BFC 019: Burger Tasting + Foundation Brewing at Portside

Summary: This week the lads head to our sponsor, Portside Real Estate, for a blind burger tasting, as well as great beer provided by Foundation Brewing. Who makes the best burger in town? Listen to find out!

Items mentioned in this podcast: East Ender, Little Tap House, Louie’s, Nosh, Sonny’s, Foundation Brewing Co.

BFC 018: Portland Banh Mi Showdown — Kim’s vs. Saigon

  Download: MP3 Audio (16.39MB) Summary: Bo and Brian head to two Vietnamese joints in Portland, to see who has the best banh mi–Kim’s or Saigon. They also talk brews, including a surprise IPA from not far away. Items mentioned in this podcast: Vientiane Asian Market Place, Find Eat Drink, Kim’s Sandwich and Cafe, Saigon Restaurant, Uinta

BFC 017: The New Classics — Central Provisions and Foundation Brewing Company

  Download: MP3 Audio (21.69MB) Summary: This week the lads dined at Central Provisions in Portland for some dynamite small-plate deliciousness. And they also made the scene at the beer release party by the brand-new Foundation Brewing Company. Items mentioned in this podcast: Owls Head General Store, White Barn Inn, Central Provisions, Salvage BBQ, Foundation Brewing Co.

BFC 016: Interview with Tao Yuan’s Cara Stadler

This week Brian sat down to interview award-winning local chef Cara Stadler, to get her thoughts on her recent pilgrimage to China, the most amazing dish she’s ever made, her favorite restaurants in town, and why she’s bringing dumplings to Portland. Also this week, Bo and Brian also enjoyed a mega-tasting of sour and wild ales from Bier Cellar, including the #11 beer in the world.

Items mentioned in this podcast: The Old School, Tao Yuan, Bier Cellar, Allagash Brewing Company, Goose Island Beer Company, Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen, Brasserie Cantillon

BFC — Amuse-Bouche 2: Miyake Diner in Portland, ME

Download: MP3 Audio (6.94MB) This week Bo and Brian popped in to the brand-spanking new Miyake Diner on opening night. This cozy izakaya spot is like the All-Star Game of Portland cuisine: Masa Miyake is the man in charge, with the Small Axe guys Karl Deuben and Bill Leavy also in the kitchen, and Joe Ricchio

BFC 015: Welcome to the Jungle — C2 in Portland

Summary: This week Bo and Brian went to C2, the restaurant in the new Westin Hotel in Portland, Maine, and this is their scathing review. (Spoiler alert: the boys may have used the phrase “Chef Boyardee.”) As for beer, this week it’s smoke and maple — two great tastes that taste great together.

Items mentioned in this podcast: Bier Cellar, C2, Westin Portland Harborview, Jack’s Abby, Lawson’s Finest Liquids

BFC 014: Chasing the Fire Engine — Little Bigs and Portland & Rochester

Summary: This week the lads hit two major hotspots: Little Bigs in South Portland, and Portland & Rochester Public House in Portland. Brian will teach you his ways, showing you how to make the best dang pastry crust in town. And we’ll talk dark beers.

Items mentioned in this podcast: Maple’s Organic Gelato, Little Bigs, Portland & Rochester Public House, Peak Organic Brewing Co., Mill Street Brewery, Red Hook Brewery

BFC 013: Million Dollar Vacation — Taco Trio in South Portland

Summary: This week Bo and Brian journey to Taco Trio in South Portland for authentic Mexican deliciousness. They tell you how to make your own tortillas and salsa verde at home, and they delve into a new style of beer–or at least, new to them.

Items mentioned in this podcast: Whole Foods, Taco Trio, The Bruery, Beer Advocate

BFC 012: Seafood Help for the Holidays — Eventide in Portland

Summary: This week the lads grab a delicious seafood lunch at Eventide in Portland. And what do you do when you’ve got a house full of people for the holidays, but no turkey yet? Bo and Brian have the answer.

Items mentioned in this podcast: Veranda Asian Market, Eventide Oyster Co., Bunker Brewing Co.

BFC 011 – Farm-to-Table, at a Whole ‘Nother Level: Meadowood in St. Helena, CA

Summary: This week Brian gives the goods on his sublime dining experience at Meadowood out in California. The lads talk about ways to whip up chef-style eats in your own kitchen, even with an empty larder. Finally, they share their latest beverage discovery: a mixer that sets new standards of deliciousness.

Items mentioned in this podcast: Jacques Torres, Meadowood, Bill Buford, Jacques Pépin, McClure’s, Quoddy Mist