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Anthony Fauci Vindicates My Continuing Reluctance To Eat Out At Restaurants.

by Anura Guruge


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WOW. This made me feel better — & vindicated.

We haven’t eaten out at a restaurant since about March 12, 2020. Last time we got takeout was March 22 — somebody’s 14th birthday.

I really MISS eating out & takeout. I miss Chinese. I typically eat Chinese, from a restaurant, twice a month.

This is the longest, by far, I have ever been, in my whole life from eating at a restaurant.

I just don’t get a good feeling.

Glad that the doctor is backing me up.


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‘Acadia National Park’ 2020 (COVID-19) Update — Mid-July.

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Click to ENLARGE & read. This is BAD. BIGGEST IMPACT!


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The one road that is supposed to be CLOSED per the ‘National Park Service’. No big deal. Dirt road. I don’t think I have explored this road in YEARS. No loss.


Click image to access my post from YESTERDAY — with a LOT of pictures. SMILE.


Acadia National Park‘ is alive & well, as beautiful, enchanting & welcoming as ever.

It was CROWDED. Lots of folks. Look at the number of ‘dots’ on ‘Sand Beach‘.

There was also more car traffic than we were used to. Yes, it is true that we have never been in July. Our trips have been in: last week of June, first week in September & once in early March. And I know that July is said to be the busiest month. But, I worked out another reason for the increased traffic. NO BUSES. That is a shame. I noticed it within 20-minutes of driving the ‘Loop’. No buses. I can understand. I had not planned to use the buses — not on this quick trip. We do use them — it is what we do on rainy days. Take the 3(+)-hour return bus ride from Bar Harbor to Southwest Harbor.

Did NOT notice that the campsites were closed. Not that I ever take much notice of campsites. We met a number of folks who said they had come in RVs. Never asked them where they parked.

Just drove through Bar Harbor, at 8:30pm at night, on the way home. Did not stop. Fair amount of folks. It was busy. Not sure about social distancing. Lot of people congregating on the pavement waiting to go into restaurants! Not good. The stores looked EMPTY. They can’t be happy.

A few restaurants closed. A few motels closed — some for sale.

Well, that is my update.

Glad we visited. The drive was worth it. Fantastic place.


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Why I Drove 9.5-Hours (500-miles) For 8.5-Hours At ‘Acadia National Park’, Maine.

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What we did during our 8.5-hours there.
I had it worked out in my head —
and, for a change, all went according to plan.



Teischan (14) & I were both having ‘Acadia‘ withdrawal pangs. For the last 6-years we had always spent 3-5 days in Acadia at the end of June. We would typically also go for another stay, 3-4 days in September. Between 2013 & 2019 we had visited (& stayed) 12 — possibly 13 — times.

Not going in June, because of COVID was a blow.

We are still doing some degree of social distancing. We have not gone to a restaurant or got takeout since March 22. I miss that terribly! I like eating out & getting takeout. Well, if restaurants were out, in kind of followed that hotels would be too. Yes, we could have managed something, but it did not seem worth the hassle.

Then Teischan suggested a DAY TRIP!

I calculated the driving effort. In my old age I had usually limited myself to about 6-hours of driving a day. Deanna couldn’t go. Such a long drive would not be conducive to her back. So, I would have to do all the driving. I thought about. I insisted that I need to be allowed a 30-minute nap before the drive back.

It worked out. We left at 7:19 am on Wednesday, & arrived back home at 1:20 am Thursday. I did NOT arrange for the time to be so convenient. Just worked out. It was a LOT of driving. About my limit. Took the Jaguar XJ8. That made a difference. That is a TRULY European touring car. It does eat the miles without taxing your body too much.

We had a BALL. Did a fair amount of hiking, climbing (mainly her) & walking. We bought food at a supermarket in Ellsworth before we got there.

All worked out.

It was CROWDED. But, we had fun.

We know the ropes.


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Small Sampling Of Flowers From The ‘Castle In The Clouds’ (NH) — June 25, 2020.

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Taken with my Google Pixel 4 Phone.

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We were there for the ‘Spring Cleanup‘. Given that I was working (for a change) & Teischan was in a hurry to get home once we were done, I didn’t get much of a chance to take many pictures. So, what I show here don’t do adequate justice for what they have in bloom. The Castle & the grounds are resplendent. All set for the July 1 Grand Opening for 2020. You really should go & enjoy the flowers, the magnificent views, the architecture, the culture & ambiance. Even the restaurant & cafe are open & they have GOOD food. Enjoy. SMILE.


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Maine Restaurants/Bars Still Open For St. Patrick’s Day Partying — COVID-19 Be Damned.

by Anura Guruge



OPEN — for now.
I just called (11:30am).

“Warren’s Lobster House”, Kittery, Maine — OPEN.

 


I just checked. I just called.

Occurred to me last night that I had heard NOTHING about restaurant/bar closures in Maine.

Yes, we are closed — and I knew that was coming.

Massachusetts, of course, was one of the firsts to close …

Maine is really just across the border from MA — just a quick 12-minutes drive through NH.

