Daily Archives: November 16, 2012

Thanksgiving: Portsmouth, NH, Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Read the review of our experience.

Click image to access the menu as a PDF.

As we have done a few times before we are going to the Sheraton Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, NH for our Thanksgiving meal.

The Portsmouth Sheraton buffet is a family favorite — though, as a rule, Deanna is not that enamored with buffets, hygiene and overindulgence being her gripes. [Of late I have come to appreciate her concerns, though when push-comes-to-shove I am still partial to a good buffet, though I will readily confess that seeing grossly obese folks at the Chinese buffets do serve as a good object lesson in ‘indulgence in moderation.]

We have been to this buffet for Thanksgiving, Mother’s Day and Easter — over the years. So it is familiar territory for the kids.

Thanksgiving 2010 at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel, Harbor’s Edge dining room. Click to ENLARGE.

Deanna, after our recent uplifting experience, wanted to go to Mame’s in Meredith for Thanksgiving. She called them and found that they were not doing a buffet. Despite her aversion to buffets she knows that she is invariably outvoted 3-1 on the buffet issue. So she told me to find one. Since this will be our 10th anniversary, I tried ‘Mount Washington’. They claimed that they have been fully booked for 8 weeks. Bully for them. I wasn’t heartbroken.

So, after flirting with a couple of places in Jackon, NH (and we had spent Thanksgiving there in 2004), I was back to the Sheraton in Portsmouth.

You would never guess it from this picture but I was deathly ill that day, in 2010! They were trying to kill me again at Dartmouth Hitchcock (Concord). I had begged for antibiotics. They said I was fine. I had coughed so hard the night before, I cracked a rib. But, I am kind of used to cracked ribs and broken bones. And no I was not on any pain killers other than my usual aspirin. The next day they had me get a Cat-Scan (for $3,900) and put me at once on antibiotics. That is Dartmouth Hitchcock, at least in how they treat me. Click to ENLARGE.

The food is OK. They do have some variety. Their dessert table makes up for all sins. It is, or at least it was in 2010, divine.

This says it all about their desserts. Skip the meal. Just eat the desserts. There is a saying as such isn’t there: “Life is uncertain. Eat the dessert first.” This is also from 2010. Click to ENLARGE.

Of course, I will share with you our experience post Turkey.

Happy Thanksgiving. Cheers.

Alton Central School (ACS), NH: Family Thanksgiving Lunch Today — A Huge Success. Thank You.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

As far as I know (and we have had kids going there since 2007), today’s free, ‘family’ (parents, guardians, grandparents or relatives) Thanksgiving Lunch with the kids was an unalloyed success. Bravo. Thank you. The ACS Food Services Group is outstanding. They do miracles with the limited resources they get. Very nice bunch of folks too. Always a pleasure to get a meal from them.

Deanna was instrumental in getting ACS to adopt the ‘Take A Loved One For Lunch’ day. I think that got started last year or year before. I have been to all the ones they have had. Those have also been unmitigated successes. I went on my own this year, in October. Deanna had to take Devanee to her stage performance class.

So, this is just to say a BIG THANK YOU to the hardworking folks in the ACS Food Services Group. Thank You.

It wasn’t exactly this, but since I like to masquerade as a Red Indian, though I didn’t wear any red today, this is how I felt.

Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2012: Review By Professional Pretty Close To My Assessment

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Related post:
Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2012:
Fruity, Tangy, Fragrant & Light. A Keeper. A Winner

Nov. 14, 2012.

Click image to read the entire review in the ‘Las Vegas Review Journal’.

Yes, of course, there will be those (including my dear wife) that will readily and gladly quip that given the many, many, many gallons of wine I have consumed over the years, I couldn’t help but be an expert of sorts, I was amused and pleased that a professional came to much the same conclusion as me re. the Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2012. To be honest, I haven’t read a wine review in over a decade, and even then wine reviews were not something I read often given that I really bought or drank any ‘fancy’ wine. I had very pedestrian, though pragmatic criteria: it had to be wet and not too acidic. I am easy to please. I am enjoying my 2nd glass f the 2012 Nouveau as I write. It really is a pleasant, unobtrusive wine — as such ideal for writing with; i.e., lubricant for the rusty old brain.


Do YOU Know YOUR Planes? Fun Airliner Identification Quiz.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Airplanes is yet another of my very long list of interests, albeit one fairly high up on that list. I was going to be an aeronautical engineer before I was told, in 1969, that there were this new fangled things called ‘computers‘ that were the wave of the future. Plus, I have spent a fair amount of my life on planes. During 1985 & 1986, I must have spent 35% of my life on planes since I was in the top 2% of frequent fliers on both American and United. During 1992 to 1999, I must have spent 20% of my life on planes. I used to know my planes real, real well. These days, at most, we fly once a year. But, I still look up in the sky, like a little boy, when I hear a plane.

So when I saw this quiz I wasn’t sure how well I would do. I was amazed. I got 90%; just one wrong in the 10 I was asked to identify. I call that residual knowledge, stuff that your brain absorbs and holds on in the hope that it might someday be useful.

If you like planes or spend a lot of time in them try the quiz. It is fun. Also lets you appreciate how similar Boeing and Airbus designs are; now acknowledged as proof of how form always has to follow function.

Click to access airline identification quiz at ‘OpenNav’. No signup. No catches. In-and-out.