Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Warrens Lobster House, Kittery, 9/26/07

In attendance, Mycroft, Moxie, Zeus, The Count, and Wasabi, and Solids.

We did it. We had to. It is required if you live on the seacoast to go to Warrens Lobster House. First of all we showed up on a Wed night at 7pm in the end of September and had to wait for over a hour for a table. It was really odd, it was not all old people as you would think. We were able to sit in the bar area and have a couple of drinks while we waited. Bonus, the mixed drinks came in pint glasses.

When were were seated at the table I think I should mention that on September 29th, there was a Christmas tree in the corner. It did not necessarily look like they were early for the decorations this year, just kinda, why take it down if we just have to put it back up in 11 months attitude.

So the giant lit sign says "Seacoast's Finest Salad Bar". We all got it with our meals. Someone has told Wabasi beforehand that the Salad bar was safe. It was safe. Everyone enjoyed it. Is it the "Seacoast's Finest Salad Bar"? I hope not. It is mainly generic salad bar stuff with Sysco type food on it, but since we have not been to any other salad bars in the seacoast, or know of any, i guess it is true (for now).

The meals were all fine. The count had Jambalaya that he liked. Zeus had the one entree under the "meatless" category, which was Ziti, and she said it was good. Solids had ribs. Wasabi said the mussels were good. Moxie enjoyed the chowder. Would we go back? I don't think we are in a rush to.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Thai Paradise, Portsmouth, 9/19/07

In attendance, Myroft, Moxie, Zeus, Solids, The Count, and Wasabi.

When asking around about Thai Paradise everyone seemed to say the same thing, the Pad Thai is awesome. That was the only information we had going into the restaurant. So in true movers fashion no one ordered the Pad Thai. It had some good points and some bad points and the general feeling is Meah. The first downer was that there was no bar. When eating this type of food I like to have a drink that has pink umbrella in it.

When I ordered my meal I asked for it spicy and the waiter asked how spicy, 1-5. I said 4 but quickly changed to 5 after a comment from Solids. It was good and spicy but I don't think it was a 5.

The food had fairly good flavor all around but no one expressed an super desire to return right away. Solids rated it a Meah-, Wasabi gave it four Monkeys and Zeus gave it 17/34.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

catch up -

Working backward -

This past week we visited the newly renovated Los Cocos Tacos in Kittery - the food was flippin' awesome, as usual. In attendance: Mycroft, Moxie, and Wasabi. Wasabi had enchiladas verdes, Mycroft had chicken quesadilla (his comment: best thing on the menu) and enchilades moles (yes, two dinners) and Moxie ate four tacos! (she had been um, consuming on a previously empty stomache)(and she says the fish tacos are the best thing on the menu, so there.)

The previous week we enjoyed Tiki! in Rochester! Tiki in Rochester! This was also called China Palace. We ate in the fabulous booths in the restaurant area, which has a more generic glossy Asian theme than the Tiki bar part, although the Tiki drinks and Tiki food are available in both areas.

In attendance: Mycroft, Moxie, Zeus, & Solids. The evening began with the ordering of drinks, of course. On the left is pictured Solid's drink, a Headhunter. This was quickly voted "Best Tiki Drink of the evening" and was quickly ordered by Moxie as her second drink, after she sucked down her terrible Pink Flamingo.

The crab rangoons were the food highlight of the evening for Moxie and Mycroft, who voted them "Best Crab Rangoos in the Greater Seacoast Area". Seriously, they are very very good. A fresh mixture of crab and cream cheese in giant wontons. Solids began the evening with boneless spareribs and these were also very good - lighter and a bit less sticky than normal. Zeus began with spring rolls.

Pictured at right are all of our drinks, plus the totally awesome little fried things that you used to get in Chinese restaurants all the time but for some reason I haven't seen them lately (or maybe its a New York State v. New England thing).

Moxie and Mycroft both ordered badly. Basically, the got meat and vegetable and sauce dishes. Mycroft's had awesome wontons on top, which probably made it worth it. Moxie just ordered something she didn't recognize the name of. It was fine, it was decent, it was just home cooking with bland flavors. After several drinks and the good start of fried Chinese-ish food, it just didn't work. No fault of China Palace.

This blurry photo illustrated what was, entertainment-wise, the highlight of the evening. Solids ordered what was in theory his dream Chinese food - sweet and sour chicken served in a pineapple, set on fire. The waitress brought the dish to a serving tray near the table to set on fire. The fire spread - it went outside the pineapple and set the chicken on fire. The waitress tried to move some things, and when the fire grew bigger, she ran away! She was trying to go get something, I'm sure, but at the moment she simply left us with a dish that was very much on fire.

