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Tavern 27, Laconia, N.H.: Tapas U.S. Style. Lot Of Fun. Definitely Worth Trying Out. Sure To Enjoy It.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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I am fairly familiar with Tapas. I have been to Portugal, the home of Tapas, a few times and have also frequented genuine Tapas bars in S.F. and Boston. I had heard good things about this place in Laconia and wanted to try it out.

Glad we went. It sure was a fun evening. It was complete, all-inclusive entertainment replete with a very lively (albeit a tad too loud (in terms of volume) piano player, very attentive and fun serve staff, good food and very pleasing, unusual decor that gave it a very exotic ambience. It was eclectic at its best; bronze statues of Ganesh alongside a huge chunk of quartz with van Gogh prints on the wall.

The food was good. The coffee was exquisite. WOW. I would go back just for the coffee. To say it was good would be an understatement. The NE chowder, delicately flavored but robust, was amazing. It was so good I ordered a second cup! I should have had a bowl to begin with. The Scotch Egg was as close to authentic as I can recall and I am Scotch Egg aficionado. We had a good time. The wait staff, both male, one local the other from the West, were very, very good. Very personable.

Wonderful, delectable location and today was the perfect evening. It was resplendent in its pastoral setting with the mountains in the distance, rolling countryside in between, a twinkling lake (or two) interspersed and a hint of a golf course nearby.

It sure seems to be popular with a regular crowd. As we were leaving around 8 pm it was packed. Some may have come in after a round of golf. Seems an affluent hangout judging from the expensive cars outside. Prices were ‘OK’, par for the course for an establishment of that calibre. $100+ for two adults & 2 kids (and just two glasses of wine).

Would definitely go again. Will know the drill better next time. Going to start with the coffee, It is from a local, Laconia coffee grinder. I have had coffee from them at the Laconia Airport Open Day and at the Laconia Multicultural Day. But that was in a ‘plastic’ cup. Here I had the works, including a press-down coffee maker with good cream. Wow.

The food, though Tapas style, is quite American. So don’t worry that it might be too excotic. It is not. It hints at the exotic while delivering what you are accustomed to — albeit in different proportions. Try it. I think you will like it.

Rusty Moose Restaurant In Alton, NH Not Doing Itself Any Favors On The Web.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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RustyMoose1

Click to access unpopulated Facebook …

RustyMoose2

Click to read the Yelp reviews …

RustyMoose3

Click to read the Topix comments …


I know that there are a lot of local businesses in this neck of the wood that think that the Web has no bearing on their business and prospects. Well they could be wrong, though they would really know best.

We had talked about going to the local, Alton ‘Rusty Moose‘ for dinner tonight — given that it is my birthday. Though we had been meaning to go here since they opened, we haven’t — having been foiled once on Mother’s Day. Since I started my low-carb diet in January, and yes, thanks, I have lost 24 pounds, we don’t go out to eat as much as we did in the past. But, we were going to go out tonight.

Deanna said we would need a reservation. That kind of rattled me. This is out-of-season and a Wednesday. I am used to walking in. But, I was going to oblige and call.

Not sure about others but I, these days, look up everything via Google. So this morning I Googled the ‘Rusty Moose, Alton NH‘.

The first entry I got was the 3 Yelp reviews (above) and they were SCARY!

‘Overpriced’ seemed to be a theme. So, I wanted to see the menu — online, of course.

Well if they do have it online it wasn’t on the first page of Google.

I did find what looked like a very attractive and fairly priced menu (below) BUT, alas, it wasn’t for the joint in Alton, NH!

I found the Facebook entry. Unpopulated.

Not amused. Then I found the reviews on Topix. That was the last straw. Overpriced again …

Shame.

So going to Tavern 27 in Laconia, the Tapas place. I like Tapas. I have heard good things about it. Deanna and the kids haven’t done Tapas. They have a Website. They have a menu online. It is not the greatest of restaurant Websites, BUT they have all that a punter is looking for. That is a great start.


Another Rusty Moose ... with a very compelling Website.

ANOTHER Rusty Moose … this one with a very compelling Website.



There is somebody, I don’t know who, other than that they are a TDS user from Barnstead (and we do have their IP address), giving me heck (actually borderline making threats on me) that I am slamming this restaurant.

I am not slamming them. If anything I am trying to help them. IF I slammed a restaurant you would not be in any doubt. I have no axe to grind about this restaurant. I have never been in. Actually I don’t know anything about them. That was why I was trying to find a menu etc.

Just because I don’t hide behind ANONYMOUS mask why pick on me. Go after those that left the reviews on Yelp & Topix.



Dim Sum In China Town, Boston — The Update

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Dim Sum In China Town, BostonAugust 24, 2012.

Me with all 4 kids. The baby is not mine. He is my cousin twice removed. So work out the other four.


We went yesterday, to China Pearl, of course. I realized, to my chagrin and horror, that we hadn’t been to Dim Sum since March. Yes, we had gone to Boston in June, but that was mid-week, and to meet my father who was visiting Boston on a cruise ship. That is when we did the interview about Buddhism.

