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shepherds pie rockport

I'm afraid to post this but since nobody else has I feel compelled. Brian Hill of Francine in Camden has quietly opened an incredible spot in Rockport. Great Gastropub type atmosphere and food. Do yourself a favor and go eat there. It's nice to have all of the skill and technique of chef Hill in a more casual spot, also I can walk there which is nice.

Microbreweries

Breaking news...Amalfi on the Water in Rockland is teaming up with the former brewmaster and owner of Rocky Bay, and they are starting to brew at the Amalfi location on the water in Rockland. Rich is a heck of a brewer and I know it will be great, look for Shag Rock brew this summer sometime.

Trumbull Kitchen

The wife and I were in town for the Dave Mathews Band this weekend and had the pleasure of eating at TK before the show. After walking around Hartford waiting for the hotel room to be ready I was thinking that Hartford is a little sketchy. We walked by TK during the day and I didn't know what to make of it but we had already made reservations through Open Table so we were committed. I have posted some things about recent food trips to Boston and noted that we have better food in Mid Coast Maine than I can seem to get anywhere in Boston. I have been a bit down on city food lately but mainly because I am a chef and know the difficulties of running a good restaurant and getting the good press to go with it. The city seems to be a small fish big pond problem for a lot of great chefs. Onto the review....probably the hippest menu I have seen in a long time. Very current and technically awesome. We had the ssam appetizer which was executed perfectly and presented excellently. The fondue with big potato wedges that were cooked just right and made for a great yin to the ssam yang. We split a "Stone Pie" which didn't stand a chance as soon as it hit the table, great thin crust with perfectly seasoned toppings, it was devoured in seconds. Creme brulee for dessert was perfectly smooth only a little under bruleed, I like mine nice and dark. I don't know if the chef reads Chow but if he does I will say that I noticed him at the pass that night and he was intensely focused on the food that was leaving the kitchen and it showed at my table. Great food, service and atmosphere made for a truly memorable evening especially since the after dinner entertainment kept pace with the truly awesome meal that started the evening.

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Trumbull Kitchen
150 Trumbull St., Hartford, CT 06103

Best Pizza in the Camden/Rockland Area?

I concur. Except for the Paolinas Way assessment. They use a rolling pin for their pizza...bad...very bad. could be good but not doing it right.

Best Pizza in the Camden/Rockland Area?

i think you have to have grown up on Snappy's to really appreciate it. I know it's not gourmet but it's just one of those things. Like a Wasses dog.

Best Pizza in the Camden/Rockland Area?

I wish we had a great pizzaria but for my money it's Snappy's all the way. Snappy's has the most history around here, I think that helps when your talking about great pizza. Great pizza has some history behind it. They make there own dough, sauce, cheese blends on premise instead of buying it all in like most of the "take out places." Some the other places you mentioned have great pizza but are not what I'm looking for when I think of eating pizza. I've been waiting for a reason to brag up Snappy's, thanks for the chance.

Mid-Coast Trip report

you should have taken my advice and hit Rockland instead of the dinner that you had at Brevetto. The owner of Brevetto is a hard working young chef and he tries very hard but the difficulties of running a restaurant in a tough market like Camden can be overwhelming at times. Brevetto is not top of my list but I do respect the owner for his efforts. He had a couple of gourmet food shops a couple of years ago and I would say that it was more his forte but some heavy hitters from away got him into a place and then hung him out to dry as far as I am concerned. The mill in Camden is totally screwed up, a far cry from what it was 10 years ago when MBNA was around.

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Brevetto
43 Mechanic St Ste 12, Camden, ME 04843

Mid Coast Maine VS. Boston

i grew up on willow street donuts, we would stop there on the way to junior high and they would give us all the messed up ones. I also bought my first house about 100 yards from the original location when it was there. We tried Mikes City Diner on the trip that I made this post after and I thought it was pretty cool. Sassy but sweet waitstaff and steaming hot plates piled high with good food, diner goodness.

