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

by Anura Guruge


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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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23rd Annual JTG Music Memorial Extravaganza at Giuseppe’s, Meredith, Sunday, April 2, 2017: Another TOTAL BLAST.

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Never mind the joy and buzz, it always feels such a PRIVILEGE to be there. That I know many of the protagonists makes it even better.

As far as I can tell this was close to the 20th JTG I have attended and it never gets old. Instead it just seems to get better and better each year.

This year, 2017, was a BLAST.

That we took Anatole “Annie” Paquette (of “Annie and the Orphans“) & his wife as our guests made it even more SPECIAL. And yes, “Annie”, the ‘Mayor of Meredith’, was invited on the stage for a impromptu guest appearance. It was all extremely convivial.

Thank YOU Julie and Mike. You folks are the best; you folks ROCK.


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‘Ruby Tuesday’: Food Was Absolutely Atrocious!

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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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