Rookie Reviews

Puritan Backroom

Location: 245 Hooksett Rd, Manchester, NH 03104

Rating:   😀    😀    😀   🙂    :I

Atmosphere:   😀      Cleanliness:   😀       Food:    😀

Prices:     🙂                Service:      :I

Probably one of the most famous restaurants from New Hampshire, the Puritan Backroom has always been a place to stop and eat in Manchester. I remember as a kid getting that electric thrill when my family would arrive at the doors. Usually, there would be a massive crowd inside, but the smart ones know to reserve before coming. (Hint, hint). There is a classier air in this joint as the tasty foods’ scent lays lightly in the air. The interior decor is both comfy and nice to look at as you sit at your table; being surprisingly private for such a crowded place. Unfortunately, the service is kind of a toss up. Sometimes I have servers who are full of energy and ready to help with what ever is needed. Others are struggling to get through their shift without screaming. I guess it is the stress of having a very busy shift.

The food is out of this world with flavor. Whether you choose to treat yourself with prime rib or partake in their signature chicken tenders, one knows they will be getting great food and a lot of it. Although the prices may seem overpriced at first, it is only because you do not see the portion they are about to spring on you. My favorite meal to get their is their coconut chicken tenders with their house made duck sauce; something I cannot even finish in one sitting and will bring home for a second meal. That is saying something since I have been known to eat whole pizzas without hesitation. I will warn you that this place has gotten a bad string of reports due to a norovirus that was contracted after an event that the restaurant catered. Please do not let this deter you. I have no doubt in my mind it was not the Backroom’s fault for this outbreak. To my recollection, I have never seen a place more clean in my many visits to food establishments. If you are stopping in Manchester, NH, I implore you to make a stop at this grande restaurant; you certainly won’t regret it.

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Cats

Everyone’s favorite furry creatures are going to be inhabiting my dwelling place. I feel the disturbance in the force from all the dog lovers who read this, but it is just my opinion. Excitement fills my being as my house has been transformed to fit their needs. My future mother-in-law spoiled them as we have many toys, a climbing tree, bed, an enclosed litter box, and enough supplies to provide more than adequate care of them. I am looking forward to seeing them hop and jump around like crazy creatures, but also to enjoy the calm times when they purr from the gentlest of touches.

My last cat I had an incredibly strong bond with to the point where she would defend me from harm by even the likes of dogs several times her size. Her name was Sam, the mighty huntress and fierce defender. When I went on walks in the woods, she would be close behind following me on the trails; meowing when she thought we ventured too far. Her protectiveness did not even stop there. My future wife’s first introduction to this creature was the cat laying on top of our joined hands. After awhile though Sam warmed up to her and would seek her out for cuddles. It was saddening when she passed; the only comforting thought being she was reunited with her kittens again.

But enough with the depressing point of life. I am excited to make new memories with these two new additions to my family. They are sure to bring much joy and excitement to my life. Hopefully, they do not destroy my house too much.

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Third Time’s the NY Charm

As the the title gives away, I recently went on my third trip to New York City to celebrate my anniversary with my beloved. This time around we hit a few bumps in the road getting to our hotel, but we eventually figured our way to our destination. We decided to stay once again at Hotel Pennsylvania, but this time around we got a much better room. A smaller size that fit our needs, a better TV, comfy bed, and warm to come back to at the end of the day. Rumbling erupted from our stomachs as we traversed the streets of New York City. Dallas BBQ seemed like a good choice as we entered the building. Instantly, our noses agreed with our choice as we took the escalator to the second floor. Great artwork surrounded us as we made our way to the table. So many tasty things to try, it was hard to decide what to chose. Eventually, I got a rack of ribs, crunchy wings, fries, and a frozen, alcoholic pineapple crush drink. Scoffing does not even accurately describe how fast I ate my food. It was delicious in every aspect, a little too much so when it came to the drink having to remind myself that it was alcoholic. In my rambunctious hunger, my love was nice enough to give me a bite of her pulled pork sandwich. Delicious as well and made me want to try more, but I did not want to be rolled out the building.

After seeing how well the army of police and ambulances responded to a situation outside, we made our way for a quick stop at Midtown Comics. Lots of items in store, but nothing that really caught my eye as we continued on our way to our main destination. As my love and I do every time we go to NYC, we booked tickets to a Broadway musical; this time they were for Aladdin. What a awesome show. Spectacular dancing, splendid music, terrific visual effects, and that Genie just stole the show. Friend Like Me was my favorite song of the whole production and that actor just brought on a whole different take on Genie that had me intrigued from the beginning. My apologies to the cast and crew for not giving a standing ovation at your performance; I was afraid of falling over the railing with my stiff knees. Having enjoyed the show, we made our way to a Qdoba near our hotel where we picked up our food from a stressed worker who appreciated our understanding of working in a fast paced job. The gentlemen was nice enough to give us coupons with a genuine smile on his face. We retreated to our lair to devour our food; mine being Stromboli that I absolutely loved. Partly because I did not have to make it from scratch like if I was at home, but the flavor itself was pretty great. Unfortunately this trip was a short one as we made our way to work the next day. NYC is such a large place with so many more places to visit and experience. I look forward to the next time we explore the city to find more hidden wonders.

Rookie Reviews

Nonie’s Restaurant

Location: 28 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH, 03458

Rating:    :I     🙂     🙂      🙂       🙂

Atmosphere:    :I              Cleanliness:    🙂        Food:                🙂

Prices:              🙂               Service:            🙂

This local breakfast favorite is usually found with a good sized crowd of locals inside. From what I say, there is no indication to seat oneself, but it is a well known custom by the locals. Due to their busyness, the staff sometimes forgets to let their patrons know this fact. The space itself has a modest and hometown diner feel; thus there really is no privacy to your conversation in the open air set up. However, with the small area they have to work in, the set up works moderately well. The servers were very friendly and quick on refills. Asking if there were any other needs to be fulfilled, the staff proved attentive even with a crowd. Everything on their menu is fairly priced to the quantity of food that is received. Speaking of which, their food was delicious; made with care and full of good home flavor that is rare to find in our world today. Expect to walk out with a warm and full felling belly. Make sure every time you visit to try one of their many different flavored coffees to tantalize your taste buds.

