Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Portland's Best

Great ideas often come in small packages. Take for instance, the latest installment of Portland’s Best, by Warren Machine Company. Clocking in at just over 100 pages (112, to be exact), this pocket-sized guide to greater-Portland is a must if you have any hope of avoiding another summer of participating in, “what are we going to do tonight.”

Ari Meil and crew over at Warren Machine give you Portland (and other Maine gems) in a handy guidebook that will have you impressing the hell out of your friends, family and possibly, your co-workers, with your knowledge of the places to go in and around Portland proper.

Take for instance when friends come in from out of town and you need a restaurant that shows your sophistication and great taste in food (even if those who know you best, know you don’t have any). How about Hugo’s (selected as Portland’s best upscale dining establishment)? Chef Rob Evans, voted Food & Wine’s Best Chef in 2004, will dazzle with his creative French cuisine.

If your guests are of the liberty-loving variety and French food might ignite an argument, then how about Cinque Terre, or Fore Street (coming in at #16 on Gourmet’s top 50 restaurants list)? But, without Portland’s Best, you wouldn’t have known that, would you?

In addition to helping navigate the jungle of eating establishments in and around the city, you’ll also learn the best places to shop, drink, or enjoy your morning donut served topless. Need pet supplies? Then head over to Bark and Roll for homemade doggie treats, high-fashion doggie accessories, or to use their walk-in dog wash. Don’t forget to say “hi” to Frannie, Bark and Roll’s resident pug.

While warm summer sunshine has been hard to come by so far, don’t be a slave to the weather. Pick up Portland’s Best and make the summer of ’06 your most interesting yet and put a little cash in the coffers of one of Maine's unique small presses.

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