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Whole Foods Nashua??

Considering the amount of anticipation the opening of WF caused on the Northern New England board since 2010, I'm surprised more comments have not been left since the opening. It's half the size of the WF in Fresh Pond; positives are the selection of fish which goes well beyond the usual cod, salmon, tuna at most other places. I saw bluefish, chilean sea bass and pineapple planked salmon. Some good cheap wine selections under $4. Massive amounts of yogurt. The cheese selection is limited; Angela's Pasta and Cheese has a wider and deeper selection. The meat department at Fresh Market is better. The selection of ethnic food is pathetic; go to Lanna Asian Market down the street. The fresh vegetable selection is smaller than Market Basket, though the selection of mushrooms is local and interesting. Overall, not quite the WOW factor that many of us were expecting, but a good addition to the choices we already enjoy, between farm stands, specialty markets and other grocery chains.

Aug 30, 2014
whs in Northern New England

What is your favorite bakery in or around Manchester?

Finesse Patisserie on Elm Street is very good, though more French than Italian. Campo Enoteca sells whole loaves of their rustic Italian bread, which is unbeatable.

Jul 20, 2014
whs in Northern New England

Local seafood institution Newick's is closing

There's always the Weathervane... ;)

Jun 27, 2014
whs in Northern New England

Campo enoteca is open

It's great. The roast chicken is sublime. They make their own fresh ricotta, served with rustic house made grilled bread. Fresh inhouse pastas. Polenta fries. Nice staff.

Jun 27, 2014
whs in Northern New England

Tek-Nique (Bedford, NH)

I've had great meals there including brunch. Far better than the Copper Door down the road. Funny, was talking last night about C.R. Sparks and how Bedford lost its clubhouse when that place closed.

Jun 27, 2014
whs in Northern New England

FOOD SPECIALS IN MANCHESTER/SOUTHERN NH

$1 oysters at Bedford Village Inn on weeknights, 4 course prix fixe dinner at Hanover Street Chophouse on Sunday nights.

Jun 27, 2014
whs in Northern New England

Tek-Nique (Bedford, NH)

Why didn't you say something to the manager?

Jun 22, 2014
whs in Northern New England

Highest and Lowest State Liquor Taxes - I NEED TO MOVE!!!

To give you an idea how dependent New Hampshire is on liquor revenue, the main north/south highways are lined with combination rest stop/liquor stores. A half gallon of Grey Goose vodka is about $20 cheaper here than in NY. The state motto is "Drink booze, freeze and die".

Mar 05, 2014
whs in Spirits
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New Indian Restaurant, Manchester NH

Feb 23, 2014
whs in Northern New England

Oh seriously... Not another tipping thread!

My mother is so cheap I have to physically restrain her from pocketing money I have left as a tip.

Duck to cook

If you've never cooked a duck before, it will be a good starter duck. Try a few before you invest in a d'Artagnan from Savenour's.

Jan 25, 2014
whs in Northern New England

How to clean cast iron skillet without having to reseason

After cooking I let the pan sit til the next day. I then reheat the pan, get as much of the grease out with paper towels. I then run the pan under very hot water to get rid of the residual grease. Then add kosher salt and use a scrubby thing to really absorb what's left. After rinsing with again with hot water, I put it back on the stove and let it get to light smoke. Turn off the stove and let it sit.

Jan 10, 2014
whs in Cookware

Duck to cook

fyi, we roasted the duck with turnips, potatoes and olives and it was delicious.

Jan 09, 2014
whs in Northern New England

Looking for the Best Burgers in NH

Wild Rover Pub in Manchester NH.

Jan 09, 2014
whs in Northern New England

Duck to cook

BJ's in Hooksett was selling whole fresh (i.e. not frozen) Maple Leaf duck today. Got one for $14. There were 3 or 4 left. There are many preparations for a roast duck; I find the simpler the prep the better.