Here is the dish no longer on fire - it was the best presentation. Unfortunately, Solids felt it did not live up to its entrance or looks. Zeus attempted to eat a giant bowl of Lo Mein - I did not hear how it was because we were busy commiserating about the bad Pink Flamingo drink choice we had both made.

The week before that was Solid's Movers' Birthday (is there supposed to be an apostrophe there?). In attendance: Mycroft, The Count, Moxie, Birthday Mover "Jean", Wasabi, Zeus, and Solids. We re-enacted Solid's previous Movers Birthday (I think no apostrophe - ) and went to Habachi, the tepanyaki place on Rte 1 in Portsmouth. It was very fun, the fried rice is awesome. Then we went candle pin bowling, which was also awesome.

the week before - Gilly's in Portsmouth. In attendance: Mycroft, Zeus, and Solids.
Zeus had fries with a side of cheese fries, Solids had a bacon double cheeseburger and a hotdog, and Mycroft had a double cheeseburger, a chili dog, and a regular hotdog. All not in attendance were jealous and realized they were stupid to ever do anything else on Movers night.

the week before was the first Monthly Wii night in Rochester, with potluck grilling. What a feast! Solids provided grilled chicken and asparagus, Zeus provided a delicious bean salad and cutie-pie cheese cake desserts, Wasabi and the Count brought bread and amazing mushrooms, and Mycroft and Moxie brought the increasingly popular salty bread (aka Fougasse from The Beach Pea). Wii Mii's were made and much hilarity ensued. We suck at Cookie Mama Cooking Show, or the game sucks. Super Mario Party is awesome.

the week before - The Bread Box, on Islington in Portsmouth. This was pretty much a mistake except for one thing - Mycroft found his favorite sandwich in the world, the Taco Treat. The Taco Treat is basically your old-school super-americanized like your mom made taco in a wrap. Even I found it surprisingly good. Otherwise, this place was a disaster.

In other Movers news: 4 squares/3 horseman/3 corners (formerly Spud's) has gone out of business. If not for our own peanut butter and grilled cheese adventures, we never would have known the truth. Let us all pray for a good place to move in.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Sakurabana for Wasabi's Birthday, Portsmouth, NH

In attendance: Lady A, Solids, Birthday Movers "Jean" and "Josh", Zeus, The Count, Wasabi, Mycroft, and Moxie

It's sushi! What's not to love?

I continued my love affair with crab and ordered the spicy crab cakes to start. There were some Wasabi shumai in honor of the birthday Mover, and a couple orders of edamame.

Then, sushi all around with one notable exception. Solids ordered a dinner bento box with teriyaki and bbq. Everyone was pretty pleased, because, of course, it's sushi!

So good pick, Wasabi!

The Ice House, Newcastle, NH

In attendance: Hot Sauce!, Lady Aubergine, Zeus, Solids, Wasabi, Mycroft, & Moxie

I've been on a Maine crab kick and lobbied heavily for The Ice House after spotting Maine crab rolls on their menu. Lady A and I both enjoyed the crab rolls and we were both very pleased. I will be returning for more crab rolls before the end of summer. In fact, there is a heavy lobby to return to the Ice House before the end of September because it was so beloved by all.

Mycroft and Solids had burgers, which they loved. Solids had fried haddock, and Wasabi had a chicken and vegetable pita pocket sandwich thing, which she proclaimed excellent. While not at Wheelies onion ring standards, the onion rings were more than decent, being made on the premise and having the thin crunchy batter that I like (vs. the thick shellacked on kind where there is more batter than onion). The fries were good, too.

And, of course, there was ice cream! Lots of giant kiddie cones and a sundae - pleasing.

And wicked cheap.

rating: 4 golden monkeys (in our new, voted upon and unanimously agreed upon rating/voting system)

Monday, July 23, 2007

Townlyne Grill, Exeter, NH

in attendance: Lady A, Zeus, Solids, Mycroft, & Moxie
(just a snapshot - I want to get better at simply recording where we've gone so we have a written record, although I'm hoping Zeus has still been keeping her journal)

The highlights of the evening for me were the orange-scented beer and the house-fried flour tortilla nachos.

Overall, the food was fine, but not great.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Dos Amigos, Portsmouth style

In mid-January, we braved the first cold day of winter to visit Dos Amigos, in Portsmouth NH.

