29th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Fling – Portland, Maine

ChocolateCHOCOLATE LOVERS!!! Ok, now I have your attention…

The much anticipated Chocolate Lovers’ Fling now in its 29th year and the largest fundraiser for SARSSM (Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine) welcomes spring with you guessed it, CHOCOLATE!

Mark the date, Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 1-4pm at the Holiday Inn by the Bay (88 Spring Street, Portland, Maine) and buy your tickets ASAP as there is nothing like this event as you indulge in chocolate from the best “chocolatiers” in Maine! According to The 29th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Fling website:

You will be seated at tables for ten (hopefully you will invite friends and family to join you) and be served a feast of fudge, truffles and tortes. You will marvel at mousses and delight in delicacies created by the best chefs in Cumberland and York Counties. Our “Chocolatiers” each make hundreds of their favorite treats for attendees, all the while competing for top honors in several different categories. The winners are determined by a panel of local celebrity and culinary judges, but the People’s Choice Award will be decided by the event participants.


This event will sell out so get your tickets today online at http://www.chocolateloversfling.org/tickets.html

Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine (SARSSM). As SARSSM’s largest fundraiser, this event provides critical funding for the education and response services delivered to schools, communities and citizens throughout York and Cumberland Counties.

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Maine Restaurant Week – March 1-14, 2015

Maine Restaurant Week has been such a hit…heck it’s TWO WEEKS starting Sunday, March 1, 2015 and running until March 14th! You’ll see once again there are many participating restaurants and eateries across the state with many concentrated here in Portland, Maine to delight your taste buds.

This years Maine Restaurant Week has a few interesting events planned like The Pancake Races at Bissell Brothers Brewing Company and the Chef-Am Bowling Tournament at Bayside Bowl.

The Signature Event this year is a food and cocktail pairing competition at Prime Mercedes Benz on US Route 1 in Scarborough on Sunday, March 8, from 530pm to 8pm. According to Maine Restaurant Week,

“Bartenders will work with their restaurant’s chef to invent cocktails that pair perfectly with flavors from the kitchen. The challenge is to create cocktails and dishes that play to each others strengths and deliver a unique cocktail and food tasting experience. Come ready to sip and taste your way through each of the pairings, cast votes for your favorites and help choose Maine’s top bartenders and chefs.”

This is a 21+ event. Tickets are $50 per person or $45 each for groups of four or more. Includes all cocktail and food pairings plus hors d’oeuvres and food stations.

Your 2015 Signature Event Competitors: Academe (Kennebunk), Sonny’s (Portland), David’s (Portland), 40 Paper (Camden), The Good Table Restaurant (Cape Elizabeth), Fuel (Lewiston), Lolita (Portland), Marche (Lewiston), Natalie’s (Camden), The Tavern (Brunswick), TIQA (Portland), and Timber (Portland)
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Comedian Daniel Tosh adds 2nd Show to Portland’s Merrill Auditorium – June 13, 2015

As part of The Great Nor’easter Tour of 2015, comedian Daniel Tosh will come to Portland’s Merrill Auditorium for two shows on Saturday, June 13, 2015 appearing at 7pm and 9:30pm. You can purchase your tickets online through PortTix via Waterfront Concerts website. There is a six ticket limit per household with reserved seating tickets ranging from $61.50 – $71.50.

Waterfront Concerts, works with many of Maine’s top venues to bring many top performers like Dave Matthews Band, Tim McGraw, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and others across the state from Orono to Portland.

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Southern Maine 2015 Career Fair – March 11, 2015 at Husson University

Courtesy of Husson University Facebook

Courtesy of Husson University Facebook

The Southern Maine 2015 Career Fair will take place at Husson University – Southern Maine campus on March 11, 2015 from 3-7pm!  This career fair will give you the chance to explore different career opportunities, ask lots of questions, and find out about internships. You will be able to begin networking and this will help you reach your career goals.  

Where:  Husson University Westbrook Campus, 340 County Road, Westbrook, ME

When: Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Time: 3:00pm-7:00pm

Registration Fee: $50 (For Profit) OR $25 (Non-Profit)

Registration Deadline: Monday, March 2, 2015

If you are a business and would like to register for this event, please follow this link.

