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Whole Foods Nashua??

I plan to be clawing at the doors like a walker as they open them for the first time..

Aug 20, 2013
cringle22 in Northern New England

Whole Foods Nashua??

A surprise b/c we'd never expect a MB to move out of a viable location, but it all makes sense in the end.
I am psyched that WF is on my side of the highway!

Aug 14, 2013
cringle22 in Northern New England

Whole Foods Nashua??

Yeah, I have a bad feeling that a Nashua area WF might be tempted to lean towards the commuter 'burbs to the east than to the west. More critical mass. Wishful thinking on my part. The location across from Fresh Market though... it's also near a particularly good Hannafords.

Aug 08, 2013
cringle22 in Northern New England

Whole Foods Nashua??

The S&S Bedford location is across from a Fresh Market, so that bodes well for the demographics of the location.

The S&S Milford location is intriguing. Right at the intersection of 101A and 101, close to many towns that I'd think would be Whole Foods friendly due to either wealth or crunchiness...

I think both locations are large enough to support a Wegmans, or another MarketBasket Deluxe.

Aug 07, 2013
cringle22 in Northern New England

Nashua area news?

Last I checked Phil's BBQ trailer in Miford (last year), they pretty much just offered brisket, beef ribs (not pork), and pulled pork. While the pulled pork is nicely smoked, what I'd want to see most is pork ribs! And chicken! but maybe chicken isn't feasible - smoke it, refire it to order, yet keep it from drying out, etc.

Apr 16, 2013
cringle22 in Northern New England

Nashua area news?

Meat House > Bare Bonz

Bare Bonz is always deserted, even before their better snazzier neighbor moved in across the street.

To each their own, but I'd bet $ that Bare Bonz isn't at that location a year from now.

Apr 04, 2013
cringle22 in Northern New England

"Polynesian" style Chinese restaurants

I'm almost ashamed to say I enjoyed it. Yeah, the uncleanliness is kindof a problem. The lounge clientele isn't exactly ... vibrant either.

Feb 06, 2013
cringle22 in Northern New England

Jakes Ice Cream closes retail shop in Amherst, but lives on

If I were in that location, I'd want to scram before dark too...

Feb 06, 2013
cringle22 in Northern New England

Crush Pizzeria, Nashua?

I tried the Polpete... the mozz tasted like goat cheese ... disappointing.

Feb 06, 2013
cringle22 in Northern New England

Jakes Ice Cream closes retail shop in Amherst, but lives on

Relocated to Palm Court, Nashua... so let's see how premium ice cream plays out in the barrio...
Pints sold through Harvest Markets
Also supplying Villa Blanca, Giorgios, and Copper Door

Jan 23, 2013
cringle22 in Northern New England

"Polynesian" style Chinese restaurants

haha... not even. While the restaurant has an extensive selection of Chop Suey and Chow Mein -just to show they're serious!- this was straight up spaghetti with a gob of meat sauce sitting on top, with asian flavors. They call it "Peking Meat Sauce Noodle"

Jan 23, 2013
cringle22 in Northern New England

"Polynesian" style Chinese restaurants

Haluwa by the Christmas Tree Shops/former Nashua Mall? Yep. That relic is still here. I can only imagine that place it's heyday... there had to have been tiki lamps and those head statue things...
I had a bizzare dish there that was essentially spaghetti with a ground meat ragu, except asian-iflavored. It was laughably inauthentic but pretty damn good too.

Jan 11, 2013
cringle22 in Northern New England

This might be the other shoe dropping in the Whole Foods Nashua saga

http://bostonherald.com/business/busi...

The Shaws right off Exit 2 on the D-Dub in So. Nashua would be a good location for a WF.

As far as I know it might be a successful Shaws and the parent wouldn't flip it... but there was a Star in Winchester MA that got flipped to a WF under this same ownership, so there's precedent

Trader Joes obviously believes in the location..

Jan 11, 2013
cringle22 in Northern New England

New chocolate shop on 101A Amherst

It is good.

Jan 08, 2013
cringle22 in Northern New England

Portland Area Restaurants of Days Gone By....

hah.. given the current foodie scene in Portland this is NOT where I expected the convo to go.