I enjoyed a fish taco - but was completely taken aback that the fish taco is really just a mini-burrito, in that it is served on half a flour tortilla, not a corn tortilla - this is true of all the tacos.

fish taco

These roasted jalepeños with cream cheese were awesome. All popper like foods should be as good. (Although what is with Dos Amigos and their crunchy rice?? Cook it already! I know that while this view is common, the opposing fans of crunchy rice are just as vocal in their support.)

cream cheese stuffed roasted jalapenos

Wasabi and The Count opened with chips and guacamole, which we all agreed was not in league at all with Wasabi's guacamole.

chips, salsa, guac

And burritos! Of course there were burritos. They are enjoyable, they are good, they do an excellent job with the pulled pork and carne asada. (I wish the rice weren't crunchy and then I'd get them all the time.)


Mycroft ordered the quesadillas and they were good - came with rice and beans, making them a very legitimate meal.

All in all, a good visit.

Rochester dining

The past two weeks have been spent in Rochester, NH. Two weeks ago was Wild Willy's, the burger joint. Last week was the fairly new Fat Tony's, two doors down and by the same owner as Slim Tex's.

Wild Willy's was a mixed bag. Mycroft loved his burger, and recommends skipping the sides and going straight for two burgers. This assessment is pretty fair - the sides, although filled with great promise, were terrifyingly greasy.

Hot Sauce! the sauce not the Mover at Wild Willy's in Rochester, NH

See? don't those onion rings look great? Hand breaded, very thin, cornmeal . . . they remind me of Wheelies, when it was Wheelies, in Newmarket. But these beautiful looking onion rings were soaked in oil. No good. Ditto the hand cut Maine potato french fries.

onion rings and fries

Solid's bbq, bacon, and pickle burger:

bbq sauce, bacon, and pickle burger

Zeus had grilled cheese, which I believe was also greasy. Mycroft had the chili burger. Here is my green chile cheese burger - I was soooooo happy to see this on the menu, and it was pretty good. The green chiles needed to be roasted longer.

chile cheese burger

On to Fat Tony's. I'm only going to provide this single picture of fried ravioli, a. because it was dark in there and the pictures didn't turn out well, but also b. because we did not like the food and there is no need to reproduce bad and bad looking food.

Fried raviolis

The menu was painfully stereotypical, the bread was crap, the lasagna on my plate was filled with a horrible quantity of green bell peppers cooked to death, the alfredo tasted like broccoli - and on and on with similar complaints. It wasn't a complete disaster, but it wasn't good. As Solids said as we were leaving, "I don't think we'll be coming back here anytime soon."

Friday, January 12, 2007

100 years from now all the children will say,

"It's Monkeys' Night!"

pre-op monkey

The inaugural Monkeys' Night occured at the home of Wasabi and The Count, with Zeus, Solids, Mycroft and Moxie also present.

Monkey Nog ingredients

Featured consumables included Monkey Nog, turn-children-into-alcoholics-beer-banned-in-Maine, cheeeese, Monkey Brains casserole, salad, meatloaf, and Brownies By Zeus.


The list of featured high-jinks is quite extensive. In summary, there were prizes, competitions involving monkeys in a barrel to see who would go first in competitive games, more competitions to see who would go first in other high-jinks, a Monkeys' Night Swap (in which each item had to be found AND had to be able to be used by a Monkey in the coming Robot Uprising), Scene It, and the Monkeys' Night Wish.

I'm not sure how much I should let the general public know about the Monkeys' Night Wish, especially considering recent happenings, so I'll just post this picture:


Notably missing was a re-enactment of the story of Monkeys' Night. Again, not sure how much should be shared so I will just say that it involves 1 lone Monkey and the Robot Uprising. And kung fu. Or maybe muay thai.

Monkeys on the ceiling (not in a barrel)

Thursday, September 14, 2006


Tuesday, September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day.

And yes, this is an appropriate Movers post.

Playing catch-up:

September 13th, sushi at Sakura in Portsmouth. Zeus doesn't really like gourd.
September 6th, used up a gift certificate at KNR in Portsmouth. Moxie got drunk, but still doesn't like the place.
August 30th, Solid's Movers (and real) Birthday! We had an awesome experience at Habachi, with the best habachi chef *ever*. It was really really fun. Followed by bowling at Bowl-a-rama and pineapple upside-down cake. Special guests Al & Stephanie were a good addition.

I'm missing Augusts 23, 16 and 9 - one of those was the Jamaican Jerk Center fiasco, and the other two?

