We enjoyed Labor Day Weekend 2013 with our friend Lillian at her home on Lake Winnipesaukee. Lillian’s family has a reputation for great eating, hospitality and guided tours. Tapas dinner on the deck when we arrived, kicked off the weekend. Prepared by her parents, who were surprise guests! After dinner one of the couples headed home and the rest of us headed into town for ice-cream and planning of the next day’s itinerary. Ben & Jerry were still open and we were quite pleased to dodge puddles and a little bit of thunder and lightening to access our chilly treat! The No Sugar Added Vanilla Fudge Chip is my all-time favorite.
The clear blue sky of morning brought us coffee and breakfast on the deck followed by a boat ride to town for antiquing, shopping, lunching, walking, more shopping and taking in the sights of beautiful downtown Meredith, NH. One highlight was a brief visit with a Lab-Doodle named Bananas.
Lunch was at Lago inside The Inn at Bay Point with our friends Libby and Galen. Our lunch was excellent. Service was quite good. Libby had the INSALATA DI FINOCCHI Fresh fennel, roasted and tossed with orange segments, crisp greens and our garlic croutons. White balsamic vinaigrette dressing. 9. plus chicken 4. Spencer requested the PANINO GRANCHIO Blue Crab cake, assorted greens, vine-ripe tomatoes and shallot caper aioli on grilled ciabatta bread. 11.
Bites and tastes made their way around the table and let me say, pictures do say many words, BUT one that needs to be repeated is “Delicious!” I enjoyed the same salad chosen by Libby with out the chicken for my appetiizer. The greens were complimented by the delicate dressing, which can be overpowering if over-abundant. The orange segments were fresh and the croutons were very subtle. The portion was enough to take the edge off and with protein added, a perfect meal option. Next time I will go Libby’s way of adding chicken. The portion of juicy chicken was ample.
My entree was a flat bread pizza with sliced tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil and extra virgin olive oil. 11. Very easy share with another when an appetizer or salad is also ordered. I was able to eat half of the pizza by picking out the smallest of the slices and after our return trip across the lake I reheated it for Lillian’s parents. The pizza reheated well and pleased me that a fresh, delicious and affordable lunch option could easily be made into another meal later that day or the next.
Lillian and Galen both enjoyed the PANINO POLLO Grilled chicken breast with pesto, arugula, tomatoes and onions on ciabatta bread. 9. The tuscan fries or fried baked potato wedges served with both sandwich options were lightly salted during preparation and were a welcome replacement to their high calorie french cousin. Lunch was completed with a walk around the Bay Point property to get a close up of the balcony flowers which are abundant and clearly loved. Purple flowers as far as the eye can see. Kind staff everywhere and guests smiling and relaxing inside and out.
Libby and Galen with their pooch Boris headed home mid afternoon. More resting and lounging took place and we returned to town for Dinner and Karaoke (the sign at the American Legion suggested tonight – we think that tonight was really last night or another night). We traveled down the road and back again leading this set of three Golden Girls to the start of the Weirs Beach Fireworks display. They threw a party and invited every one they knew. 😉
Dinner was at Camp, a restaurant styled to help you experience the feel of eating in a camp lodge with down-home cooking.
Lillian opted for two appetizers for her meal by combining the Stack O’ Rings (Hand-battered with Common Man Ale and Southwest seasoning. Served with Dijon bistro sauce. 6.99) and a crock of Baked Onion Soup Gratinée (Toasted crouton, Cheddar and Swiss. 4.99). Spencer started with the New England Clam Chowder (Cup 3.99) and then a salad ($3.99) with steak tips ($6.99), which was remarkably tasty. I tempted fate with the Meatloaf dinner. Well, temptation delivered nirvana!! The mountain of Meatloaf served with pan gravy ($15.99) was just as delicious as my dearly departed Dad’s and brought me back to the many meals that I shared with my friends at Boy Scout Camp. The entire staff was wearing uniforms that resembled those worn by Explorer Scouts and everyone was helpful, friendly, courteous and kind, just like the Scout Law suggests.
After helping prep the house for the next guests we were off on our third day of adventures to help a friend in Salem, MA. After our errand was complete were swam (torrential rain and flooding) over to Finz in the historic Pickering wharf area. Here we definitely busted our belt with Lobster Mac and Cheese, Haddock Burrito, Baked Haddock Sandwich. This was the follow up to Baked Goat Cheese with roasted garlic and calamata olives, buffalo spicy calamari, edamame and oysters appetizers. None of us finished much of anything without struggle and every single bite was enjoyed. Lillian’s mac and cheese was more of alfredo style sauce with a lot of lobster meat and a large enough portion for her to bring home for at least one or two more meals. Spencer’s burrito was overflowing with fish, avocado, black beans and flavor. My sandwich was so huge that I ate the fish and the bottom of the toasted bun and had to leave behind the top of the bun and didn’t eat more than one french fry. The meals were plentiful and portioned heavily with fresh, moist and exceptionally prepared fish. Nothing was rubbery or dry. Fresh. Fresh. Fresh. Thank you Finz!!! Thank You!
This was a second visit for Spencer and me but Lillian’s first. Our first visit was in October of last year which was the happy chance to try them out with a $10 coupon that we received while watching the Halloween Parade. Finz isn’t a restaurant that needs to be passing out coupons. For these travelers, the coupon was a great choice. We might not have wandered all the way to the end of the wharf. Finz is a beautiful restaurant situated on the waterfront allowing almost every table a picture perfect view of the harbor. The service is impeccable and the food is top quality. Our waiter reaped 30% for a job well done.
The weekend was a huge success with many hours driving in the car, talking and sharing, long and lively conversations over lunches and dinner, crashing waves, boat rides, and evening strolls; all time well spent!