Tall Drink of Water

Originally published in the August issue of Down East Magazine The entrepreneurs behind Tourmaline Spring are betting on a thirst for purity. By Joe Ricchio Photographed by Gabe Souza Of all the lessons drilled into my consciousness growing up, the one about not drinking from a mountain stream — no matter how clear and pure it seems to be, lest…

Tipo

Originally published in the June issue of Down East Magazine Down East Magazine  By Joe Ricchio Photographed by Douglas Merriam A good Italian restaurant is long overdue in Portland’s Back Cove. That’s obvious as I drive up and down side streets, searching for a parking spot on a Thursday night, a task that wouldn’t have been the least bit difficult before Tipo…

18 Central Oyster Bar & Grill

Originally published in the May Issue of Down East Magazine By Joe Ricchio Photographed by Douglas Merriam I’m not one who excels at the art of self-control, especially when confronted with a decadent feast, but I usually learn from my mistakes. Having experienced a dinner prepared by chef Patrick Duffy at Shepherd’s Pie two years ago, I knew to forego…

First We Feast – Contributions

I have been a contributor in the following features for First We Feast 20 Bucket-List Dive Bars to Try Before You Die 20 Bucket-List Hot Dogs to Try Before You Die    

Too Much of a Good Thing: Boxed Mac ‘n’Cheese

Originally published in the November 2016 issue of Dispatch Magazine    Like many of the other foods in this column, I had never really given boxed macaroni and cheese all that much thought. I consider Kraft Blue Box to be the gold standard, a blank canvas that is perfect when fixed with Greek yogurt, sour cream, really good butter, chorizo,…

The Final Word on the Palace Diner

Originally published in the November 2016 issue of Dispatch Magazine Not long ago, after a particularly nasty bout with depression and relapse into very heavy alcohol use, I woke up one morning and decided to stop punishing myself. I needed restoration, a kind of satiation beyond hunger.  I wanted to reconnect with reality and to awaken my senses from their…

Little Village Bistro

Originally published in the July 2016 issue of Down East Magazine Photos by Douglas Merriam  Chef Tony Bickford made a brilliant decision when he settled on his native Wiscasset as the home for his first independent venture, Little Village Bistro. Centrally located off Route 1 in a town best known for lobster rolls, Little Village Bistro, with its fine dining menu,…