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Our Easter 2016 — Memorable Images.

by Anura Guruge


Just for the record THOUGH I ate a lot of meat (lamb, beef & ham)
and had two Eggs Benedict I did NOT eat any of the sweets. 3 years now.
I did like looking at the colors.

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Attribution WILL be enforced.








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by Anura Guruge

“Gypsy Cafe”, Lincoln (Loon), N.H. — A Culinary & Visual Paradise Extraordinaire.

by Anura Guruge



Click here
to access their nicely done Website.


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Attribution WILL be enforced.







The artwork, decor and artifacts were so
appealing and compelling that I took 120 pictures
(with my Panasonic Lumix LX100).

Too many to display.
So I made a YouTube photo montage.

Definitely worth watching. Trust me on this (too).

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Click to access YouTube video.


From now on forget going to Lincoln, New Hampshire (‘Loon‘ as many of us think of it (because of the mountain)) for its skiing, fall foliage, the ‘Highland Games‘, the ice castle, the train or just the ambience — though all of these are extremely good reasons for going there. Henceforth just think of going to Lincoln just so that you can have an extraordinary meal at the “Gypsy Café“.

WOW! WOW! WOW!

What a place. Total sensory overload. Never ending treat for the eyes with unusual, but captivating art and food to die for. WOW!

I am easy to please when it comes to food and most art appeals to me. But I do know when I am in the presence of GREATNESS and am blessed with being able to appreciate it. And that was truly the case when we stumbled upon the “Gypsy Café” on Thursday after our day of (very fine) skiing at Loon. It was sheer serendipity.

When we left Loon around 3:30pm I was looking for a place to a hot lunch and glass of red wine. I wanted to go to the Lincoln Inn (one of my favorites) while Deanna and the kids wanted to go to the “Common Man” (since we had such a blast there in September when we went there with “The Brigadoons“). Drove to the “Common” since it was right there. Kitchen closed till 4pm. I wasn’t in the mood to hang around for 20 minutes — not even for Alex Ray. So I crawled along Main Street seeing what else was around. That is how we found it. Deanna had heard of it. I liked the name, the sign and the colors. As soon as we walked in we knew that we were going to have a blast. And we did.

It was the type of art and colors that we like. In some ways it reminded us of home! We too have a lot of suns, moons, elephants and color.

Deanna took one look at the menu and told me what I will be having. She was right. And it was OUTSTANDING. I am a sucker for lamb. Spicy lamb with two fried eggs on top. WOW! WOW! WOW! It was beyond delicious.

Sure it is NOT for everyone. IF you are strictly an Irish meat and potatoes person you might not like it. We, though Teischan was not as thrilled, liked everything we had. These 4 dishes — I can’t recommend any higher.


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The young lady who served us, with aplomb, had a degree in Sociology & Anthropology! High class joint to boot. I lucked out. I got to meet the two delightful owners, mother & son. Claire & Dan Duris. Dan is the chief chef and one of the resident artists — specializing in the ceramics and tiles.

What a place. We are going back.

Highest possible recommendation.



Related posts:
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by Anura Guruge


“Gypsy Cafe”, Lincoln (Loon), N.H. — A Culinary & Visual Paradise Extraordinaire.

by Anura Guruge



Click here
to access their nicely done Website.


Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.







The artwork, decor and artifacts were so
appealing and compelling that I took 120 pictures
(with my Panasonic Lumix LX100).

Too many to display.
So I made a YouTube photo montage.

Definitely worth watching. Trust me on this (too).

gypsycafeyt1

Click to access YouTube video.


From now on forget going to Lincoln, New Hampshire (‘Loon‘ as many of us think of it (because of the mountain)) for its skiing, fall foliage, the ‘Highland Games‘, the ice castle, the train or just the ambience — though all of these are extremely good reasons for going there. Henceforth just think of going to Lincoln just so that you can have an extraordinary meal at the “Gypsy Café“.

WOW! WOW! WOW!

What a place. Total sensory overload. Never ending treat for the eyes with unusual, but captivating art and food to die for. WOW!

I am easy to please when it comes to food and most art appeals to I. But I do know when I am in the presence of GREATNESS and am blessed with being able to appreciate it. And that was truly the case when we stumbled upon the “Gypsy Café” on Thursday after our day of (very fine) skiing at Loon. It was sheer serendipity.

When we left Loon around 3:30pm I was looking for a place to a hot lunch and glass of red wine. I wanted to go to the Lincoln Inn (one of my favorites) while Deanna and the kids wanted to go to the “Common Man” (since we had such a blast there in September when we went there with “The Brigadoons“). Drove to the “Common” since it was right there. Kitchen closed till 4pm. I wasn’t in the mood to hang around for 20 minutes — not even for Alex Ray. So I crawled along Main Street seeing what else was around. That is how we found it. Deanna had heard of it. I liked the name, the sign and the colors. As soon as we walked in we knew that we were going to have a blast. And we did.

