Archive | December 27, 2013

Portsmouth, N.H. Liquor Store Has A TON Of Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2013 — IF You Still Have A Hankering.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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P1090165I happened to stop by yesterday when we were in Portsmouth and was amazed to see that they still had this much left.

That is good, though I was very surprised.

The Wolfeboro N.H. Liquor Store had been sold out for weeks.

I tried to get some sense out of the employees but, alas, they are not Beaujolais Nouveau experts. To them it is just another brand that they stock. They can’t remember whether these are cases left over from the original shipment in November or whether they got a recent shipment. If they got a second shipment — that seems strange. You would have thought that they would have got everything out for THE DAY.

But this is good news. Storm the store. Buy it all up while they have some in store.

Shalimar India, Portsmouth, N.H.: Tasty, Authentic Indian Food, Great Ambience & Decent Prices.

P1090172Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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I am no stranger to the Shalimar. They have been in Portsmouth for 21 years and I have been going there, always eagerly, for at least 15 years — though, alas and alack, not as often as I would like, since we really don’t get down to Portsmouth that often.

We, however, did go to the newly redecorated, “Best of NH” 2009 to 2013, Shalimar, at 80 Hanover St., Portsmouth yesterday evening — that being Boxing Day.

bestofnhlogoIt was a cold, wet, snowy and dreary December night, and as you opened the door to the Shalimar you were greeted, warmly, by a gently waft of curry in the air. You, knew at once, that you were going to be nice and cozy inside; a temporary oasis away from the Winter.

They have redecorated the Shalimar, with great care and panache, over the Summer. Deanna noticed it at once. I have always liked the layout. It is very airy and the large picture window at the front ensures that feels open. You have privacy in the booths but the way they are laid out makes sure that you still get to see the comings and goings in the rest of the restaurants. The Mughal pillar silhouettes very cleverly painted on the walls definitely makes you feel like you are in an historic Mughal Palace in the Punjab (where the restaurant owner and cook, Mr. Harbhajan Singh comes from). Bravo. Nice touch. They also, for a change, have an impressive and informative Website. To me such touches indicate that they are thinking about the business and want to excel. That they have received the “Best of NH” for five years kind of confirms that.

This was the first time I had been to an Indian restaurant since I started my low-carb diet in January. So, I had to be careful as to what I ordered, plus, Devanee, the other Indian food aficionado in the family, was not with us. So in reality we didn’t order anything like the range and volume of food we had in the past.

I know that most folks in New Hampshire shy away from Indian restaurants because they are not sure about how and what to order. The Shalimar (where the name, befitting the new decorations on the walls, denotes a Mughal garden), to their credit, tries to make it easy for those that are still trying to unlock the mysterious delights of a full repertoire Indian menu — like the one they offer. They have vegetarian and non-vegetarian appetizer (sampler) platters and and combo ‘special dinners’ for 1, 2 or 4. That is good. They also have a lunchtime buffet — where you can sample a lot of different dishes.

We ordered the non-vegetarian  appetizer platter and 4 Samosas, two vegetarian (for Deanna and Teischan) and two with minced lamb for me. The Samosas, as I knew they would be, were first class. The minced lamb with a couple of peas were outstanding. The platter, overall, was good and well worth the $10.95. Teischan gobbled up all the chicken in record time.

I ordered my de rigeur Lamb Korma. I can and will eat extremely hot curry but I don’t feel the need to eat as such when I go to a restaurant like the Shalimar. Hot curries are easy to make and I can, with paste that I buy, make a curry, at home, that exfoliates 4 layers of cells from my intestines. When I go to a class joint like the Shalimar I want the subtle, delicate Indian treats that I can’t make at home. Hence the Korma. A Korma, when cooked well, with its spices and nuts, makes you feel like an Mughal emperor. The Shalimar did not disappoint. It was the first time in my life I had eaten a Lamb Korma sans carbs — Biryani and a stuffed, typically an Aloo, Paratha (potato stuffed, fried bread). But, eating it on its own was good. Just the taste of the Korma. I enjoyed it.

I did order an Aloo Paratha for Deanna (who likes them too) and a Saag Paneer — spinach with cubed, cooked cheese. It was good.

I did not have my customary Kulfi — Indian ice cream with almonds. I did, however, given my need for daily yogurt, have a Lasi — a yogurt shake. It was refreshing.

I had a glass, of course, of Pinot Noir and some coffee.

It was a great meal. We were there for about 80 minutes. Despite the lousy weather outside there was a respectable crowd at the Shalimar. Since we were about the last to leave we got a chance to have a long chat with the owner’s middle daughter, Kulbir Kaur, a recent graduate from UNH. She was very nice and told us a lot about their family and business. We were impressed.

Not much that I can say that will bolster the accolades they already have, but I give this Indian restaurant my unstinted praise. I will be going there again, as soon as I can (diet permitting).


Chris Burke Of “Christopher A Burke Stone Masonry & Stone Sales”, Gilford, N.H.: Huge Endorsement To One Heck Of A Guy.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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I, alas, have never had any stonework done by Chris Burke
but I can definitely tell you, for a fact,
that he is one heck of a GOOD GUY,
‘Salt of the Earth’.

Wow.

Stone is his craft, but he has a heart of gold.

A Good Samaritan.

Yesterday afternoon, when we were in a jam, stuck in a snowbank,
Chris who was passing by stopped and helped me,
in the bitter cold, for 20 minutes,
to pull the van out using his truck.

That was beyond kind.

Yes, we have AAA and towing insurance
& Deanna had called the police
though nobody else was involved
and we were all fine.
The van gently slid down a hill, with no steering,
and came to rest embedded in a snow bank.

Chris was driving by a few minutes later.

He immediately stopped and said he would help me.

And he did.

And thanks to Chris we were back on the road within 20 minutes.

We even made it to Portsmouth in time.

Thank YOU Chris.

The world needs more good folks like you.

So, I have no problem, whatsoever, of lavishly endorsing
Chris’s company.
You can tell he is a GOOD man.

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Queen’s Coronation June 1953: First Day Cover.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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This was my first Christmas since turning 60 in September.

So the theme, in terms of what I got this Christmas, was nostalgia. 

The vintage, tin train engine was a bonus and delightful surprise.  Wasn’t expecting that.

Also got this First Day cover. Deanna found it in the same shop, in Alton no less, where she found the train engine.

She knew I would want it … plus the coronation was 60 years ago … the year of my birth.

It is neat. Delighted with it too.

I used to have a TON of First Day covers — nearly a full set of all that were released in Ceylon
from about 1950 to 1970.
My adoptive grandfather used to be a postman.
He would get those First Day covers for me.
I also used to, as all proper ‘British’ boys were supposed to do, collect stamps.
Had all of the stamps, albums and First Day covers in a huge metal box.
The older kids now have it and won’t even let me have a look at the box.

So this is the ONLY First Day cover I now have.

Maybe I should make an attempt to get some more.


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