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Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.

Meredith can be contacted at 791-6332 or mgoad@pressherald.com
On Twitter: @meredithgoad

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Thursday April 24, 2014 | 10:00 AM

If you’re already fantasizing about dining al fresco this summer, here’s something else to look forward to: Jason Williams, chef at The Well at Jordan’s Farm, is expanding his restaurant’s footprint in Cape Elizabeth.

This season, pending town approval,  Williams will be adding two more screened and covered gazebos, compostable toilets to replace the porta potties, and a fire pit where customers can hang out while waiting for a table or lingering after dinner.

Wednesday April 23, 2014 | 01:51 PM

Every time a new coffee shop opens in Portland, the usual response is "what, another one?"

Now our love of good joe has been documented by Men's Health magazine, which ranked 100 American cities according to coffee consumption. We are (drum roll, please) No. 1 on the list. Portland even beat out Seattle!

To determine the rankings, the magazine looked at the percentage of households that own coffeemakers and buy coffee; the household average spent on coffee; coffee shops per capita; percentage of people who drink coffee and who drink at least five cups a day.

Thursday April 17, 2014 | 12:11 PM

Last night I was lucky enough to attend a private preview dinner prepared by Brandon Hicks, the new chef at the Chebeague Island Inn.

The inn opens for the season May 16, and judging by the fare we enjoyed last night, it will definitely be worth the trip from Portland to sample whatever Hicks is cooking up in his new environs.

Friday April 04, 2014 | 02:43 PM

The Pepperclub/Good Egg Cafe on Middle Street has lost its lease and will be moving to a new location by September.

Mary Ledue Paine, a fixture at the Pepperclub for the last 25 years, and at the original Good Egg before that, says increased competition, rising food costs and high overhead - the restaurant can seat 100 people - have all led to this sad but inevitable conclusion.

Tuesday April 01, 2014 | 04:46 PM

Eventide Oyster Co., Robert's Maine Grill and The Clam Shack will enter the ring June 5 with 20 other contenders in New York City to battle for the title of "America's Best Lobster Roll" in Tasting Table's Fifth Annual Lobster Roll Rumble.

The Clam Shack in Kennebunk has won the title the past two years. Its lobster roll is served on a slightly sweet hamburger-style bun instead of a traditional split roll, and contains the meat of a 1-pound lobster.