From the BDN: Dog treats, bluegrass and Belfast noms

Here’s what I’ve been working on this past week, aside from the bloggeroo.

  • Went down to Main Street Music Studios in Bangor on Friday and had a lovely chat with Bill and Jeremy of the Main Street 2, about whom I wrote this week’s Rockin’ Out column. There are so many great things coming out of that space, I tell ya. I’ve got some plans in the works to get a little more in-depth with some of the musicians working and recording there, so keep an eye out for that.
  • Drove out to Otis, down Route 9 and then the rather twisty and pothole-rific Route 180, to visit Marilyn Garnett at Beech Hill Pet, to write about her homemade dog treats. She is a really sweet lady, and has seriously adorable cats and dogs. Dixie Pops are apparently the preferred snack of the dogs of one of our BDN editors, Julie, who brought them to our attention in the first place.
  • Finally wrote my review of both The Lost Kitchen and La Vida, two new restaurants in Belfast. I’ve been to both, but over the course of a month, so the story was a bit late in running. I enjoyed both my meals at both places, but The Lost Kitchen in particular is really spectacular. I think Erin French’s approach to food hits the sweet spot between being local and sustainable, and being really simple, comforting and, most importantly, totally delicious. There’s nothing groundbreaking or experimental going on. There’s nothing challenging about her food. It’s well executed, visually appealing and balanced in flavor. It’s just good. I’d take my parents there, ya dig?

Coming up next: a big ol’ list of holiday events for the next six weeks, some more food news, some musical musings, and of course, your 5 Things To Do This Turkey Day Weekend.

Emily Burnham

About Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native, a University of Maine graduate, a proud Bangorian and an arts and lifestyle writer for the Bangor Daily News, where she's worked since 2004. She reports on everything from local bands to local food, from media and the Internet to theater and dance. In her quest for stories, she's seen countless concerts and plays, been lobster fishing, interviewed celebrities, taken belly dancing classes, hung out with water buffalo and played in a ukulele orchestra, to name just a few. She's interested in everything -- especially if it happens in Maine. She welcomes any and all feedback or suggestions for stories.