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20th Annual Taste of Downtown Nashua

Twenty-four area food and drink vendors will be participating in the 2014 Taste of Downtown Nashua on Wednesday June 4th from 6 to 8:30PM.  Eateries will be offering their wares at over twenty Main Street locations. Nashua City Hall

The establishments taking part include Agave Azul, Arena, Cava de Vino, Celebrations Catering, Edible Arrangements, Estabrook Grill, Fody’s Tavern, JaJaBelles, Margaritas, MT’s Local Kitchen, O’Brien’s Sports Bar, Old Amsterdam Bar and Lounge, The Peddler’s Daughter, Portland Pie Co., Riverside Barbecue, San Francisco Kitchen, Stella Blu, Surf, Unums, and Villa Banca.  Bellavance Beverage, King David Coffee Roasters, and the WineNot Boutique will be there to slake your thirst.

Participants will be entertained by Monument Square Brass, Queen City Soul, and Dan Searl.

Advance tickets are $ 35; they are $ 40 the day of the event.  For more information or to buy tickets online, click here.  Tickets for the Taste of Downtown Nashua are also available at these Main Street area stores: Beckonings, Fortin Gage, Fresh of Nashua, and Scontsas Fine Jewelry and Home Décor.

The 5th Annual Taste of Milford

On Friday May 30th  from 6 to 8:30PM, the Milford Oval will be alive with the 5th Annual Taste of Milford.  Visitors will be able to sample the offerings of twenty-five local restaurants and food vendors at stores in and around the celebrated Milford Oval.  Musicians will provide entertainment to the strollers as they wend their way around the various shops lining the downtown area.

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The restaurants and food purveyors participating include: Amigos, Café on the Oval, Carole’s Cake Creations, Chapanga’s, Clark’s Tavern, Earthlings Baked Goods, Foodees, the Francestown Village Store, Fuzzies Ice Cream & Deli, Giorgio’s Ristorante, Jade Dragon, Jake’s Ice Cream, Maple Lane Farm, the Milford Goat Dairy, the Mont Vernon General Store, Noni’s Homemade English Toffee, Papa Joe’s Humble Pie, Pasta Loft, the Red Arrow Diner, Swirl n Serve, Trombly Farm, Two Happy Butchers, Windows on West Street, and The  Yankee Chef.

More information is available on the Taste of Milford webpage.  Tickets are $ 30, but if ordered in advance, there is a $ 5 discount; tickets are available by clicking here.  Tickets are limited and this event has sold out in previous years – so don’t wait to place your order.

Proceeds from the 2014 Taste of Milford benefit the Milford Improvement Team, which works to promote the downtown Milford area.

Restaurant Week New Hampshire – May 16th – 23rd

The third annual Restaurant Week New Hampshire is coming soon!  Establishments throughout the state will be offering specially priced 3-course lunch and/or dinner menus from Friday May 16th through Friday the 23rd. Enjoy a meal at your favorite eating place or sample new ones as many of New Hampshire’s best restaurants offer their cuisine at cut-rate prices.  Lunches will be offered at $ 10 to $ 20 and dinners at $ 15 to $ 35.

There will be a special kick-off event the evening of Thursday May 15th at the Bedford Village Inn.  Chefs from all over the state – from Josh Farrington of the White Mountain Hotel and Lauent Geroli at the Omni Mt. Washington Resort to Chris Volkmann from the Copper Door and Nicole Barreira of T-Bones will be featured.  Only 100 lucky food aficionados will be able to sample their special dishes.  Tickets are available at the Bedford Village Inn.  For more information on this event, click here.The Copper Door

Over 150 establishments will be participating in Restaurant Week New Hampshire 2014, ranging from informal restaurants like Lui Lui (Nashua), the Airport Diner (Manchester) and Molly’s Tavern (New Boston) to formal eateries like the Copper Door (Bedford), Luca’s (Keene) and the Three Chimneys Inn (Dover).  To explore a list of all the participating eateries and see details of their offers, go to the Restaurant Week NH.com website.

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Taste of the Nation – Manchester

Looking to enjoy some great food and support an important cause at the same time? Join gourmets and gourmands for this year’s Taste of the Nation in Manchester on Wednesday April 16th from 6 to 9PM. A benefit for Share Our Strength, which works to alleviate childhood hunger, this annual event attracts some of New Hampshire’s most prestigious restaurants.  This happening will take place at the Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm Street, Manchester.

Taste of the Nation – Manchester is a great way to sample some of the best dishes from NH’s premier dining establishments. Over 50 eateries of all types and cuisines will be participating, including Amphora, the Bedford Village Inn, the Common Man, the Copper Door, Ignite Bar & Grill, Molly’s Tavern, Piccola Italia, Shorty’s, Unums, and Villa Blanca. 

