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[13 Nov 2008|12:43pm]

sublimefish
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Update-X-Files Movie Meet Saturday 7/26/08 [22 Jul 2008|06:28am]

wally_wabbit
The local showtimes have just been posted and we will be heading to the 3:45pm showtime at Entertainment Cinemas in Seymour, CT on Saturday (7/26) followed by Dinner right after the show at Zoi's Pizza up the road for 6pm.

A reminder message will be posted late Thursday.

The early admission price at this theater is $6.00 and dinner will be in the $7-$20 range.

We will likely head to my apartment a block away from the restaurant and we will likely go out for ice cream after dinner digests.

If you are planning to attend please let me know no later that Friday the 25th in the event I need to inform the restaurant of a large group. Please send a private email to wallyfox 98 at hotmail.com.

Directions are below the cut to the theater along with directions from the theater to the restaurant.Collapse )
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NYE [23 Jan 2008|12:07pm]

sublimefish
I've decided to end the New Years Eve tradition of eating Chinese food for dinner...

It's hard work with little pay off... People crowd the lobby of your favorite restaurant,while waiting for a take-out order they called in 4 hours prior.

It takes an hour for them to seat you and one other guest, because they won't take reservations -- just on New Years Eve.

You finally sit down, and you get a smaller version of their regular menu, called "New Years Eve Menu" -- with the most popular dishes, only.

They take longer than usual to get the food to your table, and once it's there it tastes different -- under cooked, lacking freshness, and small portioned.

After this under-par meal, I asked myself... why? Why does EVERYONE get Chinese food on NYE? I don't really have to, so next year I'm going for Japanese Steak House, or Thai!
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vanilla coke is back, bitches! [02 Jun 2007|02:01pm]

sublimefish
Olivia's Pizza
379 Amherst St
Nashua, NH



A pleasant surprise, actually. I had given up on local sub/pizza shops (since nothing has measured up to Giovanni's lately), but this place is great... The prices are pretty standard for your typical sub/salad/pizza/fried/take-out restaurant. I ordered the Grilled Chicken Cesar Salad, with a Vanilla Coke! I nearly passed out when i realized what I saw in front of me... The very soda that I fell in love with years ago, that had been discontinued for stupid-fucking Cherry/Vanilla Coke! I had no idea it was coming back, and I am very excited about it!! Anyway, the chicken had been marinating in something delicious, was grilled to perfection, and stuffed inside a pretty big salad. The croutons were a little stale, but who eats those anyway? My friends got pizza -again- and loved it. I have yet to try it, as this was my first visit.

Highly recommended!
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cool site [31 May 2007|11:08pm]

sublimefish
I came across this website tonight:

http://www.explorenewengland.com/travel?special=specials/restaurants/

you can choose between American, Family Friendly, Seafood, Chinese, or Italian. Then you can choose a state from New England, and sort their list by price, rating, or alphabetical.

I'm curious about most of the places this list came up with... haven't heard of many of the non-chain restaurants.

As much as I like reading reviews and seeing a price rating, I don't know if I trust these critics.
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Not Bad. [29 May 2007|11:36am]

sublimefish
Szechuan Garden
108 Fisherville Road
Concord, NH 03303



After hearing great reviews about this restaurant I was very excited to try it. I was recommended the Sesame Chicken, tried it and wasn't very satisfied. I think the chicken itself tasted great. It was tender and juicy. The sauce however lacked even the slightest hint of Sesame. I want my sesame chicken covered in sesame seeds, not lost in the sauce all over the plate!

The atmosphere was kind of nice... quiet, clean, a pretty nice wait staff. The prices were definitely less than a typical Chinese Restaurant... I'm glad it was cheaper than what I pay at Lilac Blossom, because it definitely wasn't as delicious.

Lilac Blossom is still the best!
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Good Review [23 Mar 2007|10:51am]

sublimefish
The Airport Diner
Brown Ave (exit 2, off 293)
Manchester, NH

The Airport Diner
is conveniently located off the exit you take to get to the Manchester Airport. It's attached to the Holiday Inn, so it's very easy to find upon your first visit. The Diner has plenty of "old school, 50's diner" attributes... with an all around theme of "planes". As for the food, it wasn't the best breakfast I've ever had, but it was definitely excellent compared to most greasy-spoon diners. Actually, it's probably one of the better breakfasts I've had in the Southern New Hampshire area. I ordered a Coffee, a blueberry pancake, home fried potatoes, and 2 eggs scrambled. The portion size was perfect for me, but probably not for a big-breakfast eater... [however I ordered one of the smaller meals on the menu.] Our waitress was really cool, our booth was comfortable, and the price was right. I would definitely eat there again.

make it a stop on your next trip to or from the airport!
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[20 Jan 2007|10:14pm]

awkwardduckling
[ mood | full ]

