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Published: Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:19:32 GMT

 



Concord NH Sandwich Depot closing

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:19:32 GMT

Sad news for fans if Sandwich Depot on Hall Street in Concord. According to an article in the Concord Monitor, the owners are tired and want to retire. Exact last day was not announced since they want to help their employees get new jobs.



WHERE TO FIND CHINESE SESAME SOFT CANDY

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 06:27:06 GMT

There was a man who made this in Boston Chinatown but he died about 2002. I have found this candy offered for sale on Amazon, search for Qianxiangfang and you will find it. This candy was absolutely delicious. I seem to remember it having a bit of a lemon taste but it probably was the taste of the sugar and sesame seeds, but the interior sticky sweet jelly had a delicious aromatic aftertaste that I remember nearly twenty years ago since I had that version. The Amazon version has been ordered and it looks very similar.



Portland Me trip in September

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 21:37:22 GMT

I had one of the best uni dishes ever at Miyake, as well as the best Duck tataki I've ever eaten. It doesn't get as much love as it should in Portland's excellent dining scene.



Seeking John Conte

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 23:02:09 GMT

Wished I knew been looking for him for over a year now, asked all around Rockland with no answers!



Northern Maine

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:00:12 GMT

I'll be traveling for work to Houlton, Presque Isle and Fort Kent, Maine. Are there any gems up there? I hope I can find the Rib Truck...



The Great Banh Mi Search

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 12:42:36 GMT

I had to dip down into southern New England due to a recent meeting. I found An Nam Vietnamese Grill on East Main Street in Marlborough MA near the Ocean State Job Lots plaza. Check hours before visiting. On Sunday they did not open until noon and are closed on Tuesdays. I was hungry for lunch and planned on taking the cold cuts banh mi home for dinner. It's mostly a take out place but has a few tables where I could enjoy the Five Spice chicken rice bowl and some Vietnamese iced coffee. Everything about the rice bowl was wonderful. It came with a side of something liquid that seems to contain some fish sauce and maybe rice vinegar. The chicken, rice, vegetables and lettuce seemed to be in good proportion to each other. Dressing was a lightly spiced mayonnaise type just dribbled on. The menu says the cold cut banh mi is head cheese, sausage and ham. I thought the sausage might be the pate that was smeared on one side of the roll. The roll was slightly skinnier than I've had before but very light with flakey crust. I said no jalapenos which might have been a mistake. The julienned carrot and daikon were only slightly pickled as was the slice of cucumber. Very delicious. It appears to be a newly opened place. Very good website photos make me hungry for more. https://www.annamgrill.com/



UNH Alums, et al---Karl's, Catnip Pub, Tin Palace--Durham NH?

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:21:02 GMT

I just discovered this thread and it was fun as I had just been thinking about all places I used to go while at UNH and was having trouble remembering them all. I was a student from 1978-1982. Grew up in Dover. Lived in Williamson, Stoke, Randall and at home. I remember the hop skip and go naked drink! One was great and two could be a problem, especially getting up those stairs. It says in this thread that the establishment was called the Cat Nip and that sounds right. It was one of two places, the other might have been Nicks, that were side by side located roughly where Mike Libby's is now. We always went to the downstairs part of the Cat Nip. There was another basement place under Town and Campus where we went but I can't remember the name. I used to work at T and C for Jess G from 1979-1983. Of course the Mub Pub Club was great for live bands, I did not go to the DJ Rick Bean nights which was more disco as I was more of a rock/post punk/new wave person. Someone mentioned the Franklin Theatre which was converted to a night club but I it was not disco as stated. The music was the post punk/new wave variety of dance music played by a DJ accompanied by the corresponding MTV videos - stuff like Billy Idol, Go Gos, Motels, etc. Lots of fun while it lasted. Being a Dover girl and living there during summers and my Senior Year, of course we also frequented the more townie places like the Spartan Lounge at Central Ave and the Norseman Lounge at Dover Bowl up on the Miracle Mile section of Central. Both featured live music and dancing which was a priority for my group. We also went over to the Meadowbrook Lounge at the Portsmouth Traffic circle for live music and dancing as well as to the Riverside Club in Portsmouth, more of a punk/new wave scene, it was in the what is now the basement part of the Portsmouth Brewery and the door was in back of the building. Funny how not one of these places is there anymore. Durham has changed so much. Young's is still good, ate their recently. Wildcat moved to around the corner on Madbury Road. I was interested in hearing how one of the posters in this thread felt the Caravan Bus service ruined the town. I know I relied on this to get around, its hard to be against public transit, lol. Also interested to hear the comment about that bad spot on 155 near Madbury metals. I was a passenger injured in a major accident there in 1978 during my senior year at DHS because of that bad turn in the road. I believe they fixed the road finally after my incident. Glad I lived to go on to UNH and enjoy all these places. Its fun to take a trip down memory lane!



