May 24, 2007


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Josh Logan eats (not before shows)
The Rockstar is a Manch food connoisseur
By Susan Ware

Josh Logan spent seven weeks last summer as a contestant on the CBS reality show Rock Star Super Nova. Originally from Massachusetts, he now lives in Manchester and is plugging his about-to-be-released CD Gone Tomorrow, Here Today.

ďThe new release is like a tackle box, because there are so many hooks,Ē Logan said over lunch at J.W. Hillís.

Rockstar Supernova was hosted by Dave Navarro and Brooke Burke and featured 15 contestants competing to become the lead vocalist for a newly formed super group featuring MŲtley CrŁe drummer Tommy Lee, former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, and former Guns Ní Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke.

Today he is back in the Granite State tweaking the new recording with legend Bob Catalano. Talents like Tommy Lee are doing drums on a track, and Lisa Guyer from the local, hugely popular cover band Mama Kicks, is providing backup vocals on the project.

Logan certainly has that skinny rock star physique. †But when we sat down over a buffalo chicken wrap, fries and a Coors Light, I learned that yes, he does eat.

Information on Loganís upcoming shows can be found at He will be headlining the Rock 101 Skyshow on May 27, and performing at Holman Stadium in Nashua on May 25. Also look for him at The New Cheese Grill in Manchester on May 26.

Logan talked about the reality show, where he likes to eat locally and his plans to promote his new CD.

While on SuperNova, you lived in the Mansion and ate meals with the other contestants. What was that like?
Honestly, the food is one of the things I miss the most, along with all of the free clothes! We had an amazing chef cook for us and every single day there was just all of this amazing, all-organic food put on the table. I ate in the kitchen a lot, though, because I hated the camera in my face. The reality part of the show was tough.

Get turned on to any new foods while out in California?
Avocado. Seriously, it is in everything. Not always in a good way.

Do you cook at home?
No. Well, only those instant, bag Bertolli dinners, and I love barbecue. †My fiancťe doesnít cook either. If we arenít eating out, friends are cooking for us or I am at the grill.

Do you have a grill? What do you like to cook?
Yes, now I do because we just moved to the east side of Manchester. We have a yard and stuff. I will cook anything on the grill. Iím a connoisseur.

Locally, where do you like to eat? Favorite dishes?
My favorite places are the Red Arrow for early morning, Down ní Dirty BBQ and JW Hills. At The Red Arrow, I always order the 4-alarm chili and a plate of sausage biscuits and gravy. At Down ní Dirty, I like it all, but especially their pulled pork, and at J.W. Hillís, I usually order a steak. Sometimes Chez Vachon for breakfast. For me, these places feel like a home-cooked meal.

Any other spots?
I love the chicken salad at the Candia Road Convenience & Deli. Seriously, it is the best; all of the state troopers eat there.

What do you eat before a show?
I donít eat all day. And before I record, I stay away from the three Cs ó cheese, citrus and caffeine, all bad for your voice. I have made the mistake of eating before shows; I ate a big meal of Chinese food at a place right next to The Bitter End in NYC and it was not a good idea. The food was awesome, though.

Any hangover cure or ritual?
Nope. If I eat the night before Iím usually good. Although I do love a Bloody Caesar when I am hung over. I wish someone locally would make them, complete†with Clamato and a pepper rim. I have only had it Canada.

What is next for you?
I am gearing up for the release of Gone Tomorrow, Here Today. Iím ready to get out on the road and start living out of a suitcase and eating at new places.

