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Remembering, With Fondness, John P. Kimball II, JP (1948 — 2018).

by Anura Guruge


John P. Kimball II, on Jan. 1, 2003, at our wedding — he, as a JP, was our officiant.


Obituary picture.


In the Nov. 6, 2018, “Laconia Daily Sun”. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Link to original below.


Link to obituary — click.


At our wedding — where he was the JP — and he had a BALL.


December 31, 2012, Wolfeboro — ‘Sea Bird’ Chinese Restaurant — 10-year anniversary of John marrying us.


I do NOT get ‘The Laconia Daily Sun‘ on a regular basis — nor do I read it online. I just happened to pick up a copy this morning, at Hannaford, when I rushed into get some salmon.

When I got home I glanced through it. Saw an obituary for someone I knew and I worked with. That gave me pause. Then this rather strange thought crossed my mind. I have never seen the obituaries of two people I have known on the same. Why that thought crossed my mind I do not know …

Turned the page and there was John’s picture. I did NOT have to look at the name.

Another STRANGE coincidence. Last week I thought about John. That I had not seen him in some time and that I should rectify that. I just don’t go to Tilton much — and that is where we used to meet.

This was sad. I knew he was older than I, but I forget how much older.

It is a shame.

John was a GOOD GUY. Heart of gold. Always ready to help. Always a grin on his face. He will be missed. He was a very generous soul.

I met him, when I joined Laconia Rotary, in 2001. He was irrepressible and was immediately your friend.

In December of 2002 we needed a JP to marry us. I was told, by another friend in Rotary, that John was a JP. I called him. He agreed at once. Later I learnt that he was quite apprehensive — it would be his first wedding and we had some elaborate rituals.

He did GREAT. He did us proud. He took it very seriously. He insisted on going and getting us our certified marriage certificate and hand delivering it.

Over the years we had some memorable dining experiences with John — at our house, Uno’s in Tilton & the ‘Sea Bird‘ in Wolfeboro.

I will miss John. I wish I had spent more time with him.

Not sure what that claim in the obituary is about dying 25-days after being diagnosed with cancer. He had numerous bouts with cancer — mainly skin cancer. I know that. I also think he had prostate cancer. But, that is all now history. A shame. But, John lived the life. Yes, he, alas, had some setbacks but he took them well in his stride. I always admired him for that.

John Kimball II
(1940 — 2018)
R.I.P.


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“West Lake Asian Cuisine”, Wolfeboro, N.H. — The Latest Reincarnation.

by Anura Guruge


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We went for lunch at the “West Lake” on Sunday, September 18, 2016, to celebrate the publication of my latest book, “Brain Meditation” — given that our preferred ‘Chinese‘, the “Sea Bird” is closed on Sundays during the ‘Winter’.

The “West Lake” is yet again under new management — this time since around June 2016. Supposedly owned and operated by Chinese from China.

The food, and we had some Sichuan dishes and lots of appetizers, WAS GOOD. Presentation, as yet, not what it used to be.

The inside has been redone. Quite nice but dark — and a dirty, crumpled handwritten sign, taped to the wall, that said “Restrooms –>>” was unbecoming (and at my suggestion they took it down).

I have been going to the “West Lake” for 25 years. That was when it was under the legendary leadership of ‘Peter’.

It has had its ups and downs. We were there last year too — yet again when the “Sea Bird” was closed.

I don’t think they will ever win me fully over since I am very fond of Guy and Lan at “Sea Bird” and all their other relatives. Plus, I now have this fancy “Sea Bird” cap that Guy gave me the last time we were there.

But, that said, the food was GOOD. Prices … hmmmm! Very cute. No ‘point-of-sale’ system. The bill is all in Chinese with no item prices. So a long list of Chinese followed by the TOTAL & tax. It is OK. Cute. Like going to Boston Chinatown for ‘Dim Sum‘.


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2016 Shout-Out For “Sea Bird” Asian Cuisine in Wolfeboro, NH — My Favorite Chinese For Miles Around.

by Anura Guruge


I noticed that owner and chief chef, ‘Guy’ (and he is indeed a very nice guy) was wearing one of these caps. He must have noticed me looking at it because I was touched and honored to be given one. Yes, I will wear it with pride. I am very fussy as to who I endorse, especially on my head gear (typically opting to only honor nations, places or car manufacturers such as London, Scotland or MGB), but I will wear this often. SMILE.


