• Nibbles: “Chocolat,” soup and syrup

    Nibbles: “Chocolat,” soup and syrup

    Sweet talk Bar Harbor’s Coach Stop Inn invites the public to attend its “Chocolat” brunch starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, at the inn located at 715 Route 3. The benefit brunch is part of the Jesup Memorial Library’s series of literary-themed meals, “Pages & Repasts.” Each meal includes a discussion of the

  • Make sure you have a blizzard survival kit

    Make sure you have a blizzard survival kit

    Although Governor LePage and the State Police more or less ordered everyone to stay off the roads during Monday’s blizzard, we really had to go to work. Catastrophic events result in holidays for government workers, but not for us. Earthquakes, fires and floods are our bread and butter. Blizzards that blow people indoors force us

  • So much shoveling calls for chili

    So much shoveling calls for chili

    Shoveling, plowing and keeping up with the recent gift of over 4 feet of snow sure works up one’s appetite. What meal can satisfy the hearty desire for hard working snow removers and rekindle their palates? Try chili! Like many of the world’s great dishes of food, chili inspires poetry, disagreement, and dedication. Essentially peasant

  • At Surry’s cabin fever reliever, the focus is on food and friends

    SURRY — The Surry School was the scene of the Surry Community Improvement Association’s (SCIA) 2nd Annual Soup/Chowder/Cookie Competition on Sunday, Feb. 19. The atmosphere was intense as citizen judges sampled their way though 14 soups and three chowders. With recipes that included Mulligatawney, Brazilian Black Bean, Greek Lemon Egg, Portuguese Sopa de Grao and

  • Water’s Edge offering “armchair” wine tour

    Water’s Edge offering “armchair” wine tour

    STONINGTON — The wine world is vast and mysterious. You can rely on a bottle you know you like or pace the aisles, gazing at labels and texting friends for recommendations. But, Ken and Bette Kral, owners of Water’s Edge Wines in Stonington, are offering an opportunity to taste and learn much more about wines

  • Nibbles: Soup, seaweed and turkey

    Nibbles: Soup, seaweed and turkey

    Take comfort in soup Chef Bill Morrison will teach “The Art of Soup Making” from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 10, at the Common Good Café in Southwest Harbor. Participants will learn how to make stock and various styles of soup and knife skills. Participation is by donation. The café is located at

  • Thai woman to teach everyday dishes

    Thai woman to teach everyday dishes

    WINTER HARBOR — Winter is a time when Nui Johnson can relax, look out at Henry Cove from her apartment above the Fisherman’s Galley in Winter Harbor, and cook, cook, cook. “In the summer, we grab a hot dog,” said her husband, Matthew, whose family owns the restaurant in the center of town, a food

  • Don’t drink the water. (Why would you?)

    Don’t drink the water. (Why would you?)

    In 1971, during our trial honeymoon, we hitchhiked through the south of France. Except in Europe they don’t call it hitchhiking. They call it “autostop.” We caught lifts to Carcassonne, Avignon, Arles and Perpignan. At each stop, the drill was the same: the bride-to-be went looking for the cheapest hotel and we sought provisions. We

  • Fit for a Frenchman

    Fit for a Frenchman

    For several years, I ran a small café and catering company in Bangor. It was about 20 years before the local food movement took hold in northern New England, but my restaurant featured international cuisine prepared with organic Maine ingredients. The 4 a.m. morning shift was my favorite, and I baked dozens of loaves of