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Which Signs Do YOU Like — Poor People’s Pub, NH or Geddy’s, ME?

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Geddy’s, Bar Harbor (Acadia), Maine (Left)

Poor People’s Pub, Sanbornville, NH (Right)


They “Poor People’s Pub” & “Geddy’s” are both fun places to eat at and just visit. 

I have been to both of them more than once, and will continue to frequent them.

Very different settings, one in the hustling, bustling heart of Bar Harbor and the other in rural New Hampshire. Yes, the artwork also is slightly different, though I am sure the Pub’s clientele will have no objections to the Bar Harbor flair.

 

I had seen the signs at Geddy’s a few years back. My first visit to “Poor People’s” was, however, just this April. Their signs reminded me of Geddy’s. Now you can see them side-by-side.


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“Poor People’s Pub”, Wakefield (NH): Revisited For Father’s Day — June 18, 2017.

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New Hampshire’s #1 Lobster Roll in 2017!






It was Father’s Day, and as such I could pick — and I picked “Poor People’s Pub“.

I had only been there once before, on April 29, 2017, for their 43rd birthday bash — but, I liked what I had and what I saw. My kind of place given that I am very much a ‘Shake It‘ kind of person. You have to go there to see what that is all about. {SMILE}

I had a good time. It was around 1:30pm and that is a tad too early for I. So, I had just their hot dog special and their roast beef sandwich, sans the bread and chips. Yes, just the meat. I brought all the carbs home for the dogs.

It is a fun place and I like the location. Great place to take pictures.

Jimbo, the ‘Hobo’, nor any of the family was around and that was a shame and a loss. They were, quite rightly, celebrating Father’s Day away from the maddening crowd.

Devanee had the lobster roll, New Hampshire’s BEST per WMUR — with or without Russian help in the voting — and liked it. Deanna, the lobsterman’s daughter, refused to have lobster in New Hampshire on the grounds that we are going to Maine twice and she would rather eat lobster there — close to the ocean! I wanted meat and the hot dog special was right up my alley — as was also the case with Teischan.

The house red was GOOD. Much appreciated.

Well, I will be going back again …

Cheers.


The carbs I brought back for the dogs. It is OK.
They get plenty of exercise, running and swimming.


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‘Portland Pie Co’ (Manchester, NH) — Do NOT Bother Unless You Just Want Pizza.

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Riverdance — 20th Anniversary Tour‘, at the SNHU Arena, on June 7, 2017, was at 8pm. We decided to get there early to get some good parking and have dinner before the show.

Since the ‘Portland Pie Co.‘ was just a block away we decided to go there. We had been there, once before, a couple of years ago, with all four kids and it had been ‘OK’.

There was a 20-minute wait, though all the tables were not taken. I think it had to do with staffing.

It is nice enough inside and the house red wine is pretty damn good.

I ordered the ‘Fryeburg Fair Cheeseburger‘ without any bread and opted to UPGRADE with a fruit salad.

The two-patty cheeseburger sans a bun was pathetic. Emaciated and anemic. The burger patties at McDonald’s are twice as thick and ten times more flavorful. NOT IMPRESSED. It was insipid and unappetizing.

The fruit salad was a total bloody JOKE. 9 slices of apple, one grape and a sliver of peach. That was it. 98% apple. I couldn’t believe it.

Deanna had the ‘Steak and Bleu Salad‘ and was not enthused by the salad part!

Devanee had a pizza and that was fine.

Teischan had the ‘Nacho Grande‘ appetizer with the $3.00 beef burger upgrade. A lot of Nachos but, at best, there was probably half of a burger of meat. 


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Johnnie James Of ‘Sweetrock’ Playing At ‘110 Grill’, Rochester, New Hampshire — Sunday, May 22, 2017.

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We lucked out in that we got to see/hear him, albeit but for a way-too brief, few minutes, when we went for lunch at the ever so impressive, (still relatively new) ‘110 Grill’ in Rochester, New Hampshire. He, ‘Johnnie James‘ of ‘Sweet Rock‘, was the icing on what had already proved to be a very nice cake.

I had never heard of him BUT I intend to rectify that.

He was good, very good and a extremely pleasant gentleman. Lot of class, presence and panache.

He started playing at 3pm when we were just about getting ready to leave. Plus, we were seated in the patio (it being an absolutely gorgeous day) and ‘110 Grill’ for all of its modernity and expense not having a way to pipe the live music from indoors to the patio. I, however, went inside and listened to him for a few minutes — and as is my wont also had a few quick words and exchanged business cards. He has an extensive and varied song book.

