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The Loop

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  • The goodness that is Sur-Lie, Portland

    Of our current crop of new restaurants, Sur-Lie is one of the best in town. Read on

  • 10 best make out spots in Portland, Maine

    Like Roswell and Area 51 are high traffic UFO sites, and Mt. Shasta and Sedona are energy vortexes for higher consciousness, these Portland locations are the spots that pull you in and make you feel so good, you can't help but smooch someone. Read on

  • Maine Mini Adventure: Flea Market, Film & Fiasco in Brunswick

    Brunswick certainly has plenty of options for quick day trips. This Maine mini adventure hits just a few of the highlights (and two are a stones-throw from each other. How convenient). There will be deal-hunting. There will be film. There will be gelato. And heck, if you'd like to add a beer and a falafel pita to the mix, by all means do. Read on

  • Dining Guide: 5 neighborhood bars in Portland

    Portland has more places to drink than ever, including urbane spaces dedicated to craft cocktails, wine bars and brewpubs. But, there are still bars where the mixers come from a soda gun and the menu runs to pizza, burgers and wings — neighborhood joints where the regulars have favorite bar stools and newcomers get a warm welcome. Read on

  • Here are 4 Maine beers sure to make your spring brighter

    Beers made with far less malts than the stouts and porters that filled our winter. Beers with nice floral and tropical hop notes. Beers whose flavors liven the palate as the natural world awakens all around us. Read on

  • Monica Wood’s ‘Papermaker’ premieres at Portland Stage

    Directed by Sally Wood and starring a cast of six, "Papermaker" is about what happens when a strike divides a town and a family. It pits family against family, man against son, and creates tension among generations. Read on

  • Six-Moon Journey: Drowned rats on the trail

    Some rainy days on the trail just aren't that much fun. Read on

  • ‘The Age of Adaline’ is a love story for the ages

    Hollywood long ago ceded "love that stands the test of time" to the realm of science fiction and fantasy, so "The Age of Adaline" falls neatly into a genre that includes "The Time Traveler's Wife," "About Time" and even "Somewhere in Time." Read on

  • Feel better about you: How to increase your self-esteem

    A one-size-fits-all formula exists for increasing your self-esteem, and you can, much to the chagrin of clever advertisers everywhere, save yourself a lot of time and money by following it. Read on

  • Bona fide craft beer in Midcoast Maine: Rock Harbor Brewery and Brew Pub in Rockland

    From drink one, it's clear that owner/brewer Dan Pease doesn't want to settle for mediocre brewpub beer. He wants to make bona fide craft beer. Read on

  • Tiny and off the beaten path, JP’s Bistro in Portland mixes up great cocktails

    JP's Bistro is a small neighborhood restaurant specializing in Italian dishes and craft cocktails. Capacity is about 50, but the bistro doesn't leave much room left over. Read on

  • 13 Fun Meetups in/around Portland: Meet new people who like doing what you like doing!

    The best way to meet people who you're likely to like is to do stuff you like to do. And thanks to the internet and sites like, finding groups of people who like doing what you like doing is easy. Read on

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