Patrick's Pub in Gilford, NH

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:20:28 GMT

Had an enjoyable night out with a friend. As usual this is always my go to place, atmosphere is great (on any night) and the food is always yummy at a reasonable price. Would always recommend this as a "gotta go to place"!



Rockport Camden area

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 13:51:57 GMT

We had a lousy first encounter at 18 Central in Rockport, but some quick background first. We had made our reservation a week prior. No problem. We showed up for our reservation to a half empty restaurant, except for one of the outdoor decks and the uncomfortable front of the house right at the entranceway. We were excited to try the place after some of the hype we had heard. So there we were at the reservation desk and the hostess looks up our name and points to a corner table for two near the front window. The 'boonies', really. Anyway, we look it over and notice two very large dogs sitting alongside. The owners oblivious. You would have had to step over them to get to our seats. Nope, I complained and asked for another table. The hostess then pointed out a table right next to her station, where entrants would be coming by in very close quarters. The worst table in the house. We asked if we could go to the bar, and the hostess told us no. The bar was close to empty. Another table, maybe: No, they were all spoken for. We left disappointed. Terrible floor management... We did not suffer long, though. We ended up in the Tavern Room at Primo, a brief wait and it turned out terrific!



Thoughts on these Ogunquit places?

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 13:59:50 GMT

I've had fairly good luck there but wasn't big on MC Perkins Cove. I'd go back to every place I went (except the lobster pound in York, well not for a lobster roll at least). But there were at least 4 places that sounded good that we didn't get to. How ya been?



What's the Best Place to Get Fruit Pies in Rhode Island?

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 23:22:21 GMT

The Ever So Humble Pie Company on Washington St. in Walpole has a great selection of nice pies. Check their web site.



Looking to rent a private home for a 100-150 people wedding. Northern New England.

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 18:44:40 GMT

Our daughter, Amanda, just got engaged. Her fiance is from NH. His family vacations on Lake Winnipesaukee every summer. They would love to get married on the lake. We have about 150 to 175 guests. An outdoor wedding on a lakeside property would be preferable. Any suggestions are appreciated! Thank you!



Good eats - Ludlow/Okemo Area

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 18:20:38 GMT

I recommend the homestyle hostel. http://homestylehostel.com/ It's been about a year since I was there, but we had fantastic cocktails and a very good dinner.



Looking for place to stop for dinner between Portland and Belfast Maine on Friday Night

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 16:07:04 GMT

Duckfat is not really out of the way (less than 5 minutes off highway not including looking for parking) but there will almost certainly be a line. You could call in a take out order about 20 minutes out. Drive down to go to the ocean gateway parking lot and eat by the water while kids run around. Bathroom break possibility at duckfat or certainly available at ferry terminal. All weather permitting.



Sarma Fans-Honey Road Restaurant Burlington VT

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 02:14:29 GMT

Cara is actually an Oleana alum. She's a great chef, and I expect you will have a wonderful dinner in her restaurant.



Best NH or VT brewery tour?

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 20:27:06 GMT

Vermont Brew Trail https://www.vermontbrewers.com/brewery-trails/ News Hampshire Brew Trail http://www.brewtrail.com/new-hampshire-breweries/



El Rincon Zacatecano Taqueria in Manchester, NH

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 16:07:13 GMT

We were passing through Manchester over the weekend and dropped into El Rincon for lunch. Wow! Just delicious shrimp tacos, with a green salsa with real zip -- heat but also subtle flavors. Generous portions, inexpensive, and friendly service. Would definitely return



Union Portland Restaurant

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 13:18:27 GMT

I think Street and Company can get overlooked by our local food people as we tend to head to the newest hot restaurant of the moment (which I've done myself several times the past month or so) but it has always delivered for me.



A magical drive to The Lost Kitchen, Freedom, Maine...

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:48:28 GMT

Lovely profile of Chef Erin French working her dinner crowd at The Lost Kitchen aired today on CBS This Morning. Has anyone on CH had a chance to dine there? Tell us about it, please...



Best meatball grinder?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:13:31 GMT

Good instincts Bob. They do have a great meatball sandwich. It's my go-to dish there. It is huge and served on his luna bread. Great beer selection also.