For lunch today my friend Catie and I went to Zaftigs, on Harvard St. in Brookline. She'd been there once before and got a breakfast she really liked, and I'd never been. We got there around 2, and the place was packed. We were told it would be about a half an hour wait, but ten or fifteen minutes into that a waitress going by mentioned that there were plenty of seats at the counter, so we scooted over and snagged two. We were immediately given bagel chips with a tasty cream-cheesy(?) dip, and the rest of the service was quick as well. Catie got a tuna melt and a baked potato. I guess there wasn't any mayo in the tuna, which she found unusual but not unpleasant, and the potato was good. I got a meatloaf melt, which had a good sized chunk of meatloaf that I think probably had barbecue sauce in it with tomato, cheese, and cajun ketchup on a bulkie roll. It was really delicious, and I want to go back soon to get some knishes.

Later in the day we were still on Harvard, but down in Allston where it intersects Brighton Ave. at Herrell's. I got some hot chocolate that I have to admit was mediocre, and Catie got a steamed milk with a shot of gingerbread flavoring that she said was really good. It was way too cold for it, but in general that place has super excellent malt vanilla ice cream that I love. It is also pretty much my favorite place around Boston for people watching. So many hipsters!

While I'm blathering... Dunkin Donuts' white hot chocolate... thumbs up.

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[18 Jan 2007|03:14pm]

kittybrat
[ mood | hungry ]

It takes me awhile, but I come up with some entries for here every so often.

Olive Garden
I've only been to Olive Garden two or three times, but it was all in the past year (whenever someone leaves the company or sometimes just for the heck of it, the owner and my boss will take us all out for lunch) save for one time a couple of years ago.

A couple of years ago I went to the Manchester, NH, one and got ravioli and there might have been an appetizer. The ravioli was good and filling... but that's ALL there was. I'm a fan of variety in my dining, which means smaller portions and a few different things on my plate. I wasn't very satisfied with the meal, but it was alright. The wait to be seated, however, was ridiculous. I wasn't very happy with my visit that time.

Upon going back this past year (to the... it's either in Nashua, NH, or Tyngsborough, MA - I'm not sure and it's on the line), I only remember the latest experience, which was a good one. I got the Chicken Roma, which was so delicious I wanted to go back for more. The waiter was very nice, funny, prompt and attentative (which can sometimes be hard for a party of 10), which I very much appreciated. Between those two examples - the waitstaff and meal - I can honestly say that I'd go back.


Longhorn Steakhouse in [south] Nashua, NH
I've been to this Longhorn twice - once a few months ago for lunch and then last week for supper. The lunch experience was good - no wait, fast service, good food - I got the chicken fingers with a baked sweet potato (with butter and cinnamon!) and french fries. The experience last week was bad at first, but then turned out to be very good.

The bad: We waited for over an hour. Now, it was a Friday night and it was to be expected, but the wait pissed us off for a slightly different reason. When my mom gave our name (for smoking), she was told the wait was 50-60 minutes (she thought she heard something less than 30 minutes, but she's wrong). About 10 or 20 minutes later, my mom changed our name to whichever section was open first, because she realized the wait would be longer if she didn't. Fast forward about 40 more minutes... three separate parties of two were seated before us (that came in long after us), including these two people and their toddler, who had been waiting for less than 15 minutes! My mom unfortunately had to be snippy with the hostess so we could finally be seated.

The good: Our waitress ended up being an old neighbor of ours! It was nice to have a familiar face and it was nice to hear her and my mom catch up. She didn't charge us for our drinks (which was awesome, but not necessary), she brought my mom some ice cream for her birthday (without the embarassing happy birthday parade that those restaurants do) and, simply as a waitress, she was great. She was prompt and attentative - we didn't even have to ask for drink refills, which I think is key. Also, the food was *great*. I got the same thing I got the last time. My mom got a 7oz steak - which didn't even need steak sauce. Everything was perfect.

I'd suggest trying it out, regardless of the trouble with the seating.


Panera Bread in [north] Nashua, NH *and* [south] Nashua, NH
I've talked about PB before, I'm sure, so I won't get into too much here. All I'll say is that I finally strayed away from the Sierra Turkey (which has been "my" sandwich since they opened here in Nashua) and tried the Smokehouse Turkey(?) sandwich. It has bacon, smoked chedder and turkey on it and it's on delicious bread. I like getting that in the "you pick two" option along with the Fuji Apple Chicken salad - minus the disgusting gorgonzola cheese.

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[08 Jan 2007|06:40pm]

sublimefish
I consider the following restaurants in the same "class" of chain. 
and here's what i think of each of them...

Ninety Nine: It really is the best in my opinion. more than enough good choices, and very reasonably priced!
  