The 2 older kids were able to make it again this time, making it twice in a row that they had made it to Dim Sum. My 1st cousin’s son, who lives in Boston, and his son were able to make it too. [For the record, he is not my second cousin. I researched it. He is my first cousin once removed and his son, 15 months old, is my cousin twice removed. My kids and my cousin’s son are 2nd cousins. Got that?]

So we were 9 including the baby. I had asked for a table for 10 because I expected my son to bring a friend. That was the only bad part about yesterday’s experience. They gave us a great table. Huge. Plenty of room, but it, along with another of the same size, were at the back of the 1st (main) floor dinning room — on a raised pedestal. That was a bummer. The carts couldn’t come right up to the table. They would stop at the steps. Fortunately my eldest daughter, now 23, who has been going to this restaurant for at least a decade took charge; as befits someone who will have her Master’s in Forensic Psychology in a few months. She even went looking for duck for her brother. I was impressed. Matthew, very young, acquired a taste for Peking duck. Danielle got us two plates of Peking duck and two of Peking pork. It is good to have resourceful kids.

Good time was had by all. I ate a lot, as I always do. The kids and Deanna are more restrained. We walked to the Boston harbor waterfront, by the Aquarium, after that. They now have a very nice bamboo park, with a water course, outside China Town, paralleling I-93. It is supposed to be, if you know your nature, a Panda habitat imitation. Very cute. Very soothing. We walked through it twice; once going, the other leaving. It was a picture perfect day in Boston. lots of crowds. Lot of boats. A wonderful Labor Day Sunday. And yes, the parking was free. We parked in the Financial District, underneath the Bank of America castle.

What a Dim Sum check looks like — AFTER they tally the icons at the end. This was for 8 people. So the $100 is pretty good — though I nor my daughter nor her boyfriend had any cocktails as we sometimes do.

Dim Sum In China Town, Boston.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Going for Dim sum, in Boston, in China Town, ‘early’ on a Sunday morning is another one of the cherished family traditions. We try to average about 6 times a year, going more often in Spring and always trying to be there for a Chinese New Year Sunday.

For those of you who have never done it, Dim sum is a traveling buffet where a variety of Chinese food, with an emphasis on dumplings, but ranging as far as crows feet, are brought to your table, on an ever rotating basis by servers pushing steam (or in the case of the sweets, refrigerated) carts. It is Spanish Tapas Chinese style — with considerable more variety and volume.

I can’t really remember when I got hooked on Dim sum on Sundays. [As far as I know, you can only get the ‘whole works’ [i.e., the full traveling ‘circus’ of carts], on Sundays, though nearly all of the restaurants in Boston China Town advertise Dim sum — though the term used loosely to mean a variety of dumplings from a menu.] I think I serendipitously stumbled into China Town one Sunday morning, in the ‘mid-1990s’, while in San Francisco and saw them doing Dim sum — and was hooked; I visiting S.F. at least once a month those days for my work.

In Boston, trust me (and we are experts), there is only one place for Sunday Dim Sum, China Pearl at 9 Tyler Street. It is a side street but you won’t miss it. Follow the crowds — plus it is not that far from the famous China Town arch. From the street it doesn’t look much — because it is not at street level. It is upstairs on levels 2 & 3. You have to negotiate a rather steep staircase to get to the restaurant — but that just gets the juices flowing. At the ‘recommendation’ of some Massachusetts friends, who also do Dim sum, we tried ‘Hei La Moon‘ last year. No comparison. Kids hated it. Never going back there.

China Pearl is where the locals eat. We have been there many times when there have been way, way more Chinese folk than non-Chinese. That is always a good sign. China Pearl also has a small, fixed buffet, serving specialty food like fried calamari and shrimp, in addition the food brought around to your table. There are two levels, 2 floor and the 3rd floor. The 3rd floor has windows. 2nd floor has no windows but has some impressive Chinese artwork. The 2nd floor has more ambiance. Most of the Chinese are given tables on the 2nd floor. You can ask for the 2nd floor and they will give you a table.

We have been there for Chinese New Year Sundays … and TWICE when Valentine’s Day also fell on a Chinese New Year Sunday. Suffice to say they were packed. Lines down the staircase. No reservations. But, they give you a number — but they don’t call out the numbers in sequence. It is still a lot of fun trying to work out who is going to get called. Many time all 4 of the kids make it to Dim sum — and of late they have been bringing along their friends, since Dad pays. The larger the table, more space, more food and more fun. Yes, you can get drinks though I tend to drink the green tea. Danielle, now that she is old enough, likes to order a cocktail.

It is not that expensive, though prices have been going up. Can range from $12 – $16 per head — plus you can, indeed, bring leftovers home. There are no listed prices. They just stamp cute little icons on your check. Then at the end they CLAIM to add it up. I am sure that they scan the volume of icons, the amount of plates on the table, the number diners AND their DEMEANOR and make up a number. Of late I have started telling them, and English is always a bit of a novelty at the China Pearl, ‘to be nice’ when they are adding up the check. Seems to work. Makes them, usually rather dour as only Chinese men can be, smile.

In Boston, on Sundays, street parking is free and if you can’t be bothered to do that there is discount parking for around $9 a day. We usually go straight to the Financial District, next door to China Town, and find a parking spot in what we call ‘Bank of America square’ — since a huge, fort like structure dominates that square. Then we walk. In Spring and Summer it is a treat. In Winter it gets cold.