When last we visited 36 Lowell St. in Manchester — an address that’s housed several restaurants in the past decade — we’d waited several months so that Noodle Bar, which opened in March, could work out the kinks first. Noodle Bar closed a day after we dined.

Now that we’re empty nesters, it’s a special occasion when we get to have dinner with our son, the man about town we used to refer to as The Bottomless Pit. It’s even more special when we can take him to a restaurant — a brewpub, no less — in his old hometown that we discovered before he did.

The 1750 Taphouse is already attracting quite a crowd. Diners have been descending on the spot since it opened last week. One weekend night there was a 90-minute wait, we were told. So we count ourselves lucky that we were able to get in to Bedford’s newest eatery.

Mrs. Gourmet and I had a week off recently, but we were only able to get away for three days. Even so, setting up camp in Center Harbor, we were able to pack plenty of lakeside R&R into that short time. In fact, it was really R&R&R — rest, relaxation, and restaurants.

A sweltering Saturday afternoon motivated us to strap our kayaks on the car and head to one of Mrs. Gourmet’s favorite paddling spots, at the northern end of Newfound Lake in Hebron. And after we cooled off on the water, we drove a little further north and experienced one of the nicest littl…

As we learned with last week’s Our Gourmet review of Hudson’s Town Tavern, the restaurant scene is changeable. Places close; new ones open. Keeping with that theme, Our Gourmet recently visited Cello’s Farmhouse Italian, a newer venture that has opened in the space that had been Pasquale’s i…

Sometimes time runs out on a landmark. A place that’s been a fixture for many years finally runs out of steam, and something has to give. For lots of restaurants, that means closing up shop, posting a “for sale” sign out front and sending the help packing.

Finally fed up with the winter that wouldn’t end, Our Gourmet set out for Hampton Beach one recent sunny Sunday with two dining companions (DC1 and DC2) and the ever-present 8-year-old Fussbudget (FB) in tow. As always during an April visit to the coast, we were woefully underdressed for the…

Now that this column occasionally addresses spirits as well as wine and beer, I’m going to follow up on the recent string of bourbon articles with today’s selection, Old Elk Blended Bourbon.

We’ve been a fan of pho, the ubiquitous noodle soup found in almost every Vietnamese restaurant, ever since we tried it years ago. Its simple ingredients and clean flavors are restorative, curing anything that ails us. We’ve sought it out all over the country, and have enjoyed it in Canada, …

The Dining Companion was excited one recent night when a social media post popped up touting a new Manchester restaurant. That it was an Indian restaurant was a plus, but the fact that it touted its vegetarian and vegan fare moved Ritu’s Spice Utsav, which opened in January on Manchester’s W…

The Dining Companion wanted to see the beach one recent day, but by the time we got in gear and hit Hampton it was a dark, drizzly dinnertime. We decided to eat instead, hopping off Route 101 at Lafayette Road (Route 1) and heading north in search of something tasty.

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