#foodiefriday May-5-2017

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Did you make it out for the Taco tour last night? The weather was perfect for hopping down Elm Street, picking up tacos, and listening to live music! The Judges’ Choice winner last night was Midtown Cafe with their grilled chicken kabob taco. Although I got to try a ton of awesome tacos, I’m kicking myself for not waiting in that line!

My personal favorite taco was served by Fratello’s, but a huge shout out goes to Firefly for having an open toppings bar! What was your favorite stop?

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#foodiefriday July-15-2016

Happy Friday, Manchester!

Although it may not be widely celebrated, today just happens to be National Gummi Worm Day! Of course, we in the office never need an excuse to eat more candy. Here’s a little bit of history about how National Gummi Worm Day came to be from Daysoftheyear.com:

History of Gummi Worm Day
Before we can talk about Gummi Worms, we have to talk about Gummi Bears. Gummi Bears were the original Gummi candy created by the Haribo company in 1920. These delicious ursine candies came in a broad variety of fruit flavors and were intended for both adults and children to enjoy. The secret to these little candies gumminess is from a careful mixture of special ingredients, the most important being the gelatin that helps to give the candy its form, and the sugar and citric acid that gives it its flavor.
From these initial gummi candies, many other types and shapes came into existence, but none of them could take the crown from the popular gummi bear. It wasn’t until Trolli created the gummi worm that this changed. Gummi worms were fun to eat, they could easily be used to create creative desserts, and were even more fun (in our opinion) to eat than gummi bears!
Gummi Worm Day was organized to celebrate the fellow confectionary monarch to the gummi bear, and the amazing Trolli company that brought it into existence. Gummi worms comes in even more flavors and varieties than the original gummi bear, including all the basic flavors, sweet and sour flavors, and our personal favorite, the sour gummi worm.”

Since I’m sure you now have a hankering for something sweet, you can get your gummi worm fix right here in downtown at Granite State Candy Shoppe!

What’s your favorite flavor Gummi Worm?

Weekend Watching August-5-2015

Good Morning, Manchester! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to get this weekend started. There’s so many great things happening right here in downtown, you just can’t be at a loss for what to do!

Don’t forget: Tomorrow night Incadence takes the stage at Veterans Park with opener Lauren Hurley! Can’t make it to one of our Thursday night shows!? That’s alright, we still have one Saturday show on August 8th! Check out our website here for more information! Enjoy this week’s post and your weekend in New Hampshire’s Downtown!

We try our hardest to ensure the accuracy of these events, but please be sure to call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and cost!


All Weekend Long

PAINT NIGHT AT MUSE PAINTBAR

Check out their calendar to see what classes they’re offering this weekend!

DATE NIGHT IN THE POTTERY STUDIO

Spend a night crafting with your loved one with this crash course on the pottery wheel. At the end of the night you can pick a glaze and your creation will be fired for you to take home! You have a choice of a 6pm or 7:30 pm class. Visit their page for more info!

ART 3 GALLERY PRESENTS “SURF AND TURF”

Art 3 Gallery celebrates the allure of summer with the exhibit “Surf & Turf”, which opened July 20. Featuring artwork that embraces the outdoors, this exhibit takes the viewer on a journey into the colors and images of summer. The show is on display Monday – Friday from 9a-4p, but can be viewed weekends and evenings by appointment. Call the gallery at 603-668-6650 or click here for more info!

58TH ANNUAL NH ANTIQUES SHOW

This annual tradition now in its 58th year brings together highly reputable dealers who, with a keen interest in educating visitors about antiques, save their most prized wares for the event. With on-site shipping and no sales tax this is the event to find that one-of-a-kind treasure you have been searching for! For times and ticket prices, click here!

LIVE MUSIC

There is always live music downtown in Manchester! The Shaskeen, Strange Brew Tavern, N’Awlins, Central Ale House, Murphy’s Taproom, Fratellos, Milly’s Tavern, The Wild Rover, XOonElm, A&E Coffee, and even more have live music every weekend! Check out this week’s Hippo for a complete list of live music venues.


Thursday the 6th

SHREK: THE MUSICAL

Join the Palace Theatre as they tell the story of a swamp-dwelling ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his land. Joined by a wise-cracking donkey, this unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess and learns that real friendship and true love aren’t only found in fairy tales. Click here for showtimes and ticketing info!

NH INNOVATION NIGHTS: OUR CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE

New Hampshire Innovation Nights, in partnership with Environment New Hampshire, is pleased to present an evening of networking, discussions and entrepreneur presentations focused on how we as a state and country can lead on climate. The event is free and open to the public; RSVP on their website. It’s a great chance to check out new products and network with the coolest innovators in the state! For more info, click here!

