#foodiefriday Apr-28-2016

With April coming to a close, we’re setting our sights to May. And, of course, with May comes Cinco de Mayo!

No one in downtown takes this celebration more seriously than Margaritas. Every year this restaurant hosts a week-long celebration with fun specials! This year, try one of their seasonal cocktails and take home a free collectible Cinco de Mayo Pint Glass!

Monday, May 1st – $5 Burritos

Tuesday, May 2nd – $5 all you can eat tacos!

Wednesday, May 3rd – $5 Fajitas

Thursday, May 4th – $5 Appetizers

Friday, May 5th – Cinco Celebration! The biggest fiesta of the year! Stop in for 25+ signature Margaritas, Cinco scratchcards, prizes, and giveaways all day. Plus enjoy all you can eat nachos and $5 house margaritas until 4pm!

And don’t forget that next Thursday will also be the Hippo’s Annual Taco Tour. With all the hustle and bustle in downtown, we hope that you have fun celebrating and stay safe!

#foodiefriday Apr-21-2017

Good morning, Manchester! Trixie here with the latest foodie Friday post!

This week, I’d like to take the time to really appreciate one of the biggest lunch classics of all time: The Sandwich.Whether it’s cold or hot, toasted or grilled, covered in cheese or slathered with mayo, there’s something so beautiful about having all your favorites swaddled between two slices of bread.

Luckily, downtown appreciates sandwiches just as much as I do, and there are TONS of options, regardless of what you like or what you’re in the mood for. So no matter what kind of sandwich personality you have, like turkey-avocado-cheddar or roast beef-onions-swiss, there’s a sandwich here in downtown for you!

What’s your favorite sandwich?

#foodiefriday Apr-14-2017

As I was grabbing my daily coffee this morning, I stopped to pick up a copy of this week’s Hippo. Immediately, the giant picture of delectable chicken tenders on the front cover had me dreaming of my favorite comfort foods! I know comfort food preferences vary from person to person, but I doubt there’s a single human on this planet that will deny enjoying a guilty pleasure comfort food now and again. My personal favorite? Just happens to be buffalo chicken tenders, and Stark Brewing Co. is my favorite place to grab them. Next? Chocolate ice cream. I usually stop into Ben & Jerry’s for some Chocolate Therapy when I need a summertime afternoon pick-me-up. The Farm is also great for filling my need for comfort food. There’s nothing like their Pulled Pork Sandwich!

What is your favorite comfort food? Where downtown do you go to get your fix?

#foodiefriday Apr-7-2017

Happy Friday! Although the weather had a fun April Fool’s Day prank to play on us, I think it’s safe to say the Spring is finally here. The weather forecast still reads that next week we’ll be launched into some beautiful sunny days before the spring showers hit!

I think the best way to celebrate warm weather is with cool drinks, and it seems that A&E Coffee agrees. They’ve got some awesome specials for the month of April that’ll help you cool down and enjoy that weather!

The following is a guest post by A&E Coffee


A&E Coffee & Tea is launching two new Feature Drinks in April, the Very Berry Cream Soda and the Spring Break Latte. “These are a continuation of our craft approach to drinks in our cafes,” says Emeran Langmaid, owner. “We are constantly striving to come up with creative ways to make drinks using real, natural ingredients. Certainly as the craft cocktail has become popular, craft lattes and au laits are following suit.”

The Very Berry Cream Soda is a spin-off of the widely popular Espresso Cream Soda made at A&E Coffee & Tea. It uses only 5 ingredients: organic very berry tea, cream, seltzer, house made vanilla simple syrup and garnished with fruit.

 

 

 

The Spring Break Latte is concocted with orange zest infused almond coconut milk, espresso and house made vanilla simple syrup. It can be served hot or iced.

 

 

 

What’s your favorite springtime drink?

Easter 2017 Events in Downtown!

EASTER

With Easter right around the corner, events and specials are popping up all over the place! We’ll be updating this list daily to keep you updated on all things Easter here in the Queen City!

Did we miss your business or event? Shoot an e-mail to tvazquez@intownmanchester.com or call 603-645-6285.


Edible Arrangements | 1000 Elm Street | Website

Edible is offering $25 off their Easter Bunny Party Arrangement, featuring bunny shaped pineapple dipped in chocolate! Their yummy arrangements will
make a perfect hostess gift!

Granite State Candy | 832 Elm Street | Website

Granite State Candy is holding their annual bunny raffle! Stop by their store to enter their FREE raffle and you could win a 3 foot tall milk chocolate bunny and a $100 gift card! Need some chocolate for Easter baskets? Granite State Candy has pure milk, dark, white, and calico chocolate bunnies and many more delectable treats. Stop by today!

Van Otis Chocolates | 341 Elm Street | Website

Van Otis BunniesStop into Van Otis Chocolates for your sweets needs. The perfect way to build your Easter baskets!

