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‘Ruby Tuesday’: Food Was Absolutely Atrocious!

by Anura Guruge




This was the WORST meal I have had in a sitdown restaurant — EVER!

I used to be a big fan of ‘Ruby Tuesday’ — but then we just stopped going, mainly because it is the kids that call ‘the shots’.

Of late it has been “Friendly’s“, “Friendly’s”, “Friendly’s” … because Teischan loves that place — and we are going there (AGAIN), this Wednesday, for her birthday.

Yesterday, Sunday, March 19, 2017, after ‘Beauty and the Beast‘, we needed a place to eat — and ‘Ruby Tuesday’ was just across the road (in Concord, NH).

I was hoping for great things. Nice enough inside. Ambience is good. Tasteful decor.

I ordered the ‘Philly Cheesesteak Potstickers‘ and the ‘Thai Phoon Shrimp‘ — the later as an entree along with the Salad Bar.

I like potstickers and I like Philly Cheesesteak.

What I was served was DIABOLICAL.

I have never tasted anything so salty and bitter in MY LIFE. It was horrible. Yuk!

I spoke to the waitress about it afterwards.

She admitted, freely, that others too had complained about its saltiness and bitterness. She even went onto volunteer that she suspects that it will be coming off the menu soon.

DO NOT ORDER THESE POTSTICKERS.

The Thai Shrimp were tasteless BUT that could have been because my taste buds had been raped by the damn potstickers.

The salad bar was OK, though nothing special.

Found out that NOBODY, but nobody counts to see if there are 55 items — and forget the PLUS.

I counted. Only 53 items.

Poor showing altogether.

Never going back!

Rather go to “Friendly’s”.

I suspect that this is another chain going down the drain.


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“West Lake Asian Cuisine”, Wolfeboro, N.H. — The Latest Reincarnation.

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We went for lunch at the “West Lake” on Sunday, September 18, 2016, to celebrate the publication of my latest book, “Brain Meditation” — given that our preferred ‘Chinese‘, the “Sea Bird” is closed on Sundays during the ‘Winter’.

The “West Lake” is yet again under new management — this time since around June 2016. Supposedly owned and operated by Chinese from China.

The food, and we had some Sichuan dishes and lots of appetizers, WAS GOOD. Presentation, as yet, not what it used to be.

The inside has been redone. Quite nice but dark — and a dirty, crumpled handwritten sign, taped to the wall, that said “Restrooms –>>” was unbecoming (and at my suggestion they took it down).

I have been going to the “West Lake” for 25 years. That was when it was under the legendary leadership of ‘Peter’.

It has had its ups and downs. We were there last year too — yet again when the “Sea Bird” was closed.

I don’t think they will ever win me fully over since I am very fond of Guy and Lan at “Sea Bird” and all their other relatives. Plus, I now have this fancy “Sea Bird” cap that Guy gave me the last time we were there.

But, that said, the food was GOOD. Prices … hmmmm! Very cute. No ‘point-of-sale’ system. The bill is all in Chinese with no item prices. So a long list of Chinese followed by the TOTAL & tax. It is OK. Cute. Like going to Boston Chinatown for ‘Dim Sum‘.


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2016 Shout-Out For “Sea Bird” Asian Cuisine in Wolfeboro, NH — My Favorite Chinese For Miles Around.

by Anura Guruge


I noticed that owner and chief chef, ‘Guy’ (and he is indeed a very nice guy) was wearing one of these caps. He must have noticed me looking at it because I was touched and honored to be given one. Yes, I will wear it with pride. I am very fussy as to who I endorse, especially on my head gear (typically opting to only honor nations, places or car manufacturers such as London, Scotland or MGB), but I will wear this often. SMILE.


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I have raved about the ‘Sea Bird’ before — here, here & also here.

Wonderful people, good food, attractive prices and decent location. What more can you ask.

That said we don’t eat there as often as we should mainly because we don’t go out to eat that often and when we do it is because we are travelling — and we tend to travel South of Wolfeboro,

But this Summer we have been lucky enough to eat at the ‘Sea Bird’ thrice — the latter occasions a week apart, both on a Thursday, once after the “Mount Washington” cruise and the other after we went horseback riding at “Castle in the Clouds“. Suffice to say that it was delightful each time.

Just want to bring their lunch menu to YOUR attention. We like it — like it very much. All the items come with a generous serving of fried rice and a soup (Wonton or Hot & Sour). Tesichan will live on Chinese fried rice and I can eat/drink a LOT of Chinese soup. I order two or three items from #27 to #31 and that serves as a mini Pu Pu Platter with enough fried rice to keep Teischan going for a day and a half. All the other items are good. I had the Tangerine Beef the other day and it was divine. Decent prices and wonderful service — with a smile.

So check it out IF you haven’t visited recently. Also good chance that you won’t have to hang around for a table. That is kind of important in Wolfeboro, during the Summer, around lunchtime.

P.S., IF you are wondering why it is called ‘Sea Bird’ — that was the NAME of the ship in which Guy ‘left’ Vietnam, about three decades ago.


