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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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Monday March 17, 2014 | 02:19 PM

Masa Miyake announced today that his new Miyake Diner, located at 129 Spring St., will now be serving breakfast and lunch. Here's a look at the new menu:

Thursday March 13, 2014 | 06:27 PM

People like to complain that yogurts have become too sugary.

Now Dan, David and Laureen Barber, co-owners of Blue Hill Farm in the Berkshires and the folks behind the Blue Hill restaurants, have developed a line of savory-yet-sweet yogurts made with 100 percent grass-fed milk.

The yogurts come in surprising flavors like beet, tomato, carrot, sweet potato, parsnip and butternut squash. They're now being sold at the Whole Foods Market in Portland.

Monday March 10, 2014 | 11:03 AM

Ever since word got out about Little Bigs' crauxnuts - a tasty knockoff of the famous New York City  Cronuts - the South Portland bakery has been even more swamped with requests for the croissant-donut hybrids. They are now taking orders three or four weeks in advance.

But now, apparently, the Cronut police have caught up with them.

The NYC baker who created the Cronut had the name trademarked, and according to James and Pamela Plunkett's Little Bigs Facebook page, he's sent the bakers a cease-and-desist order. It seems the name crauxnut is, legally speaking, just a smidge too similar to the trademarked name.

Wednesday March 05, 2014 | 04:43 PM

Shannon Bard, chef/co-owner of Zapoteca in Portland, finally has an air date for her appearance on celebrity chef Bobby Flay's new show, "Beat Bobby Flay."

Photo by Ted Axelrod

On April 10, Bard will be going up against Kamal Rose, executive chef at the Tribeca Grill in New Yor City. On the show, two chefs go head-to-head, creating a dish with a secret ingredient chosen by Flay. Judges choose which dish they like best, and the winning chef gets to challenge Flay with his or her signature dish.

Wednesday March 05, 2014 | 03:00 PM

The American Homebrewers Association will be hosting a rally Thursday night at Allagash Brewing Co. in Portland.

The AHA's rallies are a chance for homebrewers to connect with each other and get VIP treatment at local breweries.

Homebrewers at the Allagash rally will get a VIP tour of the brewery, meet the brewery's staff, participate in a Q&A session, win prizes from the brewery and the AHA, and - most importantly - sample some limited-release beers that will only be available at this event.

Homebrewers at the rally will also score a free 10-ounce Allagash chalice.