#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 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-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?

#foodiefriday Mar-10-2017

We are officially one week away from St. Patrick’s Day! We’ve begun to round up some celebrations happening throughout Downtown in a special blog post here! I look forward to all the fun Irish food every year, and Downtown most certainly does not disappoint.

Some St Patty’s Day #foodie highlights:

  • The Rover serves an amazing traditional Irish breakfast that will be served up starting at 6am and feature giveaways all day long!
  • Stark Brewing Co. will be serving their classic corned beef and featuring two new stouts for St. Patrick’s day only: Raspberry Chocolate and Tirimisu made with cold pressed coffee!
  • The Shaskeen will kick off at 5:30am with breakfast, and of course pints, and feature their Irish Classics for lunch and dinner: The Corned Beef Dinner and Guinness Beef Stew!

For more details, visit our full St. Patty’s post here!

#foodiefriday Sept-30-2016

Happy Friday, Manchester! This week’s post is brought to you by Trixie, and is dedicated to a very special woman who passed on earlier this week, Julia’s Aunt Nina.

If you’ve met Julia, you know that she’s proud of her big, crazy Italian family! Her heritage is a prevalent part of how she lives her day to day life, especially when it comes to food. After doing some research into Italian customs, I learned that food sharing is the biggest way to connect families and friends. Whether to show love in times of celebration, or show support in times of great loss, it is the Italian way to come together and share a homemade meal.

Although I never met her, I do know that Nina was a pillar of the LoCascio family, and holds a significant place in the hearts of many.

So in honor of Auntie Nina, I’d like to share this recipe for Italian Cookies with you all. May you get to share these and many more homemade recipes with your loved ones!

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#foodiefriday July-22-2016

While scrolling through Facebook this week I stumbled upon this post by Mint Bistro:

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Now I don’t know about you, but to me the thought of sipping on a fresh mint Mojito is quintessential Summer. Bright, citrusy,  and most importantly, COLD!

Of course, the perfect summer drink differs from person to person. Some people prefer an ice cold brew. Others might like a frozen margarita. Luckily, there’s no shortage of options for icy drinks in downtown! So the next time you’re craving a brisk drink, be sure to stop by Elm Street!

What’s your favorite summer drink?