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#foodiefriday September 29, 2017

Firefly American Bistro and Bar

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As the leaves begin to fall and the days get cooler, a great place to go for lunch with a co-worker or a cozy dinner with a friend is Firefly American Bistro and Bar! Their decadent comfort food and variety of cocktails are sure to make you want to come back for more!

 

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Craving a creamy pasta dish with tender scallops and shrimp? This traditionally prepared dish is made with garlic, a splash of white wine, freshly squeezed lemon and chopped parsley. Served over a plate of linguine, this pasta dish is one of our favorites at Firefly!

 Check out the bacon wrapped bistro steak which is pan-seared, topped with a Tennessee bourbon barbecue sauce and onion straws with a side of mashed potatoes! This dish is certainly one to make your mouth water with each bite!

Need a little pick-me-up with your dinner? Firefly American Bistro and Bar has just the cocktail for you, with vanilla vodka, Tia Maria, chocolate liqueur and fresh brewed espresso! The Espresso Martini is a great way to start the evening with just the right zing of caffeine for any cocktail lover! Be sure to check out their Happy Hour specials, Monday through Thursday from 4 to 6:30pm and from 9 to close.

 

 

Check them out at 22 Concord Street and try all they have to offer!

Hours:

MONDAY-THURSDAY:

11:30AM – 10:00PM

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY:

11:00AM-11:00PM

SUNDAY:

10:00AM – 10:00PM

Looking for other great places in the downtown area? Here is a few of our favorites!

 

 

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Throwback Thursday Sept-28-2017

Parade Through Time: A Glimpse of the Parades on Elm Street

 

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Trade Procession on Elm Street – 1890

It is hard to believe that the picture above was a parade on the Elm Street that we know today! Parade’s of soldiers, veterans and many other groups have made their journey down  Elm Street in all months of the year to show their patriotism and pride. Here is a glimpse of the different parades that have happened right here, in downtown Manchester, long ago!

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Even though these floats do not nearly look a flashy as the ones we have today, they had captured audiences as they were pulled down Elm Street by horse. The top image is of of four young girls in a carriage, decorated for the parade down Elm with a driver. The bottom left image is of five cadets on their float with a sign saying, “Cadet Scientific Stockings for Men, Women and Children”, which they were selling for a mere twenty-five cents! The image on the bottom middle is of the Ladies Auxiliary Float in the City Centennial Parade in 1946. Lastly, the bottom right image is of Fire Engine Parade in the early 1900’s with two horses pulling the fire hose down the street.

More Photos From Manchester Parade’s on Elm Street

Manchester’s downtown has proven to be a significant place for celebration, patriotism and the honoring of the many men and woman that make up the city! Even President Roosevelt had once paraded down Elm Street in 1902! Many others, such as police officers and firemen, veterans and local organizations throughout the years have also joined in on parades! Still to this day, parades are one of the main attractions in the downtown area, bringing the community together for a brief period of time to celebrate as one!

 

Thank you to the Manchester Historic Association for the great photos!

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#foodiefriday September 22, 2017

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Feeling the need to spice things up? Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant is just the place for you! Located conveniently on Elm street, this restaurants has a variety of tacos, fajitas, chimis, nachos and so much more! Their vibrant and lively atmosphere will make you feel like you are transported to Mexico!

Marg's street tacosCheck out their street tacos, with three white corn tortillas stuffed with your choice of pork carnitas with salsa fresca, beef with onion and  fresh cilantro, or grilled chicken with salsa fresca (image on left). Also, try their delicious Gringo Burger, a Mexican twist on the traditional beef burger with a half pound of juicy beef!

 

zarape Try something different with Margarita’s favorite Zarape, made with braised beef, sautéed onions and peppers with cheese and a chipotle sour cream served with flour tortillas! This meal is sure to satisfy all your cravings! Another Margarita’s favorite is Tio’s SUPER Burrito, which speaks for itself. This burrito is made with beef and refried beans in a flour tortilla baked in red chile sauce and cheese. This monster burrio is topped with lettuce, salsa fresca, guacamole and crema, sure to make your mouth water!

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And of course, you can’t miss out on their drink selection with an array of traditional and flavored margaritas as well as other beverages such as their Naked Jalepeno! Made with hand-squeezed fresh lime, Tanteo Jalapeño Tequila, triple sec and simple syrup with fresh sliced jalapeño, this drink will surely get your taste buds fired up!

 

Check them out at 1037 Elm Street and try all they have to offer!

Hours:

MONDAY-THURSDAY:

3:00PM – 11:00PM

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY:

11:30AM-12:00AM

SUNDAY:

11:30AM-11:00PM

 Looking to try other great places in Manchester? Check these out!

 

#Throwback Thursday Sept-21-2017

How Manchester Came to Be

Everyday we are surrounded by our city’s history beginning with the mills that brought this town of 615 in 1810 to the bustling community that it is now. Manchester got its name after citizens had petitioned for a name change as they were unhappy with being considered a part of Derryfield in 1810. It was then decided by Judge Blodget, that the town would become “the Manchester of America” and the city was named Manchester. Following this, the city then grew to have police and fire departments as well as it’s own representative for the first time, Isaac Huse in 1816.