Chili's: tastey at first, until all the grease settles in.

Applebees: steadily becoming Chili's.

TGIFridays: (see applebees) with horrible service to boot.

Uno's Chicago Bar & Grill: With the exception of the specialty pizza's, waaaaay too over-priced!
 
Ruby Tuesdays: Never liked the fact that a manager once approached my table to warn me about their anti-salad sharing policy, but now i'm not a fan of their $2.29 cokes, nor the small portioned spinach & artichoke dip.

Shorty's: ... what's the point?
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[08 Jan 2007|06:33pm]

sublimefish

I recently found out that the Lilac Blossom on East Dunstable road in Nashua, NH failed 2 health inspections last year [2006]. One of them was for storing chicken in a warm temperature. 

Needless to say, I'll only be eating at the Amherst Street location from now on!

I also realized how stupid i've been for spending too much money on chinese food... think about it... Sesame Chicken, General Taos, etc. Usually $10-14, and usually dark, chewy meat. Anywhere else that kind of money would get you large portions of ALL WHITE MEAT. So why is it so expensive to get dark meat at a Chinese restaurant?



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[04 Dec 2006|06:54pm]

awkwardduckling
[ mood | cheerful ]

last Friday I went to the San Fransisco Kitchen in Nashua. I'd been there once before and wasn't particularly impressed, but this time everything was great! I got the hot and sour soup, which was much more filling than expected and really delicious, and then the Maui Maki, which were sushi rolls with shrimp and pineapple and a bit of sweet mayo on top. I saw the bartender making something or other frozen and told him that it really made me want an oreo smoothie, and he replied "I can do that!" and did! (admittedly, I am friends with the kid, but in general he seems to make people what they want pretty well, I think) The friend I went with really enjoyed everything she got too, though it was a bit more expensive than the dinners we usually get. In general, though... thumbs up!

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A few notes. [04 Dec 2006|03:57pm]

kittybrat
Of recent, I've experienced a couple of new places (new to me, of course):

1. Olivia's. This is a little pizza/sub shop off of Exit 8 in Nashua, NH (same plaza as Applebee's). I was told by two good friends that the pizza is delicious, but my friend and I actually only got subs when we went. They were really good! I don't remember what I got (sorry), but it was very, very tasty. The man working there - manager? owner? - was very friendly, nice and funny. While eating there, we noticed a few customers that came in who he recognized from previous visits, which lead me to believe that he cares enough about his customers to pay attention to them and greet them as returning customers when they do return. I think that it's that kind of hospitality that is a huge contributor to making a person go back to a restaurant.



2. The 99 in Nashua, NH (off of exit 7E). Not a fan, but it wasn't that bad either. I went for the first time the other night and I wasn't impressed. I tried the BBQ turkey tips which my friends are hardcore fans of, which came with cole slaw, real mashed potatoes and a biscuit. Here are my pros and cons:
Pros:
- the turkey tips were alright.
- the biscuit was DELICIOUS, even reheated (I took most of it home)
- the mashed potatoes were real (appreciated) and very, very good.
- the waitress was nice and attentative, which is important.
- the table and seating was comfortable for me - the back of the book is flat and hard, but the seat cushion is soft and comfy. I really appreciate that.
- the atmosphere was alright.
- the food portions were good, and the meal wasn't skimpy nor too big - you really got your money's worth.

Cons:
- the parking lot was ridiculous to get into.
- the turkey tips, while being alright, were cooked on a grill (like if you were to have a cookout), which meant that, since they were small chunks of meat, all I tasted was the burnt grill part. they were definitely better heated up the next day.


So I only have two cons to a lot more pros, but I'm not sure I'll go back there often. Since I didn't hate it, I'll definitely try it again.



I thought I had a few more places, but I can't remember. I'm not good at food reviews anyway.
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[29 Nov 2006|05:29pm]

ennuiislife
Anyone know of any growers using sustainable/grass-fed/organic farming techniques for raising livestock in the greater Boston area? I'd love to talk to some actual farmers on the subject.

Kate
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Spanky's [12 Sep 2006|10:30pm]

spam_and_eggs05
My mom and I were down The Cape in Hyannis a little while ago and had a pretty nice meal at Spanky's Clam Shack down there. Their clam chowder was the BEST I have ever had, and I have had a lot of chowder. It was creamy, but not too thick and it was very smooth. Sometimes, chowder can be almost metallic tasting? I guess you could call it. But this chowder was just phenomenal. It was actually better than my meal.

Speaking of the meal, I got a lobster casserole, which was about $23. It was good, but it was served with corn on the cob (good) and 2 boiled red potatoes, which were ok. I would have preferred mashed, which they didn't have, but it was supposed to be traditional New England style, so that's the reason for the boiled I suppose. The casserole itself was good, but a little smaller than other casseroles I've had for less money.