Monday, August 14, 2006


we're really missing like a month of Movers events here - so I thought I would do a summary for posterity, though my memory is really very terrible and I doubt I will be successful. Chiming in and corrections highly encouraged:

July 12: Jazz @ the Academy Library, followed by a ho-hum dinner at 11 Water Street, Exeter

July 19: Slim Tex's in Rochester (thank you Wasabi!) this place probably deserves its own post. When we first went there in April (we think, we remember it was a bit before Cinco de Mayo), most of us were basically expecting it to be not very good at all. It was actually awesome! We had a great time, loved our drinks, loved the food (which is most definitely Tex-Mex and *not* Mexican - but that's what they are going for, so there's no false advertising). There were also ample bottles of hot sauce everywhere, so we wanted to take our beloved Hot Sauce! there upon his return.

This visit, Slim's was like we had anticipated it was going to be before our first visit, except now we thought we liked it, so the dissapointment was double. It wasn't tragic, and it most definitely could've been an off night, but . . . we hated our drinks, the food was meh . . .

July 26: La Famiglia, Greenland

August 2: Wasabi's Birthday!!!! @ Radici, Portsmouth

tricky tricky -

We fooled you all! and went to El Mexicano Jr.

The food was of course, totally amazing and wonderful. The trip there and back was overly-adventurous, involving excitement and danger in many forms (including out-of-control vehicles, and Mycroft and Ace being abandoned in the ghetto of Manchester and being forced to fend off would be boyfriends!)

You'll just have to come this week (Jamaican?) for the details . . .

Thursday, July 06, 2006

5th of July -

in attendance: Mycroft, Moxie, Solids, The Count, Zeus, and Wasabi.

There were mountains of food on the 4th. So many mountains, that before the feasting even began we made plans for Movers to be leftovers on the 5th. Except there was so much food we didn't even cook on the 4th that it was hard to actually call it leftovers, really, it was just more new food.

We had burgers with delicious toppings and seasonings by The Count, experimental (and I thought pretty good) mushroom tofu burgers, shrimp, assorted actual leftovers like sweet potato and cherries and home-made ice cream and cheesecakes and cauliflower and cheese, and these little beauties, envisioned by Solids and executed by Solids, Moxie, and Mycroft:

Pineapple wrapped in bacon, cooked on the grill.

pineapple wrapped in bacon - on fire.

Mycroft is attempting to turn the bacon-wrapped pineapple, although he kept catching on fire.

bacon wrapped pineapple on fire

close-up: bacon grease + charcoal = lots and lots o' fire. yummy scary fire.

Following the feasting we played our new favorite game (besides croquet, bocce ball, wiffle ball, miniature golf, etc.) SceneIt?. It is great fun.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Zeus's Movers Birthday

* draft - I need more pictures - anybody?*

For her birthday, Zeus requested an Alice in Wonderland Croquet Tea Party Extravaganza. With such a good idea to build off of, we were off and running.

tea food

Tea Party hors d' oeuvres: little toasts, some with goat cheese and artichoke, some with blue cheese and quince jelly; strawberries, haricot verts with a vinaigrette, cucumbers, and potato chips

tower of treats

Tower of sweets - cookies galore.

Other foods featured: iced teas, tea sandwiches (green pea, mint, and creme fraiche; watercress and cream cheese; peanut butter and jelly), oyster-mussles and bread and butter, and cupcakes.

An outrageously good time was had by all.

Aroma's Italian Cafe

The Movers heartedly welcomed the latest addition to Commercial Alley, in the home of what used to be the Bear's Den and is now Aroma's Italian Cafe, complete with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, very very charming outdoor seating, pastries galore and the best (non-Mexican) hot chocolate ON THE PLANET.

In attendance: Solids, Zeus, The Count, Wasabi, Mycroft & Moxie

The Count's Insalata Di Spinaci
(spinach, mushrooms, red onions, tomatoes, strawberry vinaigrette)


Zeus's Caprese
(mozz, tomatoes, basil, olive oil on ciabatta)

mozz, tomatoes, and prosciutto

Mycroft's Salmone & Caprino
(smoked salmon, red onions, capers, lemon juice, olive oil, goat cheese on focaccia)

salmon yum

Moxie's Focaccia Imbottita
(foccacia with mozz, tomatoes, and prosciutto)

italian panini

Solid's Italiano
(italian deli meats served on sfilatino)

wasabi's omlette sandwich

Wasabi's intriguing frittata con spinaci & fontina (I call dibs on this next time)
(omlette with spinach and fontina served on sfilatino)

pineapple frozen sweet thing

Zeus's Pineapple Ripieno
(yes! that really is a pineapple half filled with pineapple sorbetto)