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Click here to access the ORIGINAL menus at the ‘Seabird’ Website.


I have raved about the ‘Sea Bird’ before — here, here & also here.

Wonderful people, good food, attractive prices and decent location. What more can you ask.

That said we don’t eat there as often as we should mainly because we don’t go out to eat that often and when we do it is because we are travelling — and we tend to travel South of Wolfeboro,

But this Summer we have been lucky enough to eat at the ‘Sea Bird’ thrice — the latter occasions a week apart, both on a Thursday, once after the “Mount Washington” cruise and the other after we went horseback riding at “Castle in the Clouds“. Suffice to say that it was delightful each time.

Just want to bring their lunch menu to YOUR attention. We like it — like it very much. All the items come with a generous serving of fried rice and a soup (Wonton or Hot & Sour). Tesichan will live on Chinese fried rice and I can eat/drink a LOT of Chinese soup. I order two or three items from #27 to #31 and that serves as a mini Pu Pu Platter with enough fried rice to keep Teischan going for a day and a half. All the other items are good. I had the Tangerine Beef the other day and it was divine. Decent prices and wonderful service — with a smile.

So check it out IF you haven’t visited recently. Also good chance that you won’t have to hang around for a table. That is kind of important in Wolfeboro, during the Summer, around lunchtime.

P.S., IF you are wondering why it is called ‘Sea Bird’ — that was the NAME of the ship in which Guy ‘left’ Vietnam, about three decades ago.


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“Lake Winnipesaukee ”, New Hampshire On The M/V “Mount Washington” — Always A Treat.

by Anura Guruge


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All taken with my Fuji X-E2s.

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By definition any day you get to spend on majestic “Lake Winnipesaukee” (in central New Hampshire) is a treat. If the weather is just perfect, and the ‘Big Lake‘ calm as a Mill Pond, you really luck out. Well that is what it was today.

We were treated to a cruise on the Lake, on the M/V “Mount Washington”, to/from Wolfeboro, by a friend of Deanna’s. It was grand. Picture perfect as the pictures testify. Relaxing too.

The Mount and I go back to 20 years. But this was the first time I have been on it since September 2002! While I have no issues whatsoever with the lovely ‘boat’ over the years I have had some major disagreements with the ‘management’. But today I did not have to deal with any of them and the worst culprit of them was not on board. So it was a good day. We had fun … and ended up at the ALWAYS delightful “Sea Bird“, Chinese Restaurant in Wolfeboro, for lunch with two other folks. It was a good day. SMILE.

 


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Let Me Please Have Another Quick Rave About The ‘Sea Bird’ Chinese Restaurant In Wolfeboro, N.H.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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seabirdfrontRelated Posts:
1/Sea Bird‘ New Year’s 2014

>>Jan. 2, 2014.
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Chinese picnic from ‘Sea Bird’

>>July 31, 2013.
3/ Sea Bird, Wolfeboro, my new
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 — Dec. 10, 2012.
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RAVE. RAVE. RAVE.

Sea Bird, Center Street, Wolfeboro, NH
THE BEST Chinese restaurant for miles and miles around.


That we are huge fans of the ‘Sea Bird’ in Wolfeboro is no great secret — as at least three posts on this blog will clearly attest, loud and clear.

They are very good about supporting local events with advertising dollars.

What is there not to like? The ‘Sea Bird’ has tasty food, generous portions, wonderfully friendly staff and very affordable prices. I don’t know. That seems like a pretty good formula. If you get to know the owners, Guy Phu and Lan Sam, it becomes even more special. Very nice, ‘salt of the Earth’, couple. Very family-oriented and down to earth. We are very fond of them. We like them and the Sea Bird so much that it has now become our default venue for celebrating our ‘January 1’ wedding anniversary. That has to mean something given that we are not ‘shy’ about driving an hour to go for dinner.

