Portland Food and Beer Crawl

In 24 short hours, Charles and I managed to visit 9 different restaurants in Portland, Maine. We made the most of an overnight side trip to Maine’s largest city by embarking on an epic food and beer crawl. Charles and I have been to Portland many times, but we always had to worry about driving […]

Tao Yuan in Brunswick, Maine

During my recent trip to Maine my family and I dined at Tao Yuan. The small plates Asian restaurant is owned by Chef Cara Stadler, who was nominated for a James Beard Rising Star Award this year. After discovering Tao Yuan’s sister restaurant, Bao Bao Dumpling House in Portland last winter, I was very eager […]

A Chat with James Beard Rising Star Nominee Cara Stadler

  Chef Cara Stadler is the chef/owner of Tao Yuan in Brunswick and Bao Bao Dumpling House in Portland, Maine. Her locally influenced Asian cuisine has earned the 27 year old chef a nomination for the James Beard Rising Star Award for Tao Yuan, and she has made Food & Wine’s list of 10 Best New […]

Portland Maine Food Crawl

After three days in Maine, we were all getting a bit stir crazy. When my sister’s boyfriend suggested going on a food crawl in Portland, Maine we all jumped at the opportunity. Today, in just about 4 hours, we hit 4 restaurants and a coffeehouse, and it was so fun that it might become a […]

The Portland Guide: Mercury Inn, Vinland, and Otto

First things first. This is a guide for Portland, Maine, the largest “city” in the state. Portland is a small, but charming seaside city with lots of history and a sophisticated culinary scene. I headed up to Portland while I was in Maine to spend a day meeting up with some old friends and exploring […]

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