Valentine tips for slackers


A trove of Black Dinah truffles pop up in Westbrook

Cupid is about to hoist back his bow. Don’t be caught without any arrows in your quiver. Or worse, with your pants down on Feb 14th. You’ve still got the rest of winter to contend with, no need to make it any colder. Try these last-minute grabs to win her/his heart.

Chocolate Pop-up store: Isle au Haut’s Black Dinah Chocolatiers are a gourmand’s best friend. Think decadent, single-origin chocolates from Venezuela and Peru blended with fresh cream and studded with Maine fruits and flowers. Flavors like Persian love caramel and Earl Grey can melt the frostiest hearts. Good news: You don’t have to hop a ferry from Stonington to pull off this package. From Friday February 13th through Saturday February 14th the chocolate co. pops up at 869 Main Street in Westbrook. The 48-hour store, selling artful truffles and peanut butter peepers (pucker up) is open from 12 to 6 pm. both days. This happens to be their new production house. Sneak peek alert. Sweet!!!


Kiss these frogs from Black Dinah

Pop up Cards: Dashing into Hannaford on Friday night for a Hallmark and a damaged carnation are not the hallmarks of a good relationship. Get points this year by visiting Portland Museum of Art‘s MECA popup, the Sweet Art Shop. This shop within a shop is where you can find hand-crafted valentines made by local artists and illustrators that show you care enough to send the very coolest. The Sweet Art Shop is accessible during museum hours and shoppers waive the price of admission. Go!


50 Shades of blush The screen-adaptation of the best selling potboiler “50 Shades of Grey” opens on Valentine’s Day. If the polymorphous activity in the flick gets your libido going, visit Portland’s sensuality boutique Nomia, where a ticket stub to the movie gets you a free gift with a $20 purchase. Want to bond more with your lover? Owner Gina Rourke expects a surge of business and is ready to assist. “It helps us get the conversation going and spread more accurate information,” she said.


If all else fails: Take your Valentine to DiMillo’s for a frigid heart cocktail. What’s in this luscious libation? All we know is that it goes down smoothly to work out the bitter kinks. Pair it with the Old Port institution’s tiramisu and all should be forgotten. Note: this is floating restaurant. If this doesn’t do the trick you can always jump ship.


Dimillo’s top sweet



Kathleen Pierce

About Kathleen Pierce

A lifelong journalist with a deep curiosity for what's next. Interested in food, culture, trends and the thrill of a good scoop. BDN features reporter based in Portland since 2013.