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New Hampshire Shopping Trip

check out the Sweet Maple Cafe for lunch (and breakfast if thats an option)
really good food, well priced and presented.

The spiced french toast is "beyond the pale" as my father would say.

http://sweetmaplecafenh.com/

1 day ago
grumpyspatient in Northern New England

Best Lobster Rolls in Portsmouth NH

Try B & G Boathouse, out toward Wentworth by the Sea.
Good lobster options, reasonable prices. Sit on the deck, its pretty good.

http://bgsboathouse.com/index.php

Jul 29, 2014
grumpyspatient in Northern New England

Grocery store on our way?

Philbricks Fresh Market in Portsmouth might cover what you need, but it is pricey...more so than whole foods.
http://www.philbricksfreshmarket.com/

Jul 28, 2014
grumpyspatient in Northern New England

Two dinners in Portsmouth - please help

Do put Jumpin Jay's Fish Cafe on your list. Very fresh fish and a really nice bar to sit and sip and share some apps.
http://www.jumpinjays.com/menu.html

Jul 23, 2014
grumpyspatient in Northern New England

Cafeteria Food - Universities and Hospitals

Mass General! i was in for a few different stays...not too bad. and they had lots of placards letting you know how healthy your choices were.
Umass Lowell...my oldest attends...some of the best tater tots ever. and the desserts certainly looked pretty good. He missed the freshman 15 cause of all the walking he did.

Jul 20, 2014
grumpyspatient in General Topics

Lobster Blues

13-perfect age for that...my kids said bones cause they knew they had those themselves but didn't quite get the outside shell concept. and I think I kinda kept the live lobsters from them before cooking...that whole don't eat a pet/animal you named concept. (really OT now!)

Jul 20, 2014
grumpyspatient in General Topics

Lobster Blues

I meant shells, the kids called them bones when they were younger..."look at that pile of bones" after we over indulged. Sorry

Jul 20, 2014
grumpyspatient in General Topics

Lobster Blues

A little OT I know but does anyone steam/cook lobsters by pulling legs and tails off and just throwing those into the pot? cooking the bodies and bones later for stock?
I'm not really squeamish about doing this, it just goes against 30+ years of cooking habit.

Jul 20, 2014
grumpyspatient in General Topics

Sunday Lunchtime Steak?

No real views to speak of, but would the Kenmore or South End Petit Robert work? They offer steak frites on the Sunday menu, white table clothes and a little attitude.
And are open at 11:00. The menus do vary a little.
http://petitrobertbistro.com/

Jul 15, 2014
grumpyspatient in Greater Boston Area

Boston Hounds Moving North

congrats, a great walk around town. If you are fan of good cheese check out Joppa Fine Foods, I think its Water Street. Really interesting selection and they have pretty good prepared food too.
http://www.joppafinefoods.com/

Jul 15, 2014
grumpyspatient in Greater Boston Area
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Boston to Storyland... Any good roadfood?

I would recommend Cafe Nostimo, its not right off RT 95, but worth the additional 5 -10 minute drive.
real good solid greek food, the chicken fingers are the best we've had in a while.
and you avoid being in downtown Portsmouth. Which is a great city but not a quick in and out.
the exit for Nostimo is before you branch off toward Conway.
http://www.cafenostimo.com/

Jul 14, 2014
grumpyspatient in Northern New England

searching for great ginger ale

Blenheim is the best (imho), but you can't get it locally, we order from the website.

http://www.blenheimgingerale.com/

Jul 13, 2014
grumpyspatient in Greater Boston Area

Frills in Ogunquit

Yes, that's the one, next to a church (that's a gift shop now). big umbrella with tables and a bar too.
never been for dinner but we like it after the beach for lunch.

Jul 01, 2014
grumpyspatient in Northern New England

Frills in Ogunquit

We made it to Ogunquit Beach early yesterday. It was a beautiful day, nice breeze off the ocean. Lots of walking, no swimming though. The water was still pretty cold.
We ended up at Frills for lunch, an outdoor cafe that's been open for a while.
We split the fried clams for openers, they were perfect, not too breaded and just the right size bellies. So good. I'm not a big tartar sauce fan but I enjoyed theirs very much.
DC had the fried haddock sandwich. Lettuce and tomato on a toasted brioche. Looked very good, and disappeared pretty quickly.
I had lobster salad on a croissant. Fair amount of lobster, could of used a touch more seasoning. Maybe lemon. Homemade potato chips were really good.
We had waters but the table next to us had really good looking sangrias.
It was nice to sit outside, under a big umbrella. Its not right on the street so I didn't feel like someone was going to reach over the fence and take my chips. A good lunch option.

Jun 30, 2014
grumpyspatient in Northern New England

The Best of the Best: An Ongoing Thread

Creme Brulee, Keon's Haverhill MA
not cold, vanilla bean and maybe a few berries with fresh cream.

Jun 23, 2014
grumpyspatient in Greater Boston Area

Confession

my favorite dressing on a burger or maybe a salad with steak tips.

