The first major lobster relocation program ever attempted in Maine.
Harding Smith’s restaurant kingdom is an empire built in fits and starts. Each one comes out of the gate magnificently, spirals to a declivitous edge momentarily — like catching one’s breath — only to return to glorious heights, which is where, more or less, his three establishments have remained.
Figa belongs to a breed of restaurant that used to dominate the
The new Walter’s (www.waltersportland.com) is without exception the most expensively designed restaurant in the city of Portland. Which is to also say it’s like so many other upscale urban dining rooms that you find in second-tier cities across the country/ They’re located off hotel lobbies or in downtown office towers. They’re hardly family dining halls but rather crisply designed environments that howl Metropolitan cool.
Back in September, the band Guster held a contest asking fans to create the official music video for their song Bad Bad World. The first time I heard that song, I knew immediately what I wanted to do. The people of Portland have always struck me as an overall open and caring bunch, so I wanted to showcase their generosity as part of my submission. What surprised me the most was not only the generosity of the people whom I posed the question to, but the vendors as well.
On December 1, the US Defense Department released a study on the effects of repealing "Don't Ask Don't Tell." Doug Anderson looks back on an afternoon when a park in Portland became center stage for this national debate.
Vox pop by Doug Anderson
The Salt institute of Documentary Studies: At Salt, we train aspiring writers, radio producers, and photographers in the art of documentary storytelling — creating thought-provoking, richly worded stories. In the process, our students struggle to find their own voice, learn to sit comfortably with discomfort, and to ask hard questions not only of the people they document, but also of themselves. After 15 weeks, we graduate working professionals who recognize the complexity and subjectivity of truth.
On the ninetieth anniversary of Prohibition, it’s worth looking back at Maine’s central role in outlawing alcohol. The history is more complex than you think.
Down East’s Guide to Good Eating in Greater Portland.
The days of super-sweet commercial soda made with high fructose corn syrup are definitely numbered. So get out ahead of the curve and switch to Maine’s newest soda. Green Bee All-Natural Soda (800-494-0802, greenbeesoda.com) uses only Maine wildflower honey for sweetener, an enzyme-, vitamin-, and antioxidant-rich (not to mention local) alternative to sugar or corn-based sweeteners. Owner Christopher Kinkade bottles the soda at his wife’s catering company, Belle Fete, in Brunswick.