Archive for July, 2008

Portland Done Proud at Tales of the Cocktail

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

Today’s Wall Street Journal features a report from the annual meetup for serious barmen, Tales of the Cocktail, which took place this past week in New Orleans. Local bar ace John Myers was profiled as a contestant in the official cocktail smackdown of Taste.

“Standing next to Mr. Lermayer was John Myers, who tends bar at the Grill Room in Portland, Maine. He cultivated a dour glower in keeping with his Wild Bill Hickock whiskers and locks. His demeanor also appeared to reflect some culture-clash discomfort, the awkwardness Leon Redbone might feel sharing the stage with Moby.”

Alas, John, whose work aspires to simplicity and elegance was beaten out by a Southern showman.

Thanks for the tip to the Portland Food Map

Nigel Slater on Summer Combos

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

One of our favorite authors with some suggestions for the moment:

“Charentais melon amid soft folds of mildly herbal prosciutto; milky mozzarella and warm tomatoes; gooseberries and elderflower; broad beans, young and sweet, with smoky ham; poached salmon and crisp, cold cucumber. Summer’s classic marriages are the sort of gentle offerings you might want to eat under a large, shady tree. As the season progresses, the need for recipes diminishes, and meals rely more on our own intuition and good taste.”

Read the entire article at the Guardian.

Sacre bleu!

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

“Our escargots de Bourgogne actually come from Poland,” he said. “It’s a shame they’re not from France, but with all the pesticides in the ground here and intensive agriculture, there are no more snails.”

So the French are paying more for snails this year (frogs leg’s too).

Even the World Bank Knows the Truth

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

“Biofuels have forced global food prices up by 75% – far more than previously estimated – according to a confidential World Bank report obtained by the Guardian.

The damning unpublished assessment is based on the most detailed analysis of the crisis so far, carried out by an internationally-respected economist at global financial body.”