If you are planning on attending, to learn more about how to get the most out of your Career Fair experience, click here.

For directions on how to get to our Westbrook location, follow this link.

Other services/workshops available include:

Resume review
How to follow up with a potential employer (workshop)
Using social media (LinkedIn) for networking purposes

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Portland Maine Trivia Nights Updated!












In the winter months especially we all need to get out of the house and hit some great local bars to take on some trivia!  Leave your cell phone off please, and use your team and wit to win some great prizes!

Trivia nights are a great way to catch up with old friends and also make some new ones!  Check the list below!


Location- Sebago Brewing Old Port

Date of event: Every Monday

Time of event: 7 pm

Event Address: 211 Fore St, Portland, ME

Description: We pack the house at our Portland and Kennebunk brewpubs.  Get a team together or come solo for the best quiz night in town!


Location- Binga’s Stadium, Portland- Stump Team Trivia!

Date of Event- Every Tuesday

Time of event: 8pm

Event Address: 77 Free Street, Portland, ME

Description: Stump!  Trivia bring your friends and win some money!

Location: Dogfish Cafe Trivia Night!

Time of event: 8pm

Date of Event:  Every Tuesday until March 31st 2015!

Event Address: 128 Free St, Portland, Me

Description- No cover charge, giving out a wide variety and best prizes in Portland!  Think you know trivia?  Come test your knowledge with us!

Location:  Trivia Tuesday at Rira!

Date of Event:  Every Tuesday

Time of event: 8:30pm

Event Address:  72 Commercial St, Portland, ME

Description:  Portland’s award winning trivia night.  Come see who comes out on top!


Location/Name:  Brian Boru Trivia Night!

Time of event- 7pm

Date of Event:  Every Wednesday

Event Address: 57  Center St, Portland, Me



Location: Bugaboo Creek’s Throwback Thursday Trivia (New)

Name of Event: Throwback Trivia

Date of Event: Every Thursday

Time of Event: 7 pm

Event address: 264 Gorham Road, South Portland

Description: Pop culture trivia from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.


Location:  Margarita’s Trivia Night!

Date of Event:  Every Thursday

Time of Event: 7:30pm

Event Address:  Margarita’s.  11 Brown St, Portland, Me


If you’re aware of any other trivia nights in Greater Portland that we may have missed or that bars/restaurants have recently added, please let us know by Suggesting an Event. Thank you! – See more at our older link- http://www.iloveportlandmaine.com/2010/08/23/portland-maine-trivia-nights/

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Valentine’s Day Bandit- Spreading love year after year

Every year on the morning of February 14 since 1976 people wake up the city of Portland, ME to thousands of red hearts taped to doorways throughout the peninsula on standard 8.5 by 11 sheets of paper.  Simple, yet effective.  It seems every year this captures the spirit of Valentines’s Day like no other gesture.  



Originally dubbed the “Valentine’s Day bandit”, the person has yet to be identified nor has anyone come forward to confess.  Throughout the years larger hearts have been taped to locations like the Cumberland County Civic center, The Holiday Inn and City Hall  We personally love this.  Love given with no expectation of it being returned.  Spreading love the way it should be spread.  A little bit of joy to wake up to on Valentine’s Day.





Here are a few of our favorite photos over the years from the bandit, snap some photos and tag us in them on our page or instagram on the morning of February 14th! @iloveportlandme




Courtesy of Portland Daily Photo

Courtesy of Portland Daily Photo

Courtesy of Samuel Cousins Photography

Courtesy of Samuel Cousins Photography











Courtesy of Samuel Cousins Photography

Courtesy of Samuel Cousins Photography



















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The Dirty Dash is coming to Maine!- June 20, 2015

Dirty Dash Mud Run


“The Dirty Dash is a mud run obstacle course where a military boot camp meets your inner five-year-old’s fantasy and subsequently converts boy to man and then man to swine.”– TheDirtyDash.Com











Just announced on their website the Dirty Dash is bringing it’s fun to Portland!  Pre-Registration has started now which means by entering your information you get exclusive pricing and immediate access to registration when this event goes on sale to the public!