Here is another data point. This last Wednesday we had lunch in Wolfeboro with a friend. So five people. It was five people again last night. Three adults and our two brats. Yet again we had two drinks. But the check at the Sea Bird, for considerably more food (if not a view of The Lake), was $40 cheaper! That, in my book, is no small potatoes.

Yes, we went there last night after ‘Snow White‘ at the Kingswood. We had been foiled in December after the Northeastern Ballet ‘Nutcracker’. But, that was Winter and this was Summer. Teischan, my little prima donna, is very specific about what she expects of Dad after her ballet performances. She needs roses and she needs to be taken out for dinner. She likes Chinese — or at least Fried Rice. When we sat down she said she wanted a ‘Shirley Temple’ and two orders of Fried Rice. Well we didn’t get two orders of Fried Rice but we got quite a bit.

Anyhow, I had not bothered to check or call ahead last night to make sure that they would be open after the show. It was Summer. We pull up just past 9 pm. It looked closed! I went up to the door. Ooops! It said Friday & Saturday closed at 9pm. I saw Guy, seated at a table, eating his dinner. I didn’t disturb him. I walked back to the car. He must have seen that somebody had come to the door. When I got to the car he was standing at the window. I didn’t want to be rude. So I went up again. As soon as he saw me he opened the door and insisted that I come in. I told him that it was ‘O.K’. We understood. He would not have none of it. Insisted that we all come in and have dinner — no hurry, take our time. We had taken a retired Alton Central teacher with us to the show. So she was with us too. Guy had let the waitstaff go for the night. Lan, with their kids, were on vacation. So it was just Guy. But we had a great meal and great time. Suffice to say it was just us. He gave us our customary table in the corner. He did all the serving and in between we would chat. It was sublime. The kids are very comfortable there. Lan has spoiled them. So they can be loud. Didn’t matter. We had the place to ourselves.

The food, as ever, was good. We had two boxes left over. We are still eating it today.

So, we just want to make a point.

IF you are in Wolfeboro and want a good meal go to the Sea Bird.

IF you are within 35 miles of Wolfeboro, NH and fancy a GOOD, affordable Chinese go to the Sea Bird.

Phu Jee’s in Meredith, which is also very good, is Guy’s brother. Notice the name. Guy Phu.

Bottom Line. Sea Bird, in Wolfeboro, soars above others when it comes to Good Chinese in the Lakes Region. If you don’t believe me check their online reviews.


Another Positive Shout-Out For The ‘Sea Bird’ Chinese Restaurant In Wolfeboro, N.H.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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That we, I in particular, like the ‘Sea Bird’ in Wolfeboro is no secret. I have been going there since 1993 — which is more or less when they first started. Lets be fair, it is pretty easy to like them. There food is good, they are kind to your wallet, the layout inside is pleasant enough and they are VERY NICE people. Yes, over the last 2 years we have got to know the Vietnamese owners Guy & Lan. They are always there. So, now when we go we have a little chat before we even sit down — and Lan typically comes later on and we talk some more. Since I am known to travel with chocolates to give people at whim, I have started taking chocolates for Lan. That amuses her.

Going to the Sea Bird for Chinese on January 1 (or late on December 31) will become a family tradition. We went there December 31, 2012. January 1 is our wedding anniversary. We got married at 3 pm, on January 1, 2003 at the Gunstock Inn, Gilford. I insist that we celebrate birthdays and anniversaries — since to me life, or at least just being alive, is worth celebrating. A year ago we lucked out in that we managed to get John P. Kimball (who works at AutoServ of Tilton) to join us. John, who is also a J.P., and worked for 94.9 for decades (and was a fellow Rotarian in Laconia), was the one that, kindly, married us. John now lives in Wolfeboro, on Smith River. So it was fun to have John join us on our 10th anniversary. I tried to get John to join us this year. He couldn’t; he is house sitting up in Hanover. So we are going to go to the Sea Bird again, later this month, with John.

