#FoodieFriday December 1st, 2017

XO on Elm

A great place to dine right on Elm Street is XO on Elm, a cozy restaurant serving up season, local cuisine that is too good to pass up! XO on Elm is now serving lunch, so swing by for a delicious lunch with a friend or co-worker and taste all that XO on Elm has to offer!

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Start off your night with one of our favorite appetizers, the Stuffed Dates made with
chorizo sausage and cream cheese  wrapped in crispy pancetta bacon and finished with Blood Orange balsamic glaze… so good you’ll want them all for yourself!


cocnut tofuFor your entree, try their vegan Coconut Crusted Tofu made with crispy coconut tofu, sautéed zucchini, red peppers, carrots, artichokes and baby spinach, simmered in a red curry coconut broth and topped with cranberry apple chutney! A dish that is my personal favorite on a cold night out downtown!

meat and potato

Looking for something with some steak and potatoes? Check out their Grilled 8oz Filet Mignon made with smoked bacon bourbon demi-glace, served with Yukon Gold mashed potato and grilled asparagus! The perfect meal to satisfy your taste buds!

Check out XO on Elm at 827 Elm Street today for a fantastic meal in a great atmosphere!


Monday – Saturday:

4:30pm – Close

Closed on Sundays

Looking for other great places to dine downtown? Check these out!


#ThrowBackThurday – November 30th, 2017

Downtown Manchester Christmas Parade

This Saturday, UNH Manchester presents the 2017 Manchester Christmas Parade, a fantastic parade with local groups joining together to spread the holiday cheer! Intown Manchester organizes this parade, and for the past several years thousands of people have lined Elm Street to watch the parade with friends and family as a  holiday tradition! Lets take a look back at the Manchester Christmas Parades throughout the years in this week’s #ThrowBackThursday!

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Palace Float
Christmas Float
Rudolph Float
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Santa Waving
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Christmas Equestrian
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Vintage fire engine with wreath

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Gingerbread House Float
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Happy Parade Participants!

You will not want to miss out on a parade full of lights, fun and cheer this Saturday, December 2nd at 4pm on Elm Street!

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#FoodieFriday November 17th, 2017

Waterworks Cafe


A great cafe located right in the historic Waumbec building of the Amoskeag Millyard, serves up delicious breakfasts and fantastic lunches, perfect for on the go, or catching up with a friend over coffee! With new specials daily, you can warm up with their hearty soups or keep it light with their fresh salads! The Waterworks Cafe has something for everyone, and we wanted to share that with you!


You cannot go wrong with any option at the Waterworks Cafe, but one of our favorites is the Over Night French Toast made with cubes of bread, cinnamon, raisin, Grand Marnier berry salad, whipped cream and a side, of course, of maple syrup! Yum! Craving a little something more? Try their Breakfast Burger , a char grilled burger with an over easy egg, smoked bacon, mushrooms, caramelized onions, tomatoes, baby spinach and Cheddar cheese on a soft brioche bun! You’ll be fueled up for the rest of the day with this Breakfast Burger!


Grab a lunch to go, or hang out for a while at  the Waterworks cafe, serving up one of our guilty pleasures, the Grown-Up Grilled Cheese  made with melted Gruyère, Provolone and Cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, and tomatoes served on Texas toast! Looking for something with some greens? They have that too, with their Kale Power Salad made with baby kale, blueberries, carrots, red quinoa, dried cranberries, dried apricots, edamame and toasted sunflower seeds tossed in a delicious wild berry vinaigrette! Just looking at it will make you feel healthy!

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Of course, the Waterworks Cafe has a great selection of cold brew coffees, espressos, lattes and even fruit smoothies! If you are a latte lover like me, try their Tidewater Latte made with espresso, steamed milk, maple and butter pecan! You won’t regret this decision! Not a coffee lover? Try their Hot Chocolate made with decadent Ghirardelli chocolate and whipped cream! The perfect drink for a cold day in Manchester!

Check them out at 250 Commercial Street, Suite 1004 today!


Monday – Thursday 7:30 AM – 4 PM
Friday 7:30 AM – 3 PM
Saturday 8 AM – 3 PM
Closed Sunday

Looking for other great spots in the downtown to eat? Here are a few of our favorites!

Tune in for next week’s #foodiefriday to discover other great restaurants and cafes’ downtown!

#ThrowBackThursday November 16th, 2017

Snowy Days in Manchester

As the first snowfall of the season happened earlier this week, it’s time to start gearing up for for the festivities of winter! Manchester has seen snowfall year after year but it certainly has not stopped this city from making the best of it! Here are some images provided by the Manchester Historic Association capturing the snowy days of Manchester, NH!


1924 – Ten very brave members of the Brownies Swim Group get ready to bobsled in the snow dressed in their swimsuits! Brr!

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1927 – The Snowshoe Carnival was a great celebration of the snow, which included a snowshoe race through the textile fields as spectators lined the track to cheer on the snow showers!

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1923– These two sisters make the best of the snowfall, by creating an igloo and a polar bear out of the snow! Posing proudly with their creations, they had turned the snow into works of art!

