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A Wonderful Winter Warm-Up at The Honey Paw

There is nothing like the food from warmer climates to cut through the chill on a winter day in Maine, and there is no other local restaurant with such a wide range of foods inspired by some very hot places as the The Honey Paw.
We started with lemon and ginger hot toddies, a thoroughly delicious way to warm up with just the right bite of ginger and the nice addition of cloves.

Hot Toddies

Hot Toddies

We followed this up with the beautiful and rich lobster tartine, a well-deserved menu standard,and an appetizer special courtesy of the chef of smoked mackerel mousse,egg, and beets on a large hash brown. So very good! The mackerel was salty and smooth- just perfect. Add in the beets and the potato,and it all came together in just the right mélange of crunchy,creamy,tangy that says happy happy to me!

Lobster Tartine

Lobster Tartine

Smoked mackerel mousse w beets,egg,on a hash brown.

Smoked mackerel mousse w beets,egg,on a hash brown.


We followed this up with a Beef Rendang so tender and rich, served with beautiful turmeric pickles and perfectly made rice. You’d be hard pressed to find a dish with more comfort, unless it was the chicken pho with matzah balls. OMG!!! This soup has everything I love about pho and matzah ball soup: tangy, rich,bright full of flavor! Wow!!

I have to eat here again soon, and I definitely can’t wait for Chef Duffly’s upcoming dinner at Flanagan’s Table January 31st!
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Chicken Pho

Chicken Pho

Rhum Brings Tiki To Portland!

Now under construction on Cross Street, Rhum will be a refined take on Tiki with a distinctly Portland, Maine flavor. Elegant, modern translations of classic Tiki dishes will be bolstered with an impressive raw bar featuring local seafood. The cocktail program will feature Tiki standbys as well as contemporary counterparts, and a large format program for team tippling.
The kitchen and bar programs will be overseen by Frank W. Anderson and Rebecca Ambrosi. Most recently working together as The Hunter’s Bend, an underground supper club and catering company, Frank and Rebecca bring years of experience from restaurants like Animal and Son of a Gun in Los Angeles and the kitchens of Thomas Keller and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Rhum will create a subterranean escape that welcomes guests, encourages them to revel in groups, and presents a series of elegant surprises throughout each visit.
Opening this winter, Rhum is the first restaurant project by Fifth Food Group: Jason Loring, owner of Nosh and Slab; Mike Fraser, owner of Bramhall Pub; Nat Towl, builder and designer.
I can’t wait to try this!

Food and Wine 10 Portland Plates

Food and wine just gave another shoutout to Portland Maine. Among their favorites are the perennial Central Provisions, but also making the list were a few surprises like Salvage and David Levi’s Vinland. Congratulations to all. Seems like a good excuse to plan a fall trip.
For the full list please see Food and Wine magazine.
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