ACF Midcoast Maine Chapter...read on if interested.

this posted prematurely...I hate it when that happens. We will be meeting at Farmers Fare this month for a Farmer and Chef pot luck meet and greet brunch. This has never been done before so it could be interesting. If your a chef between Boothbay and Belfast you should come.

ACF Midcoast Maine Chapter...read on if interested.

A group of chefs in the Rockland and Camden Area have started the groundwork for a local chapter of the American Culinary Federation. We have meetings scheduled for the next 3 months to help gather support

3 Nights in Portland, Looking for best places to eat

As far as food goes you will get plenty of replies and you won't have enough nights to get to all of the great places in Portland. If you're Foodies you should check out Rabelais Books next door to Hugos, a store dedicated to culinary literature....it's amazing and should be on every food persons list when visiting Portland. Not sure if I spelled it right but I'm sure you can find it, they have a great website you can check out ahead of time.

Mid Coast Maine VS. Boston

The only place thats not open right now that I mentioned is the Edge and it's actually not in Camden anyway. If you do Francine one night I would reccomend going to Rockland the other night to check out a few of the places I mentioned. You could start at In Good Company for a nice wine bar atmosphere with great small plates, or Suzuki Sushi for the best of the local seafood harvest. The staff at Suzuki is really awesome these days, very friendly and the place just has a nice vibe. Those two places are next door to each other which is nice. Everything in Rockland is within walkin distance so hopping from place to place would be a fun way to take in a few places while you're in town. As for cool food adventures check out Farmers Fare and the Market Basket in Rockport both have their high points. I get all my seafood from Jess's Market in Rockland and they have a nice little store for browsing and getting the best local seafood. Wasses hot dogs are a local favorite and a good cheap lunch and I love Marriners for breakfast in Camden. Home Kitchen Cafe in Rockland has great inventive food in a "just right" atmosphere. Most of the places I listed have their own websites so you could check them out yourself and pick what suits you. Good luck and let me know how your experience is.

What to do with kurobuta pork shoulder?

ive been making ramen from the momofuku cookbook and it is heavy on the pork, and the broth is really a good use for good pork.

Feb 24, 2010
mainecoastchef in Home Cooking

momofuku noodle bar type places in boston???

no ramen at M&C, they should though it would fit well with what they are doing. The food was good there just not as good as it could be. Lacking depth I would say. Great atmosphere and very friendly staff, I would go there often if I lived in Boston.

momofuku noodle bar type places in boston???

I had the same problem at Mings, 8 million types of noodles, go to the fresh section and still nothing that says ramen so I am going to make my own this week. Mings was an eye opening experience though, I could spend a half a day in there.

Mid Coast Maine VS. Boston

I am talking about food mostly, We went to Myers and Chang on Friday and Clio on Saturday and I was not really impressed with either. M&C had the potential to be fantastic but the food just wasn't there. Clio was a total letdown. My wife's food a Clio was good but she had a similar dish in Camden a few nights earlier and was more impressed with it. My dishes were lukewarm and not well seasoned at all. KO was in the kitchen and it was Valentines Weekend so I was surprised by the amateur mistakes.
Places to try in MidCoast Maine.
on the high end. Primo, Francine, The Edge, Suzuki Sushi, In Good Company, lily bistro
Middle of the Road. Amalfi, Cafe Miranda, Peter Otts, Brevetto
Cheap and Good. Mariners in Camden, Home Ktichen Cafe, Brown Bag, Wasses Hot Dogs
Gourmet Food Shops. Market Basket, Farmers Fare, Sweets and Meats, good tern co-op
Jess's Market for great seafood.

momofuku noodle bar type places in boston???

happy to report Myers & Chang was pretty good. The atmosphere was friendly and the food was decent. I am doing better things in my own kitchen though.