Dancing Lion Chocolate | 917 Elm Street | Website

Dancing Lion has been deliciously preparing for all of your chocolate Easter needs! Not only do the chocolates have incredible flavor profiles, they’re also beautiful to boot! Be sure to stop in and check out their amazing works of chocolate art!

Gauchos Brazilian Steakhouse | 62 Lowell Street | 603-669-9460

Gauchos Easter Sunday Brunch will run from 10:00am-2:00pm. It will include: an omelet station, chocolate fountain and fruit station, traditional rodizio (five meats), salad bar, desserts, breakfast items, pastries, cereals, and hot dishes! Adults are $17.95 and children 6-12 are $10.95! They will be serving dinner from 3:00pm-9:00pm. There’s also free parking on the weekends! Reservations are recommended.

Fratellos Manchester | 155 Dow Street | 603-624-2022

Fratellos is once again offering their wonderful Easter menu! From anitpasti, to salads and about 14 different entree choices, there is something for everyone! Make your reservation today for one of their seatings at 12p, 2:30p, or 5p!

Firefly American Bistro | 22 Concord Street | 603-935-9740

Firefly will be offering Sunday brunch from 10am – 3pm, and dinner from 4pm – 10pm. They’ll be featuring their full brunch and dinner menus, as well as several holiday specials (including but not limited to baked ham and roasted lamb). Reservations are not required but strongly recommended!

 

 

 

#foodiefriday Mar-31-2017

Happy Friday, foodies! We’re so excited about today’s featured restaurant, The Restoration Cafe! Check out all of their drool-worthy menu items down below, and dont miss their Grand Opening tomorrow, April 1st, from 10a to 2p, rain or shine!

The following is a guest post by Adra Darling


Hanover Street welcomes a new addition for restaurant goers with the arrival of Tom Puskarich’s Restoration Café, which welcomes visitors to a grand opening event on Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Flats, 235 Hanover Street, Manchester.

Sample menu for Saturday’s Open House

The open house will feature samples from the café’s mix of health- and comfort-inspired menu items, cold-pressed juices and all-natural ingredient smoothies. Also on hand will be nitro-infused coffee
demonstrations by Millyard Coffee, craft cocktail samples from Djinn Spirits and live music from Susan Goyette.

Located on the ground floor of The Flats @ Hanover Commons—home to Elm Grove Companies’ micro living apartments and several local businesses—the décor of the café is a blend of modern and antique apothecary design. Customers can dine in or take out, enjoy lunch at a high-top table, savor coffee in the lounge or relax over brunch with a cocktail in the courtyard.

Clean Food for Real People

Puskarich’s new venture was inspired by a question he’d been asked throughout his restaurant career: How do you eat at home? His answer: Restoration Café.

“I have always enjoyed surprising and delighting my customers. This menu comes from my heart and offers the

Tom Puskarich, Owner of and Visionary behind Restoration Cafe

fresh blend of options I enjoy eating and drinking,” said Puskarich. “Food trends come and go, but health and comfort never go out of style. Every item on the menu has been part of my personal recipe rotation at home. No pretense—just clean food for real people.”

One can see this in the menu where a healthy acai bowl sits right next to the decadent Pressed Tuna and Egg Sandwich (rapidly becoming a crowd favorite).  Fresh salads also go to the heart of Puskarich’s vision of fresh, healthy, and creative food as seen with the protein packed Chicken and Egg Quinoa Bowl.

With a full liquor license, Puskarich is bringing an innovative approach to his beverage program.  The café will only feature beer and spirits made in New Hampshire, including Djinn gin and Abel Ebeneezer beer. Signature cocktails will be mixed using fresh cold-pressed juices and other handcrafted mixers made on site.

Restoration Café currently serves breakfast and lunch, Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and starting April 1, brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Puskarich will be adding an evening tapas and lite dinner menu starting May 1st.  For daily specials and more information, visit: Restoration Café on Facebook or call (603) 518-7260.

Throwback Thursday Mar-30-2017

Editor’s Note: I love nothing more than a good prank and given the fact that this Saturday April Fools Day, I thought it fitting to revisit a Throwback Thursday post from last year that had me laughing at my desk.


The Original Post:

Having employed over 17,000 people in its peak, The Amoskeag Mills themselves were a machine. Like any modern company today, employee safety was, seemingly, a priority. The Amoskeag Mills created a series of photographs to promote and encourage workplace safety.

Man lying on the floor after stepping on several bobbinAlright, I have to admit that when I first saw some of these pictures they made me giggle. Not knowing the context in which they were taken, I had to double take at the guy very clearly lying on the ground on purpose (see left).

Running a Hand Truck against a Machine

Or how about this man apparently “Running a Hand Truck against a Machine?” (see right). These guys were definitely not the best actors. While Amoskeag’s attempts at promoting safety was a very real campaign and issue, almost 100 years later I’m sure it’s safe to look back and find them somewhat entertaining…

THANK YOU to the Manchester Historic Association for letting me scour your photo archives again this week!

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