Beverages will be provided by The Boston Beer Company, The Cozy Tea Cart, Milly’s Tavern, Southern Wine and Spirits, and others.  Baked Downtown Cafe & Bakery, Edible Arrangements,  Queen City Cupcakes,  and Triolo’s Bakery, among others, will be providing dessert selections.

Share Our Strength supports the NH Food Bank, NH Kids Count, NH Farm to School, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Manchester.  For more information about Share our Strength, visit their website, No Kid Hungry.

Tickets for Taste of the Nation – Manchester  are $ 65 for general admission and $ 100 for VIP admission, which allows ticket holders to arrive at 5PM.  Tickets are available online here.

For more information on Manchester’s Taste of the Nation, click here.

Restaurant Week Portsmouth & the Seacoast – Spring 2014

Restaurants in New Hampshire’s shore towns are collaborating on a Spring Restaurant Week Portsmouth and the Seacoast which will be held from April 3rd through the 12th.  Some of the best eating places in the greater Portsmouth area will be offering 3-course prix fixe lunch menus for $ 16.95 and dinners for $ 29.95 (per person; not including drinks and taxes).  Over forty eateries are joining in this event; they include a wide variety establishments, from casual dining to elegant upscale restaurants.

Popular Portsmouth eateries such as the Black Trumpet Bistro, Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Café, the Portsmouth Gas Light Co., and the reborn Rosa are being joined by select restaurants in surrounding towns to make this a special happening. Restaurants from Exeter to New Castle and from Hampton to York, ME are participating.  The list includes the Three Chimneys Inn in Durham, Anneke Jans in Kittery, Blue Moon Evolution in Exeter, Salt in New Castle, and the Stage Neck Inn in York.  Market Street

During this event, The Port Inn in Portsmouth is offering special discount rates, and the Music Hall has a full schedule of performances to make your night on the town special.

For more information on Restaurant Week Portsmouth and a list of all the participating eateries, check out the Restaurant Week Portsmouth page on the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce website.  The Music Hall schedule can be found here.

Restaurant Week Portsmouth & the Seacoast – Fall 2013

Restaurants in New Hampshire’s shore towns are collaborating on a Fall Restaurant Week Portsmouth and the Seacoast which will be held from November 7th through the 16th.  Some of the best eating places in the greater Portsmouth area will be offering 3-course prix fixe lunch menus for $ 16.95 and dinners for $ 29.95 (per person; not including drinks and taxes).  The types of eateries joining in this event include a wide variety establishments, from casual dining to elegant upscale restaurants.Market Square

Popular Portsmouth eateries such as the Black Trumpet Bistro, Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Café, the Portsmouth Gas Light Co., and the reborn Rosa are being joined by select restaurants in surrounding towns to make this a special happening. Restaurants from Exeter to New Castle and from Hampton to York, ME are participating.  The list includes the Three Chimneys Inn in Durham, Anneke Jans in Kittery, Blue Moon Evolution in Exeter, Salt in New Castle, and the Stage Neck Inn in York.

For more information on Restaurant Week Portsmouth and a list of all the participating eateries, check out the Restaurant Week Portsmouth page on the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce website.

10th Annual Taste of Downtown Manchester

The 10th Annual Taste of Downtown Manchester is being held on Wednesday September 18th from 5 to 8PM.  Twenty-five eateries are participating, including Café LaReine, Finesse Pastries, Fratello’s, Molly’s Tavern, The Patio, and The Wild Rover.  Ticket-holders will be able to sample the restaurants’ fare at over two dozen locations on and around Elm Street, from E-Vision Eye Care at 1093 Elm to Antiques on Elm at 321 Elm, and locations on Chestnut, Hanover, and Mechanic streets.                                                                                  Manchester City Hall

To make this a multisensory experience,  entertainers will be performing at several locations, including the Palace Theater, Brady Sullivan Plaza, and Studio 550, and art work by local artists will be on display at Gentle Dental, Muse Paint Bar, Brady Sullivan Plaza, and Vino Aroma’s.

To find participating establishments, look for a red balloon out front and a strawberry poster on the front door, or pick up a free map at the Intown Manchester Office at 1000 Elm Street or online here.

Tickets are available in advance online for $ 20 plus a processing fee on this website; tickets will be $ 25 the day of the Taste; children under 10 are free. There will be free parking in the downtown area the night of the Taste of Downtown Manchester.

Country Inns: The Hancock Inn

In operation since 1789, the Hancock Inn is a historic site located on the main street of a town filled with ancient buildings.  Although the original inn is over 200 years old, the guest rooms are very comfortable, with up to date air conditioning, televisions, bedding, and bathrooms – and antique furnishings and reproductions.  DSC01082

Some rooms have Rufus Porter style murals decorating the walls and gas fireplaces.  The first floor common rooms are very inviting, and the public sitting rooms on the upper floors have small refrigerators and coffee machines for use by overnight visitors.