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Interior view of five clerks sorting mail in the United States Post Office on Hanover and Chestnut Streets – circa 1890’s

The Amoskeag Cotton and Woolen Manufacturing Company was bought out and expanded by a Boston financier which had then lead the the city to begin expanding even more so in 1830. The city’s post office was located on Mammoth road which at the time was a stage route from Lowell to Concord, proving to be an important route for those passing through. Even President Andrew Jackson and his cabinet had once stopped on Mammoth road during their trip to Concord for a luxurious dinner at White’s Hotel.

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Elm Street, Late 1800’s

By 1839 the first city newspaper, The Amoskeag Representative, was printed in Manchester and established by John Codwell. By 1840 the Granite Bridge was built as well as the Town Hall, for a whopping $35,000. The city had expanded to a population well over 3,325 citizens . Now, over 175 years later, the city currently has a population of over 110,000, making Manchester the largest city north of Boston!

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Elm Street, Manchester

Thank you to the Manchester Historic Association for the great photos and History and Genealogy for all the fantastic information!

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#foodiefriday September 15, 2017

Mint Bistro Restaurant and Sushi Bar

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Looking for a dinner with the freshest and most quality ingredients in the downtown area? Look no further than Mint Bistro located right on Elm Street! Serving delicious entrees such as their Elm Street Filet Mignon , served with Yukon Gold mashed potato, grilled asparagus, bearnaise butter, crisp shallot, and morel Mushroom-glacé de viande.

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Check out their large selection of sushi rolls, tataki and maki with crab, avocado and other various fresh ingredients. Looking to try it all? No problem. Mint Bistro offers the Taste of Sashimi, a six piece sampler with thinly sliced fish assortment of tuna, salmon and white fish, enough to share with a friend, or keep all for yourself!

DSC_07621-1024x682And of course, a night out would not be complete without a refreshing cocktail! Try Mint Bistro’s Classic Raspberry Lemon cocktail (image on right), made with muddled blackberry, Limoncello, Stoli Razberi vodka and a splash of Prosecco! They also offer an array of wines, exotic mojitos and even sake!

 

Check them out at 1105 Elm Street and try all they have to offer!

Hours:

MONDAY-THURSDAY:

4:00PM – 10:00PM

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY:

4:00PM-11:00PM

SUNDAY:

4:00PM – 10:00PM

 Looking to try other great places like Mint Bistro? Here are a few of our favorites!

 

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday Sept-14-2017

The Historic Floods of Manchester, New Hampshire

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As monsoon rains began one mild March day, it did not take long for cities across New England to see the water levels rapidly rising. Shortly after, another two storms had hit New England causing the Merrimack river to rise forty feet above flood level, pouring out into the streets and homes of those in the city.  Bridges were shut down as water crashed into and over them, and the many citizens of Manchester stood on high ground to watch it all unfold (above picture).

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Police, firemen and even the National Guard worked around the clock rescuing stranded people and animals from the roofs of their homes . Shelters were opened throughout the city, not only by the Red Cross but also by the Boy Scout Troops, welcoming the many people who lost everything in the floods.The damage was estimated to be over one million dollars in Manchester alone.Even though the city was under water, the community and their spirits remained afloat.

What once was a calm river meandering through Manchester, had turned into destructive rapids flowing over the city (picture above). Historical flooding would not been seen like this again until May of 2006, and even then it still could not compare to the water levels that Manchester saw seventy years before!

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The Merrimack River Flooding the Mills 2006

 

Thank you to the Manchester Historic Association for the great photos!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#foodiefriday September 8, 2017

Bonfire Country Bar Heating up the City

After their soft opening last Friday, this bar certainly caught the attention of the downtown by giving away free burgers for a YEAR to the first 100 customers that day! This country bar and grill was certainly a contender for this week’s #foodiefriday!

The rustic atmosphere and country vibe pairs nicely with their Bonfire Burger, that is hand patted and topped with apple wood smoked bacon and melted pimento cheese. Their menu offers a variety of wood fired inspired entrees as well as other items such as their Crab Cake Salad, that is sure to please, with a spicy Cajun ranch sauce and many more steaks and burgers to chose from!

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And of course you cannot forget about their drink selection, ranging from craft beers to fruity cocktails served in mason jars, there is something for everyone! These drinks are sure to make you feel like your back at the ranch, or perhaps somewhere other than the city. Stop by for their happy hour, Monday through Thursday from 4-7 to enjoy a beverage accompanied with FREE bacon! Now that is a game changer.

Swing by their new location on 950 Elm Street and see for yourself!

 

Hours:

Monday-Friday:

4:00pm – 1:45am

Saturday and Sunday:

2:00pm – 1:45am

Looking for other great restaurants in the downtown? Check out these!