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  • Beer + Cake + Grilled Cheese = Maps, on Market Street in Portland

    The owners of Maps are world travelers who alighted in Portland to create their ideal bar. Read on

  • Fight the chill with chocolate: Where to get the hot stuff in Portland

    Hot chocolate — the real stuff, not microwaved or made from a packet — may be the tastiest way to warm up on a frigid winter day. Read on

  • Zapoteca’s Mescalita de Piña

    A spicy-sweet cocktail with tropical fruit transports us to the sunny beaches of Mexico. Read on

  • Tiqa: The rewards of Mediterranean cooking unfold seamlessly at Portland’s newest dining tour-de-force

    Expansive space, beautiful design, and a bit of exotica coming from its pan-Mediterranean-inspired kitchen add up to Tiqa being one of the most unique establishments to grace the city in recent memory. Read on

  • TIQA opens, patisserie plans, Bissell Bros. on ‘Local Brew,’ Kitchen Inferno dinner, & more

    Head to The Thirsty Pig on Thursday to watch the premiere of the fourth episode of "Local Brew" featuring Portland's own Bissell Brothers. Read on

  • Dining Guide: Four food and drink destinations in Biddeford (and one in Saco)

    Once down-on-its luck Biddeford is gradually being revived, with one of the country's hottest diners, a handful of new breweries and a $50 million mill-development project in the works. There's a fresh energy and better dining options than ever. Read on

  • For fat crusts and plenty of leftovers: Lisbon House of Pizza in Lisbon Falls

    For the past two years The Lisbon House of Pizza has been beckoning seductively to my son, its crisp blue sign shining out onto Route 196 as we pass on the way to our hockey obligations. Read on

  • Diet with a slice of incredible cheesecake

    In my low-carb diet I don't forego desserts because I replace traditional sugar in a recipe with a zero carb, sugar-free substitute. Used in this recipe, the cake turns out deliciously creamy. Read on

  • Run with pancakes, bowl with chefs & more: Events announced for Maine Restaurant Week 2015

    Maine Restaurant Week returns March 1-14 with a new, wrap-up event, a coffee and dessert pairing at Coffee By Design. Read on

  • Still kicking, Darby’s Restaurant & Pub in Belfast has been a charming place to grab a drink since 1865

    The place is big with three separate dining rooms, a bar that wraps around to the back room and an upstairs dining room for small parties and receptions. Plus, the menu is a crowd pleaser with things like burgers, fried haddock, zucchini sliders, hand cut fries and salads. Read on

  • For National Hot Tea Month, where to find a properly brewed cup in Maine

    January is National Hot Tea Month, appropriately so, since there may be no better time to wrap your cold hands around a hot cuppa' than in the dead of winter. Here are 8 places for tea lovers. Read on

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