For more information on the event and to see the obstacles check out TheDirtyDash.com!


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Peloton Speaks tonight in Portland ft Spose/Luke Livingston! 1/21/15

Peloton Speaks

Peloton Speaks

A new business themed event has sprung up in Portland!  It began last month in a city that seems to have so many great options for business owners and entrepreneurs to network and meet one another.  The monthly event takes place at Peloton Labs and is put on by Katalyst and Dream Local Digital as part of the collaboration series.

The event however is unique in a sense that it encourages those who attend to really be honest about their business and their fears.  The first event featured some well known business owners like Chris Avantaggio of LiveME and Emily Straubel of The Red Lipstick Project.  They told their stories of taking a leap, and facing fear.  The event then allows the audience to ask questions and three audience members are drawn at random for those who want to speak.  These attendees tell their story and get instant audience feedback.  

This month’s theme is:  Getting through tough times.  The event will feature Maine hip hop artist Spose, Baxter Brewing founder Luke Livingston and Peloton’s founder Liz Trice.  These three featured guests will tell their stories in a very honest environment.  The event features Beer with from Baxter Brewing, food from Slab Sicilian Street Food and music by Dj Mosart.  A unique atmosphere to network and here some great guests tell their stories.  Come check out Peloton Speaks tonight 6-8pm at 795 Congress St at Peloton Labs.


When:  January 21, 2015

Time: 6-8PM

Tickets are available online at until 4pm at: pelotonspeaks.eventbrite.com

Then at the door for $8.  Ticket includes admission and Beer and Food!



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Portland On Tap- January 24, 2015!

Courtesy of Portland On Tap

Courtesy of Portland On Tap

Portland On Tap will be this  Saturday, January 24th from 2:30PM to 6PM at the Portland Company Marine Complex.  The great event will showcase over 100 releases from some of America’s best craft breweries.  Those in attendance will receive an unlimited sampling of beers, and a great array of live music.  Their will also be great good available for purchase and awesome vendors!


Tickets are $35 and can be purchased HERE, and they are going fast!



Ticket prices increase by $10 at the door so get yours early!

See you there!






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The Men Behind The Maine Warrior Gym

Maine Warrior Gym

Maine Warrior Gym

I recently sat down with one of the founders of the soon to open Maine Warrior Gym.  The thing was before I ever met Brandon I had heard buzz about this gym and how different and unique it was.  That told me the guys had been doing something right.  I sat down more of a fan and wanting to know more as I wanted to know exactly what the gym was going to feature and how it would be different than the rock gyms, crossfit, and traditional style gyms in this area of Southern Maine.  With the growing popularity of “Tough Mudder” style obstacle courses and “Spartan Races” it seems like the demand is there.  Last year alone Tough Mudder reached into the high 70 millions for net worth with Spartan Races not far behind.  Last year Westbrook hosted a “Tough Mudder” that brought in over 10,000 people from all over New England giving the local businesses an extra boost in Westbrook and Portland area.  It’s obvious there is a big want for these type of buddy-style group driven athletic courses.  My interview with Brandon was insightful, fun, and I left it feeling that they are well on their way to giving people what they want with this gym! 



Preview of courses

1.  What gave you the inspiration to want to open this gym?

It’s clear that people are seeking alternative forms of exercise – ourselves included – that offer a way to get more enjoyment and fulfillment from working out. We are both huge fans of American Ninja Warrior, Obstacle Races, and unconventional approaches to exercise and we felt Portland was the perfect market to create a space that offered this unique approach to fitness.

2.  Where did you go up?  Were you into sports?.. or did this come about from a single experience?

Brandon: I was born and raised in Rockville Centre, NY and have always been interested in sports and exercise. After graduating from the University of Michigan I spent two years as a ski instructor in Breckenridge, Colorado before moving to Maine in 2010.

