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Susan Axelrod

I chronicle Portland and Maine's exceptional restaurant and bar scene.

Job Writer, Editor, Recipe Developer / Eater Maine

Lives In West End

As the editor for Eater Maine, part of the Curbed Network family of blogs, I get to indulge my love of the restaurant, hospitality and food world in a place I adore. A well-published journalist and seasoned editor, my career includes varied newspaper and magazine staff positions, both digital and print, as well as freelance work. Before turning to journalism, I was a chef and owner of a busy restaurant and catering business - I keep my "hand in the pot" as a recipe developer, most recently for a cookbook being published by Cooking Light. I'm also proud to be involved with Share Our Strength Maine as the volunteer publicity chair.

Currently in Portland part-time because of work that ties me to the New York City area, I am working on making a career change that would allow me to contribute to and immerse myself in this vibrant city.

Why did you choose Portland? The energy, mix of people and the fact that so many have chosen to live here and of course the restaurants and food!

Who are Portlanders you admire and why? Hard to choose just a few, but John Woods and his commitment to Maine kids via Share Our Strength Maine and Darcy Doniger and Carolyn Mix of 2Note for the inspiration - they're doing exactly what they love.

What do you like to do with out-of-towners? In the summer: walks around the Old Port; a sail on Frances; lobster at Portland Lobster Co. or Two Lights and beer on the deck Novare Res. In winter: visits to Portland Art Museum and Portland Architectural Salvage; steaming bowls of noodles at Pai Men Miyake; drinks at The Armory or with the dogs in front of the fireplace at Inn by the Sea.

Where's your "happy place" on the peninsula? The Eastern Prom when the dogs are romping around.

What's the most surprising thing about this city? That even in the dead of winter, it's lively and fun.

What's your favorite indulgence and where do you find it? The dark chocolate sea salt donut at Holy Donuts and the fries at Duckfat.

What's the most under-appreciated place or thing in town? Western Cemetery in the West End. No, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is not buried there as many think, but his father, Stephen and brother Samuel, are and it's a peaceful place to wander.

Describe your perfect night—and the following morning—in Portland. Oysters and cocktails, a sail on Casco Bay under the full moon, late night slices from Otto and a long walk home under the starry sky. The next morning, another long walk downtown for coffee at Bard and a perfect chocolate croissant. (Just one of many scenarios!)

Do you have a serendipity spot? Where do you always bump into good people? Novare Res - indoors or out; the Eastern Prom (dog people are always good people); Bard Coffee.

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