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Tavern 27, Laconia, N.H.: Tapas U.S. Style. Lot Of Fun. Definitely Worth Trying Out. Sure To Enjoy It.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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I am fairly familiar with Tapas. I have been to Portugal, the home of Tapas, a few times and have also frequented genuine Tapas bars in S.F. and Boston. I had heard good things about this place in Laconia and wanted to try it out.

Glad we went. It sure was a fun evening. It was complete, all-inclusive entertainment replete with a very lively (albeit a tad too loud (in terms of volume) piano player, very attentive and fun serve staff, good food and very pleasing, unusual decor that gave it a very exotic ambience. It was eclectic at its best; bronze statues of Ganesh alongside a huge chunk of quartz with van Gogh prints on the wall.

The food was good. The coffee was exquisite. WOW. I would go back just for the coffee. To say it was good would be an understatement. The NE chowder, delicately flavored but robust, was amazing. It was so good I ordered a second cup! I should have had a bowl to begin with. The Scotch Egg was as close to authentic as I can recall and I am Scotch Egg aficionado. We had a good time. The wait staff, both male, one local the other from the West, were very, very good. Very personable.

Wonderful, delectable location and today was the perfect evening. It was resplendent in its pastoral setting with the mountains in the distance, rolling countryside in between, a twinkling lake (or two) interspersed and a hint of a golf course nearby.

It sure seems to be popular with a regular crowd. As we were leaving around 8 pm it was packed. Some may have come in after a round of golf. Seems an affluent hangout judging from the expensive cars outside. Prices were ‘OK’, par for the course for an establishment of that calibre. $100+ for two adults & 2 kids (and just two glasses of wine).

Would definitely go again. Will know the drill better next time. Going to start with the coffee, It is from a local, Laconia coffee grinder. I have had coffee from them at the Laconia Airport Open Day and at the Laconia Multicultural Day. But that was in a ‘plastic’ cup. Here I had the works, including a press-down coffee maker with good cream. Wow.

The food, though Tapas style, is quite American. So don’t worry that it might be too excotic. It is not. It hints at the exotic while delivering what you are accustomed to — albeit in different proportions. Try it. I think you will like it.

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Appears That New Hampshire (N.H.) Property Tax Rates For 2013 – 2014 Will Not Be Set Till October?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I just spoke with a contact at the Alton Town Office. Alton is still at least 3 weeks away from being able to submit their tax rate to the State! Yes, they are behind schedule — though they do not have a hard-and-fast deadline per se. Right now Alton is waiting on getting some quotes on their utilities.

If Alton is 3 weeks out, the State will be at least 4 weeks out. That will put us into October. That is good in terms of when we will get our tax bills. I was kind of worried that we might be asked to pay our taxes in November 2013. That could still happen but the chances are that we are still looking at December 1, 2013.

I will keep you posted.

Rusty Moose Restaurant In Alton, NH Not Doing Itself Any Favors On The Web.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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RustyMoose1

Click to access unpopulated Facebook …

RustyMoose2

Click to read the Yelp reviews …

RustyMoose3

Click to read the Topix comments …


I know that there are a lot of local businesses in this neck of the wood that think that the Web has no bearing on their business and prospects. Well they could be wrong, though they would really know best.

We had talked about going to the local, Alton ‘Rusty Moose‘ for dinner tonight — given that it is my birthday. Though we had been meaning to go here since they opened, we haven’t — having been foiled once on Mother’s Day. Since I started my low-carb diet in January, and yes, thanks, I have lost 24 pounds, we don’t go out to eat as much as we did in the past. But, we were going to go out tonight.

Deanna said we would need a reservation. That kind of rattled me. This is out-of-season and a Wednesday. I am used to walking in. But, I was going to oblige and call.

Not sure about others but I, these days, look up everything via Google. So this morning I Googled the ‘Rusty Moose, Alton NH‘.

The first entry I got was the 3 Yelp reviews (above) and they were SCARY!

‘Overpriced’ seemed to be a theme. So, I wanted to see the menu — online, of course.

Well if they do have it online it wasn’t on the first page of Google.

I did find what looked like a very attractive and fairly priced menu (below) BUT, alas, it wasn’t for the joint in Alton, NH!

I found the Facebook entry. Unpopulated.

Not amused. Then I found the reviews on Topix. That was the last straw. Overpriced again …

Shame.

So going to Tavern 27 in Laconia, the Tapas place. I like Tapas. I have heard good things about it. Deanna and the kids haven’t done Tapas. They have a Website. They have a menu online. It is not the greatest of restaurant Websites, BUT they have all that a punter is looking for. That is a great start.


Another Rusty Moose ... with a very compelling Website.

ANOTHER Rusty Moose … this one with a very compelling Website.



There is somebody, I don’t know who, other than that they are a TDS user from Barnstead (and we do have their IP address), giving me heck (actually borderline making threats on me) that I am slamming this restaurant.