Jun 21, 2014
grumpyspatient in General Topics
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HELP! Lunch tomorrow!

petit robert central has a great wine list. and legal harborside 3rd floor will have the view. it looks like a nice lunch menu but can't locate a wine list.

have a wonderful lunch!

Jun 19, 2014
grumpyspatient in Greater Boston Area

Splurge Anniversary Weekend

not sure if you have made your plans yet, but have you checked into airbnb.com?

I bet you could find a very interesting room in any location you might like for one night at a good rate. we are heading to spain in the fall and have booked a studio in barcelona for about 1/2 the price of a hotel. really worth checking out.

Jun 19, 2014
grumpyspatient in Northern New England

It's Strawberry Season Again! Anyone seen the local ones yet?

Its right on rt 133, Boxford MA. do you know the area? From the Boston area, either 93 north to rt 125 toward North Andover to rt 133 Boxford. Or 95N to rte 133, I think the exit is in Rowley. Head toward Boxford, Haverhill.
Here's the website and a google map.
And yes, nice and tart. good size. wish I could remember where they got them from.

http://www.paisleyfarm.com/index.html
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Pai...

Jun 19, 2014
grumpyspatient in Greater Boston Area

Splurge Anniversary Weekend

I am partial to Portsmouth. you can't go wrong at Cava or the bar at Jumpin Jay's if seafood is high on your list.
Cava has a chef's table,
The Black Trumpet gets very high marks on CH but its never been a favorite for me.
The Ale House Inn is fun, different kind of place to stay.
Plenty of places for breakfast and lots to see walking around.
Not alot of mosquitoes either. Happy Anniversary!
http://www.alehouseinn.com/
http://www.jumpinjays.com/
http://www.cavatapasandwinebar.com/

http://www.blacktrumpetbistro.com/

Jun 18, 2014
grumpyspatient in Northern New England

It's Strawberry Season Again! Anyone seen the local ones yet?

Paisleys in Boxford had strawberries from a farm in Ipswich, whose name is escaping me....really good, $5.99 a quart. Bought 2, my husband ate most of them with creme fraiche. They are conveniently located right next to Benson's Ice Cream stand.

Jun 17, 2014
grumpyspatient in Greater Boston Area

Lawrence-Andover-North Andover Eats

I find the sauce on the pizza sweet, like beach pizza.
But I like the Syrian bread they use for sandwiches. especially the steak tip sandwich.

May 29, 2014
grumpyspatient in Greater Boston Area
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Lawrence-Andover-North Andover Eats

I would add the Irish Cottage in Methuen for breakfast. Lunch and dinner aren't bad either but the breakfast fare is pretty strong. Corned beef hash benedict is really good. They offer a full Irish breakfast with blood sausage as well as baked beans and brown bread.

May 28, 2014
grumpyspatient in Greater Boston Area

What is your favorite store bought cookie ?

my husband makes the ice box cake every memorial day and I get the cookies are broken. Win-win for everyone!

Apr 22, 2014
grumpyspatient in General Topics

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (May 2014) Nominations

GALETTE...had one today for brunch...so googD

Apr 20, 2014
grumpyspatient in Home Cooking

What is your favorite store bought cookie ?

Nabisco Mint Sandwich cookies and the Archway Hermit.

neither are as good as they use to be!

Apr 19, 2014
grumpyspatient in General Topics

Coffee in Hotel Rooms

Get the #4 basket filters at the supermarket and through them into your luggage along with your favorite coffee and some bottled water. Much better than the "gourmet" coffee packets the hotels use.

Mar 30, 2014
grumpyspatient in General Topics

Whole bean coffee: identifying characteristics and local recs

Not sure how north your north shore comfort zone is, but do try http://www.coffeeroastersnh.com/ salem NH.
they are very helpful with selecting the right roast and its always super fresh. They will ship once you decide on what you would like.

in a pinch, Trader Joe;s Bay Blend is pretty good.

Mar 17, 2014
grumpyspatient in Greater Boston Area

Peanut Butter and Jam (Jelly) Sandwich.

would eating chips with the pb&j sandwich put me beyond the pale?

Mar 07, 2014
grumpyspatient in General Topics
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Bon Chon Lowell

Went for dinner last night, husband and 17 yr old son and myself. First time for us, but not the last.
we ordered a half & half medium wings and drum sticks. Both were very good, the level of heat was just right for the 3 of us. I could of gone a little hotter, son would of liked a little less, husband thought it was just right. We all really liked the soy/garlic, a good foil to the heat. Pickled radish and slaw are included which was nice.
we also ordered Japchae which I've not had before so its hard to compare to anything else. But it was tasty and we ate it all while we waited for the chicken to arrive.

Overall it was pretty good, hit the spot for us, and have enough left over for lunch today. they packed up fresh sides for us in the doggy bag.
I am curious about the rest of the menu though, any recommendations?

Mar 01, 2014
grumpyspatient in Greater Boston Area