Mid Coast Maine VS. Boston

After sampling the best Boston has to offer over the last 10 years, I have come to the conclusion that mid coast maine has better food than that whole city. I wish I were wrong but every time I drop serious coin on a high end boston restaurant I am usually left feeling a little ripped off. I am happy to live in an area with so many great chefs.

where to try in Boston.

if you could go to one restaurant this weekend in boston what would it be. We have been to Lespalier, eastern standard, blue room, hammersleys, prezza, we are going to myers and chang on Friday but are looking for something nice for saturday.

beacon hill bistro

thats all you got?

beacon hill bistro

going to go saturday possibly, please advise.

gourmet shops in boston

by more westerner friendly I mean signage, layout, ordering, stuff like that. Not the people, I should have clarified that. Thanks for the recommendation.

gourmet shops in boston

this is what I love about Boston, and chowhound. thanks for all the great suggestions, I was getting into a rut lately with places to go when in Beantown. I seem to see a pattern of Washington St. restaurant recommendations and food destinations. I knew the south end was getting a lift with all the new places but have yet to really explore so I guess we'll head down washington st. and see whats up.

gourmet shops in boston

thanks, I was aware of the south end fromagerie and it is on my list to check out. I always stop at the salumeria but have not heard of Pace's so I will check that out, thanks.

gourmet shops in boston

I live in close proximity to some great gourmet food shops in Maine but am looking for some in Boston to check out on our weekend trip. We have been to the fromagerie kitchen in Cambridge a couple of times and love it but don't want to go out that far this time. I would be interested in something in Chinatown as well, are there any stores there that are a little more westerner friendly than others?

cuisinart digital pressure cooker

After watching all the Iron Chefs and Top Chefs use their pressure cookers so much I thought I should be knowledgeable in their uses. I have had mine since Christmas and am having so much fun with it. I read some reviews and people whine about this and that one being better but this one is as simple as a toaster to operate and produces excellent results. I got David Changs book Momofuku for Christmas and the two go hand in hand quite nicely. I can braise pork belly in like 20 minutes, pulled pork shoulder in 50 minutes, beans from raw unsoaked in an hour. If you like to play in your kitchen like I do I highly recommend it for around a $100 bucks its worth it for the fun you'll have.

Feb 01, 2010
mainecoastchef in Cookware

Discolored blade on new Shun knife

I have had most of my knives for over 10 years and I have never had to care for them in any of these crazy ways. If I pay over $100 bucks for a chefs knife it better be friggin impervious to battery acid. Shun's look pretty but if I have to be worried about what I cut with it and when and how I apply soap and water then forget it.

Feb 01, 2010
mainecoastchef in Cookware

momofuku noodle bar type places in boston???

thanks for the input, apparently the whole northeast is a noodle wasteland. I have been making variations at home but wanted to experience a "good" restaurant style to compare mine to see if I'm close.

momofuku noodle bar type places in boston???

I've been cooking a ton out of this new book, anyone know a place in boston that would be in the style of momofuku ??

Lunch along the Maine Coast

This post should read... if you had one place to stop in between Boston and New Brunswick where would it be? It's funny to see people who are relatively local to Maine say things like " Although now I'm reading that even Rockland, pop. 7609, is a tourist spot with "unique shops, boutiques, fine dining and art galleries."
I have eaten in the best restaurants in Boston and other metropolitan areas and I can honestly say that I can get better food within 10 minutes of my house and i I don't have to get on a highway to get there. By the way if it were me I would leave Boston around 8:00 a.m. I would be in the Mid Coast Maine area by early lunch (take Rt. 1 Coastal Route through Brunswick it's not much slower and you are right it's worth the extra half hour). Drive through that cool town Rockland that you read about and head up to Camden. Park your car wherever you can find a space, walk the downtown and park, check out the waterfall and schooners, stretch you legs and go to either Cappy's, Marriners, Bay View Lobster, The Waterfront, or whatever looks good to you. You can't go wrong with Camden in the summer.