In December, as you must recall, we had the Clearlakes Chorale concert and the Northeastern Ballet ‘Nutcracker’ performances. Remember? Well, ‘Sea Bird’ to their CREDIT advertised in the programs for both shows. BRAVO, Sea Bird. I was pretty damn impressed. Yes, we too ‘advertised’ (or at least put something in), in both programs since we are committed to both organizations — and appreciate the opportunity they give our kids. I study the programs assiduously since it tells you something about the community. For example, I never see any of the Alton marinas advertise in these programs. Ditto for the asset management and investment firms in Wolfeboro. I have to assume that these folks make more money than the ‘Sea Bird’. But they don’t advertise, but ‘Sea Bird’ does. That makes me like the ‘Sea Bird’ even more.

'Sea Bird' to their credit advertised in the 'Clearlakes Chorale' and 'Northeastern Ballet' programs in 2013. Click to ENLARGE. Bravo 'Sea Bird'.

‘Sea Bird’ to their credit advertised in the ‘Clearlakes Chorale’ and ‘Northeastern Ballet’ programs in 2013. Click to ENLARGE. Bravo ‘Sea Bird’.



Lan's special 'Shirley Temple' for the girls.

Lan’s special ‘Shirley Temple’ for the girls.

We didn’t order a huge amount of food last night. We were all still getting over getting home at 4 am in the morning from Portsmouth after First Night! [Yes, for the 2nd time in a week, and very atypically for us, we again had car trouble. Dead battery this time. We actually ended, all four of us, spending some time in the back of a Portsmouth Police cruiser — a first for all of us! No, no. Don’t get excited. We were not arrested or even suspected of causing trouble. They let us sit in the back of the cruiser to stay warm until AAA arrived! Thinking back I realize that, never mind asking for ID, they never even asked us for our names. Just said get in and get warm! It is AMAZING how we LUCK out with strangers when we have car trouble. So, we started 2014 with a BANG. Quite an adventure. It wasn’t bad. But, we were all suffering yesterday. I worked out that I don’t function that well on 4.5 hours sleep though I struggled to do some writing.]

Though the kids will live on fried rice, I, alas, have to watch my carbs. Though I ordered a ton of rice knowing that we would take it home, and we did bring back 3 very full boxes of food, I was parsimonious, as is my new wont, in my carb intake. Tried a new appetizer, the ‘Wontons in hot sesame sauce’. It was divine! We got the other usual suspects: beef teriyaki, boneless ribs, crab rangoons, General Gau’s, sesame chicken, egg rolls etc. etc. All of it was good. They tend to get it just right. The girls had ‘Shirley Temples‘. Lan makes it, ‘special’, for them. After the night before I felt entitled to a ‘Suffering Bastard‘ (though I had not touched any alcohol in Portsmouth). I think the ‘Suffering Bastard’ will again become my signature drink at Chinese restaurants. I had forgotten that it is a robust drink with a kick. Went down well. Just what I needed.

So, unreserved, unstinted praise, kudo and endorsement for the ‘Sea Bird’ and the staff. Support them — they support the community cultural efforts.

Thanks Guy. Thanks Lan.

Happy New Year.


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11th wedding anniversary. ‘Sea Bird’, Wolfeboro, N.H., Jan. 1, 2014.


Chinese Picnic By The Side Of Cotton Valley Rail Trail in Wolfeboro, NH Last Saturday.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Our picnic ‘table’. Doesn’t get better than this.


P1040238We knew we were going to the British car rally in Wolfeboro, NH on Saturday. We knew the weather was going to be spectacular. We knew that the kids would be asking for lunch. Plus, Deanna wanted to ‘do’ the Cotton Valley after hearing my rave reviews. So I decided to synthesize all of this together for the best results. We all like Chinese though we have cut back drastically since I started my no-carb diet. The last time we had Chinese was May 30 — in Manchester when we went to meet my son, Matthew, for his 21st birthday.

Wolfeboro’s (other) Chinese restaurant, the Sea Bird, is right by the trail and we are talking abutting. We like the Sea Bird. Good, non-greasy, fairly authentic food and very nice owners. So on the way to the rally we stopped and picked up a menu (though I am sure there was one already in the car). We were done at the rally just before 1. I called and ordered 4 luncheon specials — two of them heavy on the appetizers because I would have to get by just on uncoated meat. We got the Sea Bird and only had to wait a few minutes. Gave us a chance to chat with the two owners Lan Sam and Guy Phu. Always very nice. When we told them our plans they gave us plenty of plates, utensils and some plastic containers. I carried the bag — and it did not break though we walked a total of about 3 miles with it. Strong bag.

