Thursday, May 29, 2008

Zorvino Vineyards Wine Dinners

Zorvino Vineyards
Main St.
Sandown, NH

I recently attended Zorvino Vineyards first Price Buster wine dinner of 2008 with some friends on the eve of May 23rd. The dinner was held in their function hall facility which is very impressive and has the look and feel inside of a mountain lodge. The Price Buster dinner we attended was their Spring Fling dinner and the cost for the meal and wine pairing was only $25.00 each so we figured why not give it a whirl! We arrived about 15 minutes early for the 6:30pm dinner start time and enjoyed drinks from the bar at reasonable prices and munched on some fruit, veggies, cheese and crackers while all the guests arrived. The hall filled up with about 50 plus guest and our host was Zorvinos wine guru (Director) Tom Zack. The meal was four courses and each was wonderful! We started off with a Mussel & Leek Soup which was paired with a 2007 Eco Domani Collezioni Pinot Grigio. This soup was delish! It was a puree of roasted leeks, potatoes and had steamed mussels in it. This was followed by a Cool Strawberry & Black Pepper Flatbread paired with a 2007 Zorvnio Fragole Z (which totally has a fresh strawberry taste to it). The Flatbread was a mini pita and although it was a little too tough to cut with your knife, my table dug right in and ate it like a slice of pizza! This was followed by the main course of a Spicy Cornish Game Hen with wild long grain rice and sauteed Fiddleheads paired with a 2005 Gloria Ferrer Carneros Chardonnay. The Hen was cooked perfectly and although it can be a little messy for formal dining, it was very flavorful and good choice for an entree. The meal was finished with a Fire Roasted Bartlett Pear with brown sugar & honey marscapone cheese paired with the 2008 Zorvino Razzberry Delight. I think all had a great time and with the prices of gas and the cost of just about EVERYTHING on the rise, it was nice to see the people out enjoying a meal and a great price! I highly recommend you keep your eye out for Zorvinos Wine Dinners and Events, they were worth every penny and then some!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Brothers North Restaurant-CLOSED 12/24/09

Brothers North
845 Lafayette Rd.
Hampton, NH
Brothers North is a Greek and American food restaurant set up cafeteria style. Ever been to a Morrisons? well, this place isn't nearly as good, but runs on the same idea. You pick up your tray and silverware on one end and slide on down the line picking out what you would like to eat. Although the staff was for the most part friendly, it isn't enough of a good thing to get me to go back in. I was there for dinner and the portions are HUGE, but they are definitely cutting quality here for quantity. I had the Kotopita (chicken pie in Fillo dough) and I pulled out at least 4 good sized pieces of bones and so did one of my dining partners. The Kotopita was really dry too. The side order of Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) was good, but the meat inside of them with the rice was undercooked. It also took them 20 mins to bring out my side order without an apology for lateness. I found the other diners there were more into the American food plates vs. the Greek, but I don't see Brothers North packing them in. They just started serving breakfast which could be a good fit for them in the area but with some really good diners around I doubt it. I say, if its good Greek food you are seeking, seek it elsewhere.