Publisher's Note: Getting a Taste
By Jody Reese
For $35 last week you could sample most of Nashua's independently owned restaurants in that city's annual Taste of Downtown Nashua and spend a beautiful evening traipsing through Nashua's retail shops. What a great way to explore downtown Nashua.
As the name suggests, only downtown restaurants were involved, so some local places were excluded, but it was still a lot of food from a lot of great restaurants, 27 places in total. I could only fit 15 into my belly.
I was able to taste Indian curry, Mexican tamales, braised rib, spicy Thai soup, sausage and some sort of beef spread on toast that was then fried right in front of you. Dessert didn't disappoint either. I had a cup of King David coffee (decaf in my case) and a huge piece of cake from Patisserie Bleu, a downtown bakery, all while listening to a great rendition of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire."ť
I've talked a lot about how downtowns are special places that really can't be duplicated in other places or Las Vegas casinos. And the Taste of Downtown Nashua was a great example of that.
Not to be outdone, Milford had its Taste of Milford two days later on its Oval with 10 restaurants participating. Like Nashua's, it was a great way to get to see the downtown, in Milford's case the Oval, while getting to munch on some food.
This is a great trend. Manchester also has a Taste in September.