It was delightful. It really is an exceptional trail. Pleasing to the senses in so many different ways. Picture postcard perfect scenery of lakes and mountains behind them. Lots of trees. Turtles in the water. Birds in the trees. Boaters of all varieties. The N.H. lakes region personified — at its best.

We stopped and ate. Chatted with some boaters and walkers. The food hit the mark. We left the soups till later. The fried rice last the kids till the next day.

It was very civilized and pleasant. So typical of Wolfeboro. It really is a quintessential Summer Resort.

Definitely recommend it. Get some takeout. Walk about a mile. Find a stone bench and Bob really will be your uncle.

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Circle Restaurant, Epsom Traffic Circle, Rte 28, in Epson, NH: I Was Impressed. Now On My Radar.

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Some of our other favorite restaurants in NH:
1. Red Arrow Diner, Manchester — Apr. 8, 2012.
2. Sea Bird, Wolfeboro — Dec. 10, 2012.
3. Giuseppe’s, Meredith — Oct. 11, 2012.


Circle Restaurant, Epsom Traffic Circle, Rte 28, in Epson, NH. [Image from Yelp, by ‘Ian W.]


Circle Restaurant, Epsom Traffic Circle, Rte 28, in Epson, NH. [Image from Yelp, by ‘Ian W.]


Google Map view of the Circle Restaurant,  Epsom, NH

Google Map view of the Circle Restaurant, Epsom, NHfter


After getting foiled at the stupid Manchester Science Museum yesterday, we were at a loose end. Deanna suggested that we go to the Huge ‘Goodwill’ store they have on Rte 3, close to Merrimack. So I cut across town and got there. Yes, we then, and Deanna will claim that it was mainly me, proceeded to spent 4 times what it would have cost at the museum. I still felt kind of guilty that the kids didn’t get to go to the museum — though they did get a (as usual) very nice lunch at the ‘Red Arrow Diner’ — and even got to sit and eat with a local, business ‘VIP’. It was a good lunch.

The kids, as ever, wanted to go to another restaurant — but, Teischan didn’t want to go to “Applebee’s” because we had just been their on Tuesday (in Tilton). So, I am driving back on Rte 28 thinking where to go. I was thinking of stopping at “Dominicks” (near Barnstead) where we had eaten a few times before. Then I sailed around the circle and was proceedings along Rte 28 when I drove past the Circle Restaurant.

We had had breakfast there before. I always thought it was only open for breakfast and lunch. But, as I was driving past I saw cars and lights. There was no traffic, so I pulled a U.

Glad we went. It was fun. It was good. It was cheap — especially the red wine at $2.75 a glass! I had two and got Deanna to drive home.

Warm place — in all aspects. Very friendly. Sense of fun.

Good, decent food. Nothing pretentious. Prices just right. Kids liked it.

Since I am off carbs, I had the meat loaf and a salad. It was good. That they don’t charge $6 to $12 for a glass of house wine definitely appealed to me. I even commended them on it. Even at that they are making a profit — since we are here talking ‘no name’ house wine, that they can buy in 5 gallon boxes for $12.99. Bravo. [By the way, I have lost 10 pounds in a month. Deanna is livid.]

They are on my list, and as such we will go back.

Google Maps 'street view'. It must have been dusk when they drove by.

Google Maps ‘street view’. It must have been dusk when they drove by.

AutoServ In Tilton, NH Opens A Gym For Employeess & Customers. I Am Impressed.

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Was in Friday, January 18, 2013 edition of ‘The Laconia Daily Sun’. Click to access their Website.


We have yet to buy a car from them. The last car we bought, actually leased, was a Kia from TeamKia in Concord and they impressed as mightily.

But the J.P. who married us 10 years ago, John P. Kimball II, now works there as a salesperson and we got to know the ‘owner’, now NH Senator Andrew Hosmer during the election. So things might change.