Mycroft's Hazelnut Mousse
("A layer of hazelnut crunch nestled between layers
of chocolate sponge cake, topped with hazelnut mousse")

best hot chocolate IN THE WORLD

Moxie's hot chocolate
(When I ordered this drink as dessert, the waiter got really excited. He said something like, "Our hot chocolate is the best. You'll see." It really is amazing. I always want to say its like drinking chocolate, which sounds kind of 'duh' but is really quite rare in hot chocolate. It is also very light, not heavy or sticky or creamy, but at the same time is rich. Very good.)

The Movers 1st Anniversary! at Lindbergh's Crossing, an interactive quiz!

On June 7th, we celebrated our first anniversary on the day and location of our birth. Appropriately, it was again a ridiculously dark and stormy night. We were again 5: Solids, Zeus, Wasabi, Mycroft, & Moxie.

Lindbergh's! Our Anniversary!

The quiz part: this contest is open to all Movers not present at the anniversary event. Spouses are eligible as long as they promise not to cheat. Here's how to play: match the picture to the Mover and figure out who had what. Use of background clues highly encouraged. The prize: fame, glory, and a really great surprise prize payable upon sight (it will not be mailed).

Picture 1: "Sautéed Escargots in a mushroom, sherry butter sauce finished with raclette"
(all descriptions from the Lindbergh's Crossing early summer menu).


[i have no idea what happened to these picture but i think it's
wicked funny - adds to the mystery and secretiveness]

Picture 2: "Shellfish Chowder: quahogs, mussels & shrimp in a smoky bacon cream broth"


Picture 3: "Radicchio with spiced pecans, gorgonzola, dried cherries and a balsamic vinaigrette"

radicchio salad

Picture 4: "Quail Adobo over grape almond red rice with bok choy"


Picture 5: "Seafood Paella: fish, mussels, shrimp & spicy chorizo sausage stewed in saffron rice"


Picture 6: " Lightly Smoked Sockeye Salmon with artichoke-potato latke, braised greens & herbed crème fraiche"

Lightly Smoked Sockeye Salmon with artichoke-potato latke, braised greens & herbed crème fraiche

Picture 7: "Housemade Canneloni of swiss chard, pinenuts & goat’s cheese in a vegetable macédoine"

Housemade Canneloni of swiss chard, pinenuts & goat’s cheese in a vegetable macédoine

Picture 8: " Seared Duck Breast over warm romaine & lentils with a grape-rhubarb chutney"

Seared Duck Breast over warm romaine & lentils with a grape-rhubarb chutney

Picture 9: "Canadian Beef Tenderloin au Poivre with mashed yukon gold potatoes and brandy cream reduction"

Canadian Beef Tenderloin au Poivre with mashed yukon gold potatoes and brandy cream reduction

Picture 10: (they've changed their dessert menu so you're stuck with my memory) berry cannoli cheese yum.

berry and yum crepes

Picture 11: lemon blueberry tarty thing

blueberry lemon tart

Picture 12: medium rare chocolate cake

molten chocolate cake

Good Luck!

Monday, May 29, 2006

Bella Rosa, rte 1 North Hampton, April 12th

In attendance: Mycroft, Solids, Zeus, and myself: Moxie


that't about all I can muster for this most recent incarnation of the place across from the purple bicycle store. It's subtitle is "Brick Oven Pizza" The pizza's were pretty good, not great, not bad.

We started off with onion rings which was a big mistake. We had just had the best onion rings on the seacoast - Wheelies (potentially tragic aside: on a recent trip to Newmarket Mycroft discovered that Wheelies is no longer - they are now part of Mama Lena's of Stratham - we don't know what this means for the future of onion rings on the seacoast) the week before, so it really wasn't a fair fight.

onion rings

We also tried the cheezy garlic bread, of which I have no memory whatsoever.

cheezy garlic bread

The pizzas had good crusts - they weren't bad. I remember that we were dissapointed in the spinach one for some reason. If I had to guess the reason, based on this picture, we were overwhelmed by sundried tomatoes, which should be used sparingly.

sundried tomato and spinach

The margherita was good - fairly hard to mess up, anyway.

margherita pizza

The pineapple and ham and barbecue chicken was genius.

pineapple and ham

The meat-a-palooza was a little too meaty. Go figure.

meat-a-palooza pizza