I am not slamming them. If anything I am trying to help them. IF I slammed a restaurant you would not be in any doubt. I have no axe to grind about this restaurant. I have never been in. Actually I don’t know anything about them. That was why I was trying to find a menu etc.

Just because I don’t hide behind ANONYMOUS mask why pick on me. Go after those that left the reviews on Yelp & Topix.



Did YOU Know That Canada Has Internet Bandwidth Limits & Caps? OMG!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Check it out on Wikipedia.

Check it out on Wikipedia.


This from a year ago. Click to access.

This from a year ago. Click to access.


I first heard about this, from some folks in Canada, when I started setting up and using (the outstanding) Skybox TV for TEN Cricket. I first thought that they were joking or were misinformed. I Googled. I was shocked.

I agree, 100%, with the Netflix executive. In my book Internet bandwidth caps come right below gassing your own citizens and way, way ahead of spying on their e-mails and phone calls. It is barbaric, but I kind of, deep down, expect that from Canada.

I am no stranger to Canada or Canadians. Don’t get me wrong. I like Canadians and have nothing against them — other than the buggers who used to work for immigration and customs and made my trips over there a nightmare. Yes, it is the hassle that I used to get at the airports that finally poisoned me, well and truly, against the Permafrost, Tundra of the lands to the North. Yes, brown folks are used to getting hassled at airports and border crossings. That is why I was so amused, a couple of weeks ago, when Glenn Greenwald’s boyfriend complained (and supposedly filed a lawsuit) about being ‘questioned’ at Heathrow Airport — Greenwald the U.K. Guardian newspaper reporter who breaks the Snowden stories. Heathrow and the U.K. has always been the exception for me — given that I do travel on a British passport. They are always extremely pleasant and some even welcome you back home. To be somewhat fair to the Canucks their main beef about me was that I was coming to do business in Canada — and that as a self-employed consultant I was depriving a Canadian of work. That used to crack me up. Like there was anybody in Canada that could do what I did. If they was, why would Canadian companies pay ME to come over — and I was never CHEAP. I worked as a consultant for a GREAT Canadian company, Eicon, for nearly a decade. One of the longest, continuous consulting relationships I ever had. Wonderful people, good products, load of fun and amazing to work for. It was just going to visit them in Montreal. Yes, I also did a fair amount of work for Cisco (Canada) and Northern Telecom (NT). I also worked for another Canadian company, Farabi, but never visited them in Montreal. They used to come here to meet with me — as did many, many folks from Eicon. Canadian immigration hated me coming over. Yes, I could have lied and said I was coming for pleasure. But, I don’t like to lie. Couple of times they forced me to BUY a temporary, 6 month work-permit — for about $450 Canadian (but that was when a Canadian dollar was worth about 60 cents). Anyway … that is where the animosity comes from. The sheer hassles I endured. It was a running battle. As most people who know me will testify I am rarely rude, but when I set out to be rude I can be very good at it. I am ashamed to say that I have been rather rude to Canadian custom officials — when I was leaving. They would ask stuff like: ‘did you buy anything while you were here?’. Well in all my ‘recent’ trips, and we are here talking the last two decades, all my trips were fully expensed and paid for by my clients. They paid the hotel bill, they bought all my meals, they plied me with drinks, they took care of transport. So, I used to love telling them: ‘No, I didn’t buy ANYTHING while I was here, not even a cup of coffee or a newspaper’ and watching the look on their faces.

So … that is my recent history with Canada and why I still refuse to cross the border … because the last time I left, c. 1999, I said I am never coming back to this damn country. I like to stick to my words.

Today, as it happens, my 60th birthday, is also the 46th anniversary of my 1st visit to Canada. Sept. 4, 1976. My 14th birthday. I was in 3 different countries that day. Left London around 10am in the morning. Flew to New York and then a few hours later drove to Montreal and crossed the border just before midnight.

I have relatives in Canada, in Toronto. I tell them that I am amazed that they can live up in the COLD up there.

Central New Hampshire is about as FAR NORTH as I ever want to live in North America. It is cold enough here. Of course it gets colder as you go further North — on this continent.

So, Canada’s bandwidth caps will never be a problem for me. I would NEVER live in Canada. I would rather move to Rwanda! 

Google Very Kindly Gives Me My Own Personal Doodle For My Birthday!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Google Doodle For Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE.


I kid you not.

I have never seen this before. Nearly fell off my chair.

But, mystery solved. When I click on it it takes me to my Google+ Account. On there is my birthday.

Very clever. Very cute. Very cool. Those Google guys are very clever.

Yes, it is my birthday. I turned 60.

September 4, 1953 — Colombo, Ceylon
then +10.5 hours ahead of GMT.

I am amazed. I feel like I have lived 30 years on borrowed time since I never expected to live beyond 30.

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