Jan 04, 2014
whs in Northern New England

Costly culinary tools that you own that don't get much use, or that have caused you buyers remorse.

my iddly steamer, my dosai pan, my professional mandoline, my upright chicken roaster (actually, that one cost $5).

Dec 29, 2013
whs in Cookware

Alibaba Supermarket in Manchester NH

Stopped by Ali Baba yesterday. I wish them well, but they seem under-capitalized and over-ambitious. I was expecting to find sides of goat and lamb, a gorgeous array of stuffed grape leaves, kibbe and other prepared foods, but the selection was extremely limited. They had a beautiful selection of gelati, all untouched. Lots of upscale, environmentally friendly household products. They send a mixed message - they are trying to be Whole Foods, A-Market and an ethnic market at the same time. Somebody had a vision, but it is a disorienting place to shop.

Dec 29, 2013
whs in Northern New England

Duck to cook

I am pretty sure Fresh Market would order a fresh duck for you. Also Market Basket is pretty good about special orders. We bought a bunch of sweetbreads that someone had special ordered and did not pick up.

Dec 29, 2013
whs in Northern New England

Blood Farm fire - Groton MA

Just heard on the news that a fire has destroyed historic Blood Farm butcher in Groton. Fire started in the smokehouse.

Dec 29, 2013
whs in Northern New England

Banh Mi in Manchester NH

For those of you jonesing for a banh mi sandwich since Saigon Market closed, Golden Bowl is now preparing them for take-out on Saturday and Sunday. $4.95 for a good sized crusty baguette stuffed with pork, grilled beef or sliced meats. (actually, they are fresher than the ones at Saigon...)

Dec 29, 2013
whs in Northern New England

Sushi lunch near Manchester today!

Too late to help you, but Asian Breeze in Hooksett (same plaza as Ocean State Job Lots) has decent sushi. More interesting is their "special" menu with odd animal parts and hot pot dishes.

Dec 26, 2013
whs in Northern New England

Manchester NH: Republic owners opening a new Italian place

hand made pasta and salumerie, on track for spring.

Dec 21, 2013
whs in Northern New England

Dry Brining Chicken With Salt Instead of Wet Brining

we dry brined the cavity of the turkey with salt, lemon zest and the usual dried herbs - sage, oregano, rosemary. Let in sit uncovered in the fridge for two days and the result was a moist, seasoned bird. Counter-intuitive but it worked. Letting the skin dry out made for crispy goodness.

Dec 01, 2013
whs in Home Cooking

Please Critique our Paris Itinerary December 2013

Rouen = La Couronne. http://www.lacouronne.com.fr/

Nov 25, 2013
whs in France

Lunch near Palace Theater, Manchester NH

Is Belmont Hall too low-brow? http://www.belmonthall.net/

Nov 25, 2013
whs in Northern New England

Lunch near Palace Theater, Manchester NH

Agreed. Horrible.

Nov 25, 2013
whs in Northern New England

New Hampshire Inn for Thanksgiving

Stonehedge Inn in Tyngsboro MA: http://www.stonehedgeinnandspa.com/d/...

Bedford Village Inn in Bedford NH:
http://www.bedfordvillageinn.com/d/be...

Nov 24, 2013
whs in Northern New England

Lunch near Palace Theater, Manchester NH

Sure, it's the casual restaurant. http://www.bedfordvillageinn.com/tave...

Nov 24, 2013
whs in Northern New England

Lunch near Palace Theater, Manchester NH

Go to the Tavern at the BVI. The seniors always like that place. Otherwise, there's Chen Yang Li for Chinese or the Purple Finch for sandwiches.

Nov 24, 2013
whs in Northern New England

Need help with communicating allergies in Japan

We asked for a shellfish free dinner at a famed Kyoto restaurant and after the waitress and manager said "hai" several times and bowed, my husband's meal came with a beautiful shrimp garnish. I guess removing it destroyed the incredible presentation.

Nov 17, 2013
whs in Japan