Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Road Trip: Lexie's on State, Newburyport, MA

If you are a New Englander, you know how difficult the winters can be around here. We don’t ski, snowshoe or snowboard and it can be difficult to find something to do on weekends. Coupled on to that are the snowy and icy roads and we have to pick our spots to make sure that we aren't driving in dangerous conditions. But on those days when the only element we have to deal with is the cold air, our thoughts turn back to food and looking forward to trying a new food destination.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Veano's Italian Kitchen trying to recapture the magic

One of our local favorite restaurants was Veano’s Italian Kitchen which was located at the intersection of Loudon Road and East Side Drive on the Concord Heights. The food was consistently good and we became regular diners. Then Walgreens came along and made an offer to lease the land from the restaurant owners. Since it was an offer they couldn't refuse, Veano’s closed and the pharmacy was built. A few years passed and much to the locals delight Veano’s reopened in Pembroke. You can bet that we were one of the first to try the new location but they seemed to have lost some of their spark after the change in location. The food was just okay and the service poor so we decided to give them a long break. After a lengthy hiatus it was time to see if they had recaptured the magic.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Success continues for Webber Group with The Bancroft, Burlington, MA

The area surrounding the Burlington Mall has been in need of new restaurants for a long time. Other than what you would find in the mall when you looked nearby all you found was the woeful Tavern in the Square and not much else. For those familiar with the area you know how busy it is and high time for some new restaurant options. If you read our blog on a regular basis, you might recall that a favorite of ours is the Gibbett Hill Gill in Groton owned by the Webber Restaurant Group. When we found out that they were opening a new steak house, The Bancroft we knew we had to check it out. With my wife’s birthday on the horizon I made a reservation.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Road Trip to Christmas Prelude in Kennebunkport, Maine

During the first two weeks of December in Kennebunkport, Maine people visit from all over for their Christmas Prelude Celebration. Earlier this year we heard locals talk about the event and decided that this was time to check it out. For you shopaholics all the stores in town are open as well as a number of craft fairs. But more than that it is a place you can go to really get into the spirit of the season. You will find warm friendly smiles everywhere you look and decorations throughout the town.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Get your Christmas Cookies at Crosby's Bakery in Nashua

Thinking back to my childhood I remember visiting my grandparent’s house during the holidays and the smell of Christmas cookies baking in the air. These came in all shapes and sizes and I ate them until I couldn’t possibly take another bite. This is something that I looked forward to year after year and it may come as no surprise that nothing has changed today. Those days are long gone but I still want those same warm feelings I got back then. The question is where to go now for these illustrious treats if we prefer to have someone else do the cooking? My top pick is Crosby’s Bakery in Nashua for their Christmas Rum Cookies.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fowl for the Thanksgiving dinner table

With the holiday season quickly approaching our thoughts turned to family. You might be expecting a review of a family appropriate restaurant or a list of our favorite family eateries for the season. Not today. We want you to think about something as you settle down to Thanksgiving dinner with those that you love. How do these people that share your DNA hold their utensils?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Restaurants should embrace Apple Pay technology

While I was waiting for my new iPhone 6 to arrive, I may have been obsessed with checking the tracking number from FedEx. To say that I love tech gadgets is an understatement and if you were to ask my wife she would say that I love them more than her which is absolutely not true. With the release of the new iPhone we finally upgraded our antiquated Droid X's. In hindsight we probably should have made the switch much earlier given all the problems we experienced with our old phones but we decided to wait for all the promised new features in the iPhone 6. The one feature that I was especially excited about is the Apple Pay technology that allows customers to pay their bill virtually using their phone instead of sliding their credit card. I headed over to Panera Bread in Concord, the closest restaurant I could find that was iPay enabled to test this out.