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  • Spacious, bright El Rayo in Scarborough has a great happy hour, huge drink selection

    El Rayo has become a popular place for Scarborough families. But, because of the weeknight happy hour ($5 house margaritas and complimentary chips and salsa), as well as $5 burrito Mondays there's a young professional crowd that can be seen most nights in the raised bar area. Read on

  • How to Survive a Maine Winter – Part 4: Mindset

    This, the final installment of How to Survive a Maine Winter, deals with something less tangible than clothes, food or activities; it deals with what’s in your head. Read on

  • A Christmas poem celebrating 2014: The year of Maine beer

    Marshall Wharf was praised on the NPR station/For using Maine seaweed in their Scotch ale libation. Rising Tide won the Maine Madness Beer Tourney / Voters helped them survive their bracketed journey. Read on

  • Flapjack Confidential: Good, very good and the very best pancakes in Portland

    Pancakes are a special treat for Sunday breakfast and brunch. Forget the egg dishes and go for some of the very best pancakes in Portland. Read on

  • Get down to tonight’s Holiday Funkfest at Empire with Model Airplane

    Plus Lisa/Liza, Mal Devisa, Methuin Muir & Wydeyde perform at Local Sprouts, Michael Krapovicky hosts another fun open mic at Pedro O’Hara’s, Joe Walsh & friends bring some bustling bluegrass to Otto and much more musical merriment for your Monday! Read on

  • What Turns You On? (My TEDx Talk)

    If you can’t answer the question “What Turns You On?” – watch this. I’ll show you the life-hacks I used to figure out exactly what turns me on. Read on

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    Restaurant Reviewvia Portland Press Herald

    Dine Out Maine: Mill 67 feels like Cheers, but on a grand, riverfront kind of scale

    Restaurant critic James H. Schwartz gives 3 stars to the Sanford pub, which serves comfort food in a picturesque setting. Read on

  • Instagramageddon | Where have all my followers gone? | An existential crisis

    All last week the social media world anxiously awaited the moment when Instagram would follow through with its promise to delete inactive accounts and spam-bots. The ax fell on Thursday, eliminating millions of accounts. Read on

  • New Year’s Eve Music Events: Ring in 2015 with Live Music

    Welcome 2015 with some live tunes. Read on

  • 14+ can’t-miss winter events in Maine (most of which are in the snow!)

    The cold season can ice our spirits and bury our good natures under a half-ton of ash-colored slush. But we can break free from winter's frigid clutches with a little help from a toboggan, an ice bar, and a few well-placed snowballs. The key is strategy. We need a wintry plan of attack. For, like the old saying goes, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of February shock therapy." Here are a few options for staving off winter psychosis: Read on

  • Snacktime: New hangout for SoPo, ‘cash only lounge’ in the works, Plow-WOW returns, and more

    In this week's food and drink news, Plow-WOW has a new home for snow day partying, Mama's Crowbar hosts its final Allagash Ugly Sweater Party and Lincolns (where all food is served with Fritos!) is coming to Market Street. Read on

  • Holiday dining guide: Maine restaurants open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

    From haute cuisine to burgers and egg rolls, there's a Maine restaurant to feed whatever you're hungry for on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Read on

  • 25th ‘Christmas with Cornils’ offers something new & different at the end of the holiday concert season

    Municipal organist and a bunch of friends perform at Merrill on Tuesday. Read on

  • Sur-Lie redux: Second time around is a superb dining experience

    As a downtown bistro serving tapas style fare, Sur-Lie, which opened with a bang in October, has become a fine dining haven where both Portland's glitterati and gastronomes happily convene. Read on

  • Revamped inn and a new restaurant, Pig + Poet, coming to Camden this spring

    When The Whitehall Inn reopens as just Whitehall in May 2015, it will have an updated look and a restaurant, Pig + Poet, whose chef will be "Top Chef" semifinalist Sam Talbot. Read on

  • Own the snow: Cross-country skiing & snowshoeing events, lessons, rentals and trails

    Imagine it: Just you, the trees, and an expanse of snow. Cross-country skiing is a fine winter way to get outside and get one with the white stuff. Many of the XC spots on our roundup also offer rentals, so first-timers can give the sport a try even if they don't already own equipment. Read on

  • Give adventures, not junk: 13 Maine experiences you can gift (even last minute)

    Things don't make people happy, experiences do. Instead of buying your friends and family books and electronics, give them these adventures: Read on

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