The Vinland Dog (Blue Rooster Food Co. Summer Chef Series)

July 6, 2014

Like many of you, I’m making the Sunday night transition back to full work weeks, sadly devoid of holidays and drunken, midday World Cup work stoppages*, so I’ll keep this week’s Blue Rooster update brief. The Week 6 hot dog—can you believe we’re almost at the halfway point already?— is David Levi’s Vinland Dog. Comprised of a […]

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Matt Brown’s Shepherd Dog (Blue Rooster Food Co. Summer Chef Series)

June 29, 2014

I’m a bit late with this week’s Blue Rooster update. Some friends from the Midwest came in for a visit, so I’ve been in tour guide/host mode for the last couple of days, dragging them to lighthouses, scavenging for bagels, noshing on the (always fantastic) lobster rolls from Bite Into Maine and jumping aboard the Lucky Catch Lobster […]

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Thurston’s Wicked Goood Burgers (Portland, ME)

June 22, 2014

Quick Note: In my original posting, I misidentified Thurston’s as sitting near Nason’s Corner rather than Woodford’s Corner. (As I live not far from either, I’m prone to confuse them). Thanks to reader Rachael for catching this error, which has now been corrected. In the eight years that I’ve lived in Portland, I don’t think […]

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Steve Corry’s Truffle Mac Dog (Blue Rooster Food Co. Summer Chef Series)

June 21, 2014

Though we are a mere quarter of the way through the Blue Rooster Summer Chef Series, I find myself impressed with how unique each of the entries has been. All of the hot dogs have been decidedly different from the rest, with virtually no overlap in theme or ingredients (save for the bun and the hot dog itself, […]

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Fred Eliot’s French Connection (Blue Rooster Food Co. Summer Chef Series)

June 15, 2014

I’ve been pretty jazzed about the Week 3 hot dog at the Blue Rooster Food Co. It comes to us from Chef Fred Eliot of Petite Jacqueline. Despite my all-too-infrequent visits to PJ, I’m absolutely in love with this place. Whether you’re there for a weekend brunch, a mid-week lunch, a nighttime dinner or one […]

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The Sloppy Penatzer (Blue Rooster Food Co. Summer Chef Series)

June 10, 2014

The Week 2 hot dog in the Blue Rooster Food Co’s Summer Chef series is called the Sloppy Penatzer. It comes to us from Ricky Penatzer of the new’ish Portland Hunt and Alpine Club, an establishment that I’ve yet to visit due to my frenetic work travel schedule. Our week 2 hot dog embodies one […]

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Tao Yaun Dog (Blue Rooster Food Co. Summer Chef Series)

May 30, 2014

Having indulged in perhaps too many hot dogs during a recent trip to Chicago (Portillo’s, Hot Doug’s and Byron’s), I wasn’t sure whether I’d be up for more encased-meat goodness heading into this weekend. Nevertheless, I found myself parked within 30 yards of the Blue Rooster Food Co. a mere 40 minutes before the official […]

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Summoning Autumn

September 8, 2013

Autumn is far and away my favorite season. I love everything about it: the cool crisp days, the chilly nights which demand extra layers, the changing of the leaves, pumkin-spice lattes, apple pie, Halloween, the return of the MLB post-season, the start of the pro football season… its just a magnificent time of year. No […]

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Nonna’s Kitchenette, The Great Food Truck Race & “Sawwce”

June 16, 2012

Chubby’s Note: I’m posting this at around 11pm on Saturday night. Its my understanding that the Food Network will be filming again tomorrow, and that the trucks may have already switched locations. If you’re thinking of heading downtown in hopes of catching Nonna’s or Seoul Sausage, it would be wise to keep your eye on […]

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Cantina at El Rayo (Portland, ME)

January 26, 2012

Ok, its time for an embarrassing confession. As a child of the 70’s who was raised on a steady diet of “Star Wars” movies, books and toys, I somehow got it in my head that the word “cantina” referred specifically to a place where aliens convened to eat, drink and settle old scores with one another. My […]

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