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Valentine’s Day Bites 2018

Valentine’s Day Bites 2018

If you’re reading this, then you’re probably already thinking about what you should be doing for Valentine’s Day this year. Yes, it’s almost February, can you believe it? If you’re feeling a little bit uninspired, I’ve got just the thing for you. Check out these […]

The ABCs of Portland’s Food Scene

The ABCs of Portland’s Food Scene

With the holiday season fully in swing, I thought it might be fun to see if I could identify the ABCs of Portland’s food scene. You probably have family and friends who are visiting, and you need some new places to take them, right? Sometimes […]

207 Foodie’s October Bites

207 Foodie’s October Bites

October Bites 2017

If you couldn’t tell from the more frequent than normal posting last month, October was an incredibly busy (and tasty!) month for me. New restaurants were tried, Westbrook was explored, and Harvest on the Harbor was attended. Read on to find out more about my October Bites! (more…)

Prepare For Harvest on the Harbor 2017

Prepare For Harvest on the Harbor 2017

For a lot of people, October means fall, Halloween, and cooler weather. For me, it’s all about Harvest on the Harbor. I’m sure you can figure out why: over the years I’ve lived in Maine, it’s become the premiere event for foodies to come and […]

Enter To Win The Home Chef Challenge

Enter To Win The Home Chef Challenge

Admit it…have you ever watched Chopped or another popular food show and thought you should be on it? I’ll tell you right now, I’ve definitely watched and thought I could do that. Now, you have the opportunity to do just that. Hannaford Supermarkets and Chef […]

Reflections on West End Living

Reflections on West End Living

Reflections on West End living.

Friday marks my last official apartment day. It’s bittersweet to leave the West End, but it’s definitely time. These are my favorite things that made living here worth it. (more…)

When A Midwesterner Does Portland

When A Midwesterner Does Portland

It doesn’t take a genius to know that I love eating in Portland. And it’s something that my mother knows too, even if she lives a thousand miles away. She recently made a trip to Portland to celebrate her 60th birthday, and it reminded me […]

New(ish) Restaurants to Try in Portland: Part 1

New(ish) Restaurants to Try in Portland: Part 1

When it comes to eating in Portland, it’s sometimes an overwhelming journey to find a meal. If you’re looking for some new(ish) restaurants to try in Portland, here’s a list to get you started!

The Blended Burger Project at Liquid Riot

The Blended Burger Project at Liquid Riot

There are many burgers to try in Portland, and I’m definitely still a fan of the simple but elegant burger at Mash Tun.

New to the Portland burger scene is the Spore Uproar Burger at Liquid Riot. If you’re not familiar, this burger is part of the James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project. Chefs have been asked to compete nationally with their take on what a burger, blended with mushrooms, could be.

There’s a little bit of creativity and sustainability behind this project, and restaurants all over the country have served their own blended burgers, with mushrooms used as a focal point in the recipes.

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Liquid Riot’s Spore Uproar Burger is an earthy sort of burger. It’s bursting with flavors that meld together really well, without ever being overpowering. The burger patty is blended with local mushroom purveyor North Spore’s mushrooms, which gives the patty the earthy flavor, as well as its moistness and tenderness. The patty is topped with a mushroom pâté, green tomato relish, goat cheese, and arugula.

I have to say, I love this burger. Full disclosure: I love mushrooms and try to add them to everything from pasta to breakfast sandwiches. So a burger that’s blended with  mushrooms is pretty much my idea of the best kind of burger. But this is the kind of flavor where it’s not in your face that this burger is blended with mushrooms. There’s nothing overpowering, and all the ingredients are extremely complementary, especially the relish and goat cheese.

That being said, the burger is required to be on the menu until July 31st in order to be considered for the Blended Burger Project as an entrant. There’s no official word on if this burger could be added to the permanent menu, so go sooner than later if you want to try this deliciously unique burger at Liquid Riot! Vote here for their burger to win.

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PS: the fries, beer cheese sauce, and the Tropical sour beer all put this burger over the edge, and are a must with your meal!

Hot Spots of Toronto

Hot Spots of Toronto

It’s no secret that as a foodie, sometimes I get a little bit restless. Yes, I love Portland, but there’s always that itch to travel, just on the horizon. 2017 has been a great year for traveling to new places. So far, I’ve been to […]