Basically, the chowder was the star of the dinner, although the rest of it wasn't bad. Atmosphere was nice too. There was a singer there also playing guitar, so that was a nice touch.
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[27 Aug 2006|05:16pm]

awkwardduckling
[ mood | hungry ]

I'd like to recommend The Peddler's Daughter in Nashua. I tend to get the corned beef melt, and it's quite delicious. Friday, however, I tried one of the specials for the night, the Irish curry. It was chicken, onions, carrots, and probably a few other vegetables in some sauce. Then there was an island of rice with raisins in it, and on top of that a flaky pastry filled with baby spinach leaves and topped in small chunks of apple. It was pretty strange at first, but really grew on me.
The kid I went with liked his sandwich but was weirded out by the (I think??) homemade ketchup. But then again he considered getting a chicken caesar wrap "adventurous," so what does he know.

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Good Rockport eat... [29 Jul 2006|11:41pm]

spam_and_eggs05
I was in Rockport, MA with my aunt this evening and we went to Brackett's on the beach. Here's the scoop on our eats...

Appetizer: Coconut shrimp; nice and sweet. They were pretty big, too. I don't recall the price, but whatever it was, they were worth it :)

Entrees: We both got the lobster casserole, which was great. The filling (besides lobster) was cream, butter, and sherry; I liked it because the other ingredients went well with the lobster, but didn't overpower it. Each plate was $22.95, which isn't too bad for lobster, and came with potato, veggie, and salad. There was a ton of seafood on the menu, the place being in Rockport, but there was also steak and some chicken. Prices all around weren't bad.

Dessert: I had apple pie ala mode ($3.95) and she had grapenut custard ($2-3). I really liked mine and she didn't complain about hers, so I'm assuming it was good. One thing I liked about them was they weren't huge; they were portioned just right. I hate when places give you a giant dessert that you can never finish.

Complaints: I had asked for clam chowder with my meal and they *gasp* didn't have any! It was on the menu, but I guess they ran out, so the waitress offered me fish chowder. I asked what fish they used in it and she didn't seem to know the answer, so I didn't get it. She seemed a little on the unenthusiastic side compared to the rest of the staff, but there's one in every restaurant I guess.

Overall, the place was nice. Good atmosphere, too; nice views of the ocean and all. I would recommend it.
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birthday dinner in portsmouth? [23 Jul 2006|02:34pm]

allli
hi all,

i need a fun, good, reasonably-priced (less than $18/plate) restaurant in Portsmouth NH for a birthday dinner tomorrow night (Monday). a bunch of us are going to Water Country for the afternoon/evening and then will need a place to eat out. there will be some vegetarians, but i think they eat fish. total number of people will be 6-8. ethnic food would be fine, funky food would be good; where should we go?

x-posted.

thanks!
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[09 Jul 2006|04:01pm]

hhoal
[ mood | hungry ]

So, I just found this community, and as my introduction I figure I'll post a recommendation for the Neptune Oyster. The Neptune Oyster is located in Boston's North End, and I went with my dad for Father's Day.

It was a tiny little restaurant with maybe 4 tables, and 15 bar stools. The decor was clean, refreshing and classy. After checking out the short menu we ordered two different types of raw oysters(my first, but they were delicious!), the names of which I don't remember but they were firm and easier to chew than sushi. I highly recommend them to anyone who hasn't tried raw oysters before. They're very refreshing, maybe a little slimy, but not hard to chew or slurp down if you prefer. I would suggest taking a moment to chew so you can taste all the flavors described on the raw oyster menu.

My dad ordered the cioppino, or the fish stew with saffron rice, and I ordered the hot lobster roll with butter.
The lobster was on a crescent like bun(not those silly hot dog buns), and it was stuffed beyond capacity. The lobster was fresh and succulent with butter rather than mayo(which I hate). The fries were salted with sea salt and were some of the best I've tried in a long time.
My dad's cioppino was delicious! It had two mussels, two clams, two large shrimp, two squares of salmon and two of a white fish, like halibut, I wasn't sure. All on a bed of saffron rice. About 6 whole cloves of garlic were used for the broth creating a wonderful scent and no need to add salt or pepper to enhance flavor. We loved the dish before we even tried it because we could smell the garlic being sauteed beforehand.

Both dishes were incredible, and whenever I have a chance to go to the North End again and spend 30 or so dollars on a meal(19 for my lobster roll, and average of 2.50 per raw oyster) for myself then I'm going back. Neither my dad nor I were disappointed with anything.

Also, the beer and wine selection was extensive.
If you love seafood, and raw oysters the Neptune Oyster is a place you MUST try out.


Mmmmmmm

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