The Inn boasts a very attractive garden in back, with tables and chairs set along the sides for individual or group relaxing.  On the front porch are rockers waiting for guests to while away a few hours as they watch the world go by.

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At 33 Main Street, the Inn is in the heart of Hancock.  A walk down either side of the road will bring the visitor past 18th and 19th century homes and public buildings that have been meticulously preserved; most are on the National Register.

The Inn has a very attractive main dining room and tavern room, and serves hearty breakfasts to lodgers free of charge.  Breakfasts include eggs, pancakes, French toast, juices, fresh fruit, home-made hash and muffins, etc.  The dining rooms are open to the general public for gourmet dinners, featuring nonvegetarian and vegetarian items; the tavern menu has lighter fare.   For lunch, the Fiddleheads Cafe across from Inn makes fresh sandwiches and light meals to order.

1st Floor Common Room

The owners and their staff are very friendly, efficient, and helpful, making travelers feel at home.  They are also great resources on attractions to visit in Hancock and the surrounding towns.

For more about the Hancock Inn, visit their informative website.

Country Cuisine 10: Zeppelin & Kaleidoscope in Marlborough

Zeppelin & Kaleidoscope is one of the few vegetarian/vegan restaurants in this area of New England.  They aim to please, and will delete or substitute ingredients to fulfill the patron’s request.

Its breakfast menu, which includes bagels, egg and cheese sandwiches, etc., is served all day.  For lunch and dinner, they offer soups, wraps, five different veggie burgers, and eight kinds of sandwiches, including the Inner Child (a cheese panini) and The Fungus Among Us (a mushroom, onion, and cheese panini).  Their reuben is vegetarian, as is their Green Monster salad platter and their Falafel platter, which features chickpea croquettes.   20130622_131915-1

Zep & Kal serves a wide variety of natural drinks, including juices, carbonated beverages, fair trade coffee, and teas.  Cakes, cookies, muffins, and ice creams feature in their dessert list.

There are four tables inside and six outside during good weather.  The restaurant also has a grocery area, with a large selection of natural, organic, vegan, and gluten free foods, including spices, teas, cookies, candy, nut butters, etc. –  even Marmite.  They also carry a selection of natural and ecological friendly cleaning supplies and housewares.

Zeppelin & Kaleidoscope is open seven days a week, from early morning to early evening. Check out their website for their menu and hours.

When you stop at Zep & Kal, you may want to spend some time exploring some of the interesting shops in town.  Along 101 (Main Street) there are several unique stores: Inkubus, Mother’s Hardware, Muse Books & Gifts, and the Homestead Bookshop; most are just a short walk from the Zeppelin & Kaleidoscope restaurant.

Inkubus specializes in gothic clothing and accessories for adults and children.  Mother’s Hardware is an independent locally owned hardware store with great customer service; their motto is: “Old time service with all the modern perks.” Muse Books carries metaphysical items such as crystals, books, tarots, incense, candles, statuary, jewelry, etc.  The Homestead, a short drive from the restaurant,  has one of the most extensive collections of gently used books in New England, presided over by the very knowledgeable owners, Robert and Connie Kenney.

Country Cuisine 9: Audrey’s Cafe in Dublin

Audrey’s Café is one of the few eateries on the stretch of State Route 101 between Wilton and Keene.  If you’re in the area and a little peckish, it’s definitely worth a stop.  20130622_121238-1-1

Audrey’s motto is “Classic Meals with a Twist,” which is borne out by their extensive menu.  Everything is prepared to order.  Their breakfast menu has everything you would expect, with interesting variations on some traditional dishes, like their Seafood Omelet with Mornay sauce, and Creole Eggs (a type of eggs benedict) with a hint of New Orleans.

Their lunch and dinner menu features sixteen sandwich and wrap offerings as well as comfort dishes like meatloaf, pot roast, and pork pie (a classic tourtiere).  Their six types of burgers include a Cheddar Turkey Burger and a Black n Bleu Burger.  Hearty pasta, fish, and rib meals are great for lunch or dinner.  Salads, appetizers, and daily specials round out the menu.  Desserts include chocolate mousse, ice cream, etc.  Almost all entrees are priced at $ 10.00 or less.

The waitstaff is friendly and very competent, and make you feel at home. The décor is “country casual,” with booths and tables a spaced comfortably apart and several windows letting natural light in.

Audrey’s Café is located at 13 Main Street (State Route 101) in Dublin, near the Marlborough border.  Audrey’s serves breakfast and lunch on Sundays and Tuesdays through Saturdays, and adds dining hours on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings; closed Mondays. (Hours subject to change; check out their facebook page for current schedule.)