April 2017

The Purple House

For nearly three hours, I stood by Krista Kern Desjarlais in the tiny prep area of the Purple House. I watched as she artfully arranged figs and berries atop pâte sucrée for galettes. I snapped photos as she piled slices … Continue reading

Van Lloyd’s Bistro

Van Lloyd’s Bistro is funky, fun, and eccentric. Every bit of decor was salvaged, scrounged, or constructed, including church pew benches from the former St. Patrick’s church in Lewiston, hanging lights made from old Victrola horns, and a big arch … Continue reading

Breakfast in Maine

“Don’t you know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day?” Your parents and doctor were right: breakfast is a can’t-miss meal. Breakfast offers health benefits, but more importantly, Maine breakfasts are varied and delicious. Thanks to an … Continue reading

Izakaya Minato

Washington Avenue in Portland’s East End has seen a dining and beverage boom over the past couple of years. There’s barbecue, a wine bar, juicery, gin distillery, brewery, plus the old guard, Silly’s and Tu Casa. Two months ago Izakaya … Continue reading

Capture

In this image, my daughter and her friends are about to jump into the water from a dock on Isle au Haut. Every summer we are lucky enough to spend several weeks on this tiny, quiet island. It is the perfect place for … Continue reading

Bangor

An expanding culinary scene, hundreds of acres of city-owned forest near downtown, and an outdoor concert venue drawing big-name acts during the summer months make the Queen City a worthwhile weekend excursion.

Little Tap House

My beer education began with an illicit Colt 45 in someone’s dimly lit basement when I was in high school. It continued around a keg in college, where the object was not to sip and appreciate, but to drink as much as possible … Continue reading

DIY Dream House

Sarah Madeira Day and Wesley Day have transformed a historic Cumberland Foreside house into a bright, happy home for their young family. All it took was months of work, some hard-learned know-how, and buckets of elbow grease.