It was the type of art and colors that we like. In some ways it reminded us of home! We too have a lot of suns, moons, elephants and color.

Deanna took one look at the menu and told me what I will be having. She was right. And it was OUTSTANDING. I am a sucker for lamb. Spicy lamb with two fried eggs on top. WOW! WOW! WOW! It was beyond delicious.

Sure it is NOT for everyone. IF you are strictly an Irish meat and potatoes person you might not like it. We, though Teischan was not as thrilled, liked everything we had. These 4 dishes — I can’t recommend any higher.


gypsycafelamb

gypsycafeapps

Click to ENLARGE.


The young lady who served us, with aplomb, had a degree in Sociology & Anthropology! High class joint to boot. I lucked out. I got to meet the two delightful owners, mother & son. Claire & Dan Duris. Dan is the chief chef and one of the resident artists — specializing in the ceramics and tiles.

What a place. We are going back.

Highest possible recommendation.



Related posts:
++++ Search ‘Loon‘ for many other posts including those for the ‘Highland Games‘ >>>>


by Anura Guruge


Mary Had A Little Lamb, Actually Two, One White & One Black — At ‘Appleview Orchard’, Pittsfield, New Hampshire.

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by Anura Guruge


That is Mary, without her lambs, hiding at the back (right).

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“Appleview Orchard” 2014 II.
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“Appleview Orchard” 2014 I.

>> Apple picking.
>> Apple fritters
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“Appleview Orchard”, Pittsfield, New Hampshire,
is where we typically go, each Fall, for apple picking.
See links above.

Mary is the co-owner of this farm. Hence, Mary had a little lamb.


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Mary’s Golden, ‘Rusty’, herding ‘Ivory’ the white lamb.

8 second YouTube video. CUTE as can be.

Click to access 8 second YouTube video (shot from an iPhone, of course).


The farm is OPEN and selling ice cream and other stuff. Mary and the lambs are there, as is Rusty. Dennis, Mary’s husband, is there too. Go visit. Delightful place. Click here to access their Website.


Shalimar India, Portsmouth, N.H.: Tasty, Authentic Indian Food, Great Ambience & Decent Prices.

P1090172Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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I am no stranger to the Shalimar. They have been in Portsmouth for 21 years and I have been going there, always eagerly, for at least 15 years — though, alas and alack, not as often as I would like, since we really don’t get down to Portsmouth that often.

We, however, did go to the newly redecorated, “Best of NH” 2009 to 2013, Shalimar, at 80 Hanover St., Portsmouth yesterday evening — that being Boxing Day.

bestofnhlogoIt was a cold, wet, snowy and dreary December night, and as you opened the door to the Shalimar you were greeted, warmly, by a gently waft of curry in the air. You, knew at once, that you were going to be nice and cozy inside; a temporary oasis away from the Winter.

They have redecorated the Shalimar, with great care and panache, over the Summer. Deanna noticed it at once. I have always liked the layout. It is very airy and the large picture window at the front ensures that feels open. You have privacy in the booths but the way they are laid out makes sure that you still get to see the comings and goings in the rest of the restaurants. The Mughal pillar silhouettes very cleverly painted on the walls definitely makes you feel like you are in an historic Mughal Palace in the Punjab (where the restaurant owner and cook, Mr. Harbhajan Singh comes from). Bravo. Nice touch. They also, for a change, have an impressive and informative Website. To me such touches indicate that they are thinking about the business and want to excel. That they have received the “Best of NH” for five years kind of confirms that.

This was the first time I had been to an Indian restaurant since I started my low-carb diet in January. So, I had to be careful as to what I ordered, plus, Devanee, the other Indian food aficionado in the family, was not with us. So in reality we didn’t order anything like the range and volume of food we had in the past.

I know that most folks in New Hampshire shy away from Indian restaurants because they are not sure about how and what to order. The Shalimar (where the name, befitting the new decorations on the walls, denotes a Mughal garden), to their credit, tries to make it easy for those that are still trying to unlock the mysterious delights of a full repertoire Indian menu — like the one they offer. They have vegetarian and non-vegetarian appetizer (sampler) platters and and combo ‘special dinners’ for 1, 2 or 4. That is good. They also have a lunchtime buffet — where you can sample a lot of different dishes.

We ordered the non-vegetarian  appetizer platter and 4 Samosas, two vegetarian (for Deanna and Teischan) and two with minced lamb for me. The Samosas, as I knew they would be, were first class. The minced lamb with a couple of peas were outstanding. The platter, overall, was good and well worth the $10.95. Teischan gobbled up all the chicken in record time.