But I too fondly remember York's steakhouse... Burlington Mall, MA

Tell me more about Vallees... before my time

Jan 08, 2013
cringle22 in Northern New England

Memphis BBQ and Blues

I would love a great BBQ joint... but yeah, from what I heard they were meh, and expensive. Bumma because BBQ Cart Guy doesn't do pork ribs

Jan 08, 2013
cringle22 in Northern New England

Whole Foods Nashua??

WF is too busy taking a Dunkin'-like approach to oversaturating our neighbor to the immediate south.

Nov 01, 2012
cringle22 in Northern New England

Best Artisanal Butter in New England

I like Kates ... and even did a drive by of the home office last wkd visiting my parents in OOB (its a plain old house in a residential neighborhood... with a Kate's Butter semi parked in the driveway....
... but it just strikes me as really good plain plain ol' butter

Nov 01, 2012
cringle22 in Northern New England

Lunch on Route Between Boston and Augusta, ME

POPEYES - right off the Maine Tpke Ogunquit service station! Northbound only

Aug 15, 2012
cringle22 in Northern New England

What is your biggest recipe pet peeve?

Recipes that throw in obscure, pain-in-the-ass-to-get, "obstacle" ingredients, unless they truly are vital.

Aug 09, 2012
cringle22 in Home Cooking

The best thing your school cafeteria served

lets see, Tuesdays were meatball sub day, Wednesdays were still-partially-frozen square pizza day, and Thursday..... pastrami sub day!

Bold choice for a school caf, and they pulled it off well!

Aug 01, 2012
cringle22 in General Topics

Really Crappy Unhealthy Disgusting Toe-curling Junkfood!

In terms of fat, calories and carbs, any cream based soup in a bread bowl at Panera crushes most of the 'junk' food described here.

Aug 01, 2012
cringle22 in General Topics

They really should be more clear about this!

How would you suggest that the package could have been labeled better?

It seems like what you're really saying is that you would have preferred the package to contain 50% less product than it did.

Aug 01, 2012
cringle22 in General Topics

Food packaging that you love/hate?

Dog food (kibble) bags. With all the advances in dog food, you'd think more manufacturers would use easier to open and seal, or even re-sealable bags.

Aug 01, 2012
cringle22 in General Topics

Salt and Black Pepper?

The judges on Top Chef regularly boot cheftestants for oversalting. It's like THE single most surefire reliable way to get booted.

I like other peppers too, but black pepper imparts a distinct flavor. I'll add it even when I'm using much more exotic peppers. It's got, I dunno... a "stabilizing" quality to it.

Aug 01, 2012
cringle22 in Home Cooking

Tara Commons Nashua,NH WholeFoods maybe?

a recent legit news story indicated WF has already signed a lease in Nashua, but they have corporate reasons for not releasing the location publicly yet. That would suggest an existing location.

Aug 01, 2012
cringle22 in Northern New England

En route to Loon Mountain along 293 or 93?

theres a common man in lincoln and ashland right off the hwy

Jul 27, 2012
cringle22 in Northern New England

When a review mentions the chef/bartender/server by name, is it legit?

I wasn't really thinking in terms of 3 star or celeberity chef restaurants - I was thinking more local, no-name chef places. It often strikes me that the reviewer may be a friend or colleague of the chef, or the business owner or the chef himself.

Jul 26, 2012
cringle22 in Not About Food

When a review mentions the chef/bartender/server by name, is it legit?

I've seen alot of glowing reviews of places where the reviewer mentions the chef by name (e.g. "Chef Anthony does a great job!", etc.), not just here but in Yelp and alot of other on-line boards like this.

I'm beginning to believe that these types of reviews are usually shills. I've written alot of glowing reviews, and never once have I thought to call out the chef or any other staff by name.

In fact, my opinion of The Bedford Inn is all about the chefs. I think the previous chef (don't even recall his name but recall he worked at Bellagio Las Vegas prior to TBI) had head-and-shoulders above-and-beyond skills, and that the new one is fine but not transcendently great ... but even then I didn't think to call out either chef by name.

Do you ever name the chef in your reviews?

Jul 25, 2012
cringle22 in Not About Food

What is the closest New England equivalent to an In-N-Out burger?

I guess I'd have to say Five Guys is the closest to In & Out, in that the fries are the same idea, and you can customize your 5G burger to pretty much replicate your I&O burger.
Mmm.... now you've got me jonesing for I&O.

Jul 25, 2012
cringle22 in Northern New England