CURRIER AFTER HOURS: 1950’S SUMMER BASH

Join the Currier for a summer bash that celebrates the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman House, which has been open to the public for 25 years! They’ll be spinning stacks of wax from the 1950s (the first decade that the Zimmerman’s lived there) and the dance floor will be open for all you guys and dolls! The Winter Garden Café will offer a full menu and a cash bar with a specialty cocktail. If that weren’t enough, take your picture in a photo booth, enjoy a tour in the galleries or hear how the Zimmerman House, a privately owned home, became ready for public touring. Free with general admission. Click here for more info!


 Friday the 7th

FAMILY MOVIE AFTERNOONS AT THE LIBRARY

As a part of their ‘Every Hero Has a Story’ summer reading program, The Manchester Public Library will be showing a family movie based on our everyday heroes in the air conditioned auditorium.  For more information, please call 624-6550 ext. 328.

FREE LINE DANCING LESSONS AT CLUB MANCHVEGAS

Find your inner cowboy, and learn to step with the best of them! This free lesson starts at 6:30p. No cowboy boots required! Visit their website to find out more.

A&E COFFEE PRESENTS: TOM CARLSON // THE GREBES

Visit A&E Coffee this Friday from 6p-8p to catch some live tunes and enjoy handcrafted drinks! Click here for more info.


Saturday the 8th

BUILD A WIGAWAM

Help the Amoskeag Fishways rebuild their Fishways wigwam! Spend the morning outdoors, bending saplings, lashing them together, and learning firsthand how these structures were traditionally made. They will do some “fall cleaning” and spruce-up their fire pit.  All ages welcome, snacks and water provided. For more info, visit their website!

TD BANK LIVIN’ FREE FEST

Join us this Saturday in Veterans Park as we present TD Bank Livin’ Free Fest! There’ll be music by Roots of Creation, Entrain, and The Adam Ezra group as well as food and raffles! Visit our website for more info!

HEADLINERS COMEDY CLUB

Headliners comedy club was voted New Hampshire’s best comedy club we are inside the Radisson Hotel downtown Manchester see Boston and New York’s best comedians live each weekend. We are celebrating 20+ years of bringing comedy to Manchester New Hampshire. To learn more about the performance, click here.


Sunday the 9th

SECOND SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH

Join the Currier Museum from 10am-2pm to enjoy brunch in their cafe and be serenaded by live jazz music! To see their menu options, click here!

SUNDAYS ARE MADE FOR BRUNCHING AND SUNDAY FUNDAYS!

Head to Strange Brew Tavern or Penuche’s for live music, Firefly Bistro to build your own bloody mary, The Farm for $5 bloody’s and mimosas and $5 1/2 pound burgers all day, Murphy’s Diner for an extensive french toast menu, The Red Barn Diner for a great specials menu and homemade pie, or B&B for a quick and delicious breakfast among many, many other spots!

Weekend Watching July-15-2015

It may not quite be Friday yet, but it’s never too early to prepare for the weekend! If you’re at a loss for what to do, don’t worry! Our weekend watching has you covered!

Don’t forget: Tomorrow night Manchuka takes the stage at Veterans Park with opener Chris Cavanaugh! Can’t make it to one of our Thursday night shows!? That’s alright, we’re hosting TWO Saturday night concerts in August on the 1st and 8th! Check out our website here for more information! Enjoy this week’s post and your weekend in New Hampshire’s Downtown!

We try our hardest to ensure the accuracy of these events, but please be sure to call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and cost!


ALL WEEKEND:

A&E Coffee’s One Year Celebration

A&E Coffee & Tea is very excited to announce the one year anniversary of their Manchester location. The café will host a jam packed weekend of events to celebrate this milestone from July 16th to the 19th at the Manchester café. Keep reading for specifics on what’ll be happening each day!

Paint Night at Muse Paintbar

Check out their calendar to see what classes they’re offering this weekend!

Live Music

There is always live music downtown in Manchester! The Shaskeen, Strange Brew Tavern, N’Awlins, Central Ale House, Murphy’s Taproom, Fratellos, Milly’s Tavern, The Wild Rover, XOonElm, A&E Coffee, and even more have live music every weekend! Check out this week’s Hippo for a complete list of live music venues.


Thursday the 16th

A&E Coffee’s One Year Celebration

kickoff the weekend with a Latte Art Throwdown starting at 8pm. The event is free to attend and $5 if you want to participate in the competition.

Java Jams at Cafe La Reine

Join Cafe La Reine for Java Jams from 7:30pm-9:30pm at the cafe! There will be free admittance and this week’s featured artist is Jordan Levesque!

Peter Pan at the Palace Theatre

Peter Pan and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinker Bell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night in search of his missing shadow. He takes the Darling children on the adventure of a lifetime as they unite with the Lost Boys and Tiger Lily and her Pounce to defeat the villainous Captain Hook and his band of pirates. Join them in their adventure at 10 am or 6:30 pm. Visit their website for more info.