I ordered my de rigeur Lamb Korma. I can and will eat extremely hot curry but I don’t feel the need to eat as such when I go to a restaurant like the Shalimar. Hot curries are easy to make and I can, with paste that I buy, make a curry, at home, that exfoliates 4 layers of cells from my intestines. When I go to a class joint like the Shalimar I want the subtle, delicate Indian treats that I can’t make at home. Hence the Korma. A Korma, when cooked well, with its spices and nuts, makes you feel like an Mughal emperor. The Shalimar did not disappoint. It was the first time in my life I had eaten a Lamb Korma sans carbs — Biryani and a stuffed, typically an Aloo, Paratha (potato stuffed, fried bread). But, eating it on its own was good. Just the taste of the Korma. I enjoyed it.

I did order an Aloo Paratha for Deanna (who likes them too) and a Saag Paneer — spinach with cubed, cooked cheese. It was good.

I did not have my customary Kulfi — Indian ice cream with almonds. I did, however, given my need for daily yogurt, have a Lasi — a yogurt shake. It was refreshing.

I had a glass, of course, of Pinot Noir and some coffee.

It was a great meal. We were there for about 80 minutes. Despite the lousy weather outside there was a respectable crowd at the Shalimar. Since we were about the last to leave we got a chance to have a long chat with the owner’s middle daughter, Kulbir Kaur, a recent graduate from UNH. She was very nice and told us a lot about their family and business. We were impressed.

Not much that I can say that will bolster the accolades they already have, but I give this Indian restaurant my unstinted praise. I will be going there again, as soon as I can (diet permitting).


We Went To The Dover Greek Fest On Saturday, August 31. It was a BLAST. Great People. Lamb Was Divine!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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>> Dover (NH) Greek Fest 2013
>>Aug. 21, 2013.



I wasn’t going to miss this. I had been thinking about the lamb shank for a week. I earned that lamb shank! Working like a crazy person is more or less the norm for me. But this last month had been even crazier trying and succeeding in getting out 2 books in print, 230 tightly formatted pages, within the month — in addition to updating the eBook versions. So I was ready for that lamb shank. It was good. Exquisitely and delicately spiced. Very tender. Fell off the bone with the lightest touch of the plastic fork. These Hellenists know how to cook their lamb.

The kids discovered another treat. Baklava Sundaes. Decadance in a plastic bowl for $3. I refrained. I didn’t even have the rice that came with the shank. But the kids had a Baklava Sundae each. Genius.

The Fest was at the Dover Hellenic Center on Longhill Road. First time we had been there or even knew it existed, Large building on a HUGE tract of land. Kind of tucked away. We found Longhill Road by luck. That worked out. We had thought it was closer to town — but as we were driving into Dover, from Rochester, on the ‘back road’, Deanna happened to see the road sign that said ‘Longhill’. From that point on they had good signage for the Fest. Very well done.

Nice bunch of people. Teischan’s piano teacher, Siroun Braun, was there. She is the one, in the red top, in the gallery above — talking to Deanna and Devanee. She is the one who told us about it. The priest (Proistamenos) of the (beautiful) Dover ‘Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church‘, approached me and thanked me for my post on the Fest. Siroun had sent him the link. You can see him in the very first picture, in glasses, serving food.

Altogether we had a GREAT TIME. Missed the live band. But, we will be going next year.


At the fest I got to meet with iconographer D.C. Christopher Gosey, an ex-architect from Texas, who now lives in Manchester and has been painting mesmerizing icons for the last couple of decades. He is the one that painted most of the icons in the breathtaking Dover ‘Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church‘. It really was an honor and pleasure to meet him. He also does a lot of Ethiopian icons. I hope to bring you more of his work in the future. Mr. Gosey take a well deserved bow. Here are some examples of his work, though these pictures really don’t do him the justice he deserves.



Dover (N.H.) Greek Fest 2103: Friday – Sat., August 30 – 31, Longhill Road. We Are Hoping To Go.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Aaahhhh! Mouth watering.



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We used to go the Laconia Greek Festival without fail when we lived in Gilford. We have also been to the big festival in Portsmouth though that was a few years ago.

Teischan’s piano teacher, Siroun Braun, is very heavily involved with this Fest and has been singing its praises for months. Tesichan’s second piano recital was at the at the exquisite ‘Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church’ in Dover that is presenting this Fest.

We are definitely hoping to go. The sheep shanks are only on Saturday. So that is when I will be there. I like pork, but I have a thing for sheep (lamb) and mutton (goat). Won’t eat the rice. Teischan will probably have that. But, I have my eye on at least two (maybe more) shanks. Though I adore Baklava I will be giving it the miss again — as I did this year at the Laconia Multicultural Day (for the first time in my life). 

So checkout their Website. They do have a schedule of sorts. They will also have live music on Saturday and we are all partial to Greek music. 


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Link to Greek Fest Website below.

www.dovergreekfestival.com