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c. 1900 – What better way to spend the winter than in a log cabin? These images show hunting cabins with men chopping wood and hiking through the woods in the bitter cold days of the winter!


1940 – Perhaps not the most fun part of the snow is the removal. This image shows city workers clearing away snow in front of City Hall, and loading it into the back of this truck!

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1924 – Right in what we know now as the Veterans Memorial Park, this snowman was coined the “World’s Largest Snowman”, which was set up for the four day Winter Carnival! Even though he is not made out of snow, he represents the spirit of winter!

 Just in time for the holidays and the kick-off to the winter season, come downtown for a fantastic Christmas Parade you can’t miss, and an incredible Holiday Market with over 50 craftsmen! Click here for more information about these great events!

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Foodie Friday November 10th, 2017

Cafe La Reine

One of Manchester’s coziest cafe’s, right downtown is Cafe la Rein, serving up an array of coffees, teas, espresso, delicious breakfast sandwiches and so much more! Cafe la Reine also serves rice and quinoa bowls, soups, salads and sandwiches! This fantastic cafe also has gluten free options for those looking to exclude gluten from their diet… with great flavors like these you won’t even know the difference!


Try their Açaí Bowls made with organic, pure, unsweetened açaí blended with frozen strawberries and bananas that is topped with granola, shredded coconut, and sliced seasonal fruit! This bowl will give you the perfect jump start to your day!


One of my personal favorite lunch items is the Marie Antoinette made with all natural turkey breast, thousand island dressing, mixed greens, heirloom tomatoes, bacon, and smoked gouda. You absolutely cannot go wrong with this sandwich (or any sandwich from Cafe la Reine)! All sandwiches come with one of their decadent sides…so good it will be hard for you to chose!

8648-slideshow12001-90af8fb7And of course, a trip to Cafe la Reine would not be complete without a beverage! Try their Millyard Cold Brew made right here in Manchester, NH! Are you a tea lover? They have that too with their Upton Tea Imports right from Holliston, Massachusetts!

Check out Cafe la Reine at 915 Elm Street today!


Sunday – 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Monday – 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Tuesday – 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Wednesday – 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Thursday – 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday – 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday – 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

More great places downtown to check out this weekend!

Tune in for next week’s #foodiefriday to discover other great restaurants and cafes’ downtown!

#ThrowBackThursday November 9th, 2017

Presidents Visiting Downtown Manchester

Throughout time, downtown Manchester has been a hot spot for presidents to come visit the people and parade down Elm Street! Included in this post are images from Presidents T. Roosevelt, Taft, and Ford’s respected visits. While there are no images of President Abraham Lincoln’s visit to Manchester in 1860, I did find a sobering one of the Smyth Block (image below), owned by Governor Frederick Smyth then Republican City Chairman and an avid supporter of President Lincoln, dressed in black for Lincoln’ assassination just five years after his visit.



President Theodore Roosevelt visits Manchester, lifting his hat to the people along the side of the road – 1908


President Taft’s visit to Manchester, where he is seen being helped out of the motor car (top), and leaving Manchester (bottom) – 1912


President Ford’s visit to downtown Manchester – 1975

There is no doubt why our presidents in the past had taken time to visit Manchester, due to the large amount of support and crowds that were there to great them! Manchester’s rich history provides a lot of meaning to the great downtown that we have! Tune in next week for another #ThrowBackThursday!


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Foodie Friday – November 3rd, 2017


Gale Motor Company – Food & Drink

A little gem in Manchester that serves some of the most delicious entrees and unique cocktails is Gale Motor Co.! Serving dishes in smaller portions, this restaurant encourages sharing small plates and tasting a variety of what they have to offer in every bite!


Begin a night out with some small plates that are sure to please! One of our favorites is the Bao Tacos, made with succulent pork belly, hoisin, pickled red onion and a kim chi aioli. Feeling the need to spice it up? Try their Steak and Cheese Egg Roll, made with  Hanger steak, American cheese, mushrooms and a spicy chipotle dip!


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Gale Motor Co. knows how to bring the flavors of the season with their Acorn Squash Ravioli, made with goat cheese, baby spinach and an incredible maple cream sauce! Looking for something simple like pizza? They have that too, with their Parson’s Pie, a Margarita pizza made with pepperoni, house made ricotta, basil and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.



Order one of their carefully crafted concoctions with the most unique and delicious flavors around! Try their Salty Dog, made with Deep Eddy Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka, grapefruit juice, simple syrup and a salt rim…yum! Feeling a little adventurous? Order their Ninja Bilini, made with Zipang Sparkling Sake, and a peach liqueur! This drink will surely bring out the inner ninja in you!

Stop by Gale Motor Co. and taste the great flavors they have to offer!



11:30am – 9:00pm


11:30am – 10:00pm


5:00pm – 10:00pm

Other fantastic restaurants downtown to check out this weekend!


Tune in for next week’s #foodiefriday to discover other great restaurants and cafes’ downtown!

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