Kittery & York, on the border, has some great places to eat and be merry.

So, let the partying begin.

I might have to go to Maine just to show my support and solidarity.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.


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‘The Galley Hatch’ Restaurant — A Fabulous Dining Experience In Hampton, N.H.

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This is going to be our new go to dining place in Hampton — even though it is not on the beach, but in town. Does not matter. The fabulous dining experience and great people more than make up for not being able to see the sea.

Kind of a serendipitous discovery for us. We usually go to the coast on New Year’s day — either Portsmouth (and surrounds) or Hampton — which also happens to be our wedding anniversary (I savvy enough to have go married then so that I was unlikely to run the risk of forgetting). Last year we went to Hampton, found this delightful place  ‘on the beach’ and had a great time. Got to know them and liked it so much that we made 3 special trips during the remainder of the year (though it is a 90-minute drive). Then they inform me that they will be closed this New Year’s Day. I was not amused. We asked around and some folks from Exeter told us about the ‘Galley Hatch‘ and assured us that we will like it. They were right.

Very congenial place. I like the set up and the well-kept fish tank was a bonus. I am a sucker for good fish tanks in restaurants (probably because I rarely eat fish at restaurants).

A menu right up our alley. They had some good specials. I can’t be 100% sure but I think that was a special, Greek lamb burger I had — sans the bun.

The staff were exceptional. Very nice folk. We had a good time.

The desserts and sweets were something else, though as some of you know I do not imbibe in my old age. I am still brown from all the chocolate I ate when I was young. Deanna brought some carrot cake home.

Definitely going back. Yes, I will gladly make the drive. Looking forward to it.

That we were treated to a spectacular sunset as we were leaving seemed like an omen. A match made in heaven.

As is my wont, and since it was our anniversary I was slightly dressed up. Nothing too fancy. Just a bow tie, black sweater and an old jacket. But, suffice to say that was slightly more fancy than most of the other men.

At ‘The Galley Hatch’ — a selfie, myway, using a mirror.

So, one of the waitresses suggested that the next time we come we might want to go their more ‘upper scale’ sister restaurant — Tinos — upstairs. They even wanted us to go upstairs and check. We did. Very nice. But, I liked ‘The Galley Hatch’. So next time I am still going downstairs. Maybe I won’t wear a tie. SMILE.

Anywho … if you are in Hampton (New Hampshire) check it out. You will not be dissapointed. You will, as is invariably the case, thank me for the recommendation.

Oh, the main men’s room has an interesting configuration. Nothing wrong. Just amusing. Cracked me up. Definitely check it out too. SMILE.


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Very Communal, Zero-Privacy Men’s Toilet At The ‘Galley Hatch’ Restaurant In Hampton, N.H.

by Anura Guruge


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We went their for dinner on New Year’s Day 2020 — which also happened to be our 17th wedding anniversary. It was good. It had been recommended to us and they were right. Great place. Good food. Great atmosphere.

But, this men’s room was a HOWLER. I kid you not. I talked to the manager (a very nice gentleman) about it. It was to accommodate the handicap access laws. It has been like that for 18-years. Cracks me up. You would think an architect could have come up with some other configuration.

Mind boggles. Don’t think too much about it. SMILE.


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‘Little Tokyo & Saigon’ — Amazing Place, Outstanding Food, Our New Place To Eat In Portsmouth.

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This duck salad is beyond amazing. WOW.



2 blocks SOUTH of ‘Cinemagic’.

Little Tokyo & Saigon
2800 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth
(603) 427-8690


This was serendipity to the power of 2.

I knew that the ‘Downton Abbey’ movie we were going to see last night, at ‘Cinemagic‘, Portsmouth, was not going to finish till after 9pm. That meant that “Warren’s Lobster House“, our favored place for dining in Portsmouth for the last couple of years, was going to be closed. And not just them. Most of the restaurants in Portsmouth would also be closed. We know this. We have been in this boat before.

So, I did some Google researching before we left. This place was close, open till 10:30 and had an interesting menu. I definitely wanted to try the ‘Duck Salad’ if nothing else.

We got to the ‘Cinemagic’ 10-minutes ahead of schedule. So, I went and checked this place out before the movie. It is in a small mall, tucked in. You need to be looking for it. Now that I knew where it was, we got there, without issue, straight after the movie.

It is different inside. Green, bright, interesting lighting and just cozy and welcoming. Smelt divine.

What a place. Mainly ‘rich’ Asians. Great atmosphere. I loved it. My kind of place.

The Food. The Food.

What can I say other than it was way, way, way beyond expectations. Huge portions too. Given that it was late and there were two of us on strict diets I didn’t order much. even so we had three large containers of takeaway though we ate like there was no tomorrow.

The ‘Duck Salad’ was something else. It was so, so, so good. Teischan, no doubt the pickiest, fussiest and most critical eater in the whole world, tasted it — because I was raving about it — and liked it. Enough said. You can’t get higher praise than that.

Lovely service. Very friendly.

There was nothing one could find fault with. Good prices too.

Oh, they have fried ice cream.

We are going back. I will go back, though it is 1-hour away, just to eat there.

