#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?


#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?

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!


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!

Guest Post: Small Business Saturday in Downtown

Local blogger Lindsey spent Small Business Saturday right here in downtown Manchester! Enjoy her blog below about all of her stops. Be sure to visit her blog at www.newenglandstateofmind.com!

My Small Business Saturday Experience in Manchester

November 29, 2014

I’ve been having such a joyful afternoon so far on Small Business Saturday! Today I’m in my home city of Manchester, New Hampshire and have been roaming around Elm Street where many shops are located.


I started my trip with a caramel latte from one of my favorite coffee shops to visit when I’m home, Café la Reine. Caramel lattes are quite the addiction of mine, and the ones made at Café la Reine are the tastiest of all.

I then made my way to the Granite State Candy Shoppe where I was happily overwhelmed by shelves and cases filled with every kind of chocolate and candy confection imaginable (and ice cream, too!) I purchased a few things for Christmas presents (I don’t want to say what in case any of the recipients will be reading!) and was even offered free samples. I chose to sample a milk chocolate and peanut butter pattie – sorry, Reese’s, but nothing compares to homemade chocolate and peanut butter candies!


From there, I headed across the street to With Heart and Hand Unique Gifts. The storefront had a little porch draped with all kinds of cute, country style decor. Upon walking in, I was surrounded by adorable holiday items and unique home decorations. The scent of potpourri was mixed with fragrant candles and homemade soup that the shop was handing out free for customers as they browsed. An employee told me that everything in the store was 15% off for Small Business Saturday, so I knew I would definitely be purchasing multiple gifts here! I came across many New Hampshire-made items in the store, including lotions, soaps and cozy smelling candles. I found presents here for almost every woman on my gift list and was thrilled that I got to save money on my purchase for supporting Small Business Saturday.


My next stop was Finesse Pastries – a sign in the window advertising homemade turkey soup had me sold. You would think I have had enough turkey after eating it the past few days, but to me there is no such thing. The shop was adorably decorated for the holidays and “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” by Nat King Cole was playing. It’s my favorite holiday song and it certainly got me into the spirit! Behind a case among other pastries were macarons of all flavors and colors on display. I decided to try one for the first time. I’ve often seen these treats featured on Instagram and Pinterest and always thought they looked delightful but had yet to taste test one.


I took a seat at a table and my turkey soup was brought out to me along with some cheesy breadsticks for dipping. I loved this little extra. After my soup, it was time for my macaron dessert. As my first macaron flavor ever, I had chosen Salted Caramel. I clearly hadn’t known what I was missing by not trying one of these pastries sooner! They certainly satisfy a sweet tooth and are just the right size for an indulgent snack.

There are many small businesses on my list to still visit. While I’m glad I got out there for Small Business Saturday, I know I won’t just shop local for one day this holiday season. I’m vowing to get the majority of my presents from local stores this year and I couldn’t be more excited that the hunt has started for unique gifts that also help support my community.

Happy shopping!

Featured places:
Café La Reine – 915 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101
Granite State Candy Shoppe – 832 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101
With Heart and Hand Unique Gifts – 823 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101
Finesse Pastries – 968 Elm Street, Manchester NH 03101

#foodiefriday Nov-14-2104

I recently just learned about Buzzfeed Food… and I am completely obsessed. Each article is a list with delicious recipes, pictures of food, and insane dishes that will have you drooling at your desk. Check it out here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/food. I’ve already bookmarked no less than 10 recipes I’m dying to try. Even if my end result looks nothing like the picture…sigh.

PS: This week’s #foodiefriday features three different types of calamari from Fratellos, XO on Elm, and The Pint! Check them out below…yum!

#foodiefriday Oct-24-2014

You’ve probably heard about the Adored app by now; it’s been the buzz downtown all week long! The app’s goal is to simplify loyalty rewards for customers and businesses. The soft launch has taken off at Cafe La Reine this week to rave reviews! It will be in Mint Bistro, The Palace Theatre, Ignite Bar and Grille, The Shaskeen and Hooked Seafood today. Download Adored now to get some great perks all weekend long at your favorite downtown stops! More info here: http://www.getadored.com/.

PS: This is our largest #foodiefriday to date–there’s 24 different downtown restaurants! Love it!

#foodiefriday October-10-2014

We were so excited to learn that 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza was going to be featured on Phantom Gourmet! Their episode surely did not disappoint! As you can tell by this blog post back in April, 900 has some of my favorite dishes here in Manchester! Congratulations to Priscilla and the 900° team for a job well done! We are so happy to have you in our downtown. See their feature by clicking the image below!