But, I was impressed to read about the gym. It is definitely good for the employees. I have heard, from John, that they have quite a nice restaurant/cafeteria for employees and customers. So, this makes double sense. Not sure I want to exercise while I am waiting for them to fix my car — though I will confess that it is an option to think about. We usually get a shuttle to take us to a shopping mall.But, this is good. Bravo, AutoServ. Maybe I will buy my next vehicle, most likely a van, from you. Cheers.

Us with John Kimball, of AutoServ, having dinner at the Sea Bird, Wolfeboro, on New Year’s Eve 2013 — the eve of our 10 year anniversary; John having married us.

Dining Options [Alton To Portsmouth] For Christmas Day Brunch Or Dinner 2012.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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We used to go out for Christmas dinner quite often. It was easier than cooking at home and gave us a break. We haven’t done it of late preferring to stay home. Last year we did a big traditional dinner with the works. Year prior to that we got Chinese takeout. This year, after 3 dinner parties back-to-back, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, we have so much food in the fridge that I don’t even want to think of more, though we have enough stuff in the freezer, including more ham, for another full dinner.

Though we do go out to eat quite often at Thanksgiving, as we did this year, I kind of feel bad about it because I am making folks miss their day at home to provide for me. I try to make up for this. I don’t feel bad about Christmas or Easter because I am fully aware that there are those that do not celebrate those holidays and are more than happy to earn the additional money. But, I tend to gravitate towards Chinese establishments because I know that many Chinese do not observe the Christian holidays. [There are educated Chinese living in this country that have never heard of the pope. True. Read this real story that I relate on my Popes and Papacy blog.]

So if I was looking for a place to go on Christmas Day 2012, I would start by considering Great Buffet II in Portsmouth or Red Apple in Concord, both buffets that we are very conversant with. The kids wouldn’t have a problem with either, though of late I think they prefer, the more extensive, Great Buffet II. Yes, we could go to Manchester too, but it wouldn’t be worth the drive.

Yes, of course, I could consider Indian too, given that Christmas might not be a big deal for many of them. However, I am not sure that having Indian for Christmas meets my ‘kosher’ requirements, though we have had Indian, more than once, on New Year’s Day.

The Sheraton Harbourside at Portsmouth (where we did do Thanksgiving) says that they are having a Christmas ‘brunch’ from 1 pm to 5 pm on Christmas Day though it is not mentioned on their Web. What they do have on their Web is a ‘Santa’ Brunch that took place on Sunday, December 23, 2012. That could be an option for some.

The ‘Wentworth by the Sea‘ does have both a Christmas Buffet and Christmas Dinner, for the same price, $44.95 per person for adults and $18.95 for kids 2 to 12, advertised on their Web — with even the menu for the Dinner. I like the Wentworth, but I am a sucker for any and all ‘Grand Hotels’. We have been to at least one of their buffets, an Easter Buffet. It was very good, but strange. In over 50 years of dinning out, around the world, it was the ONLY time I was asked to pay in advance! No, it wasn’t special treatment just for me, because I don’t look like I was born in New England. Everybody had to pay in advance. Kind of made me feel odd. Haven’t been back for a meal since. Yes, they tend to be on the expensive side. So, even before I look at the wine menu and the kids order their soda, never mind the NH 9% (?) ‘Room & Board’ Tax, we are looking at $127.80. So for us, at a minimum, we would be looking at $170 or thereabouts. The time they charged us in advance, I think it was $155 — albeit with unlimited champagne, soda and coffee included in that price. Yes, I had two glasses of champagne.

Given my recent, very pleasant experience, I would consider the ‘Sea Bird‘ in Wolfeboro as another possible alternative, though the kids and I tend to prefer buffets, given a choice.

Realistically those are about the only options we would consider IF we wanted to go out for dinner Christmas 2012. Many of the restaurants in Portsmouth, quite rightly, are closed on Christmas Day and I am glad. I hate to see folks being forced to work on holidays IF they don’t want to do so or can get by without the additional money.

Well, Merry Christmas. If you do dine out tomorrow, would you be kind enough to share your experience with us. Thanks. All the best. Cheers.