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Vintage knife identification

I picked up a knife at one of my weekly Goodwill prowls, and am hoping someone here might be able to help me identify it. The blade is 8" carbon steel, full tang, no bolster with a pattern of cross-hatches running the length of the blade. The handle appears to be walnut, attached with 2 brass rivets embossed with a "Q" that is surmounted by 3 interlocking rings

Aug 28, 2011
bi11me in Cookware

Maine (Portland, Wiscasset, Camden, Bar Harbor) Advice Sought

When Bourdain gives a restaurant a positive response, revenues rise dramaticly. If you want to be treated like Bourdain, start by having the same effect. Know what it takes to make a fine meal, and don't pretend to be an expert if you haven't got the knowledge to back it up. He gets treated like he's Anthony Bourdain because he's Bourdain

Jul 26, 2010
bi11me in Northern New England

Boston to Midcoast maine, any must stops?

risibisi, restaurants don't get bigger because they're "going down hill." Primo has consistently garnered praise both locally and nationally, for the quality of the food and service and for the efforts of the owners to promote green and sustainable practices both in restaurants and agriculture. Perhaps your agenda is different, but if you're looking for top quality food, and aren't hampered by your personal economic situation, Primo is one of the best options in New England.

Jun 23, 2009
bi11me in All New England Archive

Boston to Midcoast maine, any must stops?

Moody's is what it is, but if you want a great sandwich in Waldoboro get off Rt 1 and go to Fernalds on Main Street. I had lunch there at the counter with Andrew Wyeth a few years ago (he just happened to come in, we weren't together), and he agreed that it was what Moody's used to be, simple, fresh, and honest.

Jun 23, 2009
bi11me in All New England Archive

Restaurants Camden Maine Area

If it's where I think you're describing, it' is now a coffee shop called Zoots.

Jun 23, 2009
bi11me in All New England Archive

Restaurants Camden Maine Area

Having lived and worked in the area for almost 20 years, as a purveyor and restaurant employee, I know that you will find no shortage of options, but there are some that stand out. Top of my list (and many peoples'), is Primo in Rockland. Francine in Camden would be second, and close to where you are staying. In Good Company is also in Rockland and offers fine food and a great selection of beer and wine. Also worth researching is Natalies. Where ever you go be aware that the local constabulary is like a swarm of angry bees on weekends, and there is a strictly enforced jaywalking law ($137fine) in Camden and Rockland, so use the crosswalks, where drivers are required to stop for you.

Jun 22, 2009
bi11me in All New England Archive

My Philadelphia Restaurant Trip

Nice choices, but there is so much more. For breakfast, consider adding
Honey's Sit n' Eat, there are lots of great lunch options, including grazing at Reading Terminal Market, and if the friend likes wine, Tria and Vintage are well worth checking out for a very different dinner experience. Le Bec Fin is for some a once in a lifetime event, if the expense isn't prohibitive, it should be memorable lunch or dinner.

Mar 05, 2008
bi11me in Pennsylvania

Closing Dinner in Philadelphia

Le Bec Fin has a private dining room that will fit 15 with ease, but don't expect to get out for less than $150 - $200 a head, and possibly WAY more if you like fine wine. James would be a good choice if the guests are more progresive foodie types.

Mar 05, 2008
bi11me in Pennsylvania

Frida Exhibit- veg. friendly dining nearby?

Consider The White Dog Cafe @ 34th and Sansome. Not strictly vegetarian but some good veg options and dedicated to local organic fare since before it was cool. Gotta admit, Horizons is terrific.

Mar 05, 2008
bi11me in Pennsylvania

What do Chowhounds do for a living (besides eat of course)? [old]

Over 30 years of restaurant work. When I was 17 I was working as a waiter at a restaurant in Boston when James Beard was seated at my table. He was in town promoting a new book and at the end of the meal left me a signed copy. Since then I've worked for several "famous" chefs, now I'm a GM at a well-known restaurant in a very old east coast American city.

Mar 05, 2008
bi11me in Not About Food

20 minute wait too long?

I agree. Had that happened at my restaurant I would have been sure to put that name on Open Table with a flag to the reservationist that read "Sorry, we're completely committed that night." People with that sense of entitlement aren't good for the waitstaff or the owner. 555 isn't fast food, and the waitstaff aren't there to dispense wine for free.

Mar 05, 2008
bi11me in Not About Food

Maine Classics

People! Iknow it's under new ownership, but it's still there, and has been for over 100 years. Doesn't anyone remember the venerable Whitehall Inn? And, though it no longer exists, sadly replaced by a box full of beds, let's offer a moment of silence for the ever-popular Daves, by the side of the runway at the Thomaston Airport, bastion of fried food and the u-shaped buffet.

Mar 05, 2008
bi11me in All New England Archive

Portland, ME Romantic Fine Dining

Add me to the list of those promoting Back Bay Grill for the "romantic" element, and Hugo's would qualify as well. If food takes preeminence, I'd reverse that order, and have to add 555 and Fore St.

Mar 05, 2008
bi11me in All New England Archive

Midcoast Maine for weeknight locals?

Going out on a limb here but when I moved away nearly 2 years ago the Thomaston Cafe was doing dinners only on Friday and Saturday night. I believe Mark in Union is still doing dinner every day he's open. Both are great places for lunch-time burgers, great soups in Thomaston, as I recall, and a decent wine selection for such a small list (gotta love those French chefs).

Mar 05, 2008
bi11me in Northern New England

Maine - Good, Bad, or Eh...ok?

Have to second Primo, Amalfi, and In Good Company, but particularly Francine because Brian was recently nominated for a James Beard award (best in the Northeast, I think - left the list at work). Good luck getting in there this summer. There are also several great restaurants in Portland that deserve exploration, Hugos' was also a JB nominee.

Mar 05, 2008
bi11me in Northern New England

Good Luck Amalfi...

I had the good fortune of working with Chef Dave Cook when Amalfi first opened, along with Chip Dewing and John Bailey. Dave has continud to learn and grow since I first met him in Camden, and working at Amalfi, despite all of the difficulties that new restaurants pose, was an experience that I will always cherish. I wish him the best of luck, not so much in creating his new venture, but in finding the type of staff he deserves - always a challenge in mid-coast Maine, but particularly in this season. I miss that paella, and I was just recently describing the Txakoli that was a perrenial favorite on his wine list. I'll see you there in October.

Mar 05, 2008
bi11me in All New England Archive

PEASANT - good food, RUDE CREW!

As a GM, I can see two sides to this debate, but only the people who make decisions at Peasant are really qualified to comment on this. Perhaps the last steps prior to opening require an inspection of the premises, or a description to the staff of a proprietary technique or recipe, or someone being disciplined. The OP had no right to enter the restaurant prior to opening, and no justification for writing such a damaging post simply because they were considering their own desires and disregarding and disrespecting the wishes of the proprietor. As the sign on my mechanics' wall states, "Poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part." I have been involved in fine service for decades, and will do whatever I can to make a customer feel welcome and repeatedly come back, but that doesn't mean I'll do so at the expense of my other customers, or of the employees on whom I rely.

Mar 05, 2008
bi11me in Not About Food