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11/28/2001

The food is worth it

Filed under:General — eric @ 3:43 am

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I would gladly endure the travel troubles I had, both directions if necessary, for the dinner I had last night.

There’s a group of restaurants here called The Common Man. I ate at the original one in Ashland, NH, celebrating its thirtieth anniversary. The meal ranks up there with the best I’ve had, all time.

I started things off with a bowl of French onion soup (topped with rye and crusty swiss cheese) and an order of escargot. I’ve only had those once before; they’re not on many menus. A garden salad followed, dressed with homemade blue cheese dressing. All this was accompanied by a Black Martini, which was equal parts Absolut, Bombay Sapphire, and three-quarters ounce of Chamborde. Fantastic! The main course was chicken Kiev, with herb stuffing and a wonderful mushroom sauce. Also on the plate was mashed potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes (with a hint of maple syrup, but just a hint). I ended things with a baked apple (which I had to order early, as they’re baked to order) and homemade ice cream. Along with a hunk of homemade white chocolate. And an “Uncommon coffee” — coffee with kahlua and brandy and fresh cream. Delightful!

I know that sounds like I was living large, and to be honest, I’d not kept up with the prices. So, I was shocked and amazed to find the total bill at only $33 — even after the New Hampshire 8% sales tax. True, it was more than I’d budgeted for a whole day’s food, but my breakfast and lunch were covered for me, so I splurged.

Now as you know, I’m a cook. So when I eat out, I’m gathering recipe ideas, guessing what I could do better, and so on. With this meal, there was only one thing I could improve upon. The escargo, rather than the traditional complete crust of puffed pastry, had individual squares of pastry over each snail. I’d guess they were cut with a dull knife, because they didn’t puff. But that’s minor, compared to the rest.

Across the street is the “Company Store”. It was closed when I left the restaurant, but I’ll be back tonight. I’m sure I’ll find some goodies for my new house.

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    When we were in Belgium (all 10 hours of it…none of which was spent in the daylight) we ate at a great little rathsceller restaurant. You know how you get free chips with your meal in a Mexican restaurant? Well, here you got a tiny bowl of peanuts, a little pile of sausage, and a plate of snails. We were wimps…none of us willing to try the snails. I went on to have the strangest greek salad of my life while our friend got a giant pot of mussels. And oh, the fine belgian white beer!

    Comment by M — 11/28/2001 @ 4:14 am


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    I’m happy the travel hassle paid off for you. To hear you give a review of a restaurant as glowing as this is quite impressive, given your culinary background. I hope everything else is shaping up well (you know nobody tells me anything around here), and I wish you a safe, less taxing trip home. You know, I sure wouldn’t mind some take-out from up North on Monday morning. . .

    Comment by David Walker — 11/28/2001 @ 4:27 am


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    The Company Store sells great, cheap goose down products…there’s one in Madison.

    Hey…all week Slate has been running a journal by a bike courier named Andrew Weiner http://slate.msn.com/?id=2058945&entry=2058947

    I quite like it and can’t help wondering if he does this as a regular page. I tried searching his name, to no avail…any idea how else I might find out if he has a regular weblog somewhere? It doesn’t seem like Slate is going to tell me.

    Comment by M — 11/29/2001 @ 7:36 am

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