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!


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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!

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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!

Hours: 

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!


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#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.

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


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


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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!

A BIG THANK YOU TO THE MANCHESTER HISTORIC ASSOCIATION FOR THESE FANTASTIC IMAGES AND INFORMATION!


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Foodie Friday – November 3rd, 2017

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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!


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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.

 


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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!

HOURS:

MONDAY – THURSDAY:

11:30am – 9:00pm

FRIDAY:

11:30am – 10:00pm

SATURDAY:

5:00pm – 10:00pm


Other fantastic restaurants downtown to check out this weekend!

 


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#ThrowbackThursday – November 2nd, 2017

Pups Through Time: Man’s Best Friend in Manch

 

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Throughout time people have used dogs as not only for work but as our best friends! Dogs have been used in Manchester for many years, working with the police and fire departments as well as on farms and even in battle! Despite their great work ethic and strength, dogs have proven to be one of man’s best companions. Above shows a portrait of a boy and his dog in the early 1900’s in Manchester, New Hampshire!


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This image is of the New Hampshire State Militia dating back to the late 1800’s. Notice the three dogs sitting in front of these soldiers who happened to be dressed up as cowboys and Native Americans for this photo.Not only where these pups good for battle, they also were good as every day companions.


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Even on the playgrounds of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company, children pose on the jungle gym with their black and white spotted pup back in 1911!


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Dogs have even participated in events in Manchester, this event being the Victory parade in 1918. These women and young ladies had dressed up to march in the parade, and so did their dog, who posed for this picture along side these ladies of Manchester!


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In 1895, New Hampshire’s first National Guard group poses with their dog in front! Since then the National Guard has grown, and dogs have still remained our best buds!


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Even in the coldest of winters dogs have been close to their humans to provide not only companionship, but protection and safety as well. This dog posses with a man and women being pulled by horse through the frigid winter day. Even back in February of 1882, dogs have proven to be a part of the everyday life of the residence of Manchester.


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At the end of the day dogs have not only been man’s best friend, but a companion for everyone! This little girl, Elizabeth Cheney, poses with her beloved family dog back in the early 1900’s. From the battle ground to the home, dogs have played a versatile role in our communities serving as our protectors and our friends.

A big thank you to the Manchester Historic Association for these fantastic images and information!


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Foodie Friday October 27th, 2017

A&E Coffee and Tea

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This week’s #FoodieFriday is all about a fantastic coffee shop downtown, A&E Coffee and Tea! They are the first coffee shop to serve USDA certified organic coffee in New Hampshire and have been since 2001! According to the founder Emeran Langmaid, Quality and Sustainability is where we live at A&E Coffee & Tea. We source coffees that have a story to tell and have a fantastic flavor composition. It is a privilege and honor to represent the growing communities when we process and present the coffees to our customers”. 


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You cannot go wrong with their breakfast selection, my personal favorite, the Matcha Granola, made with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds oats and more all served in steaming hot milk, proving to be a hearty and tasty breakfast or snack! Grab one of their Happy Hen sandwiches made with eggs from Julie’s Happy Hens and cheese from Choice Cut Butcher, to go, or have them cater your office party any day with coffee and breakfast sandwiches!


imagesLooking for something sweet and savory to go with your coffee? They have that too with daily baked muffins and scones as well a selection of Gluten Free pastries! Try their New York style bagels with a variety of cream cheeses!  For the month of October, try their pumpkin cream cheese spread! There surely is something for everyone at A&E Coffee and tea!


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Be sure to check out their Monthly Specials for October, with some fantastic yet spooky beverages such as the Werewolf in London made with organic Earl Grey tea and a blend of vanilla, lavender and mint topped with steamed milk! It’s to die for! Interested in their monthly coffee beverages? Try their Scary Pumpkin which is a chai latte with espresso and pureed pumpkin spice served hot or iced! These specials are scary good!


 AE-Cold-Brew-bagPurchase your own freshly ground coffee in store for organic coffee wherever you go! Try their many flavors and styles of coffees and teas from the comfort of your home or stop by one of their two locations in Manchester and Amherst for breakfast! Their friendly and warm atmosphere will make you want to pop in every morning for your cup of joe (or tea) and to see what fresh pastries they have available daily!


Swing by 1,000 Elm Street to check out this great cafe downtown!

Hours:

MONDAY – THURSDAY: 

7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

FRIDAY:

7 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY:

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


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#ThrowBackThursday – October 26th, 2017

History of Halloween…

1958-trick-or-treaters-at-naums-fruit-storeHalloween is full of ghosts and ghouls, vampires and witches and everything in between! Looking back at this shot above from the 1950’s these traditions surely have not changed as kids trick-or-treated  in Manchester, collecting candy on October 31st each year. But why do we dress up as spooky characters and go from house to house loading up on candy? Keep reading to find out how these spooky traditions came about!