Highly, highly recommended.

Smile. I blew my diet. I think I gained 6 pounds!


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‘Royal Indian’, By Acadia — THE Best Thing To Happen To Bar Harbor, Maine, In Many A Year.

by Anura Guruge


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Royal Indian Bar Harbor Maine Acadia restaurant Anura Guruge

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The well thought out & yummy menu
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Royal Indian Bar Harbor Acadia Maine restaurant Anura Guruge


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That chic, upscale and progressive Bar Harbor, Maine, gateway to Acadia, did not, until last month have an Indian restaurant was incongruous and frustrating. You want variety, specially if you, like so many others, including us, visit Bar Harbor on a regular basis and do so for a number of nights each visit. I truly stumbled upon the ‘Royal Indian’ serendipitously. I was trying to get back to ‘Cottage Street’ from ‘Main’ late Tuesday night, after dinner at a lobster place, when I took the wrong turn (which I habitually do). So, I had to cut across the car parks to get to Cottage. That is when I saw the well-lit and extremely welcoming sign. My heart skipped a beat. WOW. An Indian at long last. I went there for dinner the very next day and just loved it.

Authentic, carefully spiced, well cooked food, at a reasonable price. I, as I do 85% of the time, had the lamb korma and it was as good as I have had it ever. And the extremely congenial (and young) owner saw me looking puzzled at the dessert menu and he knew, without me saying a word, exactly what I was looking for! He magiced me up a kulfi — the only exception I make to my diet when it comes to sweets. Kulfi will be available on a regular basis soon. {SMILE}

The restaurant is spacious, airy and easy on the eye. They have done a brilliant job converting what had been a bakery.

Wonderful dining experience AND they are open till 10pm. That is great. Trust me, late dining can be a real issue in that area.

Not sure how long this will be the policy, but the night I was there it was ‘Happy Hour’ ALL NIGHT! Wine in Bar Harbor at $4 a glass? Good job I can walk back to the ‘Wonder View Inn‘.

Family run. Extremely nice folk. They also own a motel on Route 3 just by ‘Pirates Cove‘. They are going to be a great addition to the Bar Harbor business and social scene.

That there was no Indian restaurant previously baffled I more than once. I invariably do a micro census of Acadia visitors on each trip and this was my 12th time in Acadia since 2013. ‘Indians’ (brown folks like I (rather than Asians in general)) are, by far, the largest minority that you see at the Park. I see ten times more Indians in a day in Acadia than I see in a year in central New Hampshire (where I live)! The word just has to get around and it will.

I already heard, from a Park Ranger, that they like the new Indian! That was good to hear.

So, I am excited. Not sure whether we will be going back in September as we used to do for many years. Maybe Acadia is becoming a once a year destination. Not sure.

But, the next time I am in Bar Harbor this is where I will be having dinner on my first night. Maybe I will see you there. {SMILE}

Enjoy.


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‘Durgin Park’, Boston — Last Day, Last Meal, January 12, 2019 — Yes, We Were THERE!

by Anura Guruge


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The usual benu (being sold as a souvenir for $5) and the photocopied menu used today.



Yes, we were there and it was SPECIAL. Glad I made an effort to get down to ‘Quincy Market‘ for the DAY. Yes, it was poignant too. There are folks losing JOBS! The kind of elderly (i.e., MY AGE) waitress who served us, with aplomb, ‘Allison’, had been there for 20-years. She wasn’t too happy. I took care of her with my TIP. {Smile} And she smiled too when she saw it. There were hugs all over the place.

We got there early. It was likely to get MOBBED later in the day. We heard from folks that THEY (i.e., Durgin Park) ran out of food at 5pm last Sunday!

I knew they opened at 11:30am. So, I planned to be there for that. I expected a LINE and there was one, BUT it wasn’t as long as I had expected.

We left home at 8am! It was bitterly cold. We parked at the BostonMuseum of Science‘ (where we get discounted parking because we are members) by 9:40am. We took the MBTA to ‘Quincy Market’. We were there by around 10:15am. There was NO LINE. So, we ‘did’ the ‘Market’. ‘Faneuil Hall‘ was closed because of Trump’s Shutdown.

By 11am there was a line forming. We joined it at 11:15am. There were about 30 people ahead of us. Around 11:25 they opened the doors. They felt sorry for us. IT WAS COLD. They let 50 folks in. We were in that batch. The kitchen was not as yet open but you could start with drinks.

It was GOOD. Great atmosphere. Everybody was reminiscing.

It was WAY TOO early for I. I don’t normally have my first meal of the day till 1:40pm. So, I just ordered a few appetizers and even then we brought much of it home. But, no matter. What counted was that we were THERE.

I was never a regular patron. So, I can’t claim to have a special relationship with ‘Durgin Park’. But, I did go there, for dinner, for the first time 32-years ago. September 1986. I remember that. I have eaten there AT LEAST 10-times. Most likely more. So, I am not a total stranger either.

Well … another bit of history gone. But, I can say, with PRIDE, that I was THERE.

Flag flying upside down in the wind! Symbolic.


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