Month: June 2021

Look into Portland’s beloved restaurant scene before it was a foodie destination

PORTLAND, Maine —  Before it became a world-class foodie destination and engine of the city’s economic fortunes, Portland’s restaurant scene looked like a lot of fun.

That’s how old-school Portlander Abraham Schechter remembers it. The city library’s archivist, Schechter recently assembled a trove of historic menus and scenes from 1980s Portland restaurants for public viewing in the library’s digital collection.

Containing menus from 67 restaurants, bars and cafes, the new archive traces Portland’s nationally recognized food scene to its gritty, artsy origins.

Schechter found the menus years ago buried in a forgotten box in a storage room. It took the

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How to devour Portland’s restaurant scene, ‘Top Chef’-style

Between the pandemic, the protests and the persistent wildfire smoke, there was no way the first filmed-in-Portland season of “Top Chef” could highlight the city’s food scene with the style of previous seasons.

Case in point: Episode 2, with its Quickfire Challenge inspired by Portland’s once-proud, “Portlandia”-parodied obsession with the first meal of the day. Instead of cutaways to locals sipping coffee while spearing bites of corned beef tongue hash at Coquine or balancing architectural avocado toast at Proud Mary, we settle for Portland chef and guest judge Gregory Gourdet rattling off a few of his favorites — “Fried Egg

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Rediscover Singapore at The Clan Hotel



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With life still in the throes of a pandemic, a hotel opening may be the furthest thought from anyone’s mind. But The Clan Hotel is glaring proof of why Singapore’s hospitality industry is still growing apace. The first of The Clan Hotel Brand under the Far East Hospitality empire towers above its vicinity and embodies the same spirit as Amoy Hotel, its sister property. Both bring to the fore the stories of the historied clans of the Far East, Amoy and Cross Street area. The Clan Hotel takes its cue from the district’s heritage. Mirroring

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Kosher market and deli named Bubbies set to open, Hope St. Providence

PROVIDENCE — After three-plus months of pop-ups, Bubbie’s Market and Deli will fully open on Sunday.

“We are the busiest store that isn’t open,” said Jeffrey Ingber, co-owner with Freda Ronkin of the kosher Jewish deli. 

Since they unlocked their back door for limited Passover grocery shopping on March 3, business has been steady while they renovated the store. There have been plenty of calls of, “Can I swing by and get something?” said Ingber.

What can shoppers and diners expect on Sunday?

“They can walk through the front door; that’s a big change,” Ingber said.

Providence’s only kosher market

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