pies, Bomb Diggity Bakery, and Pure Pops, so the addition of farm fresh veggies, handmade cheeses, local […]

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    The Iconic Element: The Salt Cellar

    by  • December 6, 2012 • Buy Local, Food & Drink, Shopping • 1 Comment

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    Newly opened in a subterranean space near Post Office Park, The Salt Cellar is a celebration of just one thing: the humble sodium chloride, the only rock that we eat on a regular basis. Modeled on their flagship store in Portsmouth, NH, and, in a larger sense, modeled after a specialty salt store that the co-owners […]

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    Public Market Lunch, Part 2

    by  • April 17, 2012 • Food & Drink • 0 Comments

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    Read Part I Here. Given that Portland has no shortage of places to eat lunch, it might seem kind of odd that I’m spending two entire days talking about the food options housed in one building. But part of the beauty of the food scene at Public Market House (beside its pure deliciousness) is that […]

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    Public Market Lunch, Part I

    by  • April 16, 2012 • Food & Drink • 1 Comment

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    Situated on Monument Square, it might be fair to say that the Public Market House symbolizes the heart of the local foods movement in Portland. Opened in 2006, following the collapse of Betty Noyce’s visionary-but-doomed Public Market project, the current public market opened in a converted Army-Navy store as a partnership between four of the […]

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    Bohemian Rhapsody In Tea

    by  • March 20, 2012 • Food & Drink • 3 Comments

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    The waiter brings you a book, and a bell. That’s the first sign that Dobra Tea is different than any other tea shop I’ve ever been in. I have to confess that tea is my weakness. Not just any tea, mind you, but carefully brewed tea … it is the ritual of tea, if you […]

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