Shift Drinks: Mike Wiley of Hugo’s Restaurant + Eventide Oyster Co.

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Mike Wiley is an owner and chef at Hugo’s Restaurant and Eventide Oyster Co. in Portland, Maine. He is pictured here with a Campari on the rocks. Shift Drinks is a photo series produced by Knack Factory that features some of our favorite folks in food and hospitality telling us stories about their preferred cocktails and […]

Stop harassing women in the steet / Stop telling women to smile

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I posted the above image (a poster which reads “STOP HARASSING WOMEN IN THE STREET”) on Facebook and was surprised by the conversation that unfolded below it. Women discussed their frustration with the harassment phenomenon and a few others articulated their frustration with being told to smile while walking down the street and in other […]

Thomas Pisha-Duffly’s Family Feast at Grace Restaurant

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Family Feast is a pop-up dinner event imagined and executed by Thomas Pisha-Duffly. It features large format plates of Indonesian cuisine served to communal tables. The most recent installment happened at the beautiful Grace Restaurant in Portland, Maine, which we were delighted to attend and photograph.  [Note: This post originates from Knack Factory, which contains a robust […]

Congratulations to the #USMFuture movement

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Congratulations to the students and other community supporters who make up the #USMFuture movement. Despite the fact that USM President Theodora Kalikow suggests otherwise, it is evident that their agitation, along with the efforts of the Faculty Senate, resulted in the reversal of faculty “retrenchment” (the corporate euphemism that institutions use when they don’t want […]

Casey McCurry of Sunset Hearts waxes poetic about Nirvana

Casey McCurry (of Sunset Hearts) wrote something about Nirvana (and—insanely tangentially—their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) that summarizes exactly how I feel about the band and their impact on my life: Nirvana was a great band, and probably was even more so to my teenage self (before the decade-long flood of […]

Shift Drinks: Hugh Fiore of Eastern Standard [Boston]

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Hugh Fiore is a bartender at Eastern Standard in Boston, Massachusetts. He is pictured with a glass of Buffalo Trace bourbon neat and a Narragansett. Shift Drinks is a photo series produced by Knack Factory that features some of our favorite folks in food and hospitality telling us stories about their preferred cocktails and how they […]

Shift Drinks: Kim Rodgers of Eventide Oyster Co. and Hugo’s Restaurant

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Kim Rodgers is a pastry chef at Eventide Oyster Co. and Hugo’s Restaurant. She is pictured with a Gin and Tonic. Disclosure: Eventide Oyster Co. and Hugo’s Restaurant are clients of my company Knack Factory, though their representation here has nothing to do with my scope of work with them. In fact, they are helping […]

Please don’t vote for me in the Portland Phoenix “Best Of” poll

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I was again nominated for Best Of… in the Twitter category this year. The other nominees included @nurse_abby, @missbumptious, @unnegatron (friend and former professor Jason Read) and @SoPoHomo. I am beyond flattered, largely because I am pretty much just straight up myself on Twitter and so when I am nominated it is basically like people […]