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Origin of Halloween

With the influx of immigrants in the late 19th century, Halloween became even more of a prominent event as the Irish settle in America. The Irish were the first to celebrate on October 31st dating  over 2,000 years ago,  with their ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. This festival marks the beginning of winter which for many, at the time, meant death. They believed that on this day the ghosts of the dead would emerge. Large fires would be lit and the Irish would dress in costume to sacrifice animals to rid any bad spirits, which is where scary costumes made their first debut!

The Irish would cut out designs in potatoes, gourds and even beets, placing a candle inside to ward off evil spirits such as Stingy Jack who was known for playing games with the devil. When this tradition came to America, pumpkins began being used as they are native to this country! This is why the Jack-o-lanterns have been a large part of Halloween, warding off Stingy Jack and his evil spirits from the home!


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Halloween in America

As colonists began to settle in the New England areas, October 31st was considered a day to celebrate the end of the harvesting season with friends, families and neighbors by dancing, singing, telling ghost stories and even stories of the dead. These sort of gatherings were called “play parties” as people often would dress in costume. The photo above is of a Halloween party in Manchester, dating back to the 1920’s!

Taking the tradition from the Irish and English, American children began to dress up in costumes and go door-to-door asking for food or money in the 19th century. This tradition eventually lead to what we know now as trick-or-treating! As the time went on leaders in America started to encourage parents to get rid of the ghosts and witchcraft aspect of Halloween and make it into a community based holiday. With this, Halloween had transformed completely in America into a holiday focused on children, games and dress-up and less of the rising of the dead, haunted ghost stories and the end of the harvest season.

In the 1920’s and 1930’s Halloween parties were very popular with food, games and costumes of course! This tradition carried into the 1950’s and even now! America as a whole loves Halloween, making it the second largest commercial holiday, after Christmas, spending an average of $6 billion annually! Impressive!


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From all of us at Intown Manchester, we wish you a safe and fun Halloween! We appreciate the great photos from the Manchester Historic Society, and the information from History.com

Looking for Halloween events in the downtown? Check out the ‘Around Downtown’ section of our blog for a list of spooky Halloween events coming up! 


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Foodie Friday October 20th, 2017

Republic Cafe and Bistro

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Looking for a place in Manchester with excellent and delicious meals that is all farm-to-table and locally sourced? Look no further than Republic Cafe and Bistro located conveniently on Elm Street! From their unique breakfast menu to their dinner entrees, this restaurant has it all!


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Pop in on Saturday and Sunday mornings to try their elegant breakfasts and roasted coffee! The Eric’s Framstand Egg Souffle, made with Hatchland cream, pesto and a tomato side salad is sure to brighten your morning and please your taste buds! For those who crave something a little more sweet to start their day, try Republic’s Nutella and Banana Panini with a wild blueberry compote and fresh strawberries! Yum!


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There is nothing better than starting a night out with an appetizer to share! Indulge in their Feta Bites, which are fried Maplebrook Feta cubes with black and white sesame seeds, tzatziki and Eric’s Farmstand honey! This perfect blend of flavors are sure to please any feta lover!


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Republic has a variety of dishes ranging from Steak Frites made with Little Brook Farm grass-fed steak and hand cut frites, to their Chickpea Ragu made with spiced chickpeas, pomegranate molasses, saffron rice, spicy red cabbage slaw and topped with charmoula sauce! You will certainly leave satisfied after a locally sourced meal at Republic!


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Don’t forget to try one of their incredible cocktails, such as their Moroccan Old-Fashioned, which is an “old fashioned” old fashioned with straight rye, Berber
spiced syrup, and orange oil! They also have their Maple Mark which is made with Green Acre’s ‘Just Maple’ amber syrup, Maker’s Mark, fresh lime juice and a splash of ginger beer, perfect for the fall season!


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Finish off an incredible meal with a dessert that is one of our favorites, their Loukoumades, fondly known as Greek doughnuts made with Eric’s Farmstand honey and topped with toasted hazelnuts… you won’t be able to just have one! Also try their amazing Vegan Banana Chocolate Cake, served with strawberry and banana garnish and a taste of wild blueberry compote!


Check out Republic for yourself at 1069 Elm Street!

Hours:

MONDAY – THURSDAY:

11:00AM – 9:00PM

FRIDAY:

11:00AM – 10:00PM

SATURDAY: 

9:00AM – 10:00PM

SUNDAY:

9:00AM – 9:00PM


Check out these other great restaurants right downtown!