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Keep Calm & Eat a Cupcake. . .or Two

by Gabriella Servello August 19th, 2013| Restaurant Reviews, Restaurants
Cupcake ConspiracyAs a cupcake lover, I enjoy discovering new bakeries in southern New Hampshire. About two years ago, a cupcake place opened in my hometown called The Cupcake Conspiracy. Since I drive by it quite frequently, I decided to stop in on my day off to treat myself to a cupcake or two.

Immediately upon walking through the front door, I decided that I would become a frequent visitor. Between the cupcake decorations around the bakery and the pastel yellow walls, a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere was created.

With my stomach already craving cupcakes, I walked directly over to the
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Jones Wood Foundry, New York, NY

by TT March 25th, 2013| Restaurant Reviews, Restaurants
jones_wood_foundry_dining_roomWhat's a good way to follow a night of delicious dining?  A lazy morning strolling the city streets, followed by a tasty brunch in the early afternoon!  Unfortunately, it was a cold Sunday morning and, as we knew, there weren't many shops open, so the stroll was more of a brisk walk.  Arriving at Jones Wood Foundry slightly before our one o'clock reservation was definitely the prize at the end of our journey.

We were seated in a corner booth in the back of the restaurant.  These seats gave us a great view of the room and its decor. 
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The Quarter, New York, NY

by TT March 22nd, 2013| Restaurant Reviews, Restaurants
the_quarter_dining_room_toward_wine_wallRecently my husband and I had the opportunity to travel to Manhattan for a mix of work and fun, which included some time there during the weekend.  With more free time than a typical business trip, we were able to enjoy several dining experiences in the city.  Our first was on a Saturday night.  Traveling from our Midtown lodging, we cabbed down to the West Village for dinner at The Quarter.

We arrived promptly for our eight o'clock reservation and were seated immediately.  The restaurant had a cozy, intimate feel with its wood and wine decor.  We were introduced
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Dessert at Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse

by TT July 2nd, 2012| Restaurant Reviews
Typically when I review a restaurant, I like to sample several dishes.  As regular readers can recall, quite often I write about the lengthy meals that cover everything from the amuse bouche to dessert.  This review is quite different in that we only ate one course at this restaurant.  Not only was it just one course, my husband and I ordered the same dessert, which almost never happens.  However, this was one of the best desserts I have eaten at a restaurant.

A few Mondays ago, my husband and I were in New York City on business travel.  We had
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Boqueria Flatiron, New York, NY

by TT June 25th, 2012| Restaurant Reviews
Summer has returned, and with it, so has my increase in business travel.  With a little bit of coordination, my husband and I usually are able to schedule our business travels so that they align for the same dates in the same city.  Last week was our first week of such travels, which we started with meetings in New York City.  There are many wonderful things about traveling to NYC, but one of my favorite features is the wide array of restaurants available- all open late into the night.

As our travel had us in New York on a Monday
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Corner Stable, Cockeysville, MD

by TT May 21st, 2012| Restaurant Reviews
As I started writing this review, I realized that some of our restaurant choices during our mid-Atlantic trip seem inconsiderate toward our vegetarian.  The reason I thought this is that the Corner Stable is a barbecue restaurant.  However, in my experience, many barbecue places have a decent fish dish on the menu, and our daughter enjoys fish.  For the rest of us, slowly cooked, smoky meats were our lure.

Like any area, there are debates over which restaurant has the best Italian, best barbecue, etc.  Corner Stable is one of two in the Baltimore area known for its barbecue.  Decorated
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Battle of the Cheesesteaks

by TT May 17th, 2012| Restaurant Reviews
The last week of April we took two of our teens on a combined work/pleasure trip to the mid-Atlantic region.  With a schedule of a few meetings here, a little sightseeing there, we were able to enjoy the kids' week off from school while maintaining a relaxed business schedule.  Journeying down the Atlantic coast, we made stops in Baltimore and Philadelphia.

Of course, one of our purposes for visiting Philly was to see historic sites.  However, I'd be fibbing if I didn't admit that an equally as important purpose was to eat cheesesteaks at Geno's and Pat's.  I know, a
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Buffalo Wild Wings Nachos

by TT Jr. May 4th, 2012| Restaurant Reviews
For any of you who have ever gone to a Buffalo Wild Wings you know they are very popular for their wings.  For those of you who haven't been to a Buffalo Wild Wings, you probably live in New England, Montana, Idaho, Washington, New Mexico, Wyoming, or Utah.  You have probably also never visited any of the Great Lakes, because they are everywhere there.  I live in New England, but I have family in Maryland, so a decent amount of the time when we visit, we go there.  Depending on who you ask, Buffalo Wild Wings (BWW) have the
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Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro, Boston, MA

by TT February 16th, 2012| Restaurant Reviews
Last Sunday I was invited to dine at Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro.  Bringing my husband as my dining companion, we headed to Boston on a cold and blustery February afternoon.  The warmth of the food, staff, and atmosphere definitely helped erase the memories of the cold outdoors.

We arrived in Boston early and spent some time shopping on Charles Street.  However, with the cold temperatures, we decided to cut our shopping short and head to the restaurant early.  They graciously seated us 30 minutes earlier than our reservation.  This didn't seem like an inconvenience, as we were the
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Olé Mexican Grill, Cambridge, MA

by TT February 2nd, 2012| Restaurant Reviews
On an evening without kids in our company, what better way is there to spend the evening than a leisurely dinner for two at a restaurant?  With last Friday being one of those nights, I graciously accepted the offer to dine at Olé Mexican Grill.  Not only would it be a romantic dinner for two, but it also would allow us to try a new-to-us restaurant.

We arrived at Olé about 30 minutes prior to our reservation.  However, we were able to be seated promptly.  The restaurant was packed but well-staffed, which seemed to keep all of the patrons
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36 deLux Restaurant, Manchester, NH

by TT January 26th, 2012| Restaurant Reviews
When a perennial favorite ceases to exist, it is often difficult to fill the void.  For 36 deLux, that has not held true.  Located in the home of the former Richard's Bistro, 36 deLux has done a terrific job of providing the same excellent quality of food, service, and atmosphere that its predecessor did.  Of course, the new owner previously was a chef at Richard's, which may help account for the smooth transition.

Since its opening in November 2011, I have dined there on two different occasions.  The first was a business lunch, which gave me a small glimpse
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China Blossom, North Andover, MA

by TT January 19th, 2012| Restaurant Reviews
This past Sunday I was invited to dine at China Blossom with a guest.  Thus, I asked my husband to join me for an evening of what I hoped would be good dining.

We arrived shortly before our reservation time of 7:00.  The restaurant was busy, with most of the tables full.  We were able to be seated early and were given a booth.  We had the option of ordering off the menu or partaking in the buffet, and we chose the menu.  Within moments, we were greeted by our waiter who provided water and took our drink order.

When
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