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“Kelly’s Country Kitchen”, Farmington, New Hampshire — I Am Impressed.

by Anura Guruge


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Please excuse the cobweb on the stove. My pictures miss nothing! Sorry. SMILE. This is my obsession with razor sharp focus.


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Given that the persistent rain (contrary to the WMUR weather forecast) precluded us from going horseback riding (in ‘The Clouds‘ (as was the plan (and reservation)) I opted to take Teischan for ‘brunch’ — especially since this was my day off running which means that I like a hearty breakfast.

I had heard of “Kelly’s” and driven past it hundred of times BUT we had never stopped. Well that will not be the case as of today.

I was impressed. WOW. A New Hampshire diner that has Mimosa (“Buck’s Fizz” to us Brits) on the menu and at $4.50 to boot. That alone is recommendation enough and it wasn’t half-bad. IF I didn’t have to drive I would have had two or three more.

Good food. GREAT PRICES! I like that. To me this is always a good recipe for success and customer loyalty.

Yes, very country with LOTS of interesting artifacts. Some GREAT stained glass. Love the Lion. I would have bought it. I gather it is made by a lady at Alton. She should contact me.

Good service. Just one young lady, ‘Megan’, who was working hard. I was impressed.

This, as of now, is going to be MY breakfast/Brunch place. Good prices and Mimosa. My kind of place.


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“Lake Winnipesaukee ”, New Hampshire On The M/V “Mount Washington” — Always A Treat.

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By definition any day you get to spend on majestic “Lake Winnipesaukee” (in central New Hampshire) is a treat. If the weather is just perfect, and the ‘Big Lake‘ calm as a Mill Pond, you really luck out. Well that is what it was today.

We were treated to a cruise on the Lake, on the M/V “Mount Washington”, to/from Wolfeboro, by a friend of Deanna’s. It was grand. Picture perfect as the pictures testify. Relaxing too.

The Mount and I go back to 20 years. But this was the first time I have been on it since September 2002! While I have no issues whatsoever with the lovely ‘boat’ over the years I have had some major disagreements with the ‘management’. But today I did not have to deal with any of them and the worst culprit of them was not on board. So it was a good day. We had fun … and ended up at the ALWAYS delightful “Sea Bird“, Chinese Restaurant in Wolfeboro, for lunch with two other folks. It was a good day. SMILE.

 


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Washington State’s Topless Coffee Shop Doing Fine, While Maine’s Topless Cafe Had To Close Down In 2011.

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When I saw a story, online, about the Topless Coffee Shop’ in Washington State it reminded me that Maine had a ‘Topless Cafe’ and that it was forced to shut down (2 years after an arson attack). Thought I would share this with you for posterity since it would be a shame if Maine’s topless initiative was forgotten.


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‘Frank Mikeska’, The Great Magician & Mentalist, At The ‘Tan Turtle Tavern’ in ‘Acadia’.

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We were indeed very fortunate to get to meet, and get to know, Frank Mikeska, an amazing, and quite famous, magician and mentalist during our 3-day visit to ‘Acadia National Park’, last week, for the Park’s Centennial.

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On the way in on Thursday, July 7, 2016, I took the long and scenic route to our hotel (the ‘Wonder View Inn’) in ‘Bar Harbor‘, since we were in no hurry to check-in, via ‘Somes Sound‘, ‘Northeast Harbor‘ and ‘Cadillac Mountain‘. At the Marina in ‘Northeast Harbor’ Deanna picked up the menu for the recently opened “Tanned Turtle Tavern“, right across from the Marina. It looked interesting: lots of seafood (by the basket), interesting appetizers and decent prices. We decided to go there for dinner that night rather than eat in ‘Bar Harbor‘ (yet again).

We made it for dinner around 8pm on what was a rainy night. The place was buzzing. Great atmosphere. THE FOOD WAS GOOD! We are going back again the next time we are at Acadia (and we usually go up twice a year). Then we met Frank and that was quite the bonus.

We were finishing dinner when Frank, in his distinctive waistcoat, ambled by, peered through the windows at the gloom and commented about the weather. We somehow got into a conversation — with me asking him, correctly, whether he was from Florida (based on his tan and attire). It soon transpired that he was a magician. He started with some standard disappearing routines. The kids were agog. Then came some amazing card tricks as good, if not better, than anything we have seen on TV — and we used to watch a lot of magic shows (especially ‘David Blaine‘). We were all hooked.

Then with a flourish he informed us that he was also a mentalist. We already knew of one — Roderick Russell. So we were curious to see what Frank could do. He did a mind reading feat on Deanna that was astounding. It was impressive and cool. We had a long meaningful conversation with Frank. It was now past 9:30 and they were ready to close. Frank told us that the owner of the restaurant (who he knew from Florida) had flown him up, for the month of July, to help with the ‘opening’. And Frank, obviously, was doing a grand job. We had a drink and talked more.

Frank will be at the “TTT” till the end of this month. If you are anywhere on “Mount Desert Island” make it to “TTT” and see him. It would be well worth it and the excellent (well-priced) food will be added compensation. Really? We highly recommend.



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