Best of Maine

Mediterranean journey a short drive from home

Submitted By George Smith on Fri, 05/13/2016 - 15:16

 Linda

                You need go no further than Portland to take a journey through the flavors of the Mediterranean. When I think of the tastes of the Mediterranean I think of tomatoes, olives and olive oil. TIQA offers a much broader view including cuisines I have not been exposed to.

                Sure, you've tasted foods from Italy and France, but how about Tunisia, Morocco, Lebanon, Turkey and Israel? The welcoming staff, including our experienced...

Let's do lunch - in Portland and Mount Vernon

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 04/24/2016 - 15:39

 George

                Whenever someone wants to meet with me in the Portland area, I insist on getting together in my “Portland office,” a corner booth by the window at Hot Suppa on the west end of Congress Street. So of course, when Linda and I decided to start this Let’s Do Lunch series, Hot Suppa was at the top of our list for a visit.

                The small cozy dining area is inviting, with a small bar, booths along one wall, and...

Loved this Portland restaurant!

Submitted By George Smith on Tue, 04/19/2016 - 10:05

 Linda

                Union Restaurant opened in the spring of 2015. Located in the Press Hotel, it has a contemporary, edgy atmosphere. Slatted ceilings and nice lighting give it an open feeling. The restaurant is in a large space and they stagger reservations here so that service runs smoothly.

                You will notice the large open kitchen as soon as you enter. Several chefs work seamlessly to produce great dishes. There are no secrets in this...

Elegant Press Hotel holds onto its printing past

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 04/10/2016 - 08:32

 George

                Walking into Portland’s Press Hotel for the first time was an awesome experience. I’d read a lot about the conversion of the Guy Gannett Building, which housed the Portland Press Herald, into a beautiful and luxurious downtown hotel, but seeing it was a special treat. They have managed to create a gorgeous and modern hotel, with tons of amenities, while keeping its history very much alive, starting with a wall of old typewriters just to the right of check-in desk.

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Petrillo’s will please you!

Submitted By George Smith on Mon, 04/04/2016 - 17:15

 Linda

                Petrillo's is a cute little restaurant located at the Train Station in Freeport, just a stone's throw from the outlet stores. It is a cozy place with a bar and a few tables in the main room and more seating in its enclosed porch. And though we visited in March the porch was a popular place to dine. It is a casual dining spot and one where you immediately feel welcome.

                Friends have told us they have great burgers and pizzas...

Let’s Do Lunch – In Bangor and Rockland

Submitted By George Smith on Mon, 03/28/2016 - 10:49

                 A lot of readers have told us they eat out for lunch more than for dinner, so we’re starting a new series of columns: Let’s Do Lunch. Spread throughout the year, we’ll give you two or three great places for lunch in each column. And we invite you to let us know about your favorite luncheon spots!

Fork and Spoon - Linda

                On a recent visit to Bangor I sought out the Fork and Spoon, a place we discovered at the...

Your smile will be wide at Thai Smile in Farmington

Submitted By George Smith on Mon, 03/28/2016 - 10:35

 Linda

                I confess that I do not know a lot about Thai food. I had never even tried it until I was well into adulthood. The one thing I know is that once you have tried great Thai food you are likely to be looking forward to going back for more! And I'm happy to say we found a local place that offers excellent Thai flavors in Farmington at Thai Smile and Sushi Restaurant.

                We are confounded when we look at a Thai menu.  George...

Another great dining adventure at Solo Bistro

Submitted By George Smith on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 17:59

 George

                Ever since we enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Solo Bistro three years ago, we’ve wanted to return. And finally, our recent stay at the Inn at Bath gave us that opportunity. We scheduled the visit for a Wednesday night, figuring they wouldn’t be very busy. Well, that was wrong!

                And I should have known that, because for years the restaurant has featured a Wednesday special for the bargain price of $17.99. The...

Don’t drive by Bath!

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 03/06/2016 - 09:02

 George

                A great get-a-way awaits you in Bath. That’s right, Bath. Perhaps you’ve driven by the city many times on Route 1 and never stopped. What a pity. With a vibrant downtown, great restaurants, one of our favorite inns, and the fascinating Maritime Museum  – well, we just love this place.

                And love it we did, for two days at the end of February, staying at the Inn at Bath where owner Elizabeth Knowlton...

Loon Lodge offers an historic, beautiful, and tasty get-a-way

Submitted By George Smith on Mon, 02/29/2016 - 13:24

 Linda 

                "Sometimes you just need to get away," says a quote on Loon Lodge’s website. And this is certainly the place to do that.

                Ariale’s friendly greeting when we arrived got us off to a great start, and as she gave us a tour, I was transported back in time. Enormous round logs are support beams and brace the ceiling in the Great Room, anchored by a huge fireplace with a stone chimney. The "Old...

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