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Hearty and sweet

America's war on obesity is going nowhere.
Sonny's finds the right mix of flavors and textures
By BRIAN DUFF  |  March 19, 2010
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How the other half eats?

Seeking to understand our once-and-future masters, I headed up to Falmouth, where registered Republicans outnumber Democrats, to examine how they eat. I followed some expensive sedans to Johnny's Bistro.
Sampling suburban fare in Falmouth
By BRIAN DUFF  |  February 19, 2010
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Start tasting

The events of the last decade have spoiled our taste for speculation.
New and renewed flavors in Portland's food scene
By BRIAN DUFF  |  January 01, 2010
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In with the new

This year represented a bittersweet end to a miserable decade for the nation.
And with the even newer — the year in Portland food
By Brian Duff  |  December 25, 2009
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Seasonal fare(well)

With Labor Day weekend behind us, so goes the high tourist season here in Maine. While this means less crowded beaches and the possibility of finding a weekend parking space in the Old Port, it signifies a major transition for restaurateurs around the
The chef of Five Fifty-Five bids adieu to summer
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  September 11, 2009
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For serious kids

In last week's New York Times , David Brooks suggested that for people who are not parents there are "no grand designs..., no high ambitions. Politics becomes insignificant. Even words like justice lose meaning."
The Salt Exchange experiments with food
By BRIAN DUFF  |  August 07, 2009


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Full circle

For someone who once envisioned herself sequestered in a dusty library somewhere in England reading medieval literature, Krista Desjarlais, executive chef and owner of Bresca, has a life far from quiet and solitude.
Bresca's new collaborative effort brings intimacy back to dining
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  July 24, 2009
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A beam of light

We live in an era in which we are grateful when people get the big things right, even if the details are off. Too often these days we find the opposite: well-titled books with little insight, an economy that "grows" but produces nothing of actual value
El Rayo lets the ingredients shine
By BRIAN DUFF  |  July 10, 2009

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Seasonal delights in Watch Hill
Seasonal delights in Watch Hill
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  June 26, 2009
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Patrick, the potato, and pork

In just a few short days, the life of Saint Patrick will be celebrated the world over with his namesake holiday, Ireland's most visible mark on the global calendar.
An affordable Irish dinner
By TODD RICHARD  |  March 04, 2009
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Review: Happy Teriyaki

There is little that is hard about Happy Teriyaki, which is Korean-owned despite the Japanese name and the Japanese-style cute bear logo in the window.
Japanese and Chinese cuisines take second place at Happy Teriyaki
By BRIAN DUFF  |  February 25, 2009


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Buns, buns, buns

The sunshine yellow trim of the La Bodega Latina, a corner store and deli geared toward Spanish-speaking immigrants, peeks out above the eight-foot-high pile of dirty snow along Congress Street.
A Dominican fried treat whomps health-nut-ism
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  February 11, 2009
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A good kind of corny

To have been stuck with corn was the great curse of this continent.
Loco Pollo gets tamales right
By BRIAN DUFF  |  January 28, 2009
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Stimulants galore

The next 12 months will offer obsession with stimulus and stimulation.
Arabica offers a bright spot for a dark year
By BRIAN DUFF  |  December 31, 2008