Breakfast Is Back!

I love going out to brunch with all its many offerings, but lately I’ve been craving simpler, more of what has traditionally been considered  breakfast-type foods: eggs, omelettes,hearty toast, pancakes, and the like. While there are countless restaurants that serve these foods, I have been to two recently that cook them exceptionaly well.

The first is the Palace Diner.  Oh so satisfying, with its out of this world versions of traditional diner food. French Toast, Corned Beef Hash, even the humble Breakfast Sandwich. The Palace Diner elevates them all. Not fancy just good food prepared exceptionally well, served in a historic dining car built in 1927.

Pictured below is the always delicious Corned Beef Hash. Served with Two Eggs, Marble Rye Toast, and a Pickle, it really hits the spot!

Great hash @palacediner #maine #breakfastnotbrunch #diner

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Now under the ownership of husband and wife Chefs Damian Samsonetti and Ilma Lopez, owners of  Piccolo and The Blue Rooster,  Caiolas offers a variety of breakfast dishes all cooked to the next level. We started with the out of this world Warm Lost Bread served with Maple Syrup, which can be best described as the perfect marriage between French Toast and Bread Pudding. From the first bite to the last, it was an exquisite eggy/sweet/yummy delight! Also impressive was the savory/crunchy and filling Bird’s Nest with its perfectly cooked eggs (over easy), nestled in Pullman Toast and Sausage Gravy. Yumalicious!

A montage celebrating The Birds Nest @caiolasmaine #portlandmaine #breakfast #sausagegravy #foodporn

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Lost Bread @caiolasmaine #amazing #breadpudding #breakfast #portlandmaine

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The Bitter Frenchman

Born and raised in France, enjoy a preview of  Fred Eliot’s (currently at Rhum) delightfully French next project! Get your tickets now for this upcoming feast! The Bitter Frenchman

Bone marrow toast, served at Rhum

Bone marrow toast, served at Rhum

Honey Paw: Introducing Congee to Portland

While Congee, a delicious, rice-based porridge may be very popular across Asia, there is only one place that I know of in Portland serving this colorful and immensely satisfying dish. Do yourself a favor and head over now to The Honey Paw to try their latest version of this delicious treat!

Congee

Chef Ian Driscoll Popping up at Bao Bao

Get our your calenders, because Ian Driscoll best known as the extraordinary sous-chef from Central Provisions is popping up at Bao Bao on April 25th! Find out more about this Asian inspired event here: Okami: A pop-up of sorts.

I’m looking forward to seeing and tasting the yumminess that this talented chef has come up with!