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5/10/2007 Cremeland celebrates 60 years of burgers and shakes
5/3/2007 New eats in bloom
4/26/2007 Pho sure
4/19/2007 Cakes, cow-free
4/12/2007 Serving up the first square
4/5/2007 More than just a chocolate bunny
3/29/2007 New 'nuches
3/22/2007 A taste of genuine sweetness
3/15/2007 From homemade to home business
3/8/2007 Shop the farmers' market year round
3/1/2007 Feeding Mama Kicks
2/22/2007 Keepers of the vino
2/15/2007 Noodly comfort food
2/8/2007 The luxury of osso bucco
2/1/2007 Super platters for the Super Bowl
1/25/2007 It's a wrap
1/18/2007 The writing foodie
1/11/2007 Where the beef is, piled high and hot
1/04/2007 The healthy foodie
12/28/2006 The return of pasta and fall of the diet: the year in eats
12/21/2006 Organic on the ice
12/14/2006 French but not fussy
12/07/2006 Southeast U.S. culture, in sandwich form
11/30/2006 Bites of comfort with chips of happiness
11/23/2006 Cityside adds class to conveniece
11/16/2006 Easier-to-enjoy Thanksgiving feasts
11/9/2006 The new classic
10/26/2006 Whip up a quiche
10/19/2006 A new way to crepe
10/12/2006 Comfort food for blokes and birds
10/05/2006 Smaller crop but still red and delicious
09/28/2006 The crunchier, lighter, healthier wrap
09/21/2006 City bagels in suburbia
09/14/2006 Cracking the custard code
09/07/2006 Eat your way down the block
08/31/2006 New flavors for an old summer dish
08/24/2006 Way down south in Hollis
08/17/2006 Frappe vs. milkshake
08/10/2006 Enjoy the bluest month
08/03/2006 Death of Toro
07/27/2006 Vacation on a plate
07/20/2006 Hitting barbecue big time
07/13/2006 Relishing the raspberry
07/06/2006 Are your edible souveneirs kosher?
06/29/2006 Fish, upscale
06/22/2006 Sweet rosey taste of summer
06/15/2006 When to pull out the EVOO
06/08/2006 What can you grill?
06/01/2006 Taste of downtown Nashua
05/25/2006 Deulge at farms
05/18/2006 Adorable and delicious
05/11/2006 Rub down
05/04/2006 Pinot to go
04/27/2006 A bit Italian, a bit egg foo young
04/20/2006 Meatier than breakfast...
04/13/2006 Let yourself eat cake
04/06/2006 Fear not the Risotto
03/30/2006 Making Friday a fishy delight
03/23/2006 The Thin Mints are here
03/16/2006 Divining your personality from pizza
03/09/2006 Cooking up a big bowl of comfort
03/02/2006 Dumplings demystified
02/23/2006 Carbs and comfort all the way
02/16/2006 She sells sushi by the sea shore
2/09/2006 Biting into the burger with bling
02/02/2006 Forget formal dining, head to the bar
01/26/2006 Goodbye rooster, hello year of the dog
01/19/2006 The secret lives of chefs
01/12/2006 Cooking up a pot of delayed gratification
01/05/2006 A sunny Italian side dish
A year of eats

All-you-can-read guide to breakfast
A bagel by any other l
A picnic ó itís romance with ants
A sweet burst of summer, in stages
Beef, It's What's For Dinner, Lunch, And Dessert
Be it ever so humble, the burger rules
Blockbuster snacks for your movie
Box Of Chocolates
C Is For Cookie And Christmas And Cool Combo
Celebrating A Holiday For The Rest Of Us
Celebrate Easter In A Sugar Coma
Chat And Chew

Chinese soup is magic
Chocolate cake makes everything better
Chocolate, Part II
Competition flows like chocolate
Corn Flake Chicken, Honeycomb Salad
Dining at the "Your House Bistro"
Don't Dread The Bread
Dress Up Your Next Meal
Drinking Out Of The Box
Eating Your Way Back To Health
Enter Soup
Experiments With Very Bad Brownies
Feeding A Crowd The Morning After
Follow the cider house rules
Fresh Herbs
Go ahead ó run silent, run deep
Goodbye corn syrup, hello organic oatmeal
Go Indian for Thanksgiving
Grilled Cheese Junkie

Halloween candy for grown-ups
Have a Happy Meal and a happier wallet
Holiday Cookies - The Easy Way
Holiday Potluck 101-Tips For The Kitchen Novice
Home-Based Date
How do you like them apples?
In-A-Pinch Love Feast
It's not easy to be cheesy
Itís not Christmas without tamales
Lest We Forget The Humble Squash
Keeping your cool while you eat
Living through your salad days

Looking Beyond The Hot Dog Stand
Lunching your way to a less toxic you
Meat's meat and a man's gotta eat

Moist and delicious chicken ó no, really
Oatmeal Cookies, The Miracle Cure
Oscar Night, When The Stars Come Out To Eat

Offering Up A Slice Of Teriyaki Pie
Pot Pies Are Darn Tasty
Pumpkin-Flavored Treats
Small Plates Are The Next Big Thing
Speedy 'za not pie in the sky
Steak: itís whatís for dinner, again
Summer coolers, just add sunlight
Summer Squash
Super Bowl Grub
Take A Walk On The Dark Side
Taste of Manchester Event
The Cosmopolitan
The joys of a simple oatmeal breakfast
The return of comfort food
The One-Note Cook Book
The New American Plate Cookbook
The Stickiest, Hottest & Sweetest Of Love's Labors
The taste of retro
The Unheralded Peanut Butter Cookies
The union of sweet and heat
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What Was Hot And Haute In 2004
When $$ trumps urge to dine out
When in doubt, go for the organic
When nothing else will cool, Slurp it
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