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Nice week of dining: Cotton, Manch NH - Dippsy Doodle, Northfield NH - Feng Shui, Chelmsford Ma - Tamarack, Weirs Beach NH


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Nice week of dining: Cotton, Manch NH - Dippsy Doodle, Northfield NH - Feng Shui, Chelmsford Ma - Tamarack, Weirs Beach NH

lexpatti | | Aug 28, 2008 05:43 PM

Wow, where do I start (and by the way I did manage to fit it my 30 min. brisk walk everyday too - thank goodness)! Tuesday, went up to visit Mom and to take her sister for a visit - we ate at the Tamarack close to the Weirs Beach for lobster rolls. Never again (I only went because of local and easiest for Mom to dine). Didn't even taste like lobster (but Mom and Aunt enjoyed). I also tried that new 24 flavors of soft serve - again, never again!!! The process to serve me just two little cones was soooo rediculous that I lost my patience and skipped ordering for me - I tasted Mom's - THAT'S NOT ICE CREAM!!!

Wed. night went to Cotton in Manchester NH - love this place. We all split an order of pan seared scallops that were fantasticly seasoned, lite and citrus flavors, slightly sweet dressing over greens. One of my scallops was a bit gritty, didn't like that but I overlooked since no one else did. My dish was the best although Hubby loved his lamb sirloin (I've gotten this before and it was the best lamb I've ever had) and our birthday girl raved about her Retro Meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Mine though, wowsa creamy mushroom risotto with bonus shrimp (like maybe 4 or 5 and I don't remember reading that on the menu, and I'm a shrimp lover), then topped with perfectly cooked asparagus (could be one of my favorite vegies) and a beautiful piece of salmon, med rare, seasoned ever so lightly. I only ate half so that's my lunch tomorrow. Dessert, again mine being the best (anyone remember Seinfeld episode - "I ordered the Best"!) was Bread Pudding (and yes, ate the whole thing it was sooooo good, perfect balance of sweet, saucy, smooth. Hubby had a fantastic round cheesecake and bday girl had pistachio gelato (again raving, although everyone loved mine).

Today (Thurs), took bday girl up to the lake for the day. On the way we stopped in Northfield to pick up two fantastic lobster rollls to take to the lake at DIPPSY DOODLE (exit 19 of Rt. 93). 1st, need to mention that we were driving through at 10am and I called before we got to the exit and the gentleman that answers says, "oooh, we aren't open until 11 but wait how far away are you and, what did you want", I said "ugh, i'm just getting off the exit, really wanted your lobster rolls", without hesitation his response (and obviously another reason these guys are awesome) "Oh, No problem, I can definately do lobster rolls, come on in, I'll have em ready, want em hot or cold?". For 10.95, you get I think maybe meat from two lobsters (huge) or 12.95 w/ side of ff or sweet potato fries added (had them before, wow). No fillers, light mayo, great roll even. I haven't had it hot with butter but I'll definately try that next time, people say it's the way to go. So, needless to say, fantastic lunch sitting on the dock by the water on an island - yes, they made it on the boat ride without us nibbling. If you haven't tried this little gem off Rt. 93, you are missing out in life.

Tonight, still not into cooking even though I picked up some wonderful corn and fingerling potatoes at the farm stand but a bit exhausted from the fresh air and sunshine. we ventured out to Feng Shui in Chemlsford, have read some great things. We were into sushi and loved it. Had our usual edamame to start with (some can mess this up, but theirs was great). We started with beef negima (hubby loves this dish, I'm ok with it but have to admit it was much better then most). another app was fantastic and I originally turned up my nose when he mentioned it - Broiled Eggplant (Nasu Dengaku) Wow, can't really explain the flavors, totally fantastic. Kind of looked like stuffed chinese eggplant with panko on top, sweet. Anyway, we got two sushi, two sashimi and two maki rolls. All were fantastic. Unagi and mackerel sushi. Striped Bass and Salmon sushimi (both excellent), Maki's were yellowtail and scallion and a spicy tuna roll. I'm anxious to try more dishes here, we really enjoyed them, very fresh and nice flavors. Desserts were great too, I got this mango, passion fruit sorbet with white chocolate around it drizzled with dark chocolate. Hubby's was even better with gelato or ice cream, coffee flavors with chocolate throughout - kind of parfaitish.

I lucked out with a wonderful selection of dining destinations this week. I'm walking extra over the next few days. :-)

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