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Flowers Of Shaw’s Supermarket, Concord, New Hampshire — July 12, 2017.

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I very rarely shop at Shaw’s tending to prefer ‘Market Basket‘ and ‘Hannaford‘ — and I am pretty sure I had never been to this Shaw’s in Concord. I was blown away by the amount of flowers they had and the variety. Very upscale. We don’t see such in Alton and Rochester. I had left my camera in the Quest and had to go back and get it to take these pictures. I hope you like them.


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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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“Market Basket” — ‘Bag or Box’ Option Is Brilliant. Why Hadn’t We Thought Of This Before.

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Two of the five boxes of shopping we brought back from ‘Market Basket’ Saturday night. By 3pm Sunday they had already been taken to the Alton dump for recycling. The Town makes some money too.

We were in Portsmouth on Sunday (just to enjoy being there) and as is my wont when I am within 5 miles of either the Concord, Portsmouth or TiltonMarket Basket‘ I had to stop just to see what they had. I said it was to get some dog biscuits but we ended up spending $179 (which is par for the course).

We hadn’t taken our reusable bags because we were only going into get some dog biscuits and possibly some milk. I am standing at the checkout when I see this fairly small green sign: ‘Bag of Box’. Wow. I was overjoyed. That was GREAT. We recycle boxes every week (given the amount of shopping I do on Amazon). This was cool. So much better than plastic and so much easier than lugging reusable bags. Plus I could have packed (albeit it heavy) boxes which minimizes unload time.

So I asked for boxes. I guess it is new. They weren’t too slick about it BUT tried. In the end I went and picked out the boxes that would work for us best. I even packed a couple.

Love it.  Arthur T. Demoulas YOU remain THE MAN. Brilliant. I hope other Supermarkets pick up on it.

Thank YOU, Art. It is no wonder that I love MB and have done so for 30 years.


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Egg Prices Have Gone Up Through The Roof In New Hampshire.

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I don’t, thanks to the now disproven old chestnut that eggs make your cholestrol worse, eat that many eggs anymore. When I was young I ate enough to last a few lifetimes (and her the old theory my life was to be severely curtailed BECAUSE I ate so many eggs). These days, per my low-carb diet, I eat 2 eggs every 4th day. So in a given week I only eat 2 weeks (unless I am travelling and eating breakfast every morning). Given that I also do not no longer eat cakes, pies, muffins, donuts, bagels etc, I don’t ingest too much eggs in prepared food.

Major contrast to when my adoptive mother was alive (and her 84th birthday will be in 3 days time). She used eggs in her fancy cakes, puddings and custards like there was no tomorrow. People loved her sweets. But given that she was very much an International figure and dealt with people from around the world, from Heads of State to beggars, her use of eggs in her sweets would, quite frequently, cause those of us in the KNOW to raise our eyebrows — and in my case, even question her. She, having lived in India for 4 years, entertained many Indian VIPs over the years — even when she lived in Paris. Many of these Indian VIPs claimed to be strict vegetarians or even vegans. Some of them would not eat eggs. But this did NOT stop them from eating my mother’s, and we have to admit they were irresistible, cakes and desserts. She was world famous for her ‘Pineapple Fluff‘ — that really did melt in your mouth. Vegetarians would ask for seconds, thirds and sometimes fourths of her ‘Pineapple Fluff’ when they came for dinner. And my mother would gladly and proudly give them as much as they wanted. One of these Indians who LOVED my mother’s sweets was a delightful Professor from New Delhi. Way, way up in the government echelons. We had known him for years. I called him uncle. STRICT vegetarian. Would not eat eggs. But was even MORE PARTIAL to my mother’s many sweets than even I was and that was saying something. Once he was visiting Paris and, of course, coming over for dinner. So my mother made sure she made him a ‘Pineapple Fluff’. The ‘Fluff’ part was dependent on whisked egg whites. More the merrier. This time she used 12 eggs for that ONE Fluff. That evening between us, with I and the Indian VIP in the lead, we finished the Fluff. 12 eggs gone. After he left, we got talking. Whether he realized or not he had ingested a fair number of eggs. It was one of those cases of “don’t tell, don’t ask” when it came to food.



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An Enid Blyton “Noddy” egg cup with Noddy eating his mandatory, very British, boiled egg for breakfast.

Anywho …

I don’t eat that many eggs anymore. I even have containers of Market Basket Egg Substitute in the fridge, though I don’t use that much either.

The kids, especially Devanee, eat a fair amount of eggs. Plus Deanna and the kids need it for all their baking.

So it is not unusual for us to have 2, 3 sometimes 4 one-dozen containers of eggs in our fridge. We have a special place where they get stacked, one container on top of the other.

On Monday we went shopping at Market Basket — after my appointment at the Social Security Administration (SSA) office in Concord. Deanna asked me to go get some eggs. I went to do so. I, by habit, don’t buy anything without checking the price. I was surprised at the prices I saw. There were eggs at over $3 a dozen! Just a fortnight ago, I am sure, I had got a dozen eggs for around $1.89.

Later on that day we had to go to both Hannaford and Fiddleheads in Alton. I checked egg prices. A couple of years ago, when Fiddleheads in Alton was ‘new’, their featured product was a dozen of large white eggs for 99 cents. Then it went up to $1.50. This week it was close to $3.00. The cheapest I saw was around $2.85 at Hannaford.eggcups

I kind of had an idea as to what this was all about. When I came home I checked. Yes, Avian flu. Prices will continue to go up. So a HEADS UP. This will also impact prices at restaurants and that for prepared food. Keep an eye out.


Market Basket (Concord, N.H. — Fort Eddy) — Art Many THANKS For The Hand Sanitizers, But Store, Today, Was FRIGID!

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hypoth4Thank YOU. Thank YOu. Thank You.

Hand sanitizers are back again — at all entrances. Art, YOU rock. Thanks.

But, Market Basket, Fort Eddy, around noon today, was FRIGID. Bbbrrrrr … rrr cold. Deanna went and stood in front of the rotisserie chicken display to get warm! She heard others complaining that it was cold.

I, with my year round tan, am NOTED for being warm blooded. I am the guy that goes running in 5°F weather. I shovel, sometimes up to 3 hours a day, in sweats. I don’t usually complain about the cold.

But, Market Basket today was FRIGID. I can’t make any jokes about ‘it was so frigid, that when it opened … mouth … light came on’ — because the store, as ever, was well lit.

I complained to ‘Tom‘ — who was wearing a badge that said he had worked for MB for 43 years. He must have started when he was 6! I thought we had child labor laws. But, that is neither here nor there.

Je_suis_frigide...pourquoiIt was FRIGID.

He, I mean Tom, who has been there for 43 years, knew. He said that they have a new computer system and that some of the sensors were faulty.

Art, PLEASE fix them.

Not sure about YOU, Art, and yes, I know what they say about Greek women, BUT I am not partial to frigidity. Please fix the sensors. Luckily I do not plan to be there for a few weeks. But next time I go I am taking half a dozen think sweaters with me to be on the safe side.


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