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Drinking in the War of 1812

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Best Cocktail Bar in Portland MaineFew people today give much thought to the War of 1812. But when Josh Miranda was growing up in Portland, Maine, he obsessed over it and one battle in particular. The skirmish had taken place off the shores of the city and had claimed the lives of two ship captains, Britain’s William Burrows and America’s Samuel Blyth. Miranda would often take breaks from his paper route and sit atop the raised box tombs of Blyth and Burrows, who were buried side by side in his city. Read more

Band of Bohemia: The First Michelin-Starred Brewpub

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Band of Bohemia First Michelin Star BrewpubWith more than half a dozen breweries in Ravenswood, nearly all of which opened in the last five years, the district is quickly becoming the beer center of Chicago.

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A Conscientious Food Tour in Portland, Maine

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Maine Food For Thought at ScalesOn my last day in Portland, Maine, I recognized that I had a problem. The city, which Bon Appetit magazine selected as the Restaurant City of the Year, had an overwhelming number of exceptional eateries. Even if I would select an establishment from Portland’s top ten best eateries—should such an objective list exist—it would still be a lose-lose, for picking one meant leaving two hundred other gourmet restaurants unvisited. The hardships of first-world living. Read more

Wine Tasting in Seattle

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Wine Tasting in SeattleFor the last two decades, Washington wineries have emerged in force. At the start of the millennium, there were a few hundred scattered about the state. Today, there are nearly one thousand, a quarter of which have been crowding into Walla Walla in the eastern Washington, where many of the vineyards grow, and into Woodinville, just thirty minutes from Seattle. Both regions are bucolic and feel like they should have tasting rooms. Seattle, on the other hand, is grungy and feels like it should have needle exchanges on every corner. In short, wine tasting in Seattle would be antithetical to wine. And yet it is Washington state’s emerging wine region.

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Eating Through Downtown Portland

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The Best Food in Downtown PortlandDowntown Portland is not Portlandia. It even seems to have ditched the adage “Keep Portland Weird,” unlike the odder Eastside of the city. But like most downtowns, a visit is necessary or inevitable, and still wholly worthwhile. The area is a strange mix of scrubbed modernity and human scrums. (I can’t even count how many literal piles of people I saw stacked up on the sidewalk. Addicts, I suppose. Or perhaps there is a pastime in Portland–People Piling?–that I’m unaware of.)

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