PORTLAND, MAINE
RESTAURANT REVIEWS

18
Jul

Page One “Chopped” Potluck

It was a dawn of a new age with the introduction of “CHOPPED – THE PAGE ONE POT LUCK LUNCH EDITION EXTRAVAGANZA BONANZA”. If you’re unfamiliar with “Chopped”, here’s a brief intro (stolen and abridged from wiki) “Chopped is an American reality-based cooking television series that pits four chefs against each other competing for a chance to win the glory of the universe and eternal praise.” Okay, maybe the glory of the universe is a stretch but you catch the gist. The real challenge of the whole show is the fact that the chefs are forced to cook with mystery ingredients. You’ve got that right, you have no idea what you’re cooking until your cooking – and for cooking’s sake, you’d better be ready.

Outside looking in.

Outside looking in.

Alas, with the help of our Page One matriarch Elise and Google Drive, the Page One Chopped Edition was born. Read More »

11
Jul

Zen Chinese Bistro

At long last Portland has a REALLY good Chinese food restaurant on par with the big cities! Head out of the Old Port towards the West End on historic Danforth Street, and you’ll find Zen Bistro. Maine has certainly not been known for this style of food, but Zen is bringing it to us.  Solid meals all around. They provide that light, fresh, Gluten Free no MSG taste that we look for in Asian Cuisine. Zen boasts that they specialize in gluten free, vegan and healthier Chinese cooking. It should also be mentioned they are the proud winners of Portland’s Best Chinese Restaurant of 2014. We had takeout this week, so for Zen to have such a good review is impressive.

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You may look at the menu and think, “Eh, your standard Chinese food”, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised at Zen’s take on the traditional dishes.Read More »