October 19, 2011 by NinaAfter spending the most wonderful day on the top of a mountain in Franconia Park and seeing one of the top ten sites I’ve seen, we were ready to have dinner. Again, we felt like we were in the middle of nowhere and where were we supposed to get a dinner that wasn’t bad Italian, Chinese, or a deli? After looking in Littleton, and finding only bad Italian, Chinese, a deli, and a Thai restaurant that was entirely filled with white people (seemed like a bad sign to me), we decided to check urbanspoon for nearby restaurants. We found the Gypsy Cafe intriguing, and decided to drive an hour out of the way to eat there. The restaurant was decorated “alternatively,” with things like lights made with acorns, a mural of colors, and sun sculptures. We were disappointed to discover that the mac and cheese could not be made without bacon, so instead we ordered the Corn Fritters. When the waitress brought the plate out, she dropped one the fritters, and was quick to say she would bring us another, which I thought was sweet of her. The fritters came with three house-made dipping sauces, one tasted like a county fair, one was sweet and spicy, and the third was like Indian salsa. They were so delicious. I really loved them. For my entree, I had the Tuna Steak salad. When it came, it looked really good, and the portion was quite large, but I think overall I was disappointed. I didn’t like the dressing (which was on the side, thankfully), and told the waitress, so she brought a new one which was basil-lime, house-made, and very good. My tuna steak was very good too, I just felt that the salad was extremely boring. It was romaine lettuce, and a few jarred roasted red peppers, and a hard boiled egg. Julian had the Veggie burger, and ordered the Chipotle Raspberry sauce on the side. His came with a salad that I thought was more inventive than mine, which was of course a main dish. His veggie burger was pretty good, but the raspberry sauce was more of a raspberry flavored sugar-water. I almost forgot to mention how happy I was that the bread was warm! My favorite! Overall, I loved the service, and the appetizer, but wasn’t crazy about either of our entrees and thought they were kind of expensive. But I loved that they gave a comment card with the check!
September 15, 2011 by Nina
The second farm/farmstead we went to on Julian’s 23rd birthday surprise trip was at least as fun as Taylor Farm. We drove down a windy road for what seemed like 20 minutes in the middle of nowhere, with beautiful trees all around us. When we arrived, it was little more than a tiny cabin, with cows and chickens all around. We walked inside the cabin to find two huge coolers full of home-made ice cream (can you say heaven?), another for cheese, a U.S. map for visitors to place a sticker on their home (an international one too), and an adorable sign that indicated that everything was on the honor system. We were both charmed by the cuteness of the place. I had the black raspberry and chocolate chips ice cream and Julian had the pumpkin. We also bought delicious cheese. We were happy to put the cash into the tin vessel. Also, the ice cream was out of this world-and that coming from two of the best darn ice cream makers!!!
North Sandwich, NH 03259
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September 8, 2011 by Nina
We stopped here because of its ridiculous décor (note the Country Pig Roast sign and the Cow totem pole). Also because I wanted a Vermont bumper sticker and this seemed like just the place to sell one. It was even cheesier inside than outside, with all the touristy goodies you might want (even though the store is actually not in Vermont yet). I got a bumper sticker, and a free cookie as a first time customer too!
September 6, 2011 by Nina
I surprised Julian for his birthday this weekend, and planned a couple of restaurants along route, but the GPS ended up taking us through Vermont (a different route than Google Maps was taking us), so we ended up in Franklin, New Hampshire without any idea of where to eat. The woman at the Bed and Breakfast that we were staying at had said there is an Italian restaurant or an Asian restaurant in town. This didn’t sound promising, and the town didn’t look any better.
I found this to be an exceptionally unattractive Asian restaurant, in a pretty run-down town, so we were incredibly surprised at how good the food was! We ordered the Triangles (Deep Fried Egg Roll Skin Stuffed with Curried Potato and Asian Herbs, Served with Sweet and Sour Sauce), Golden Bags (Diced Potatoes, Onions, and Green Peas Wrapped in Wonton Skins and Fried until Golden Brown, Served with Sweet and Chili Sauce), Tom Kah (Coconut Soup), and Crispy Pad Thai (spicy). I expected the triangles to be the packaged samosas that they typically serve in Indian restaurants, but they were wonderfully flavorful! Their savory spices complimented the Golden Bags’ crispy fried sweet goodness well. I highly recommend both of these appetizers. The soup had freshly chopped cherry tomatoes in it (I would have never guessed tomatoes would taste good in coconut milk), demonstrating how this restaurant continued to surprise up with how fresh the food seemed to be! Also, they give you a fresh-cut pineapple for dessert! This experience can be summed up as very unexpectedly excellent!
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June 21, 2010 by Nina
After a night of camping, Julian and I were pretty starved by the time we awoke. I remembered “The Friendly Toast” because of its catchy title. When we got there is was a ½ hour wait, so we knew it must be good. At first glance, it seemed like a friendly dinner, but once inside we realized how bizarre the décor was. My description would not do justice. Just picture the strangest nick-nacks you have ever seen in one room. The menu was huge, with eggs and pancakes to quesadillas and hamburgers. I ordered “The King” which was: two chocolate chip and banana pancakes with peanut butter in between them with caramelized bananas (tasted like bananas foster) on top and homemade whipped cream. It was everything you would want from a pancake sundae. Julian ordered the quesadilla and it was more delicious than I thought a quesadilla could ever be and then some. It sounded like an odd combination of food to me, but it was out of this world good, talking about complementing flavors! Highly, highly recommended restaurant.
121 Congress Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801-4005