Friday the 17th

A&E Coffee’s One Year Celebration

The cafe will feature local music from 5pm to 9pm. Date Night in the Pottery Studio Spend a night crafting with your loved one with this crash course on the pottery wheel. At the end of the night you can pick a glaze and your creation will be fired for you to take home! You have a choice of a 6pm or 7:30 pm class. Visit their page for more info!

Free Line Dancing Lessons at Club Manchvegas

Find your inner cowboy, and learn to step with the best of them! This free lesson starts at 6:30p. No cowboy boots required! Visit their website to find out more.


Saturday the 18th

A&E Coffee’s One Year Celebration

The cafe will feature local music from 12pm to 7pm. In addition to the music on Saturday, the café will host a craft fair from 10am to 3pm.

Open Training with Theatre KAPOW

Join Theatre KAPOW for their open trainings, which involve acting, movement, improvisation, voice, speech, object work, and more. All are invited, no experience is necessary. Click here for more info.

Opening Night: The Annex presents Vivian Beer

Check out Vivian Beer’s exhibition of interesting furniture pieces at the Annex! The artist reception starts at 7p. Click here for more details!

Kids’ Movie Night at the Training Station

If it’s time for a parents’ night out, drop your kids off at The Training Station for a kids’ movie night! From 5:00pm-8:00pm your kids will take a 45 minute martial arts class followed by pizza and How to Train Your Dragon 2! The cost is $20 per child or $15 if they bring a friend! More information here.

Headliners Comedy Club

Headliners comedy club was voted New Hampshire’s best comedy club we are inside the Radisson Hotel downtown Manchester see Boston and New York’s best comedians live each weekend. We are celebrating 20+ years of bringing comedy to Manchester New Hampshire. To learn more about the performance, click here.


Sunday the 19th

A&E Coffee’s One Year Celebration

the cafe will have another craft fair from 10am to 3 pm and local performer Jonny Clockworks will close the weekend with a puppet show from 1pm to 3pm.

Sundays Are Made for Brunching and Sunday Fundays!

Head to Strange Brew Tavern or Penuche’s for live music, Firefly Bistro to build your own bloody mary, The Farm for $5 bloody’s and mimosas and $5 1/2 pound burgers all day, Murphy’s Diner for an extensive french toast menu, The Red Barn Diner for a great specials menu and homemade pie, or B&B for a quick and delicious breakfast among many, many other spots!

#foodiefriday Jan-9-2014

Hey y’all! Trixie here, ready to serve up our latest #foodiefriday post. With the winter weather finally upon us, Julia and I have found ourselves craving a cold-weather staple: soup!

I mean, who doesn’t love a bowlful of steaming savory goodness to remedy their cold bones? Luckily, downtown has quite a few options for fabulous soup within quick walking distance! Which is especially helpful, now that there is snow on the ground…

We’ve had soup for lunch everyday this week, starting at the Gyro spot. Their Avgolemono (a chicken and lemon soup) paired perfectly with a Greek salad. We had a Tomato and Goat cheese soup at Firefly that was so creamy, we wanted to take home buckets of it! B&B had a satisfyingly thick Italian Wedding soup and Finesse Pastries was serving up an amazing Broccoli and Cheddar. (Is your mouth watering yet?)

Today, I’ll be stopping in to A&E Coffee for their Sweet Potato and Winter Squash soup. A rich puree spiced with ginger, cumin, and cloves; perfect for all you vegetarians and vegans out there!

So, now that I’m sufficiently yearning for lunch, what are your favorite soups or soup spots? Let us know, we’d love to try them out!

#foodiefriday Oct-3-2014

I have something to share with you. It’s a bargain and has to do with food–my two favorite things. On Wednesdays the New Hampshire Institute of Art’s dining hall is offering $5 lunches. Let me rephrase that–$5 all you can eat lunches. We find ourselves there every Wednesday with over-flowing plates. Best part is–each Wednesday they offer something new; my favorite so far? The mac and cheese bar. YUM!

The NHIA dining hall is located at 1000 Elm Street (the entrance is on Spring Street). The $5 lunch on Wednesdays runs from 11am-1:30pm. Can’t make it on a Wednesday? Lunches are only $6.95 every other day!

 

#foodiefriday Sep-19-2014

Here in the office we’re still recovering from The Taste of Downtown! Held this past Wednesday, the Taste was a huge success–there were almost sixty participating businesses, restaurants, and vendors and twenty stops along the way! There was no shortage of great music either! Alli Beaudry was at the Plaza, Tristan Omand was outside of the Palace, BooBoo Groove was inside the YMCA, an acapella group was at City Hall Plaza, and Manchester Music Mill had a phenomenal band outside their shop!  We hope you enjoyed the night of tasting, shopping, and art! Check out some pictures we took along the trail here. If you have any photos you took at the Taste, please share them with me at jwhitney (at) intownmanchester.com!