Definitely good. Worth seeing and WORTH BOOKING.

Enjoy.


All pictures and video taken with my Sony a7 II.


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‘110 Grill’, Rochester, New Hampshire — Impressive Indeed; A Welcome Addition To The Region.

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We had lunch there on Sunday, May 21, 2017, and I was pleasantly impressed. A very good experience overall. We will definitely be going back and I already signed up for the loyalty program (and am 60% towards my first $10 discount).

Teischan wanted to go to Walmart to get some more craft supplies and since it was such a beautiful day, and we hadn’t done much yesterday, I suggested that we might as well do lunch on the way.

We had seen this ‘grill’ a number of times given that we go to that ‘Walmart Mall‘ or drive past it at least 5 -6 times a month. We were under impression that it had just opened quite recently — like in May. We were wrong. They have been open since December. Wow. I wish I knew. I would have gone in much sooner. Our loss.

It was impressive in every way. Great ambience. Very modern, very pleasing to the eye, spacious and airy. We sat outside on the patio. That was first class and you could not have had a better day.

The service was impeccable! They really try hard.

The menu was good and catered to MY taste. I ordered the ‘Asian Calamari’ and the ‘Tempura Shrimp’. Now we are Calamari connoisseurs and will invariably order it if it is on the menu. This calamari was one of the BEST. It was good. On par, if not better, than the one I have at the ‘Cheesecake Factory‘ in Cambridge, MA when I visit the BostonMuseum of Science‘. The shrimp was also good and put to shame the ones I had recently at ‘Ruby Tuesday‘. We both had the ‘Kale Brussels Salad’ and that was good too.

I had a ‘Jameson Julep‘ given that it was Summer and I was outside. It was ‘OK’ but not to the standard of the ‘Mint Mojitos‘ served at ‘Uno

Actually this place, with all the flowers outside, reminded me, greatly, of the ‘Uno‘ in Concord, NH. That is not a bad thing. I love that Uno.

Initially I thought the prices were a tad rich for Rochester, but looking at the menu again I realize that they are not bad.

They even had live entertainment — starting at 3pm. It was ‘Johnnie James‘ of ‘Sweetrock‘ and he was good. My only gripe, and I made my feelings heard, was that you could not hear him from the patio! They — and it is a franchise — have spent a pretty penny on this place and they have piped music in the patio. But they don’t have a means to relay the live information, from inside, to the patio. So, I had to go inside to listen to Johnnie. That did not amuse me.

I recommend this place — highly. I will let you know when I visit again.


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“Poor People’s Pub”, Wakefield (NH) — 43rd Birthday Bash. April 29, 2017.

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It was a BLAST!

A true birthday bash with infectious bonhomie infused in the air.

So glad that I went — and I have to thank my friend, Mal Stirt, of Wolfeboro, for insisting that I do.

It my first time to Wakefield, let alone this delightful Pub!

I have driven on Rte 16 through Wakefield, so to speak, but I had never stopped or done anything in Wakefield until today. That is going to change.

As ever I lucked out in getting to spend some real special time with Jimbo Keating the co-founder and the iconic hobo’s alter-ego. That was a treat. He, however, did warn me that they are ‘packed’ right through the Summer and that there typically will be a 20 – 30 minute wait. Good to know.

The food was good. We only ordered one 43 cent burger! Given the crowds and rush it was a bit of a wait to get the food BUT it was OK.

I had a real fun time. Loved it. Loved the ‘Shake It‘ and ‘Wipe It‘ signs. Made my DAY!

Thank YOU, Mal.


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Anatole “Annie” Paquette at Giuseppe’s JTG Music Memorial Extravaganza — 2017: Video & Pictures.

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The annual JTG Music Memorial Extravaganza 2017 on Sunday, April 2. The 23rd running.

Anatole “Annie” Paquette, of “Annie and the Orphans“, with his wife Maddie, were our guests this year. They, inexplicably, had never attended a JTG though “Annie” is the Mayor of Meredith. Well we rectified that.

I always knew that Annie would end up on the stage though he was not on the program. And he did, with “No Limitz“, friends of his, asking him up for this number.

I only recorded a PART OF IT — because I also wanted to shoot pictures. That explains why it is so short. Sorry. Shooting videos is NOT my thing. I like photos.

Shot with my Sony a6000.


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