Tim: I’m a native Mainer, raised studying martial arts starting at age 11.  I got my second degree black belt in Shaolin Kempo at age 17, and while studying engineering at Northeastern University in Boston, continued to study and teach Brazilian Capoeira, and Praying Mantis Kung Fu before having twin boys and returning to Maine in 2013.  

3.  As of late with shows like American Ninja Warrior, Crossfit gyms, and lots of tough mudder style obstacle course races the question has to be asked: What is it about this type of fitness is making people want to participate and gain so much popularity?  

This style of fitness accomplishes two major goals. It not only allows for a great workout that breaks from the monotony of a typical gym experience, but also involves team camaraderie and support which can really help to make exercising more enjoyable. Running up a curved wall or swinging on a rope is a lot more exciting than simply running on a treadmill.

People like to be challenged, stepping out of your comfort zone really forces you to be present – to focus on the task at hand – and that’s so much healthier than just cardio or weightlifting.  Healthier for the body, to get out of its standard range of motions, and healthier for the mind to overcome mental obstacles and see new possibilities arise.  It’s the best way to improve your level of self-awareness, self-confidence and shift your entire understanding of your physical capabilities.

4.  Will the gym feature only obstacle style courses, or will it have free weights, classes etc?

The gym will feature an obstacle style course that will be scalable, so people of all ages and ability levels can participate, as well as adaptable, so that the offerings will always be changing and allow for different approaches to completing the course. We will also have an area complete with free weights, kettle bells, medicine balls and boxing equipment such as a heavy bag and speed bag. Additionally, there will be a classroom area offering classes ranging from martial arts to yoga.

5.  What will your rates be?  Hours?

We will offer approximately 25 hours per week of monitored open gym times, and will also have a multitude of daily classes.

6.  When can people expect to see the doors open?

We would love to have the doors open by the end of spring/early summer 2015.  We’re offering discounted early-bird memberships for a limited time in order to build our membership base and gain traction locally.  We’ll also be starting production on a variety of obstacle components that will be available for purchase at www.MaineWarriorGym.com for use at home.

7.  Do you feel like people will travel far to come to your gym?  Do you think it will not just people during the week have memberships?  Like can it be a destination for those in New England?

We want to offer an experience that is not available anywhere else in New England and hopefully this will attract visitors beyond the state of Maine. In addition to our monthly memberships, we will also offer day passes as well as 10-class punch cards that can be used at any visit throughout the year. We will be hosting a variety of obstacle race competitions and the gym will also have programs to host birthday parties, corporate outings and boot camps. We want the gym to serve as a place where families can come to work out together, where elite athletes can come train for their next competition and where obstacle course enthusiasts can prepare for their next race or even their first race.

Ground view

8.  What type of obstacles or equipment will you have?

– Our equipment list will be in a constant state of growth and transition.  New obstacles will be designed and built throughout the year to be cycled into use.  The obstacles will also be modular which will allow the obstacle course to be completely re-arranged possibly several times a month.

For starters our equipment will consist of many items seen on American Ninja Warrior, such as:  Cargo net, climbing ropes, warped wall, incline/declined monkey bars, standing walls, tires, balance beams, slack lines, rings, ball-holds, ledge walls, peg boards, salmon ladders, pull up bars and more.

Our toddler motor-skills development area, for kids ages 1-5, will have a small climbing wall, large various shaped pads, trampolines, balance toys and other equipment intended to help young children improve their coordination and self-control.

9.  How can people support you, how can they find you on social media?

We have begun to sell memberships and punch passes and we frequently have sales where you can purchase a membership for a greatly discounted price. The best way to find out about sales and information on our progress is through our facebook, Google+ and twitter pages. You can also visit our website at www.mainewarriorgym.com. We are very excited to open our doors and we look forward to bringing a new dimension to the Maine fitness community.


On top of all that, my company Katalyst will be releasing Maine Warrior Gym shirts in a few weeks that will support the efforts with 100% profit going to help get the gym open sooner and also give people who buy a shirt 25% off a one month membership for or a 10 visit punch card!

We will let you know when those are available!

Follow the journey of Maine Warrior Gym on Facebook and Tim and Brandon look forward to seeing you when they open!



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