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Gratitude

This may seem a bit sappy of a post, but it is what is on my mind to talk about tonight. Gratitude. Whether that be for simple acts of kindness shown to yourself by a stranger or the support of a love one; make sure to thank them. That one thank you could turn that person’s whole day around, and top it off by telling them how much its means to have them in your life; heck you might have just saved their life. So many of us feel as though we are taken for granted or we forget what our loved ones mean to us. All we have on our mind is to keep marching towards our goals. Sometimes we need to slow down and recognize who helped us along the way.

Yet we need to show gratitude and kindness to complete strangers as well. That cashier who rings you out every day? I guarantee you that treating them like a human being and saying thank you brightens their gloomy day. That nurse who is rushing around to all her patients and takes her time to answer your questions? Thank them. The server that has tirelessly gotten your refills without you asking, picked up your kids mess, or even suggested what to get or avoid? Thank them. There are countless examples of people we take for granted every day that we should be thanking. Maybe this world of despair might even brighten just a little more if we acted a little kinder to one another.

Gratitude takes on another form as well in the material way. The device you are looking at this post with, please do not forget what it costs. We have a habit now a days to get the newest thing and abuse our possessions without care. But you know what? Someone else could just as easily need the money you spend on device after device just to eat. Now, don’t think I am trying to guilt everyone on the less fortunate, that is not the point. The point is we need to be happy with just the things we have in our lives. You may be dreaming of being a millionaire, but realize what you have in front of you. A loving family? True love? A roof over your head? Food in the frig? Friends to hang out with? Cause in this short life that is really all you need.

*Quick Note*

I am going to be adding a new side to my sight to show case my writing. It will be called “Reviews” where I positively critique games, businesses, movies, books, etc. In this way, I can still do something I enjoy while giving you a taste of my art.

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Hurricane

Twisting and turning

Violent and swirling

It wreaks havoc wherever it drops.

Brings about loss in crops

Terror to those who thought

That life can be a simple trot.

Nothing to call it but tragedy

But it can also bring about unity.

For in these disastrous times

One can see that humans’ generosity is sublime.

This would be my attempt at poetry for a very hectic couple of months. I had a family member in and out of the hospital, and yes they are alright; but it did get me observe something. Very much in life we look at something as negative and nothing else. We look at the broad aspect of the original impact and think of all the short term in the moment. But… if one sits back for only just a moment, one finds a different point of view. Taking something too fast can lead to misdirection and confusion that will lead inevitably to destruction. I encourage you to take it slow and see every moment that comes your way. At least, that is the philosophy I will be trying to return to.

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Life

Life is interesting I will give you that my friends. When one is young everyone wants to be something exciting; police officer, fire fighter, doctor, chef, etc. Then one gets to middle school and starts to learn more rigidly about subjects. Some start to think about computer opportunities like a programmer. Others find that they like the arts such as music or drama club. Moving onto high school gives that last bit of exposure to all subjects for students to sample. Languages, history through the ages, writing, performing arts, cooking, science, wood shop, physical education, health, and sometimes more sometimes less given where one went to high school. Yes, I understand that most schedules were set by the credits needed, but one got a taste of their freedom to choose. Not to mention the clubs that arose in these years as one tries each to see what one likes. In this four short years, one decides where they will go to college, if they will go to college, and what do they want to become as an adult. The ones that go to college become even more exposed to other topics that many of them change majors half way through their journey. Fantastic, they may have found their true calling.

The others, who could not or did not want to go to college, made their way by working their butts off to afford their living expenses. These people forge their path a different way by trying to become such jobs as pilots, managers, plumbers, etc. Now, in both instances, we are encouraged since the time we start school to find a career that suits us; finding a job that we can work for the rest of our lives… Does anyone else find that ironic? Think about it for a second. From the moment, we start to form intelligence; we have to think what our future job is… not the stuff that really matters. Love, family, friends, and enjoying life should be the primary focus of our existence on this world. Instead, we are bent into focusing on our sustainability. There are people I know, who are paid much more than me, who do not have their own apartment, never gone on a trip, gripe about their lack of pay, move from job to job, and are entitled beyond belief.

Do you want to know why that is? It is because since day one they were so focused on their goal that they let it consume them. They never thought of the crippling debt that will make sure they will never own a home. Never thought of those hours studying/working that kept them away from friends and loved ones. Never thought that letting the stress and work consume them would push others away. Never learned basic skills needed to thrive in life such as money management. Never learned humility and basic human kindness in order to make connections to further their growth…

Does that not seem wrong to you? Life is meant to be spent enjoying love, adventure, friendship, and comfort; not working until one becomes dust. It is the reason why many play video games, watch TV/movies, and read books. They want to escape to a place that brings them a jolt of excitement to their dull lives or lifts them with hope that some day it could be just like that; surrounded by loved ones  and experiencing life together. Do not let life pass you by for a job. Stop and remember to hug your kids, tell your wife/husband that they mean everything to you, check up on your buddies to see if they are alright, visit your grandparent’s in the nursing homes, sit down and play games with your loved ones, help a stranger who can’t afford their coffee, be kind to those who are making you food/fixing your car/ etc., plan a trip with those you hold dear, save up for that home, and most the important one of all… make memories. Love is something we should all strive for in this life; don’t let yourself be cutoff from its glow.